Professor Ashokkumar said: "We are very grateful to the Gates Foundation for awarding us this grant funding, allowing us to take our work to the next stage. We also appreciate the support of the Royal Society of Chemistry in publishing our research over the last few years as this was essential in drawing attention to the potential benefits of the method we are developing."
Dr Laura Fisher, Deputy Editor of Soft Matter, said: "It’s very rewarding for us to see how this project has progressed over the years through the pages of our journals, resulting now in this major grant that we sincerely hope will result in developments that could save lives across the world."
Read the Royal Society of Chemistry articles that led to the funding
"Ultrasonically synthesized organic liquid-filled chitosan microcapsules: part 1: tuning physical & functional properties", Qianyu Ye et al., Soft Matter, 2018, 14 3202–3208. DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00064F
"Ultrasonically synthesized organic liquid-filled chitosan microcapsules: part 2: characterization using AFM (atomic force microscopy) and combined AFM–confocal laser scanning fluorescence microscopy", Srinivas Mettu et al., Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 3192–3201. DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00065D
"Ultrasonic synthesis of stable oil filled microcapsules using thiolated chitosan and their characterization by AFM and numerical simulations", Sinuo Tan et al., Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 7212–7222. DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01402J
"Modification of pea protein isolate for ultrasonic encapsulation of functional liquids", Qianyu Ye et al., RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 106130–106140. DOI: 10.1039/C6RA17585F
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