Microscale chemistry is an alternative methodology to cultivate students' individual laboratory skills through the use of miniature apparatus and thus, it could significantly decrease the amounts of chemicals used as well as its waste. In addition, this technique has also reduced the experiment’s duration up to 70%. In the past decade, students have been found to be short of hands-on skills due to inadequate equipment in school laboratories and time constraint during lessons in schools. Therefore, one of the solutions to promote the practical work back in schools is by adopting microscale chemistry techniques. In Malaysia, microscale chemistry has been pioneered by Professor Dr. Norita Mohamed and Dr. Zurida Haji Ismail from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). They have secured a number of grants to introduce microscale chemistry in schools particularly in Penang in the past years
In short, microscale chemistry has made its footprints in Malaysia. At this stage, School of Chemical Sciences, USM is leading the Microscale Chemistry by coming out with the water-purity-tests-kits and Advance Microchemistry Kits. We hope microscale chemistry will be adopted in all the schools in Malaysia one day.