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Chemistry Students and Faculty Produce Hand Sanitizer for Hospital Workers

From left davoodi and yang with the hand sanitizer

STONY BROOK, NY, March 26, 2020— Hand sanitizer, produced by the Stony Brook University Chemistry Department, will be shared with Stony Brook University Hospital and the Long Island State Veteran’s Home to aid health care providers working on the front line of the COVID-19 patient care. Manufactured in the Department’s six general chemistry labs, with water and raw health grade materials, and following World Health Organization protocols, the hand sanitizer is packaged in 4-liter plastic containers, easy to distribute and use.

From left davoodi and yang with the hand sanitizer
From left: Dr. Shabnam Davoodi and Dr. Xinxin Yang flank the hand sanitizer created by the Chemistry Department.

SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Peter Tonge, is leading the initiative with the support of Dr. Xinxin Yang and Dr. Shabnam Davoodi. Dr. Yang is a research scientist in Nicole Sampson’s lab (Sampson is also a SUNY distinguished professor of Chemistry and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences), and Dr. Davoodi is a postdoctoral student in the Tonge lab. In only one day of production, the team made 17 gallons of hand sanitizer.

“We are in a traumatic community emergency and people have come together and said, ‘We’re going to get this done.’ It’s quite amazing,” Interim President Michael Bernstein said of the innovative approach during a recent recording of the University’s “Beyond the Expected” podcast.

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  • Are you giving out the recipe for the hand sanitizer? That would be a great benefit to the country since production and distribution of brand sanitizer will take weeks. I have a tiny purse container and that is it.
    If we could make it in our kitchens, then we wouldn’t have to wait on production/distribution channels to buy it and it’s crucial for those who live in poverty and, given the choice, will buy food before sanitizer, thus increasing change of transfer in general population.
    Rev. Mary Zimmer

  • What a great news. It’s just great to help with your abilities in such an acute and complex problem of the Covid 19 pandemic. These are crazy, unprecedented times that we live in. We must help each other.

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