From Lab Hoods to Front Lines: Chemists at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From Lab Hoods to Front Lines: Chemists at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Since the United States Tariff Act of 1848 US Customs and Border Protection chemists and scientists have been critical in classification and valuation of imported goods, enforcing trade laws, performing forensic science, and providing expertise in technical security programs. This talk will discuss the history and role of chemists at CBP, including both traditional “wet chemistry” work at lab hoods to front-line field work in support of CBP’s mission.



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What You Will Learn

  • The broad scope of work conducted by CBP chemists for trade enforcement
  • Field Laboratory specialties, including Intellectual Property Rights, Country of Origin Determinations, Textile Analysis, and Forensic Analysis
  • How CBP Chemists work on the front-lines of the United States’ borders in support of CBP’s mission
  • And much more…



Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet the Experts
Chris Mocella began working with Dr. John Conkling as an undergraduate research associate while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, with a focus on energetic materials and pyrotechnics. Chris continued working with the Summer Pyrotechnic Seminar series while attending the University of Virginia for graduate school in organometallic chemistry. He is now a tenured chemist with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories. Most recently, Chris was co-author on the second addition of Dr. Conkling’s The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics book.
Patricia Simpson is Director of Academic Advising and Career Services for students in Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s School of Chemical Sciences. Patricia obtained her BA from Concordia College-Moorhead and her MEd in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. She has worked 15 years in the career services field.



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6 Responses to “From Lab Hoods to Front Lines: Chemists at U.S. Customs and Border Protection”

  1. Vinay Patel says:

    Thank you for the webinar and it will be useful for the chemists who are thinking differently.

  2. admin says:


    Thank you for signing up for this webinar. We have had Chris Mocella on the program before discussing the chemistry of fireworks and he is a very insightful speaker. Hope to see you there!


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  3. Jared S Scata says:

    I am interested in attending, but at the time it will be held i can not, will this Webinar be posted or if i do register, can i view it later during the day.
    Thank you

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  5. j\dia adnan says:

    Thank you for the webinar and i will try to be here tonight

  6. admin says:


    We hope to see you there!


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