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Bio-cellulose, a microbially produced biopolymer has received immense interest in diverse fields
               including bio-medical. The objective of the current study was to synthesize the bio-cellulose facial
               masks  for  skin  care  and  related  bio-medical  applications.  The  bio-cellulose  was  synthesized
               through  static  cultivation  strategy  using  acetobacter  xylinum  strain.  Microbial  cells  were
               inoculated to synthetic culture media at optimized conditions and sheets of bio-cellulose were
               produced. Physical characterization indicated that bio-cellulose can absorb and hold around 68
               times water of their weight. The high water holding capabilities of bio-cellulose argue that they
               can absorb medicine, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. The bio-cellulose facial mask was
               further treated with various bio-safe fragrant materials to enhance its properties for the skin care
               and to give it a pleasant aroma which made the facial mask suitable for practical use. We hope
               that this finding of current project will open new gateways for promoting research related to
               synthesis and medical applications of bio-products in Oman.

               Dr. Wasi Ahmad, " Surface modified Gd2O3 nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
               contrast agents ", FURAP Call 4, Funded by TRC.

               Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is widely used in modern clinical medicine as a diagnostic tool,
               and provides noninvasive and three-dimensional visualization of biological phenomena in living
               organisms with high spatial and temporal resolution. Therefore, considerable attention has been
               paid to magnetic nanoparticles as MRI contrast agents with efficient targeting ability and cellular
               internalization  ability,  which  make  it  possible  to  offer  higher  contrast  and  information-rich
               images for detection of disease.  In this report, we synthesized oxalic acid coated Gd2O3 and ZnO
               nanoparticles.  The  surface  modification  of  the  Gd2O3 nanoparticles  were  confirmed  by  FT-IR
               spectroscopy. From the FI-IR, it was confirmed that the nanoparticles are well coated with oxalic
               acid. The synthesized materials will be used for the in vitro test. Furthermore, the materials will
               be used for the in vivo test if the nanoparticles will be biocompatible.

               16.3 Department of Civil Engineering
               Refereed Journal Papers:
               A. Fahmy, M. H. El Naggar, "Cyclic lateral performance of helical tapered piles in silty sand", The
               Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp: 111-124, 2017.

               16.4 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

               Refereed Journal Papers:
               A. Abu-Elanien, A. Abdel-Khalik, A. Massoud, S. Ahmed “A non-communication based protection
               algorithm for multi-terminal HVDC grids”, Electric Power Systems Research Journal, Vol. 144, pp:
               41-51, 2017.

               A. Sajid, I. Baig, K. Manzoor, S. Zulfiqar, “Performance evolution of reactive, proactive and hybrid
               routing  protocols  in  MANET”,  International  Journal  of  Computer  Science  and  Information
               Security, Vol. 14, No. 12, pp: 144-149, 2016.

               A.  Sajid,  K.  Hussain,  I.  Baig,  “A  model  to  overcome  node  level  congestion  in  opportunistic
               networks”, International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security, Vol. 14, No. 12,
               pp: 95-102, 2016.

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