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  1. Analysis of discordant Affymetrix probesets casts serious doubt on idea of microarray data reutilization

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    2014-01-01

    Background Affymetrix microarray technology allows one to investigate expression of thousands of genes simultaneously upon a variety of conditions. In a popular U133A microarray platform, the expression of 37% of genes is measured by more than one probeset. The discordant expression observed for two different probesets that match the same gene is a widespread phenomenon which is usually underestimated, ignored or disregarded. Results Here we evaluate the prevalence of discordant expression in data collected using Affymetrix HG-U133A microarray platform. In U133A, about 30% of genes annotated by two different probesets demonstrate a substantial correlation between independently measured expression values. To our surprise, sorting the probesets according to the nature of the discrepancy in their expression levels allowed the classification of the respective genes according to their fundamental functional properties, including observed enrichment by tissue-specific transcripts and alternatively spliced variants. On another hand, an absence of discrepancies in probesets that simultaneously match several different genes allowed us to pinpoint non-expressed pseudogenes and gene groups with highly correlated expression patterns. Nevertheless, in many cases, the nature of discordant expression of two probesets that match the same transcript remains unexplained. It is possible that these probesets report differently regulated sets of transcripts, or, in best case scenario, two different sets of transcripts that represent the same gene. Conclusion The majority of absolute gene expression values collected using Affymetrix microarrays may not be suitable for typical interpretative downstream analysis. PMID:25563078

  2. A new method for class prediction based on signed-rank algorithms applied to Affymetrix® microarray experiments

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    Rème, Thierry; Hose, Dirk; De Vos, John; Vassal, Aurélien; Poulain, Pierre-Olivier; Pantesco, Véronique; Goldschmidt, Hartmut; Klein, Bernard

    2008-01-01

    Background The huge amount of data generated by DNA chips is a powerful basis to classify various pathologies. However, constant evolution of microarray technology makes it difficult to mix data from different chip types for class prediction of limited sample populations. Affymetrix® technology provides both a quantitative fluorescence signal and a decision (detection call: absent or present) based on signed-rank algorithms applied to several hybridization repeats of each gene, with a per-chip normalization. We developed a new prediction method for class belonging based on the detection call only from recent Affymetrix chip type. Biological data were obtained by hybridization on U133A, U133B and U133Plus 2.0 microarrays of purified normal B cells and cells from three independent groups of multiple myeloma (MM) patients. Results After a call-based data reduction step to filter out non class-discriminative probe sets, the gene list obtained was reduced to a predictor with correction for multiple testing by iterative deletion of probe sets that sequentially improve inter-class comparisons and their significance. The error rate of the method was determined using leave-one-out and 5-fold cross-validation. It was successfully applied to (i) determine a sex predictor with the normal donor group classifying gender with no error in all patient groups except for male MM samples with a Y chromosome deletion, (ii) predict the immunoglobulin light and heavy chains expressed by the malignant myeloma clones of the validation group and (iii) predict sex, light and heavy chain nature for every new patient. Finally, this method was shown powerful when compared to the popular classification method Prediction Analysis of Microarray (PAM). Conclusion This normalization-free method is routinely used for quality control and correction of collection errors in patient reports to clinicians. It can be easily extended to multiple class prediction suitable with clinical groups, and looks

  3. Methods comparison for high-resolution transcriptional analysis of archival material on Affymetrix Plus 2.0 and Exon 1.0 microarrays.

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    Linton, Kim; Hey, Yvonne; Dibben, Sian; Miller, Crispin; Freemont, Anthony; Radford, John; Pepper, Stuart

    2009-07-01

    Microarray gene expression profiling of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues is a new and evolving technique. This report compares transcript detection rates on Affymetrix U133 Plus 2.0 and Human Exon 1.0 ST GeneChips across several RNA extraction and target labeling protocols, using routinely collected archival FFPE samples. All RNA extraction protocols tested (Ambion-Optimum, Ambion-RecoverAll, and Qiagen-RNeasy FFPE) provided extracts suitable for microarray hybridization. Compared with Affymetrix One-Cycle labeled extracts, NuGEN system protocols utilizing oligo(dT) and random hexamer primers, and cDNA target preparations instead of cRNA, achieved percent present rates up to 55% on Plus 2.0 arrays. Based on two paired-sample analyses, at 90% specificity this equalled an average 30 percentage-point increase (from 50% to 80%) in FFPE transcript sensitivity relative to fresh frozen tissues, which we have assumed to have 100% sensitivity and specificity. The high content of Exon arrays, with multiple probe sets per exon, improved FFPE sensitivity to 92% at 96% specificity, corresponding to an absolute increase of ~600 genes over Plus 2.0 arrays. While larger series are needed to confirm high correspondence between fresh-frozen and FFPE expression patterns, these data suggest that both Plus 2.0 and Exon arrays are suitable platforms for FFPE microarray expression analyses.

  4. VIZARD: analysis of Affymetrix Arabidopsis GeneChip data

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    Moseyko, Nick; Feldman, Lewis J.

    2002-01-01

    SUMMARY: The Affymetrix GeneChip Arabidopsis genome array has proved to be a very powerful tool for the analysis of gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana, the most commonly studied plant model organism. VIZARD is a Java program created at the University of California, Berkeley, to facilitate analysis of Arabidopsis GeneChip data. It includes several integrated tools for filtering, sorting, clustering and visualization of gene expression data as well as tools for the discovery of regulatory motifs in upstream sequences. VIZARD also includes annotation and upstream sequence databases for the majority of genes represented on the Affymetrix Arabidopsis GeneChip array. AVAILABILITY: VIZARD is available free of charge for educational, research, and not-for-profit purposes, and can be downloaded at http://www.anm.f2s.com/research/vizard/ CONTACT: moseyko@uclink4.berkeley.edu.

  5. DMET-Analyzer: automatic analysis of Affymetrix DMET Data

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    2012-01-01

    Background Clinical Bioinformatics is currently growing and is based on the integration of clinical and omics data aiming at the development of personalized medicine. Thus the introduction of novel technologies able to investigate the relationship among clinical states and biological machineries may help the development of this field. For instance the Affymetrix DMET platform (drug metabolism enzymes and transporters) is able to study the relationship among the variation of the genome of patients and drug metabolism, detecting SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) on genes related to drug metabolism. This may allow for instance to find genetic variants in patients which present different drug responses, in pharmacogenomics and clinical studies. Despite this, there is currently a lack in the development of open-source algorithms and tools for the analysis of DMET data. Existing software tools for DMET data generally allow only the preprocessing of binary data (e.g. the DMET-Console provided by Affymetrix) and simple data analysis operations, but do not allow to test the association of the presence of SNPs with the response to drugs. Results We developed DMET-Analyzer a tool for the automatic association analysis among the variation of the patient genomes and the clinical conditions of patients, i.e. the different response to drugs. The proposed system allows: (i) to automatize the workflow of analysis of DMET-SNP data avoiding the use of multiple tools; (ii) the automatic annotation of DMET-SNP data and the search in existing databases of SNPs (e.g. dbSNP), (iii) the association of SNP with pathway through the search in PharmaGKB, a major knowledge base for pharmacogenomic studies. DMET-Analyzer has a simple graphical user interface that allows users (doctors/biologists) to upload and analyse DMET files produced by Affymetrix DMET-Console in an interactive way. The effectiveness and easy use of DMET Analyzer is demonstrated through different case studies regarding

  6. Affymetrix GeneChip microarray preprocessing for multivariate analyses.

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    McCall, Matthew N; Almudevar, Anthony

    2012-09-01

    Affymetrix GeneChip microarrays are the most widely used high-throughput technology to measure gene expression, and a wide variety of preprocessing methods have been developed to transform probe intensities reported by a microarray scanner into gene expression estimates. There have been numerous comparisons of these preprocessing methods, focusing on the most common analyses-detection of differential expression and gene or sample clustering. Recently, more complex multivariate analyses, such as gene co-expression, differential co-expression, gene set analysis and network modeling, are becoming more common; however, the same preprocessing methods are typically applied. In this article, we examine the effect of preprocessing methods on some of these multivariate analyses and provide guidance to the user as to which methods are most appropriate.

  7. Rawcopy: Improved copy number analysis with Affymetrix arrays

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    Mayrhofer, Markus; Viklund, Björn; Isaksson, Anders

    2016-01-01

    Microarray data is subject to noise and systematic variation that negatively affects the resolution of copy number analysis. We describe Rawcopy, an R package for processing of Affymetrix CytoScan HD, CytoScan 750k and SNP 6.0 microarray raw intensities (CEL files). Noise characteristics of a large number of reference samples are used to estimate log ratio and B-allele frequency for total and allele-specific copy number analysis. Rawcopy achieves better signal-to-noise ratio and higher proportion of validated alterations than commonly used free and proprietary alternatives. In addition, Rawcopy visualizes each microarray sample for assessment of technical quality, patient identity and genome-wide absolute copy number states. Software and instructions are available at http://rawcopy.org. PMID:27796336

  8. Micro-Analyzer: automatic preprocessing of Affymetrix microarray data.

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    Guzzi, Pietro Hiram; Cannataro, Mario

