By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A professor in the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, Kaduna State University, (KASU), Zakari Ladan, has secured a research grant with collaborating partners under the TETFund 2020 National Research Fund intervention worth
N27,020,027.00 (Twenty-Seven Million Twenty Thousand and Twenty-Seven Naira) only.
A statement signed by KASU Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adamu Nuhu Bargo, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday, stated that the project titled: ‘Development of an eco-friendly mosquito repellent fabric embedded with nanoparticles encapsulated with Vitex negundo bioactive compounds’ is the first NRF/TETFund grant won by KASU being the host Institution, in collaboration with Bingham University and Vaal University of Technology, South Africa.
According to Bargo, the NRF/TETFund grant under the supervision of Prof. Ben A. Chindo, Director of Research and Development has fulfilled the TETFund requirement with the successful implementation of the project objectives.
The principal researcher, Prof Ladan, specializes in organic/synthetic chemistry with three co-researchers namely; Dr. B.J Okoli from Bingham University who is an organic chemist; Dr. U.D Ejike from Bingham University, a Biochemist and Dr. M. Fanyana an expert in nanotechnology from the Vaal University of Technology, South Africa.
The research is focused on producing a mosquito-repellent fabric embedded with nanoparticles encapsulated with the active constituents of Vitex negundo bioactive compounds.
“Rather than the continuous use of chemical insecticides or mosquito-treated nets with synthetic chemicals, the mosquito-repellent fabrics developed from this research is in the form of sleeping nightgowns with other bio-products such as bio-insecticide sprays and repellence creams formulated with the plant’s bioactive constituent for the control of mosquito bites.
“The project achieved its objectives with the following outcomes: Production of fabrics (nightgowns) embedded with nanoparticles encapsulated with V. negundo bioactive compounds for the control of mosquitoes.
“Attended two international conferences: American Chemical Society International conference held at RMRDC, Abuja where a paper was presented on the topic: ‘Chemotaxonomy of Vitex negundo L. Essential Oil from Six States of the North-Central Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria (2022)’.
“Paper presented at the International Conference on Health Access and Socio-Economic Development beyond COVID-19 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on the topic: ‘Antioxidant, Dermal and Acute Toxicological effects of Eucalyptus Camaldulensis (Dehn-Blakely) Essential Oil on Male Wistar Rats (2021)’.
“Published seven (7) articles in high-impact factor journals and two (2) conference proceedings;
Patented a novel essential oil pilot plant that can isolate aromatic bioactive constituents from plants useful in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and flavour industries.
“Organized NRF/Tetfund workshop at Bingham University, Karu on the 22nd of June 2022 on the topic: ‘Malaria prevention and control measures using some plant bioactive constituents found in North central Geo-political zone of Nigeria’.
“Formulated five different products using the isolated bioactive constituents of Vitex negundo plant to include the following: Mosquito repellent cream, Pure Eucalyptol oil, aerosol sprays, mosquito repellent spray fitted with fan etc; and
development of gloss and water-based mosquito repellent paint,” the statement further stated.