Photochemical aqueous mercury removal: Effects of DOM and DO

Amy B. Gruss, Erica W. Gonzaga, Regina Rodriguez, David W. Mazyck, Christine O. Valcarce

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Photochemical reactions between mercury (Hg) and dissolved organic matter were studied to understand what conditions would promote mercury volatilisation from solution. Prepared solutions of mercury (II) nitrate and humic acid (HA) (at different ratios) were exposed to 254-nm ultraviolet irradiation and a continuous purge with nitrogen, air or oxygen gas to create three different dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations. As HA was introduced into the system with a nitrogen purge, the overall quantity of dissolved gaseous mercury after 60 min, and subsequent mercury removal, decreased. An analysis of variance indicated that there is only a 61% confidence level that the 1:10 and the 1:100 mercury–HA ratios are statistically different, suggesting that the decrease in mercury removal as HA concentration increased cannot be solely attributed to mercury binding with sulfur or other functional groups on the HA. Experiments indicated a positive correlation of HA oxidation as DO increased with an air and oxygen purge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering and Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 3 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science


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