    2013-08-01

    A current trend in genomics is the investigation of the cell mechanism using different technologies, in order to explain the relationship among genes, molecular processes and diseases. For instance, the combined use of gene-expression arrays and genomic arrays has been demonstrated as an effective instrument in clinical practice. Consequently, in a single experiment different kind of microarrays may be used, resulting in the production of different types of binary data (images and textual raw data). The analysis of microarray data requires an initial preprocessing phase, that makes raw data suitable for use on existing analysis platforms, such as the TIGR M4 (TM4) Suite. An additional challenge to be faced by emerging data analysis platforms is the ability to treat in a combined way those different microarray formats coupled with clinical data. In fact, resulting integrated data may include both numerical and symbolic data (e.g. gene expression and SNPs regarding molecular data), as well as temporal data (e.g. the response to a drug, time to progression and survival rate), regarding clinical data. Raw data preprocessing is a crucial step in analysis but is often performed in a manual and error prone way using different software tools. Thus novel, platform independent, and possibly open source tools enabling the semi-automatic preprocessing and annotation of different microarray data are needed. The paper presents Micro-Analyzer (Microarray Analyzer), a cross-platform tool for the automatic normalization, summarization and annotation of Affymetrix gene expression and SNP binary data. It represents the evolution of the μ-CS tool, extending the preprocessing to SNP arrays that were not allowed in μ-CS. The Micro-Analyzer is provided as a Java standalone tool and enables users to read, preprocess and analyse binary microarray data (gene expression and SNPs) by invoking TM4 platform. It avoids: (i) the manual invocation of external tools (e.g. the Affymetrix Power

  9. Micro-Analyzer: automatic preprocessing of Affymetrix microarray data.

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    Guzzi, Pietro Hiram; Cannataro, Mario

    2013-08-01

    A current trend in genomics is the investigation of the cell mechanism using different technologies, in order to explain the relationship among genes, molecular processes and diseases. For instance, the combined use of gene-expression arrays and genomic arrays has been demonstrated as an effective instrument in clinical practice. Consequently, in a single experiment different kind of microarrays may be used, resulting in the production of different types of binary data (images and textual raw data). The analysis of microarray data requires an initial preprocessing phase, that makes raw data suitable for use on existing analysis platforms, such as the TIGR M4 (TM4) Suite. An additional challenge to be faced by emerging data analysis platforms is the ability to treat in a combined way those different microarray formats coupled with clinical data. In fact, resulting integrated data may include both numerical and symbolic data (e.g. gene expression and SNPs regarding molecular data), as well as temporal data (e.g. the response to a drug, time to progression and survival rate), regarding clinical data. Raw data preprocessing is a crucial step in analysis but is often performed in a manual and error prone way using different software tools. Thus novel, platform independent, and possibly open source tools enabling the semi-automatic preprocessing and annotation of different microarray data are needed. The paper presents Micro-Analyzer (Microarray Analyzer), a cross-platform tool for the automatic normalization, summarization and annotation of Affymetrix gene expression and SNP binary data. It represents the evolution of the μ-CS tool, extending the preprocessing to SNP arrays that were not allowed in μ-CS. The Micro-Analyzer is provided as a Java standalone tool and enables users to read, preprocess and analyse binary microarray data (gene expression and SNPs) by invoking TM4 platform. It avoids: (i) the manual invocation of external tools (e.g. the Affymetrix Power

  10. MADS+: discovery of differential splicing events from Affymetrix exon junction array data

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    Shen, Shihao; Warzecha, Claude C.; Carstens, Russ P.; Xing, Yi

    2010-01-01

    Motivation: The Affymetrix Human Exon Junction Array is a newly designed high-density exon-sensitive microarray for global analysis of alternative splicing. Contrary to the Affymetrix exon 1.0 array, which only contains four probes per exon and no probes for exon–exon junctions, this new junction array averages eight probes per probeset targeting all exons and exon–exon junctions observed in the human mRNA/EST transcripts, representing a significant increase in the probe density for alternative splicing events. Here, we present MADS+, a computational pipeline to detect differential splicing events from the Affymetrix exon junction array data. For each alternative splicing event, MADS+ evaluates the signals of probes targeting competing transcript isoforms to identify exons or splice sites with different levels of transcript inclusion between two sample groups. MADS+ is used routinely in our analysis of Affymetrix exon junction arrays and has a high accuracy in detecting differential splicing events. For example, in a study of the novel epithelial-specific splicing regulator ESRP1, MADS+ detects hundreds of exons whose inclusion levels are dependent on ESRP1, with a RT-PCR validation rate of 88.5% (153 validated out of 173 tested). Availability: MADS+ scripts, documentations and annotation files are available at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/Labs/Xing/MADSplus/. Contact: yi-xing@uiowa.edu PMID:19933160

  11. AffyTrees: facilitating comparative analysis of Affymetrix plant microarray chips.

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    Frickey, Tancred; Benedito, Vagner Augusto; Udvardi, Michael; Weiller, Georg

    2008-02-01

    Microarrays measure the expression of large numbers of genes simultaneously and can be used to delve into interaction networks involving many genes at a time. However, it is often difficult to decide to what extent knowledge about the expression of genes gleaned in one model organism can be transferred to other species. This can be examined either by measuring the expression of genes of interest under comparable experimental conditions in other species, or by gathering the necessary data from comparable microarray experiments. However, it is essential to know which genes to compare between the organisms. To facilitate comparison of expression data across different species, we have implemented a Web-based software tool that provides information about sequence orthologs across a range of Affymetrix microarray chips. AffyTrees provides a quick and easy way of assigning which probe sets on different Affymetrix chips measure the expression of orthologous genes. Even in cases where gene or genome duplications have complicated the assignment, groups of comparable probe sets can be identified. The phylogenetic trees provide a resource that can be used to improve sequence annotation and detect biases in the sequence complement of Affymetrix chips. Being able to identify sequence orthologs and recognize biases in the sequence complement of chips is necessary for reliable cross-species microarray comparison. As the amount of work required to generate a single phylogeny in a nonautomated manner is considerable, AffyTrees can greatly reduce the workload for scientists interested in large-scale cross-species comparisons.

  12. Using probe secondary structure information to enhance Affymetrix GeneChip background estimates

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    Gharaibeh, Raad Z.; Fodor, Anthony A.; Gibas, Cynthia J.

    2007-01-01

    High-density short oligonucleotide microarrays are a primary research tool for assessing global gene expression. Background noise on microarrays comprises a significant portion of the measured raw data. A number of statistical techniques have been developed to correct for this background noise. Here, we demonstrate that probe minimum folding energy and structure can be used to enhance a previously existing model for background noise correction. We estimate that probe secondary structure accounts for up to 3% of all variation on Affymetrix microarrays. PMID:17387043

  13. Improvements to previous algorithms to predict gene structure and isoform concentrations using Affymetrix Exon arrays

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    2010-01-01

    Background Exon arrays provide a way to measure the expression of different isoforms of genes in an organism. Most of the procedures to deal with these arrays are focused on gene expression or on exon expression. Although the only biological analytes that can be properly assigned a concentration are transcripts, there are very few algorithms that focus on them. The reason is that previously developed summarization methods do not work well if applied to transcripts. In addition, gene structure prediction, i.e., the correspondence between probes and novel isoforms, is a field which is still unexplored. Results We have modified and adapted a previous algorithm to take advantage of the special characteristics of the Affymetrix exon arrays. The structure and concentration of transcripts -some of them possibly unknown- in microarray experiments were predicted using this algorithm. Simulations showed that the suggested modifications improved both specificity (SP) and sensitivity (ST) of the predictions. The algorithm was also applied to different real datasets showing its effectiveness and the concordance with PCR validated results. Conclusions The proposed algorithm shows a substantial improvement in the performance over the previous version. This improvement is mainly due to the exploitation of the redundancy of the Affymetrix exon arrays. An R-Package of SPACE with the updated algorithms have been developed and is freely available. PMID:21110835

  14. Study on the antiendotoxin action of Pulsatillae Decoction using an Affymetrix rat genome array.

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    Hu, Yiyi; Chen, Xi; Lin, Hong; Hu, Yuanliang; Mu, Xiang

    2009-01-01

    A high-throughput and efficient Affymetrix rat genome array was used to investigate the pharmacological mechanism of the traditional Chinese medicine, Pulsatillae Decoction (PD), used for the treatment of diseases induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Rat intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (RIMECs) were challenged with 1mug/ml LPS for 3h, and then treated with PD at a concentration of 1mg/ml for 24h. Total RNA from each treatment group was extracted from cultured RIMECs for detection by the Affymetrix Rat Genome 230 2.0 Array. The results showed that 36 genes were upregulated and 33 genes were downregulated in the LPS group vs. the blank control group; 566 genes were upregulated and 12 genes were downregulated in the PD-treated group vs. the LPS group; and 93 genes were upregulated and 29 genes were downregulated in the PD-treated group vs. the blank control group. The analysis of these data suggested that PD specifically and effectively reduce damage induced by LPS, and improved physiological and biochemical responses to counteract the effects of LPS.

  15. ACNE: a summarization method to estimate allele-specific copy numbers for Affymetrix SNP arrays

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    Ortiz-Estevez, Maria; Bengtsson, Henrik; Rubio, Angel

    2010-01-01

    Motivation: Current algorithms for estimating DNA copy numbers (CNs) borrow concepts from gene expression analysis methods. However, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays have special characteristics that, if taken into account, can improve the overall performance. For example, cross hybridization between alleles occurs in SNP probe pairs. In addition, most of the current CN methods are focused on total CNs, while it has been shown that allele-specific CNs are of paramount importance for some studies. Therefore, we have developed a summarization method that estimates high-quality allele-specific CNs. Results: The proposed method estimates the allele-specific DNA CNs for all Affymetrix SNP arrays dealing directly with the cross hybridization between probes within SNP probesets. This algorithm outperforms (or at least it performs as well as) other state-of-the-art algorithms for computing DNA CNs. It better discerns an aberration from a normal state and it also gives more precise allele-specific CNs. Availability: The method is available in the open-source R package ACNE, which also includes an add on to the aroma.affymetrix framework (http://www.aroma-project.org/). Contact: arubio@ceit.es Supplementaruy information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. PMID:20529889

  16. Evaluation of the Affymetrix CytoScan® Dx Assay for Developmental Delay

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    Webb, Bryn D.; Scharf, Rebecca J.; Spear, Emily A.; Edelmann, Lisa J.; Stroustrup, Annemarie

    2015-01-01

    The goal of molecular cytogenetic testing for children presenting with developmental delay is to identify or exclude genetic abnormalities that are associated with cognitive, behavioral, and/or motor symptoms. Until 2010, chromosome analysis was the standard first-line genetic screening test for evaluation of patients with developmental delay when a specific syndrome was not suspected. In 2010, The American College of Medical Genetics and several other groups recommended chromosomal microarray (CMA) as the first-line test in children with developmental delays, multiple congenital anomalies, and/or autism. This test is able to detect regions of genomic imbalances at a much finer resolution than G-banded karyotyping. Until recently, no CMA testing had been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This review will focus on the use of the Affymetrix CytoScan® Dx Assay, the first CMA to receive FDA approval for the genetic evaluation of individuals with developmental delay. PMID:25350348

  17. MAAMD: a workflow to standardize meta-analyses and comparison of affymetrix microarray data

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    2014-01-01

    Background Mandatory deposit of raw microarray data files for public access, prior to study publication, provides significant opportunities to conduct new bioinformatics analyses within and across multiple datasets. Analysis of raw microarray data files (e.g. Affymetrix CEL files) can be time consuming, complex, and requires fundamental computational and bioinformatics skills. The development of analytical workflows to automate these tasks simplifies the processing of, improves the efficiency of, and serves to standardize multiple and sequential analyses. Once installed, workflows facilitate the tedious steps required to run rapid intra- and inter-dataset comparisons. Results We developed a workflow to facilitate and standardize Meta-Analysis of Affymetrix Microarray Data analysis (MAAMD) in Kepler. Two freely available stand-alone software tools, R and AltAnalyze were embedded in MAAMD. The inputs of MAAMD are user-editable csv files, which contain sample information and parameters describing the locations of input files and required tools. MAAMD was tested by analyzing 4 different GEO datasets from mice and drosophila. MAAMD automates data downloading, data organization, data quality control assesment, differential gene expression analysis, clustering analysis, pathway visualization, gene-set enrichment analysis, and cross-species orthologous-gene comparisons. MAAMD was utilized to identify gene orthologues responding to hypoxia or hyperoxia in both mice and drosophila. The entire set of analyses for 4 datasets (34 total microarrays) finished in ~ one hour. Conclusions MAAMD saves time, minimizes the required computer skills, and offers a standardized procedure for users to analyze microarray datasets and make new intra- and inter-dataset comparisons. PMID:24621103

  18. The Affymetrix DMET Plus Platform Reveals Unique Distribution of ADME-Related Variants in Ethnic Arabs

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    Wakil, Salma M.; Nguyen, Cao; Muiya, Nzioka P.; Andres, Editha; Lykowska-Tarnowska, Agnieszka; Baz, Batoul; Meyer, Brian F.; Morahan, Grant

    2015-01-01

    Background. The Affymetrix Drug Metabolizing Enzymes and Transporters (DMET) Plus Premier Pack has been designed to genotype 1936 gene variants thought to be essential for screening patients in personalized drug therapy. These variants include the cytochrome P450s (CYP450s), the key metabolizing enzymes, many other enzymes involved in phase I and phase II pharmacokinetic reactions, and signaling mediators associated with variability in clinical response to numerous drugs not only among individuals, but also between ethnic populations. Materials and Methods. We genotyped 600 Saudi individuals for 1936 variants on the DMET platform to evaluate their clinical potential in personalized medicine in ethnic Arabs. Results. Approximately 49% each of the 437 CYP450 variants, 56% of the 581 transporters, 56% of 419 transferases, 48% of the 104 dehydrogenases, and 58% of the remaining 390 variants were detected. Several variants, such as rs3740071, rs6193, rs258751, rs6199, rs11568421, and rs8187797, exhibited significantly either higher or lower minor allele frequencies (MAFs) than those in other ethnic groups. Discussion. The present study revealed some unique distribution trends for several variants in Arabs, which displayed partly inverse allelic prevalence compared to other ethnic populations. The results point therefore to the need to verify and ascertain the prevalence of a variant as a prerequisite for engaging it in clinical routine screening in personalized medicine in any given population. PMID:25802476

  19. affyPara-a Bioconductor Package for Parallelized Preprocessing Algorithms of Affymetrix Microarray Data.

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    Schmidberger, Markus; Vicedo, Esmeralda; Mansmann, Ulrich

    2009-07-22

    Microarray data repositories as well as large clinical applications of gene expression allow to analyse several hundreds of microarrays at one time. The preprocessing of large amounts of microarrays is still a challenge. The algorithms are limited by the available computer hardware. For example, building classification or prognostic rules from large microarray sets will be very time consuming. Here, preprocessing has to be a part of the cross-validation and resampling strategy which is necessary to estimate the rule's prediction quality honestly.This paper proposes the new Bioconductor package affyPara for parallelized preprocessing of Affymetrix microarray data. Partition of data can be applied on arrays and parallelization of algorithms is a straightforward consequence. The partition of data and distribution to several nodes solves the main memory problems and accelerates preprocessing by up to the factor 20 for 200 or more arrays.affyPara is a free and open source package, under GPL license, available form the Bioconductor project at www.bioconductor.org. A user guide and examples are provided with the package.

  20. ChIP-on-chip analysis methods for Affymetrix tiling arrays.

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    Yoder, Sean J

    2015-01-01

    Although the ChIP-sequencing has gained significant attraction recently, ChIP analysis using microarrays is still an attractive option due to the low cost, ease of analysis, and access to legacy and public data sets. The analysis of ChIP-Chip data entails a multistep approach that requires several different applications to progress from the initial stages of raw data analysis to the identification and characterization of ChIP binding sites. There are multiple approaches to data analysis and there are several applications available for each stage of the analysis pipeline. Each application must be evaluated for its suitability for the particular experiment as well as the investigator's background with computational tools. This chapter is a review of the commonly available applications for Affymetrix ChIP-Chip data analysis, as well as the general workflow of a ChIP-Chip analysis approach. The purpose of the chapter is to allow the researcher to better select the appropriate applications and provide them with the direction necessary to proceed with a ChIP-Chip analysis.

  1. Identifying the impact of G-quadruplexes on Affymetrix 3' arrays using cloud computing.

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    Memon, Farhat N; Owen, Anne M; Sanchez-Graillet, Olivia; Upton, Graham J G; Harrison, Andrew P

    2010-01-15

    A tetramer quadruplex structure is formed by four parallel strands of DNA/ RNA containing runs of guanine. These quadruplexes are able to form because guanine can Hoogsteen hydrogen bond to other guanines, and a tetrad of guanines can form a stable arrangement. Recently we have discovered that probes on Affymetrix GeneChips that contain runs of guanine do not measure gene expression reliably. We associate this finding with the likelihood that quadruplexes are forming on the surface of GeneChips. In order to cope with the rapidly expanding size of GeneChip array datasets in the public domain, we are exploring the use of cloud computing to replicate our experiments on 3' arrays to look at the effect of the location of G-spots (runs of guanines). Cloud computing is a recently introduced high-performance solution that takes advantage of the computational infrastructure of large organisations such as Amazon and Google. We expect that cloud computing will become widely adopted because it enables bioinformaticians to avoid capital expenditure on expensive computing resources and to only pay a cloud computing provider for what is used. Moreover, as well as financial efficiency, cloud computing is an ecologically-friendly technology, it enables efficient data-sharing and we expect it to be faster for development purposes. Here we propose the advantageous use of cloud computing to perform a large data-mining analysis of public domain 3' arrays.

  2. Hg-1212 and Hg-1223 single crystals: Synthesis and characterisation

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    Gatt, R.; Olsson, E.; Morawski, A.; Lada, T.; Paszewin, A.; Bryntse, I.; Grishin, A. M.; Eeltsev, Yu.; Berastegui, P.; Johansson, L.-G.

    1997-02-01

    Single crystals of HgBa 2CaCu 2O 6+δ (Hg-1212) and HgBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+δ (Hg-1223) were grown from the melt at an argon pressure of 10 kbar. Electron microscopy, as well as single crystal X-ray diffraction studies show that the crystals are well ordered. The EDS analysis indicates the presence of a minor amount of other cations replacing Hg, Ba and Ca in the structure. Refined fractional coordinates and thermal parameters are given for a crystal of Hg-1223 type. Magnetic and resistive measurements show a Tc of 133 K for the Hg-1223 phase.

  3. Methylmercury (MeHg)

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    Methylmercury ( MeHg ) ; CASRN 22967 - 92 - 6 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarci

  4. Hg(+) Frequency Standards

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    Prestage, John D.; Tjoelker, Robert L.; Maleki, Lute

    2000-01-01

    In this paper we review the development of Hg(+) microwave frequency standards for use in high reliability and continuous operation applications. In recent work we have demonstrated short-term frequency stability of 3 x 10(exp -14)/nu(sub tau) when a cryogenic oscillator of stability 2-3 x 10(exp 15) was used a the local oscillator. The trapped ion frequency standard employs a Hg-202 discharge lamp to optically pump the trapped Hg(+)-199 clock ions and a helium buffer gas to cool the ions to near room temperature. We describe a small Hg(+) ion trap based frequency standard with an extended linear ion trap (LITE) architecture which separates the optical state selection region from the clock resonance region. This separation allows the use of novel trap configurations in the resonance region since no optical pumping is carried out there. A method for measuring the size of an ion cloud inside a linear trap with a 12-rod trap is currently being investigated. At approx. 10(exp -12), the 2nd order Doppler shift for trapped mercury ion frequency standards is one of the largest frequency offsets and its measurement to the 1% level would represent an advance in insuring the very long-term stability of these standards to the 10(exp -14) or better level. Finally, we describe atomic clock comparison experiments that can probe for a time variation of the fine structure constant, alpha = e(exp 2)/2(pi)hc, at the level of 10(exp -20)/year as predicted in some Grand Unified String Theories.

