U of A chemistry department produces hundreds of litres of hand sanitizer

Apr 7 2020, 10:33 am

Scientists at the University of Alberta are helping in the fight against COVID-19 by producing hundreds of litres of hand sanitizer.

The university’s chemistry department is working to fill medical supply shortages as a result of the pandemic.

“Our initial batch was created to be shared with the University of Alberta community, but the university has also extended an invitation to the City of Edmonton and our first responders,” said Rik Tykwinski, professor and chair in the Department of Chemistry, in a release.

The team followed the formula recommended by the World Health Organization and made roughly 200 litres in the first round of production, stopping only when they ran out of bottles.

“While we believe we are the first university in Canada to undertake production, we give credit to our colleagues in chemistry departments around the world — they were our inspiration,” said chemistry professor Jillian Buriak.

While working in the lab, the team is taking strict measures to observe all governmental health recommendations, including physical distancing.

They will be continuing production to support the community throughout this ongoing health crisis.