The current approach of identifying and analyzing harmful chemicals in water is not working
Presently, the only way for someone to identify organic chemical pollutants in their private well, nearby river or lake is by sending water samples for expensive lab testing costing over $200/sample. There are no low cost (<$20/test) screening level test kits available for homeowners to use themselves with limits of detection (LOD) comparable to lab methods; however, law enforcement widely uses such test kits for narcotics/explosive detection. Our ChemPrint platform is being designed to provide such a screening test for organic chemical pollutants.
Public trust in drinking water is eroding
What if there is simple and quick home test kit which provides a comprehensive fingerprint of all harmful chemicals in drinking water ?
We are developing a SPE-TLC-SERS based screening level test, costing about $20/sample, which can be used to determine:
Traditional pesticides such as atrazine (triazine class), Cypermethrin (pyrethroid class), Alachlor (chloroacetanilide class), chlorpyrifos (organophosphate class), diuron (phenylurea class)
Our currently in development open source ACH ChemPrint platform is about the size of a humidifier and designed for use at a home owner’s faucet, or a nearby river or a lake without creating any hazardous waste
AnalyzeChemicals ChemPrint Home-based Screening Level Test Platform
AnalyzeChemicals Fully Automated ChemPrint Confirmatory Test Platform (In Development)
Modified inkjet printer to spot and develop the platesReference (Morlock, Gertrud E., et al. “Miniaturized planar chromatography using office peripherals.” Analytical chemistry 82.7 (2010): 2940-2946.)
Possible applications are endless…
Wash fruits and vegetables and use the water to estimate the amount of pesticide residue. This is a good way to compare regular produce to organically grown
Apart from our core application of testing water, ACH ChemPrint kits can be used at biohacker spaces, high school science fairs, undergraduate teaching labs, soil testing etc.
…But we need your help!
Please consider supporting our upcoming crowdfunding campaign to partially fund the cost of hands-on workshops for analyzing water samples from rivers, lakes, private wells etc. using ChemPrint platform. Also share our page on facebook or twitter.
- We need citizen scientists who can help us validate key aspects of our technologies by participating in a hands-on workshop at University of Georgia labs to test water samples using ChemPrint protocols.
- You can also participate by sending water samples for analysis at the workshop.
- Any citizen scientist who significantly contributes with major aspect of the project will get an opportunity to be co-authors on publications resulting from this study. Please refer to FAQs for more details.
- Please let us know in the signup sheet in case you live in a rural areas, rely on private wells for drinking water, and have a septic tank on the property.
Jay M. Patel, Co-Principal Investigator: Jay graduated with B.tech in chemical engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India and M.S. (chemistry) from University of Georgia and works on AnalyzeChemicals.com’s ChemPrint in his personal capacity. He is an ORISE fellow at National Exposure Research Laboratory of the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). He began his career in green chemistry about ten years ago on developing environmental friendly chemical manufacturing techniques using biocatalysts, with water as reaction media instead of harmful organic solvents. Later, he started working at US EPA on a Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) funded project to create risk assessment tools for estimating the vulnerability of aquifers and surface waters due to new and proposed energetic materials (aka explosives) and their potential transformation products. He plays an active role in standards development at American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) by being an official voting member on ASTM Committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Separation Science, ASTM Subcommittee D19.06 on Methods for Analysis for Organic Substances in Water, and ASTM Subcommittee E55.01 Process Understanding and PAT System Management, Implementation and Practice. Linkedin, Google scholar, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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