  5. Methylation of Hg downstream from the Bonanza Hg mine, Oregon

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    Gray, John E.; Hines, Mark E.; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Thoms, Bryn

    2012-01-01

    Speciation of Hg and conversion to methyl-Hg were evaluated in stream sediment, stream water, and aquatic snails collected downstream from the Bonanza Hg mine, Oregon. Total production from the Bonanza mine was >1360t of Hg, during mining from the late 1800s to 1960, ranking it as an intermediate sized Hg mine on an international scale. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the distribution, transport, and methylation of Hg downstream from a Hg mine in a coastal temperate climatic zone. Data shown here for methyl-Hg, a neurotoxin hazardous to humans, are the first reported for sediment and water from this area. Stream sediment collected from Foster Creek flowing downstream from the Bonanza mine contained elevated Hg concentrations that ranged from 590 to 71,000ng/g, all of which (except the most distal sample) exceeded the probable effect concentration (PEC) of 1060ng/g, the Hg concentration above which harmful effects are likely to be observed in sediment-dwelling organisms. Concentrations of methyl-Hg in stream sediment collected from Foster Creek varied from 11 to 62ng/g and were highly elevated compared to regional baseline concentrations (0.11-0.82ng/g) established in this study. Methyl-Hg concentrations in stream sediment collected in this study showed a significant correlation with total organic C (TOC, R2=0.62), generally indicating increased methyl-Hg formation with increasing TOC in sediment. Isotopic-tracer methods indicated that several samples of Foster Creek sediment exhibited high rates of Hg-methylation. Concentrations of Hg in water collected downstream from the mine varied from 17 to 270ng/L and were also elevated compared to baselines, but all were below the 770ng/L Hg standard recommended by the USEPA to protect against chronic effects to aquatic wildlife. Concentrations of methyl-Hg in the water collected from Foster Creek ranged from 0.17 to 1.8ng/L, which were elevated compared to regional baseline sites upstream and downstream

  6. Reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) by magnetite.

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    Wiatrowski, Heather A; Das, Soumya; Kukkadapu, Ravi; Ilton, Eugene S; Barkay, Tamar; Yee, Nathan

    2009-07-15

    Mercury (Hg) is a highly toxic element, and its contamination of groundwater presents a significant threat to terrestrial ecosystems. Understanding the geochemical processes that mediate mercury transformations in the subsurface is necessary to predict its fate and transport. In this study, we investigated the redox transformation of mercuric Hg (Hg[II]) in the presence of the Fe(II)/Fe(III) mixed valence iron oxide mineral magnetite. Kinetic and spectroscopic experiments were performed to elucidate reaction rates and mechanisms. The experimental data demonstrated that reaction of Hg(II) with magnetite resulted in the loss of Hg(II) and the formation of volatile elemental Hg (Hg[0]). Kinetic experiments showed that Hg(II) reduction occurred within minutes, with reaction rates increasing with increasing magnetite surface area (0.5 to 2 m2/L) and solution pH (4.8 to 6.7), and decreasing with increasing chloride concentration (10(-6) to 10(-2) mol/L). Mössbauer spectroscopic analysis of reacted magnetite samples revealed a decrease in Fe(II) content, corresponding to the oxidation of Fe(II) to Fe(III) in the magnetite structure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy detected the presence of Hg(II) on magnetite surfaces, implying that adsorption is involved in the electron transfer process. These results suggest that Hg(II) reaction with solid-phase Fe(II) is a kinetically favorable pathway for Hg(II) reduction in magnetite-hearing environmental systems.

  7. Hg-Mask Coronagraph

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    Bourget, P.; Veiga, C. H.; Vieira Martins, R.; Assus, P.; Colas, F.

    In order to optimize the occulting process of a Lyot coronagraph and to provide a high dynamic range imaging, a new kind of occulting disk has been developed at the National Observatory of Rio de Janeiro. A mercury (Hg) drop glued onto an optical window by molecular cohesion and compressed by a pellicle film is used as the occulting disk. The minimum of the superficial tension potential function provides an optical precision (lambda/100) of the toric free surface of the mercury. This process provides a size control for the adaptation to the seeing conditions and to the apparent diameter of a resolved object, and in the case of adaptive optics, to the Airy diameter fraction needed. The occultation is a three dimensional process near the focal plane on the toric free surface that provides an apodization of the occultation. The Hg-Mask coronagraph has been projected for astrometric observations of faint satellites near to Jovian planets and works since 2000 at the 1.6 m telescope of the Pico dos Dias Observatory (OPD - Brazil).

  8. inSilicoDb: an R/Bioconductor package for accessing human Affymetrix expert-curated datasets from GEO.

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    Taminau, Jonatan; Steenhoff, David; Coletta, Alain; Meganck, Stijn; Lazar, Cosmin; de Schaetzen, Virginie; Duque, Robin; Molter, Colin; Bersini, Hugues; Nowé, Ann; Weiss Solís, David Y

    2011-11-15

    Microarray technology has become an integral part of biomedical research and increasing amounts of datasets become available through public repositories. However, re-use of these datasets is severely hindered by unstructured, missing or incorrect biological samples information; as well as the wide variety of preprocessing methods in use. The inSilicoDb R/Bioconductor package is a command-line front-end to the InSilico DB, a web-based database currently containing 86 104 expert-curated human Affymetrix expression profiles compiled from 1937 GEO repository series. The use of this package builds on the Bioconductor project's focus on reproducibility by enabling a clear workflow in which not only analysis, but also the retrieval of verified data is supported.

  9. Gene expression in the rat brain during sleep deprivation and recovery sleep: an Affymetrix GeneChip study.

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    Terao, A; Wisor, J P; Peyron, C; Apte-Deshpande, A; Wurts, S W; Edgar, D M; Kilduff, T S

    2006-01-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that macromolecular synthesis in the brain is modulated in association with the occurrence of sleep and wakefulness. Similarly, the spectral composition of electroencephalographic activity that occurs during sleep is dependent on the duration of prior wakefulness. Since this homeostatic relationship between wake and sleep is highly conserved across mammalian species, genes that are truly involved in the electroencephalographic response to sleep deprivation might be expected to be conserved across mammalian species. Therefore, in the rat cerebral cortex, we have studied the effects of sleep deprivation on the expression of immediate early gene and heat shock protein mRNAs previously shown to be upregulated in the mouse brain in sleep deprivation and in recovery sleep after sleep deprivation. We find that the molecular response to sleep deprivation and recovery sleep in the brain is highly conserved between these two mammalian species, at least in terms of expression of immediate early gene and heat shock protein family members. Using Affymetrix Neurobiology U34 GeneChips , we also screened the rat cerebral cortex, basal forebrain, and hypothalamus for other genes whose expression may be modulated by sleep deprivation or recovery sleep. We find that the response of the basal forebrain to sleep deprivation is more similar to that of the cerebral cortex than to the hypothalamus. Together, these results suggest that sleep-dependent changes in gene expression in the cerebral cortex are similar across rodent species and therefore may underlie sleep history-dependent changes in sleep electroencephalographic activity.

  10. Equilibrium mercury isotope fractionation between dissolved Hg(II) species and thiol-bound Hg.

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    Wiederhold, Jan G; Cramer, Christopher J; Daniel, Kelly; Infante, Ivan; Bourdon, Bernard; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2010-06-01

    Stable Hg isotope ratios provide a new tool to trace environmental Hg cycling. Thiols (-SH) are the dominant Hg-binding groups in natural organic matter. Here, we report experimental and computational results on equilibrium Hg isotope fractionation between dissolved Hg(II) species and thiol-bound Hg. Hg(II) chloride and nitrate solutions were equilibrated in parallel batches with varying amounts of thiol resin resulting in different fractions of thiol-bound and free Hg. Mercury isotope ratios in both fractions were analyzed by multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS). Theoretical equilibrium Hg isotope effects by mass-dependent fractionation (MDF) and nuclear volume fractionation (NVF) were calculated for 14 relevant Hg(II) species. The experimental data revealed that thiol-bound Hg was enriched in light Hg isotopes by 0.53 per thousand and 0.62 per thousand (delta(202)Hg) relative to HgCl(2) and Hg(OH)(2), respectively. The computational results were in excellent agreement with the experimental data indicating that a combination of MDF and NVF was responsible for the observed Hg isotope fractionation. Small mass-independent fractionation (MIF) effects (<0.1 per thousand) were observed representing one of the first experimental evidences for MIF of Hg isotopes by NVF. Our results indicate that significant equilibrium Hg isotope fractionation can occur without redox transition, and that NVF must be considered in addition to MDF to explain Hg isotope variations.

  11. Dissolved Organic Matter Enhances Hg Bioavailability to a Hg-Methylating Bacterium Under Mildly Sulfidic Conditions

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    Graham, A. M.; Gilmour, C. C.

