The development of Chlorine test kits for drinking water - BC-419

Preferred Disciplines: Analytical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic Chemistry (Masters, PhD or Post-Doc)
Project length: 4-6 months (1 unit)
Approx. start date: As soon as possible
Location: Vancouver, BC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: None
Company: Anonymous  

About Company:

Our company draws upon years of experience in biochemistry and diagnostics to develop leading-edge reagents for laboratories.

Summary of Project:

Chlorine in drinking water can cause many diseases including heart disease and cancer. The traditional way to detect chlorine in water is DPD colorimetric method. DPD is a toxic substance. Our company has developed stable non toxic reagents which can replace DPD for chlorine testing. Right now we need analytical chemists to refine the reagents and match the reagents with a color chart to make the prototype colorimetric test kits and prototype strips.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

The objective is to research and refine the chlorine test kits which can detect 0.1ppm to 10ppm free chlorine and total chlorine in the drinking water. We are looking for an intern to

  1. Perform the stability tests of different reagents.
  2. Match the reagents with a color chart to establish a product with user instruction.
  3. Create prototype colorimetric test kits
  4. Create prototype colorimetric strips


    • Colorimetric analysis 

    Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • Inorganic chemistry
    • Analytical chemistry
    • Communication skills
    • Test strip skills. Know how to make test strips.

    For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

    1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform