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Introduction to P3 Project
Our group members from left to right are: Robert, Shaina, Aaron, Kali, Julia (advisor), Nenny, Jiao, and Xu.
Our student team consists of seven students from different levels of education. The students are from interdisciplinary areas, chemistry, biochemistry, and education.
The P3 project provides students from interdisciplinary areas with the opportunity to participate in the establishment of a better future. By collaborating as a team, we learned from one another and to link our knowledge together for a good cause.
Mercury is a very toxic element that is widely dispersed in the atmosphere, lithosphere, and surface water. The Red River is a major water source in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota. Unfortunately, mercury pollution has been a public concern in the Red River and other rivers and lakes in North Dakota since 1990. Due to its high toxicity, mercury is harmful even in very low concentrations.
To protect the river from mercury pollution, a highly sensitive detection method is essential for accurately monitoring the mercury level. However, only few Hg2+ sensors can reach the required sensitivity. Thus, the first goal of this proposal is to develop a novel biosensor that can sensitively detect low concentration of mercury. The second goal of this project is to monitor mercury pollution in the Red River using the sensor. The third goal is to disseminate the knowledge of protection of natural water to the public by giving a series of seminars to K-12 schools and hosting workshops in the local community.