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2D material to clean up mercury pollution

Drexel uses MXene to attract toxic heavy metal from water Metal Tech News – August 24, 2022


Last updated 8/30/2022 at 3:29pm

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The 80th element on the periodic table of elements, mercury or quicksilver, acts like a liquid at room temperature and was used in thermometers and temperature gauges for decades. Despite its serene appearance, it is highly toxic and contributes to several harmful effects that can even be fatal.

Due to the alarming increase in mercury emissions into the atmosphere, researchers have been working for many years to develop systems to remove this heavy metal from water. Now, a team at Drexel University in Philadelphia might have found just the right material to efficiently catch the elusive quicksilver and clean up contaminated waters – MXene.

It is estimated that mercury emissions in th...

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