Analytical chemistry is a powerful tool to identify, characterize, and solve interdisciplinary problems in the global development sector. Leaders in academia, industry, governmental agencies, and the nonprofit sector contribute significantly to overcome challenges in the developing world. Collaboration among these academics and professionals is essential. As REU students in analytical chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, we are organizing a Symposium on Analytical Chemistry in the Developing World at the 2018 spring ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Our research projects focus on topics such as energy, food, water, and public health. We are interested in inviting top leaders and researchers from across these disciplines to further the discussion about obstacles faced in resource-limited areas. This event will be a multi-day symposium with sessions on energy, food, water, and public health and a special section of posters in the Analytical poster session. Scheduling is still being set up, watch this space for more news. …
Summer 2017 REU Participants
Summer 2016 REU participants
Summer 2015 REU participants
Bringing chemistry out of the lab and into the world
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame (UND) are working to develop low cost, robust technologies that could help people in the poorest countries of the world. The methods and instruments developed in these REU projects will help to detect environmental contamination or food adulteration, discover and manage bacterial drug resistance, test pharmaceutical quality, and even diagnose human and animal diseases to impact the lives of people all over the world.
This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site focuses on the application of analytical science and technology in low resource settings--in effect, bringing chemistry out of the lab and into the world. The program welcomes students with backgrounds in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. The application window for 2018 will run from December 15, 2016 through February 15, 2017.
10 week full time residential program (2018 program dates not set yet)
Apprenticeship model with hands-on mentoring, technical training, workshops, and development case studies
Research program for faculty at 2-year and 4-year colleges
A companion program helps faculty at PUIs develop their own vigorous and intellectually viable research programs in chemical analysis for low-resource settings. We will develop a working group for low-cost chemical analysis over the period of the REU site proposal. The working group will enable participating faculty to share and enlarge access to field testing sites and international collaborators, provide a sounding board for new ideas, and create sustainable new undergraduate research opportunities, both at UND and at the participating PUIs.