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Northrop Grumman Pledges $10K to Support Hand Sanitizer Production

By Maryland Today Staff

A $10,000 gift from Northrop Grumman is supporting the continued production of hand sanitizer in Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering labs, filling a crucial need for first responders and others.

In recent days, Associate Professor Dongxia Liu and Assistant Professor Chen Zhang, along with several graduate students, have shifted the focus of their labs to the creation of Terpsanitizer, which follows a U.S. Food and Drug Administration recipe. Yesterday, 100 bottles were donated to firefighters at the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department, and future product will be given to other emergency workers and community members contending with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northrop Grumman’s gift will help pay for more batches of the alcohol and aloe vera-based hand sanitizer. The aerospace and defense firm has a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland that led to the launch of the Advanced Cybersecurity Experiences for Students (ACES) program, and includes participation in the UMD-led machine learning consortium Research in Applications for Learning Machines (REALM).

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