By David Westerman, PhD
William Borgeson, a Chemistry major in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented his work at the 297th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Denver, Colo., with a paper title: “Apparatus for Ultratrace Detection of Arsenic in Drinking Water by Hydride Gas Chromatography with Photoionization Detection.”
Borgeson has sought to build an affordable instrument that can measure arsenic in drinking water to concentrations that are 1,000 times lower than is possible in routine testing laboratories. Borgeson worked in cooperation with major instrument manufacturer PID Analyzers, Inc. and was mentored by Norwich University Associate Professor of Chemistry Seth Frisbie, PhD.
About the Author: David S. Westerman, PhD, is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Geology at Norwich University and the Associate Vice President for Research in NU’s Office of Academic Research. This article is reprinted from the OAR blog.