Singaporean Scientists Turn Durian Waste Into Antibacterial Gel Bandages
The "King of Fruits", durian is notorious for its strong flavour and unique smell, while most Southeast Asian enjoys the fruit, it is definitely not for everybody. While some managed to find a use for durian's seed, like frying them and eating it like chips, a team of researchers from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) managed to turn durian husks into antibacterial gel bandages!
The process involves extracting cellulose powder from the husks then mixed with glycerol, turning it into a soft gel that can be proportioned into bandage strips. Following this, the strips are then treated with compounds from baker's yeast which have antibacterial properties.
A benefit for using the bandage in first aid situations is its ability to keep wounded areas cool and moist, which will speed up the healing process. "In Singapore, we consume about 12 million durians a year, so besides the flesh, we can't do much about the husk and the seeds, and this causes environmental pollution," said William Chen, a professor and director of the food science and technology program at NTU.
That said, the team have since been in talks with potential industry partners to determine the possibility of increasing production for the bandages. According to Chen, the bandages might even hit stores within just 2 years if things go smoothly.