Mercury removal from water

D. A. Atwood, M. K. Zaman

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45 Scopus citations


Mercury pollution in water is a serious threat to natural ecosystems. Various methods and technologies are in use to remove mercury from the environment. They include phytoremediation, bioremediation, activated carbon adsorption, extractions, and others. More recently the use of chemical reagents to combat mercury pollution has come into play. Some of them, the thiol-based ligands in particular, have proven effective in precipitating mercury from aqueous systems. The latest and most versatile chemical precipitating reagent is known as benzene-1,3-diamidoethanethiol (abbreviated as BDETH2). Marketed with the common name MetX, this ligand has been found effective in binding mercury in a variety of settings. This chapter will provide an overview of mercury removal technologies with an emphasis on the use of the new precipitant, MetX.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Developments in Mercury Science
EditorsDavid Atwood
Number of pages20
StatePublished - Jan 13 2006

Publication series

NameStructure and Bonding
ISSN (Print)0081-5993
ISSN (Electronic)1616-8550


  • Benzene-1,3-diamidoethanethiol
  • Heavy metals
  • Mercury pollution
  • MetX
  • Thiol-based ligands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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