Project Description: Mercury Detection
Funding Body: SFI
Period: October 2009 - October 2013
Researcher: Steven Darby
Mercury is a toxic and persistent pollutant in the atmosphere. It can be deposited onto the earth's surface, and from there enter the food chain where it bioaccumulates severely. How mercury deposits from the atmosphere is poorly understood, but it is thought one of the important factors is the chemical form of the mercury. This project aims to design and construct equipment that can detect the speciation and concentration of gaseous mercury, and then obtain field data which can contribute to the understanding of the behaviour of mercury in the environment.