Year of Publication
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Arts and Sciences
Dr. David A. Atwood
Mercury and arsenic are widespread contaminants in aqueous environments throughout the world. The elements arise from multiple sources including mercury from coal-fired power plants and wells placed in natural geological deposits of arseniccontaining minerals. Both elements have significant negative health impacts on humans as they are cumulative toxins that bind to the sulfhydryl groups in proteins, disrupting many biological functions. There are currently no effective, economical techniques for removing either mercury or arsenic from aqueous sources. This thesis will demonstrate a superior removal method for both elements by formation of covalent bonds with the sulfur atoms in N,N’-Bis(2-mercaptoethyl)isophthalamide (commonly called “B9”). That B9 can precipitate both elements from water is unusual since aqueous mercury exists primarily as a metal(II) dication while aqueous arsenic exists as As(III) and As(V) oxyanions.
Blue, Lisa Y., "IMMOBILIZATION OF MERCURY AND ARSENIC THROUGH COVALENT THIOLATE BONDING FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION" (2010). University of Kentucky Doctoral Dissertations. 785.