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Chemists Without Borders


Solving Humanitarian Issues Worldwide

Chemists Without Borders solves humanitarian problems by mobilizing the resources and expertise of the global chemistry community and its networks.

The most common problems include poor water quality, maldistribution of medicines and vaccines, and lack of chemical education. Chemists Without Borders focuses on duplicating and providing proven solutions. Entrepreneurship is built into our programs as much as possible so that those we help can become more prosperous and help others.

Recent and current projects include validation of a composite-iron-matrix arsenic-removal water filter, field verification of a low cost, low tech arsenic measurement device, provision of water filters for rural Bangladesh, and designing secondary science lab exercises for Sierra Leone.





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Press Release with IdeaConnection
Newsletter 19
Annual Report 2013


Meet with Chemists Without Borders Volunteers

During 2016, we look forward to interesting discussions about Chemists Without Borders’ work and your ideas / contributions.

Chemists Without Borders volunteers attended PittCon in Atlanta in March, 2016. We appreciated the enthusiastic response from Pittcon attendees to our poster “Applying Analytical Chemistry to Solve Problems in the Developing World”. It was great to meet many like-minded chemists interested in using science to address humanitarian issues.

Additionally, the American Chemical Society has asked us to lead a symposium at the Fall National ACS meeting in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the meeting theme Chemistry of the People, by the People and for the People, this symposium will be titled “Mobilizing Chemistry Expertise to Solve Humanitarian Problems”. We will highlight efforts to apply chemistry to improve lives of those across the globe. Presentation topics include clean water initiatives, expanding access to quality medicines, science education and advancements in inexpensive analytical methodologies that can be readily applied in developing countries. Chemists from academia, industry and non-profit organizations are uniting to work toward solutions to longstanding humanitarian issues. We anticipate more fruitful discussions regarding far-reaching benefits of these efforts and ideas toward addressing technical and logistical challenges. If you are in Philadelphia this August, please join us!

Support Our Project


You are invited to Chemists Without Borders IndieGoGo fund raising site which describes our work in Bangladesh on our Arsenic Education Project

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Conference Calls are held the First Thursday of each month at 9 AM PST and Third Thursday of each month at 6 PM PST.

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