Whoever said you can’t have your cake and eat it too clearly hasn’t met Fouad. The Lebanese scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur coasts through life collecting as many engineering degrees as possible: two bachelor’s degrees here and a couple of master’s degrees there.
Fouad spent his childhood in the mountainous region of Alman, Chouf near Lebanon’s capital of Beirut. More than anything, he wants to be a role model for young adults in his country and in the whole Arab world.
In doing so, Fouad continues to pursue education with more gusto than Romeo’s pursuit of Juliet. But what is theory without practice? Fouad’s thoughts exactly. Intrigued by the principles of nanotechnology, he started exploring ways to integrate it into everyday items to multiply their functionality.
“Working with electrospinning nanotechnology requires expertise across several fields. My degrees allowed me to assess the technology from different perspectives,” he added.
Living by the mantra ‘stay hungry, stay foolish,’ Fouad looks to his family as his inspiration – especially his dad who never stops encouraging him to stay devoted to his ideals.
Fouad’s Nano-shielding Textile Machine harnesses nanotechnology to apply petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals to ordinary textiles, such as shirts and socks. It can make clothing waterproof, or integrate healing medicine within the fibers of bandages. If he succeeds, Fouad is confident the possibilities for the innovation will be endless.
In order to validate his project, Fouad focused on two applications. The first makes ordinary apparel instantly waterproof. The second integrated specific medicinal chemical compounds within fibers. The medicinal compounds can be wide ranging, and can be used for a variety of treatments such as wound healing, treating diabetic ulcers, and relieving muscle strain.
“For hundreds of years, advancements in clothing technology have not kept pace with other fields,” said Fouad. “By using nanotechnology for clothing, we can take a giant leap forward. This can go far beyond your suit staying dry in an unforeseen rainstorm. I see future applications of this technology in the medical, sports, and even military sectors.”
Employs nanotechnology to make ordinary textiles extraordinarily advanced, more convenient, and innovative.