Dr Edith Chow is spearheading innovative chemical sensing technologies that have the potential to revolutionise how we monitor pollutants and diagnose disease.   

Combining her expertise in chemistry and nanotechnology, Edith’s work at CSIRO has seen her invent a number of breakthrough sensing technologies designed to be portable, affordable and simple to use. Her research laid the foundations for a multi-sensor chip that will enhance our ability to detect contaminants in water and food, as well as enabling rapid and less invasive ways of diagnosing disease.  

She is recognised as a scientific leader in her field with numerous peer-reviewed journal publications, invited conference presentations, one book chapter, and two granted patents. She was a NSW Young Nanotechnology Ambassador in 2010 and the recipient of a NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award in 2015 for excellence in research and communication. 

As well as paving the way for a safer and healthier planet, Edith has been a strong role model for women and girls in her field. She is a regular presenter at the National Youth Science Forum, sharing her scientific journey to students, parents, teachers and Rotarians. She also participated in CSIRO’s STEM Professionals in Schools, partnering with schools to devise fun science activities and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM.