As Quick as Quicksliver

As Quick as Quicksilver

Funding Body: Science Foundation Ireland

Project type: PhD, postdoc

Period:  October 2010 – January 2014

Researchers: Steven Darby, Paul Smith

Full Project Title: As Quick as Quicksilver – Ultrasensitive Detection of Atmospheric Mercury and its Application to Mercury Speciation and Atmosphere-Surface Exchange

Project Description

The aim of this project is to develop new and highly sensitive methods for monitoring atmospheric mercury, measuring mercury fluxes, and determining the speciation of mercury in the atmosphere.  The work will initially focus on the use of sum frequency generation as a means to produce a useful spectroscopic light source at 254 nm, and then to use this source in an absorption or emission spectrometer.

Work in the project will also investigate the kinetics of gas phase oxidation of mercury by bromine and other atmospheric species in an atmospheric simulation chamber in partnership with collaborators in the USA.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork