Chisom Jenniffer Okoye
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19 Oct 2019
6:55 am

Wits student’s invention checks infection spread in hospitals

Chisom Jenniffer Okoye

The invention won him an award from the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Unsettled by the notable rise in infections acquired during hospital stays worldwide, Witwatersrand mechanical engineering PhD student Michael Lucas invented the award-winning Antimicrobial Coating Technology, a self-sanitising surface coating. The invention won him an award from the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was also invited to the recent International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control in Geneva, where he won the Prix Hubert Tuor Innovation Award. Lucas decided he did not only want to follow in the footsteps of the engineers in his family, he wanted to be a specific kind of engineer. Before going to university, he...