    2011-12-01

    Field studies have demonstrated a strong linkage between dissolved organic matter (DOM) quantity and quality and in-situ methylmercury (MeHg) production. The biogeochemical basis for these field observations is unknown however. Here, we investigate the roles of DOM and sulfide in controlling Hg bioavailability to the Hg-methylating bacterium Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132 in short-term washed cell assays. At environmentally relevant Hg/DOM ratios (2-4300 ng Hg/mg DOM), MeHg production increased linearly with increasing Suwannee River humic acid (SRHA) concentration, even in the presence of sulfide concentrations (5-10 μM) sufficient to outcompete SRHA for inorganic Hg. The DOM-dependent enhancement in Hg-methylation cannot be attributed to an enhancement of ND132 metabolic activity or alteration of Hg sorption to cells or bottle walls. Equilibrium speciation calculations indicated that cell suspensions were supersaturated with respect to metacinnabar (β-HgS(s)) and that Hg-DOM thiol complexes were relatively minor species. Notably, SRHA addition had no effect on Hg methylation in solutions where Hg-cysteine species predominated and β-HgS(s) precipitation was not predicted. We hypothesize that DOM enhances Hg-methylation by stabilizing HgS(s) colloids or nanoparticles against aggregation and/or by reducing the crystallinty of HgS(s) particles, and that such HgS(s) colloids are bioavailable to Hg-methylating bacteria. Ongoing work in the laboratory is evaluating the role of DOM character (size, aromaticity, reduced S content, etc.) in controlling the extent of the enhancement in MeHg production. These findings highlight the limits of equilibrium speciation approaches to predicting Hg bioavailability to methylating bacteria given the demonstrated significance of Hg-DOM-sulfide interactions in the anoxic environments where methylation occurs. Our laboratory experiments provide additional insight into the role that DOM plays in determining spatial and temporal

  12. Mercury isotope signatures as tracers for Hg cycling at the New Idria Hg mine.

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    Wiederhold, Jan G; Smith, Robin S; Siebner, Hagar; Jew, Adam D; Brown, Gordon E; Bourdon, Bernard; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2013-06-18

    Mass-dependent fractionation (MDF) and mass-independent fractionation (MIF) of Hg isotopes provides a new tool for tracing Hg in contaminated environments such as mining sites, which represent major point sources of Hg pollution into surrounding ecosystems. Here, we present Hg isotope ratios of unroasted ore waste, calcine (roasted ore), and poplar leaves collected at a closed Hg mine (New Idria, CA, U.S.A.). Unroasted ore waste was isotopically uniform with δ(202)Hg values from -0.09 to 0.16‰ (± 0.10‰, 2 SD), close to the estimated initial composition of the HgS ore (-0.26‰). In contrast, calcine samples exhibited variable δ(202)Hg values ranging from -1.91‰ to +2.10‰. Small MIF signatures in the calcine were consistent with nuclear volume fractionation of Hg isotopes during or after the roasting process. The poplar leaves exhibited negative MDF (-3.18 to -1.22‰) and small positive MIF values (Δ(199)Hg of 0.02 to 0.21‰). Sequential extractions combined with Hg isotope analysis revealed higher δ(202)Hg values for the more soluble Hg pools in calcines compared with residual HgS phases. Our data provide novel insights into possible in situ transformations of Hg phases and suggest that isotopically heavy secondary Hg phases were formed in the calcine, which will influence the isotope composition of Hg leached from the site. PMID:23662941

  13. Mercury isotope fractionation during precipitation of metacinnabar (β-HgS) and montroydite (HgO).

    PubMed

    Smith, Robin S; Wiederhold, Jan G; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2015-04-01

    To utilize stable Hg isotopes as a tracer for Hg cycling and pollution sources in the environment, it is imperative that fractionation factors for important biogeochemical processes involving Hg are determined. Here, we report experimental results on Hg isotope fractionation during precipitation of metacinnabar (β-HgS) and montroydite (HgO). In both systems, we observed mass-dependent enrichments of light Hg isotopes in the precipitates relative to the dissolved Hg. Precipitation of β-HgS appeared to follow equilibrium isotope fractionation with an enrichment factor ε(202)Hg(precipitate-supernatant) of -0.63‰. Precipitation of HgO resulted in kinetic isotope fractionation, which was described by a Rayleigh model with an enrichment factor of -0.32‰. Small mass-independent fractionation was observed in the HgS system, presumably related to nuclear volume fractionation. We propose that Hg isotope fractionation in the HgS system occurred in solution during the transition of O- to S-coordination of Hg(II), consistent with theoretical predictions. In the HgO system, fractionation was presumably caused by the faster precipitation of light Hg isotopes, and no isotopic exchange between solid and solution was observed on the timescale investigated. The results of this work emphasize the importance of Hg solution speciation and suggest that bonding partners of Hg in solution complexes may control the overall isotope fractionation. The determined fractionation factor and mechanistic insights will have implications for the interpretation of Hg isotope signatures and their use as an environmental tracer.

  14. Detection Feasibility of Magnetic Fields and HG Abundances in HgMn Stars

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    Takada-Hidai, M.; Sakaue, A.; Kotake, J.

    We analyzed two Fe II lines at 6147.7 AA and 6149.2 AA observed in 14 HgMn stars with the purpose to examine the feasibility of detecting magnetic fields in HgMn stars based on Mathys' empirical relation between the strengths of the Fe II lines and magnetic fields (Mathys 1990, A&A 232, 151). Takada-Hidai & Jugaku (1992, PASP 104, 106) found that the Fe II 6149 AA is strongly blended with the Hg II 6149.5 AA line in the typical HgMn star mu Lep. To investigate the blending effect of the Hg II line, we measured the strengths of Fe II lines in the sample stars with the Hg abundances of 4 < log Hg < 7 and obtained Hg abundaces from the blending Hg II lines. Most of the resulting Hg abundances were found to agree with the previously determined values within about 0.6 dex. We also found, from a comparison between the strengths of Fe II lines with Hg abundances, that the blending effect of the Hg II line seems to be negligible for the Hg abundances of about < 5 dex, and therefore magnetic fields may possibly be detected with Mathys' empirical relation in case of HgMn stars with such Hg abundances as < 5 dex.

  15. Investigation of 198,200Hg isotopes

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    Diaz Varela, A.; Rand, E. T.; Garrett, P. E.; Bildstein, V.; Burbadge, C.; Hadinia, B.; Jamieson, D. S.; Jimeddorj, B.; Laffoley, A. T.; Leach, K. G.; Maclean, A. D.; Radich, A.; Svensson, C. E.; Ball, G. C.; Faestermann, T.; Hertenberger, R.; Wirth, H.-F.; Rebeiro, B.; Triambak, S.

    2015-10-01

    Limits on the electric dipole moment (EDM) continue to decrease for 199Hg, which provides the most stringent upper limit for a nuclear EDM to date. The E 3 and E 1 strength distributions to the ground state of 199Hg, and E 2 transitions among excited states, would be ideal information to constrain theoretical models of the 199Hg Schiff moment. The high level density of 199Hg makes those determinations challenging, however similar information can be obtained from exploring surrounding even-even Hg isotopes. As part of a campaign to study the 198,200Hg isotopes, a number of experiments have been performed using the Q3D spectrograph at the Maier-Leibnitz Laboratory, with 22 MeV deuteron beams impinging on enriched Hg32S targets. Inelastic scattering allows us to probe the desired E 2 and E 3 matrix elements, while the 198Hg (d , p) and 200Hg (d , t) reactions provide information on the neutron single-particle states of 199Hg.

  16. Identification of biomarkers regulated by rexinoids (LGD1069, LG100268 and Ro25-7386) in human breast cells using Affymetrix microarray.

    PubMed

    Seo, Hye-Sook; Woo, Jong-Kyu; Shin, Yong Cheol; Ko, Seong-Gyu

    2015-07-01

    Retinoids possess anti-proliferative properties, which suggests that they possess chemopreventive and therapeutic potential against cancer. In the current study, genes modulated by rexinoids (retinoid X receptor (RXR)-pan agonists, LGD1069 and LG100268; and the RXRα agonist, Ro25-7386) were identified using an Affymetrix microarray in normal and malignant breast cells. It was observed that LGD1069, LG100268 and Ro25-7386 suppressed the growth of breast cells. Secondly, several rexinoid-regulated genes were identified, which are involved in cell death, cell growth/maintenance, signal transduction and response to stimulus. These genes may be associated with the growth-suppressive activity of rexinoids. Therefore, the identified genes may serve as biomarkers and novel molecular targets for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

  17. Chemical abundances in Hg-Mn stars

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    Heacox, W. D.

    1979-01-01

    An abundance analysis has been conducted of 21 elements in 21 Hg-Mn, two Si-Cr, and six normal stars using model atmospheres and high-dispersion spectroscopy in the visible and UV. Manganese line strengths imply abundances that correlate well with stellar effective temperature. Within the studied sample of Hg-Mn stars there appears to be no correlation of abundances of any element with projected rotational velocity. Abundances in several Hg-Mn stars show patterns that are probably consistent with diffusion but difficult to reconcile with equilibrium nucleosynthesis. In general, no combination of gross stellar physical parameters is sufficient to characterize the patterns of line strengths observed in Hg-Mb Hg-Mn stars.

  18. Unique Hg stable isotope signatures of compact fluorescent lamp-sourced Hg.

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    Mead, Chris; Lyons, James R; Johnson, Thomas M; Anbar, Ariel D

    2013-03-19

    The recent widespread adoption of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) has increased their importance as a source of environmental Hg. Stable isotope analysis can identify the sources of environmental Hg, but the isotopic composition of Hg from CFL is not yet known. Results from analyses of CFL with a range of hours of use show that the Hg they contain is isotopically fractionated in a unique pattern during normal CFL operation. This fractionation is large by comparison to other known fractionating processes for Hg and has a distinctive, mass-independent signature, such that CFL Hg could be uniquely identified from other sources. The fractionation process described here may also explain anomalous fractionation of Hg isotopes in precipitation. PMID:23373764

  19. Pathways of CH3Hg and Hg Ingestion in Benthic Organisms: An Enriched Isotope Approach

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Mercury is a widespread contaminant in marine food webs, and identifying uptake pathways of mercury species, CH3Hg+ and Hg2+, into low trophic level organisms is important to understanding its entry into marine food webs. Enriched stable isotope tracers were used to study benthic vs. pelagic pathways of CH3Hg+ and Hg2+ uptake via food to the infaunal estuarine amphipod, Leptocheirus plumulosus. Algal cells differentially labeled with isotopically enriched CH3Hg+ or Hg2+ were added simultaneously to the sediment and water column of microcosms, and Hg species were monitored in amphipods and in sediment and water compartments. Methylation of Hg2+ occurred during the course of the experiment, enhancing the uptake of Hg2+ spikes. Trophic transfer of Hg from algae added to the water column was determined to be the major uptake route for amphipods, suggesting inputs of contaminated organic matter from the pelagic zone are important to mercury bioaccumulation even in organisms living in sediments. PMID:24678910

  20. Complexation of Hg with phytochelatins is important for plant Hg tolerance.

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    Carrasco-Gil, Sandra; Alvarez-Fernández, Ana; Sobrino-Plata, Juan; Millán, Rocío; Carpena-Ruiz, Ramón O; Leduc, Danika L; Andrews, Joy C; Abadía, Javier; Hernández, Luís E

    2011-05-01

    Three-week-old alfalfa (Medicago sativa), barley (Hordeum vulgare) and maize (Zea mays) were exposed for 7 d to 30 µm of mercury (HgCl(2) ) to characterize the Hg speciation in root, with no symptoms of being poisoned. The largest pool (99%) was associated with the particulate fraction, whereas the soluble fraction (SF) accounted for a minor proportion (<1%). Liquid chromatography coupled with electro-spray/time of flight mass spectrometry showed that Hg was bound to an array of phytochelatins (PCs) in root SF, which was particularly varied in alfalfa (eight ligands and five stoichiometries), a species that also accumulated homophytochelatins. Spatial localization of Hg in alfalfa roots by microprobe synchrotron X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy showed that most of the Hg co-localized with sulphur in the vascular cylinder. Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) fingerprint fitting revealed that Hg was bound in vivo to organic-S compounds, i.e. biomolecules containing cysteine. Albeit a minor proportion of total Hg, Hg-PCs complexes in the SF might be important for tolerance to Hg, as was found with Arabidopsis thaliana mutants cad2-1 (with low glutathione content) and cad1-3 (unable to synthesize PCs) in comparison with wild type plants. Interestingly, high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-time of flight analysis showed that none of these mutants accumulated Hg-biothiol complexes.

  1. 46 CFR 53.05-1 - Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG... requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401). (a) The pressure relief valve requirements and the safety valve requirements for steam boilers must be as indicated in HG-400 and HG-401 of section IV...

  2. 46 CFR 53.05-1 - Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG... requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401). (a) The pressure relief valve requirements and the safety valve requirements for steam boilers must be as indicated in HG-400 and HG-401 of section IV...

  3. 46 CFR 53.05-1 - Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG... requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401). (a) The pressure relief valve requirements and the safety valve requirements for steam boilers must be as indicated in HG-400 and HG-401 of section IV...

  4. 46 CFR 53.05-1 - Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG... requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401). (a) The pressure relief valve requirements and the safety valve requirements for steam boilers must be as indicated in HG-400 and HG-401 of section IV...

  5. 46 CFR 53.05-1 - Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Safety valve requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG... requirements for steam boilers (modifies HG-400 and HG-401). (a) The pressure relief valve requirements and the safety valve requirements for steam boilers must be as indicated in HG-400 and HG-401 of section IV...

  6. Redetermination of Hg2I2

    PubMed Central

    Kars, Mohammed; Roisnel, Thierry; Dorcet, Vincent; Rebbah, Allaoua; L. Carlos, Otero-Diáz

    2012-01-01

    The crystal structure of mercurous iodide, Hg2I2, has been determined previously from X-ray powder diffraction data [Havighurst (1926 ▶). J. Am. Chem. Soc. 48, 2113–2125]. The results of the current redetermination based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data provide more precise geometrical data and also anisotropic displacement parameters for the Hg and I atoms, which are both situated on positions with site-symmetry 4mm. The structure consists of linear dimers I—Hg—Hg—I extending along the c axis with an Hg—Hg distance of 2.5903 (13) Å. The overall coordination sphere of the Hg+ atom is a considerably distorted octa­hedron. The crystal specimen under investigation was twinned by non-merohedry with a refined twin domain fraction of 0.853 (14):0.147 (14). PMID:22346788

  7. Hg0 absorption in potassium persulfate solution*

    PubMed Central

    Ye, Qun-feng; Wang, Cheng-yun; Wang, Da-hui; Sun, Guan; Xu, Xin-hua

    2006-01-01

    The aqueous phase oxidation of gaseous elemental mercury (Hg0) by potassium persulfate (KPS) catalyzed by Ag+ was investigated using a glass bubble column reactor. Concentration of gaseous mercury and potassium persulfate were measured by cold vapor atom absorption (CVAA) and ion chromatograph (IC), respectively. The effects of pH value, concentration of potassium persulfate and silver nitrate (SN), temperature, Hg0 concentration in the reactor inlet and tertiary butanol (TBA), free radical scavenger, on the removal efficiency of Hg0 were studied. The results showed that the removal efficiency of Hg0 increased with increasing concentration of potassium persulfate and silver nitrate, while temperature and TBA were negatively effective. Furthermore, the removal efficiency of Hg0 was much better in neutral solution than in both acidic and alkaline solution. But the influence of pH was almost eliminated by adding AgNO3. High Hg0 concentration has positive effect. The possible reaction mechanism of gaseous mercury was also discussed. PMID:16615172

  8. Modeling atmospheric concentrations and deposition of Hg

    SciTech Connect

    Shannon, J.D.

    1994-06-01

    The deleterious effects on ecosystems of mercury pollution are well established and fish advisories are in effect for many lakes in North America. Because methylation and other transformation processes in ecosystems can alter the original speciation of deposited Hg, a decrease in atmospheric loading of Hg in all forms is highly desirable. The contribution to Hg deposition by emissions from current anthropogenic activities relative to the deposition contribution by emissions from natural processes must be estimated to establish what fraction of atmospheric loading to watersheds and ecosystems is at least potentially amenable to control actions. Additional modeling questions concern source-receptor relationships (SRR) for major point sources and for emissions aggregated over geopolitical regions or emission sectors, because of the usefulness of SRR in comparing effectiveness of alternate control strategies. Modeling of atmospheric Hg is less advanced than that of some other widespread air pollution problems such as acid deposition. Nonetheless, several promising studies have been made for northern Europe and North America. For this study of Hg deposition in eastern North America we extend modeling techniques used extensively and successfully during the last 15 years for concentrations and deposition of SO{sub x} and NO{sub x} over regional scales, with parameterization rates adjusted to suitable values for Hg transformation and removal.

  9. Long-term Hg pollution induced Hg tolerance in the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber (Isopoda, Crustacea).

    PubMed

    Lapanje, A; Drobne, D; Nolde, N; Valant, J; Muscet, B; Leser, V; Rupnik, M

    2008-06-01

    The aim of our work was to assess the pollution-induced community tolerance (PICT) of isopod gut microbiota and pollution-induced isopod population tolerance (PIPT). Animals collected from a chronically Hg polluted and an unpolluted location were exposed for 14 days to 10microg Hg/g dry food under laboratory conditions. The lysosomal membrane stability, hepatopancreas epithelium thickness, feeding activity and animal bacterial gut microbiota composition were determined. The results confirm the hypothesis that the response to short-term Hg exposure differs for animals from the Hg polluted and the unpolluted field locations. The animals and their gut microbiota from the Hg polluted location were less affected by Hg in a short-term feeding experiment than those from the unpolluted environment. We discuss the pollution-induced population tolerance of isopods and their gut microbiota as a measure of effects of long-term environmental pollution. The ecological consequences of such phenomena are also discussed.

  10. Global Expression Patterns of Three Festuca Species Exposed to Different Doses of Glyphosate Using the Affymetrix GeneChip Wheat Genome Array.

    PubMed

    Cebeci, Ozge; Budak, Hikmet

    2009-01-01

    Glyphosate has been shown to act as an inhibitor of an aromatic amino acid biosynthetic pathway, while other pathways that may be affected by glyphosate are not known. Cross species hybridizations can provide a tool for elucidating biological pathways conserved among organisms. Comparative genome analyses have indicated a high level of colinearity among grass species and Festuca, on which we focus here, and showed rearrangements common to the Pooideae family. Based on sequence conservation among grass species, we selected the Affymetrix GeneChip Wheat Genome Array as a tool for the analysis of expression profiles of three Festuca (fescue) species with distinctly different tolerances to varying levels of glyphosate. Differences in transcript expression were recorded upon foliar glyphosate application at 1.58 mM and 6.32 mM, representing 5% and 20%, respectively, of the recommended rate. Differences highlighted categories of general metabolic processes, such as photosynthesis, protein synthesis, stress responses, and a larger number of transcripts responded to 20% glyphosate application. Differential expression of genes encoding proteins involved in the shikimic acid pathway could not be identified by cross hybridization. Microarray data were confirmed by RT-PCR and qRT-PCR analyses. This is the first report to analyze the potential of cross species hybridization in Fescue species and the data and analyses will help extend our knowledge on the cellular processes affected by glyphosate.

  11. HgCdTe barrier infrared detectors

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    Kopytko, M.; Rogalski, A.

    2016-05-01

    In the last decade, new strategies to achieve high-operating temperature (HOT) detectors have been proposed, including barrier structures such as nBn devices, unipolar barrier photodiodes, and multistage (cascade) infrared detectors. The ability to tune the positions of the conduction and valence band edges independently in a broken-gap type-II superlattices is especially helpful in the design of unipolar barriers. This idea has been also implemented in HgCdTe ternary material system. However, the implementation of this detector structure in HgCdTe material system is not straightforward due to the existence of a valence band discontinuity (barrier) at the absorber-barrier interface. In this paper we present status of HgCdTe barrier detectors with emphasis on technological progress in fabrication of MOCVD-grown HgCdTe barrier detectors achieved recently at the Institute of Applied Physics, Military University of Technology. Their performance is comparable with state-of-the-art of HgCdTe photodiodes. From the perspective of device fabrication their important technological advantage results from less stringent surface passivation requirements and tolerance to threading dislocations.

