PB students put on impressive show in regional Chemistry challenge

Four students from the Diploma in Science Technology (Chemical Laboratory Technology), School of Science and Engineering, Politeknik Brunei emerged 2nd runner up in the American Chemical Society Southeast Asian Global Innovation Challenge (ACS SEA-GIC) for Chemistry in Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The team brought home a trophy, a cash prize of RM200, tokens and certificates of achievement.

The students were Nur Zahirah binti Haji Rosli, Izyan Nurun Nazihah binti Haji Raman, Noor Syamimi binti Suhaimi and Nur Atiqah Hadirah Rizqah binti Md Mashor. They were assisted by Dayangku Siti Nurul Nadzirah binti Pengiran Haji Othman and Noorbaidzayanie Kamis as supervisors.

The team competed against 14 other finalists from University of Malaya, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Chiang Mai University, and Monash University Malaysia.

The competition was held at the Department of Chemistry University of Malaya. First prize went to the undergraduates of Universitas Islam Indonesia and first runner up went to University of Malaya.

The competition began with a video competition held in October where participants were required to send a video showcasing their invention.

The students in a group photo. PHOTO: PB

Fifteen finalists were selected and were invited to compete in a pitching session last Saturday in University of Malaya. The Politeknik Brunei students were the only Bruneian Diploma Level 5 students to compete against 14 other university undergraduates.

The students pitched their project ‘POLÎNAM’ – Politeknik Neutralise Air Mask.

The mask comprised three filters consisting of eco-friendly nylon ECONYL™, carbon charcoal filter and anti-bacterial HEPA filter to prevent air pollution, dust, smoke and chemical fumes.

To incorporate chemistry in Industrial Revolution 4.0 into the design, the team included an anion purification to neutralise particles to up to three feet surrounding the outside of the mask.

The mask is equipped with a microcontroller that connects temperature sensor, oxygen concentration sensor and a respiratory sensor into a microprocessor that collects data through a bluetooth module and can be retrieved from all types of devices through applications.

The data collected can be used for statistical purposes, monitoring purposes and research purposes especially in the Ministry of Health and environmental centres.