Hi: We're a group of people who wants to help people, domestic animals and wildlife recovering from this fire.

A wood fire next to a road and next to some houses that were destroyed


  • We're having in Chile one of the largest fires in South American history.
  • More than 1,235,527 wood acres have already been burned
  • The fires aren't stopped but rather increased
  • People, domestic animals and wild fauna are suffering badly
  • We're a group that wants to help in the recovery of the lands that have been burned
  • There're several products with industrial applications that can be extracted from Wood Ashes. For instance, Potassium Peroxide
  • Our idea is to do the following onsite:
    1. Build over a truck(s) a mobile laboratory
    2. Go to the places where there's too much ashes (making the soil extremely alkaline and hard to recover)
    3. Get some of the ashes, and extract a product with industrial application that can be sold for a price that produce profitability
    4. The profits would be used for supporting the people who lost everything, helping the wildlife to recover faster and financing the project

The Question:

  • Are there Wood Ash sub products that you think are suitable to be extracted on site and allow the mentioned objectives mentioned above?
  • Do you know a technology to be used to do the extraction onsite?
  • Do you know a chemist who could be interested to participate in the project?
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this isn't the type of queries we expect on Chem.SE. $\endgroup$ – paracetamol Jan 28 '17 at 16:01
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    $\begingroup$ It may be better to do some consulting. Some universities have consulting organizations for physical sciences and mathematics. They may be better equipped to help you. Good luck. $\endgroup$ – CoffeeIsLife Jan 28 '17 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your help. I'm an economist and Berkeley MBA. I don't know Chemistry. Fortunately, some Chinese PhDs in Chemistry are already designing a solution! They will bring in the following days a team to help us. ;) $\endgroup$ – user40511 Jan 29 '17 at 19:51