  12. 46 CFR 53.12-1 - General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1) except as noted otherwise in this section. (b) For control systems for... HEATING BOILERS Instruments, Fittings, and Controls (Article 6) § 53.12-1 General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640). (a) The instruments, fittings and controls for heating boilers shall be as indicated in...

  13. 46 CFR 53.12-1 - General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1) except as noted otherwise in this section. (b) For control systems for... HEATING BOILERS Instruments, Fittings, and Controls (Article 6) § 53.12-1 General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640). (a) The instruments, fittings and controls for heating boilers shall be as indicated in...

  14. 46 CFR 53.12-1 - General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640).

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    ... reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1) except as noted otherwise in this section. (b) For control systems for... HEATING BOILERS Instruments, Fittings, and Controls (Article 6) § 53.12-1 General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640). (a) The instruments, fittings and controls for heating boilers shall be as indicated in...

  15. 46 CFR 53.12-1 - General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640).

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    ... reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1) except as noted otherwise in this section. (b) For control systems for... HEATING BOILERS Instruments, Fittings, and Controls (Article 6) § 53.12-1 General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640). (a) The instruments, fittings and controls for heating boilers shall be as indicated in...

  16. 46 CFR 53.12-1 - General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640).

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    ... reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1) except as noted otherwise in this section. (b) For control systems for... HEATING BOILERS Instruments, Fittings, and Controls (Article 6) § 53.12-1 General (modifies HG-600 through HG-640). (a) The instruments, fittings and controls for heating boilers shall be as indicated in...

  17. 40 CFR 60.45Da - Standard for mercury (Hg).

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 6 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Standard for mercury (Hg). 60.45Da... for mercury (Hg). (a) For each coal-fired electric utility steam generating unit other than an IGCC... gases that contain mercury (Hg) emissions in excess of each Hg emissions limit in paragraphs...

  18. Quasiparticle excitations in superdeformed {sup 192}Hg

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    Lauritsen, T.; Carpenter, M.P.; Janssens, R.V.F.

    1995-08-01

    The nucleus {sup 192}Hg plays a pivotal role for superdeformation in the mass 190 region, since calculations of single-particle levels show large shell-gaps for the superdeformed (SD) shape at N = 112 and Z = 80. As a result, {sup 192}Hg is referred to as the doubly magic SD nucleus for the A = 190 region. In previous studies, only one superdeformed band was observed in this nucleus, and this fact was cited as indirect evidence that large shell gaps do indeed exist at the proposed particle numbers.

  19. Tracing historical trends of Hg in the Mississippi River using Hg concentrations and Hg isotopic compositions in a lake sediment core, Lake Whittington, Mississippi, USA

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    Gray, John E.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Pribil, Michael J.; Horowitz, Arthur J.

    2015-01-01

    Concentrations and isotopic compositions of mercury (Hg) in a sediment core collected from Lake Whittington, an oxbow lake on the Lower Mississippi River, were used to evaluate historical sources of Hg in the Mississippi River basin. Sediment Hg concentrations in the Lake Whittington core have a large 10-15 y peak centered on the 1960s, with a maximum enrichment factor relative to Hg in the core of 4.8 in 1966. The Hg concentration profile indicates a different Hg source history than seen in most historical reconstructions of Hg loading. The timing of the peak is consistent with large releases of Hg from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), primarily in the late 1950s and 1960s. Mercury was used in a lithiumisotope separation process by ORNL and an estimated 128Mg (megagrams) of Hgwas discharged to a local stream that flows into the Tennessee River and, eventually, the Mississippi River. Mass balance analyses of Hg concentrations and isotopic compositions in the Lake Whittington core fit a binary mixing model with a Hg-rich upstream source contributing about 70% of the Hg to Lake Whittington at the height of the Hg peak in 1966. This upstream Hg source is isotopically similar to Hg isotope compositions of stream sediment collected downstream near ORNL. It is estimated that about one-half of the Hg released from the ORNL potentially reached the LowerMississippi River basin in the 1960s, suggesting considerable downstream transport of Hg. It is also possible that upstream urban and industrial sources contributed some proportion of Hg to Lake Whittington in the 1960s and 1970s.

  20. Stable Hg isotope signatures in creek sediments impacted by a former Hg mine.

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    Smith, Robin S; Wiederhold, Jan G; Jew, Adam D; Brown, Gordon E; Bourdon, Bernard; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2015-01-20

    The goal of this study was to investigate the Hg stable isotope signatures of sediments in San Carlos Creek downstream of the former Hg mine New Idria, CA, USA and to relate the results to previously studied Hg isotope signatures of unroasted ore waste and calcine materials in the mining area. New Idria unroasted ore waste was reported to have a narrow δ(202)Hg range (−0.09 to 0.16‰), while roasted calcine materials exhibited a very large variability in δ(202)Hg (−5.96 to 14.5‰). In this study, creek sediment samples were collected in the stream bed from two depths (0–10 and 10–20 cm) at 10 locations between the mine adit and 28 km downstream. The sediment samples were size-fractionated into sand, silt, and (if possible) clay fractions as well as hand-picked calcine pebbles. The sediment samples contained highly elevated Hg concentrations (8.2 to 647 μg g(–1)) and displayed relatively narrow mass-dependent fractionation (MDF, δ(202)Hg; ± 0.08‰, 2SD) ranges (−0.58 to 0.24‰) and little to no mass-independent fractionation (MIF, Δ(199)Hg; ± 0.04‰, 2SD) (0.00 to 0.10‰), similar to what was observed previously for the unroasted ore waste. However, due to the highly variable and overlapping δ(202)Hg signatures of the calcines, they could not be ruled out as source of Hg to the creek sediments. Overall, our results suggest that analyzing creek sediments downstream of former Hg mines can provide a more reliable Hg isotope source signature for tracing studies at larger spatial scales, than analyzing the isotopically highly heterogeneous tailing piles typically found at former mining sites. Creek sediments carry an integrated isotope signature of Hg transported away from the mine with runoff into the creek, eventually affecting ecosystems downstream.

  1. Hg stable isotope analysis by the double-spike method.

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    Mead, Chris; Johnson, Thomas M

    2010-06-01

    Recent publications suggest great potential for analysis of Hg stable isotope abundances to elucidate sources and/or chemical processes that control the environmental impact of mercury. We have developed a new MC-ICP-MS method for analysis of mercury isotope ratios using the double-spike approach, in which a solution containing enriched (196)Hg and (204)Hg is mixed with samples and provides a means to correct for instrumental mass bias and most isotopic fractionation that may occur during sample preparation and introduction into the instrument. Large amounts of isotopic fractionation induced by sample preparation and introduction into the instrument (e.g., by batch reactors) are corrected for. This may greatly enhance various Hg pre-concentration methods by correcting for minor fractionation that may occur during preparation and removing the need to demonstrate 100% recovery. Current precision, when ratios are normalized to the daily average, is 0.06 per thousand, 0.06 per thousand, 0.05 per thousand, and 0.05 per thousand (2sigma) for (202)Hg/(198)Hg, (201)Hg/(198)Hg, (200)Hg/(198)Hg, and (199)Hg/(198)Hg, respectively. This is slightly better than previously published methods. Additionally, this precision was attained despite the presence of large amounts of other Hg isotopes (e.g., 5.0% atom percent (198)Hg) in the spike solution; substantially better precision could be achieved if purer (196)Hg were used.

  2. Mercuric chloride (HgCl2)

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    Mercuric chloride ( HgCl2 ) ; CASRN 7487 - 94 - 7 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Nonc

  3. Beryllium abundances in Hg-Mn stars

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    Boesgaard, A.M.; Heacox, W.D.; Wolff, S.C.; Borsenberger, J.; Praderie, F.

    1982-08-15

    The Hg-Mn stars show anomalous line strengths of many chemical elements including Be. We have observed the Be ii resonance doublet at lambdalambda 3130, 3131 at 6.7 A mm/sup -1/ in 43 Hg-Mn stars and 10 normal stars in the same temperature range with the coude spectrograph of the 2.24 m University of Hawaii telescope at Mauna Kea. Measured equivalent widths of the two lines and/or the blend of the doublet have been compared with predictions from (1) LTE model atmospheres and (2) non-LTE line formation on non-LTE model atmospheres. (For strong Be ii lines, the LTE calculations result in more Be by factors of 2 to 4 than do the non-LTE calculations.) Overabundances of factors of 20--2 x 10/sup 4/ relative to solar have been found for 75% of the Hg-Mn stars. The 25% with little or no Be are typically among the cooler Hg-Mn stars, but for the stars with Be excesses, there is only marginal evidence for a correlationi of the size of the overabundance and temperature. It is suggested that diffusion driven by radiation pressure is responsible for the observed Be abundance anomalies.

  4. Investigation of uptake and retention of atmospheric Hg(II) by boreal forest plants using stable Hg isotopes

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    Graydon, J.A.; St. Louis, V.L.; Hintelmann, H.; Lindberg, S.E.; Sandilands, K.A.; Rudd, J.W.M.; Kelly, C.A.; Tate, M.T.; Krabbenhoft, D.P.; Lehnherr, I.

