The same natural curiosity that spurred Jake Zimmerman toward a career in science has resulted in a patent for a research project that could eventually lead to a breakthrough to more easily detect dangerous amounts of lead in drinking water.

Zimmerman, associate professor of chemistry at Ohio Northern University, has long studied the ability of fluorescent compounds to serve as chemical sensors. He continued to see practical applications to his research, particularly in regards to current events.

The result was the awarding of both U.S. and international patents for his work in September, following an involved process.

After publishing a paper in conjunction with the student researchers in his lab, Zimmerman decided to take the next step with his research. Read more