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Student Comes Up With New Tool To Detect Dangerous Gases

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Bernama) – A secondary school student from Kangar, Perlis has come up with a new tool that could be used for the detection of dangerous gases in the air. The student, Zawin Najihah Zulkefli, from Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Syed Putra (SMSTSP), did her research on the product together with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) for six months before coming up with the detection tool that is both environment friendly and cost effective.

In a statement here today, UniMAP said although the establishment of factories and the release of poisonous gases came under the Quality Environment Act, 1974, there were still cases of ammonia being released into the air to the point of threatening human lives. The tool created by Zawin is part of her efforts to counter the problem of dangerous gases such as ammonia, it said.

The tool, named Environment Friendly Polymer Detector, was created using nano technology making it more sensitive and environment friendly as well as cost effective with the capability of detecting ammonia gas in the scale of up to two ppm. Zawin said egg shell was used as part of research to produce the highly sensitive ammonia gas detector that could also monitor the presence of BERNAMA - Student Comes Up With New Tool To Detect Dangerous Gases other dangerous gases and explosive materials. The teacher who guided her, Datin Noridah Yangman, said the project was in line with the government's move to encourage cooperation between schools and institutes of higher learning to give earlier exposure to students in the area of research. "Through this collaboration, SMSTSP has been placed under the Young Researchers Club of UniMAP where they get special expert advisory services, laboratory facilities and materials from the university." The product was first shown to the public at the Intel ISEF exhibition last December where it won second place.

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