Paper Analytical Device (PAD) Project

This research focuses on the development of paper analytical devices to detect fake pharmaceuticals and perform other analytical tasks, such as measuring iodine content of iodized salt. The overall goal of this project is to "crowdsource" chemical analysis, revealing spatial and temporal information that will be useful for public health, forensic, and environmental applications.

Research Focus

  • Biochemistry

    At the EIGH, our researchers use biochemistry - or the study of chemical substances and their vital role within living organisms - to combat various global health challenges, such as antibiotic resistance and counterfeit drugs.

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty

Global Partners

  • Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), Eldoret, Kenya
  • Chemists Without Borders
  • Hamline College
  • Kenyan Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kensalt, Mobasa, Kenya  
  • Management Science for Health, Tanzania
  • Saint Mary’s College

University of Notre Dame Partnerships

  • College of Engineering
  • Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence (ESTEEM) program

Additional Information

Capstone Projects

Carpenter, J. (2016). Antibiotic Analysis Using Paper Test Cards for the Improvement of Global Health.

Scott, A. (2013). Development of Training Program for Detection of Poor Quality Medicines in Resource Limited Settings.



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