Electrochemical Remediation of Mercury using Semi-Conducting and Redox-Active Polymers

Dr. Xiao Su has created a system and method for the electrochemical remediation of mercury using semiconducting polymer electrodes. This system and method is directly applicable to the remediation of mercury from water streams, such as wastewater streams, as well as to downstream chemical processes. The use of semi-conducting polymers highly increases the kinetics and efficiency of desorption, making this adsorption technology highly re-usable. When compared with current techniques this system and method does not require chemically intensive regeneration processes, this minimizes secondary pollution while achieving high ion-selectivity towards mercury even in very small amounts (ppb-range).