Research Highlights/Signature Project

Photograph of the battery operated microchip electrophoresis device with double-T geometry fabricated borosilicate glass microchip.

Electrophoretic Separation in Capillary and Microfluidic-Based Analytical Devices for Monitoring of Organic Pollutants and Anti-Cancer Drugs

The development of new capillary and microchip electrophoresis techniques using both aqueous and non-aqueous organic solvents as buffer media. This technique is integrated with innovative online preconcentration strategy to enhance the detection sensitivity down to sub-ppb level without the need of expensive detection system. 

The effect of the physicochemical properties of different organic solvents in the case of nonaqueous capillary electrophoresis, as well as the applicability of this approach in analyzing various sample matrices such as the organic ions, organic pollutants, and anti-cancer drugs were consistently reported by our research group in the past 5 years

Project leader: Dr. See Hong Heng

Molluscure™: Toxic Decryption System in Shells

Molluscure™ system help fishermen get rid of heavy metals in various types of shells. It is a system that is designed to remove toxic metals from various species of shell such as clams, mussels, and oysters to meet the standards of metal contents that are allowed by the European Union (EU) Commission Regulation 2006 and the Food Act 1985.

The system was introduced to eliminate up to 98 percent of heavy metals such as lead, copper, nickel, and arsenic cadmium using Nano bubbles. The prototype system can be used to clean up 700 kilograms of clams in just two and a half hours. The Molluscure ™ system has been patented and licensed for commercialization by Focus Industrial System Sdn. Bhd.

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahim Mohd Yusoff