Winning innovations

Gold, silver and bronze- It was a clean sweep for all four research teams that participated in the International Conference and Expositions on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning 2019 (PECIPTA'19) on 22 - 23 September 2019.

Associate Professor Dr Narayanan Ramakrishnan and his team, Dr Lee Neam Heng and Howgen Kesuma Pratama, from the School of Engineering, won gold for their invention on a mask aligner system that utilises solid lighting as a source of light exposure to lithograph micron-sized circuits on wafers. Their novel lens-free exposure can batch-fabricate microdevices at low cost.

The discovery of a novel anti-viral approach using RNA interference-based gene silencing to identify new anti-viral targets to combat Influenza A won Professor Sunil Kumar Lal and Anshika Sharma from the School of Science the silver award.

Dr Irene Ling from the School of Science also won silver for her invention on an environmental friendly heterogeneous catalyst under the Environment and Renewable Energy (ERE) cluster. The catalyst will be useful for esterification reactions.

Dr Yong Siek Ting and his team, Associate Professor Dr Ooi Chien Wei, Wong Lai Ling, Professor Dr Chai Siang Piao, Abdul Wahab bin Mohammad and Ang Wei Lun from the School of Engineering won bronze for their innovation on a novel hemodialyser. The self-cleaning hemodialyser functions with thermo-regulated microgel coating that allows the release of trapped molecules with the simple usage of water.

Once again, congratulations to all our researchers!

International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) is a biannual program organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia together with its partner institutions since 2001. PECIPTA aims to showcase innovative products and services from institutions of higher learning (IHL).