PONTIAN, January 14, 2017 – A group of researchers from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) led by Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahim Mohd Yusoff has successfully developed the Molluscure™ system to help fishermen get rid of heavy metals in various types of shells.

Molluscure ™ 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.

Prof Dr Wan Azlee explaining to Datuk Ahmad Maslan how Molluscure remove toxic metals from cockle.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahim said 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,” he said when met at the launch by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Datuk Ahmad Maslan at Air Baloi Fishermen’s Market this morning.

Also attending the event were the Chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs of Johor, Datuk Tee Siew Kong and Director of UTM Innovation and Commercialization Center (ICC), Prof. Dr Amran Md Rasli.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahim said the Molluscure ™ system has been patented and licensed for commercialization by Focus Industrial System Sdn. Bhd.

The members of the research team were Prof. Dr. Wan Azelee Wan Abu Bakar, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Razali Ismail, Dr. Faizuan Abdullah and Ihsan Wan Azelee.

The system began with a study of the Research University Grant (Tier 1), led by Prof. Dr. Abdull Rahim entitled “Sustainability Factors for Spawning and Growth of the Green Mussel at Danga-Pendas Straits” in 2011.

Then, this study continued under Research University Grant (Tier 2), entitled “Enhancement of Lysosomal Integrity for Heavy Metals Removal in Green Mussel Using nano bubble Treatment”.

This research won a gold medal and the title of “Interactive Invention Award” at the Industrial Art and Technology Expo (INATEX) 2012 organized by the Research Management Centre (RMC), UTM and Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) in 2013 organized by the Malaysian Association of Research Scientist (MARS ).

In 2014, Dr. Faizuan who was then a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Abdull Rahim was selected to participate in the “pitching” competition organized by the ICCUTM. In the programme, ICCUTM agreed to sponsor a total of RM50, 000.00 to develop a prototype for the Molluscure ™ system.

The prototype built was fully utilized to conduct a joint study with the Fisheries Research Centre (FRI), an agency under the Department of Fisheries Malaysia.

In early 2016, the Molluscure ™ system was awarded a grant called the High Impact Program 2 (HIP2) Concept to Commercialization Gap Fund (CCGF) under the sponsorship of Platcom Ventures Sdn. Bhd. the company under the Malaysian Innovation Agency (AIM).

This grants was given with the intention of developing the Molluscure ™ system on an industrial scale with the collaboration with Focus Industrial System Sdn. Bhd.

Molluscure ™ has also been selected to be one of the projects under the Strategic Studies Institute of Johor (IISJ) to be introduced to shellfish breeders in Mukim Ayer Baloi, Pontian, Johor.

The goal is to reveal this technology to target groups of fishermen farming species of molluscs, especially mussels, which have a very broad market potential.