Water quality monitoring used to be laborious, time-consuming, costly and in some rural areas, inaccessible. Stephanie developed a hand-held sensor that can detect various heavy metals such as cadmium and lead in five minutes, at a fraction of the cost of conventional measurement. It is also more affordable for public and private use, allowing for water quality monitoring to be conducted thoroughly and frequently. Using the developed sensing platform, Stephanie is currently working on extending the applicability of the sensor for other organic and biomolecule water contaminants as well as incorporating IoT for large-scale distributed sensing.
About Stephanie Yap Hui Kit
Stephanie received her B.Eng. in Electrical-Telecommunication (1st Class) from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the School of Electrical Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University. Her invention of a handheld water quality monitoring sensor for heavy metal detection has received recognition from international exhibitions such as the 46th International Exhibition of Invention Geneva 2018 (AFJ Gold medal) and the International Trade Fair Invention 2018 (Gold medal). Stephanie is currently working on extending the applicability of her invention for other organic and biomolecule water contaminants as well as incorporating IoT for large-scale distributed sensing.