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Higher Education Commission Scholar Wins International Prize for Innovative Textiles in France

Islamabad: HEC scholar Munir Ashraf, pursuing his PhD in GEMTEX France, has won a prize entitled The ophile Legrand International Prize for Innovative Textiles.

Ashraf was conferred the prize by Mr. Philippe Taquet, Vice President, French Academy of Science. Twelve researchers of 10 different nationalities studying in different universities of Europe presented their work for this prize.

Munir’s work was declared the best and was awarded a prize of 10,000 Euros with a certificate and a shield.

“I developed a multi-functional textile by growing nano rods of ZnO on polyester fabric. This fabric cleans itself like lotus leaves. There is no possibility of its staining by colours dissolved in water but if it gets stained by colorants dissolved in low surface energy solvents like acetone, no need to wash it, just expose the fabric to UV light the colour will disappear automatically due to photo catalytic effect of ZnO.

The fabric has ability to kill the bacteria if attached on the surface and hence it prevents their growth,” says Muneer.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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