Synthesis of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) for Dengue Mosquitoes Control

tiong-tung-chuanProject Title:  Synthesis of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) for Dengue Mosquitoes Control

Research ID:  4/2015/01

Principal Researcher:  Tiong Tung Chuan

Co-Researchers:  Peter Yek Nai Yuh

Project Start Date:  12/1/2015

Duration of Project:  24 months

Research Summary:  Nowadays, dengue became a greater threat to public health than it has been in the past especially Malaysia.  It was recorded as the 30 most highly endemic countries in the report of World Health Organization, 2004–2010.  It was believed that the repeated use of synthetic insecticides for mosquito control has disrupted natural biological control systems and led to resurgences in mosquito populations.  Thus, it has become a serious international concern and has created an urgent need to search for alternative control measures and develop a cost-effective means of control of the proliferation of dengue.  Today, nanomaterials have attracted considerable attention, owing to their various applications particularly titanium dioxides (TiO2), which are reported to possess antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, anticancerous and antiviral activity.  Therefore, nanostructured TiO2 is expected to be used as a photocatalyst agent for the eradication of mosquitoes in their larval stage in this research.