    2009-01-01

    Although there is now a general consensus among mercury (Hg) biogeochemists that increased atmospheric inputs of inorganic Hg(II) to lakes and watersheds can result in increased methylmercury (MeHg) concentrations in fish, researchers still lack kinetic data describing the movement of Hg from the atmosphere, through watershed and lake ecosystems, and into fish. The use of isotopically enriched Hg species in environmental studies now allows experimentally applied new Hg to be distinguished from ambient Hg naturally present in the system. Four different enriched stable Hg(II) isotope "spikes" were applied sequentially over four years to the ground vegetation of a microcatchment at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in the remote boreal forest of Canada to examine retention of Hg(II) following deposition. Areal masses of the spikes and ambient THg (all forms of Hg in a sample) were monitored for eight years, and the pattern of spike retention was used to estimate retention of newly deposited ambient Hg within the ground vegetation pool. Fifty to eighty percent of applied spike Hg was initially retained by ground vegetation. The areal mass of spike Hg declined exponentially over time and was best described by a first-order process with constants (k) ranging between 9.7 ?? 10-4 day -1 and 11.6 ?? 10-4 day-1. Average half-life (t1/2) of spike Hg within the ground vegetation pool (??S.D.) was 704 ?? 52 days. This retention of new atmospheric Hg(II) by vegetation delays movement of new Hg(II) into soil, runoff, and finally into adjacent lakes. Ground-applied Hg(II) spikes were not detected in tree foliage and litterfall, indicating that stomatal and/or root uptake of previously deposited Hg (i.e., "recycled" from ground vegetation or soil Hg pools) were likely not large sources of foliar Hg under these experimental conditions. ?? 2009 American Chemical Society.

  5. Total-Hg and organic-Hg in Cephalopholis fulva (Linnaeus, 1758) from inshore and offshore waters of NE Brazil.

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    Lacerda, L D; Santos, J A; Campos, R C; Gonçalves, R A; Salles, R

    2007-08-01

    To investigate whether source proximity or bioavailability is the major factor controlling both Hg concentration and Hg speciation in marine fishes, total- and organic-Hg content in muscle and liver tissues from different populations of Cephalopholis fulva (piraúna) from inshore and offshore waters of the Brazilian northeastern coast were analyzed. Average total-Hg in muscle (104 ng x g(-1) w.w.) and liver (2,865 ng x g(-1) w.w.) tissues, as well as organic-Hg concentrations in muscle (169 ng x g(-1) w.w.) and liver (1,038 ng x g(-1) w.w.), were much higher in the offshore population of C. fulva than in the inshore ones. In the inshore population total-Hg and organic-Hg average concentrations in muscle tissue were similar and reached only 49 ng x g(-1) w.w., while in liver they reached 412 ng x g(-1) w.w. for total-Hg and 180 ng x g(-1) w.w., for organic-Hg. Concentrations of both Hg species in the two populations were higher in liver than in muscle. The average percentage contribution of organic-Hg to the total Hg content was higher in muscle (98-100%) than in liver (42-53%), but similar between the two populations. Total-Hg and organic-Hg concentrations in muscle and liver from the offshore population showed significant (P < 0.05) positive correlation with fish length. However, in the inshore population only the total-Hg and organic-Hg in muscle tissues correlate significantly with fish size. Although the coastal environments are enriched in total Hg relative to open waters, the significant higher Hg concentrations in the offshore population of C. fulva and the significant correlation found between organic-Hg in liver with fish size suggest higher bioavailability of Hg in offshore waters relative to inshore ones.

  6. Odd isotope deficits in atmospheric Hg measured in lichens.

    PubMed

    Carignan, Jean; Estrade, Nicolas; Sonke, Jeroen E; Donard, Olivier F X

    2009-08-01

    Redox reactions govern mercury (Hg) concentrations in the atmosphere because fluxes (emissions and deposition), and residence times, are largely controlled by Hg speciation. Recent work on aquatic Hg photoreduction suggested that this reaction produces non-mass dependent fractionation (NMF) and that residual aquatic Hg(II)is characterized by positive delta199Hg and delta201Hg anomalies. Here, we show that atmospheric Hg accumulated in lichens is characterized by NMF with negative delta199Hg and delta201Hg values (-0.3 to -1 per thousand), making the atmosphere and the aquatic environment complementary reservoirs regarding photoreduction and NMF of Hg isotopes. Because few other reactions than aquatic Hg photoreduction induce NMF, photochemical reduction appears to be a key pathway in the global Hg cycle. Based on a NMF isotope mass balance, direct anthropogenic emissions may account for only 50 +/- 10% of atmospheric Hg deposition in an urban area of NE France. Furthermore, isotopic anomalies found in several polluted soils and sediments strongly suggests that an important part of Hg in these samples was affected by photoreactions and has cycled through the atmosphere before being stored in the geological environment. Thus, mercury isotopic anomalies measured in environmental samples may be used to trace and quantify the contribution of source emissions.

  7. Identification of Atmospheric Mercury Input to Ecosystems From Precipitation Using Coupled Δ200Hg and Δ204Hg Fractionation

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    Blum, J. D.; Johnson, M. W.

    2015-12-01

    Mercury has seven stable isotopes, and during most biogeochemical reactions all of the isotopes fractionate mass dependently (MDF; relative to δ202/198Hg). The odd isotopes also fractionate mass independently (MIF) during reactions involving the magnetic isotope and nuclear volume effects. In 2010 we first reported MIF of 200Hg in precipitation (Gratz et al), and in 2013 we reported MIF of 204Hg in precipitation (Demers et al). Measurements of Δ200Hg are becoming more common and several studies have now used Δ200Hg as a tracer of Hg(II) deposited from the atmosphere (Chen et al, 2012; Strok et al 2015). Δ204Hg is much less commonly measured and reported, but sheds additional light on the mechanisms that might cause even isotope MIF. We observe Δ204Hg to be of opposite sign and ~2x the magnitude of Δ200Hg. The presence of coupled Δ200Hg and Δ204Hg is most useful for detecting precipitation inputs of Hg to ecosystems. We have measured Δ200Hg and Δ204Hg in hundreds of samples of precipitation, invertebrates, fish, moss, lichen, ice crystals and GEM at many locations in North America and Hawaii. When average values for each sample type at each study location are plotted as Δ200Hg versus Δ204Hg they fall on a linear array with slope=0.57 and R2=0.92. Samples of sediment, coal, various rock-types, and point-source contaminants have contrasting Δ200Hg and Δ204Hg indistinguishable from zero. We also use combined Δ200Hg and Δ204Hg to explore mechanisms leading to even isotope MIF. Ghosh et al (2012) measured nuclear volume fractionation and found even MIF to be undetectable. Mead et al (2013) calculated even mass MIF from nuclear self-shielding and it does not fit our observations of Δ200Hg/Δ204Hg in natural samples; they also measured MIF caused by implantation of Hg into glass in compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and this is consistent with Δ200Hg/Δ204Hg in atmospheric Hg(II), suggesting the possibility of a common fractionation mechanism.

  8. Analysis of RFSA Campaign No.2 Dissolver Solution for Hg(I) and Hg(II)

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    Holcomb, H.P.

    2001-05-17

    TA 2-1083, under which RFSA processing is conducted, calls for a nominal mercuric ion concentration in the dissolver solution of 0.006M with a maximum of 0.01 M. The second RFSA campaign operated according to these guidelines with the initial Hg(II) concentration being 0.0068 M. Part of this study is to ascertain optimum excess Hg(I) for chloride removal.

  9. Hg/HgO electrode and hydrogen evolution potentials in aqueous sodium hydroxide

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    Nickell, Ryan A.; Zhu, Wenhua H.; Payne, Robert U.; Cahela, Donald R.; Tatarchuk, Bruce J.

    The Hg/HgO electrode is usually utilized as a reference electrode in alkaline solution such as for development of an alkaline hydrogen electrode. The reference electrode provides a suitable reference point but is available from few commercial vendors and suffers from inadequate documentation on potential in varying electrolytes. A new numerical method uses activity, activity coefficients, and a few correlated empirical equations to determine the potential values in both dilute and concentrated sodium hydroxide solutions at temperatures of 0-90 °C and at concentrations of 0.100-12.8 mol k gH2O-1 . The computed potentials of the Hg/HgO electrodes versus a normal hydrogen electrode (NHE) at 25 °C and 1 atm are 0.1634 V for 0.100m, 0.1077 V for 1.00m, and 0.0976 V for 1.45m NaOH solutions. The Hg/HgO reduction potential further changes to -0.0751 V versus NHE and hydrogen evolution potential changes to -0.9916 V versus NHE in a solution of 30.0 wt.% NaOH at 80 °C. The calculated values are compared with the measured data at 25 and 75 °C. The experimental data agree well with the numerical values computed from the theoretical and empirical equations.

  10. Development and application of a 6.5 million feature Affymetrix Genechip® for massively parallel discovery of single position polymorphisms in lettuce (Lactuca spp.)

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    2012-01-01

    Background High-resolution genetic maps are needed in many crops to help characterize the genetic diversity that determines agriculturally important traits. Hybridization to microarrays to detect single feature polymorphisms is a powerful technique for marker discovery and genotyping because of its highly parallel nature. However, microarrays designed for gene expression analysis rarely provide sufficient gene coverage for optimal detection of nucleotide polymorphisms, which limits utility in species with low rates of polymorphism such as lettuce (Lactuca sativa). Results We developed a 6.5 million feature Affymetrix GeneChip® for efficient polymorphism discovery and genotyping, as well as for analysis of gene expression in lettuce. Probes on the microarray were designed from 26,809 unigenes from cultivated lettuce and an additional 8,819 unigenes from four related species (L. serriola, L. saligna, L. virosa and L. perennis). Where possible, probes were tiled with a 2 bp stagger, alternating on each DNA strand; providing an average of 187 probes covering approximately 600 bp for each of over 35,000 unigenes; resulting in up to 13 fold redundancy in coverage per nucleotide. We developed protocols for hybridization of genomic DNA to the GeneChip® and refined custom algorithms that utilized coverage from multiple, high quality probes to detect single position polymorphisms in 2 bp sliding windows across each unigene. This allowed us to detect greater than 18,000 polymorphisms between the parental lines of our core mapping population, as well as numerous polymorphisms between cultivated lettuce and wild species in the lettuce genepool. Using marker data from our diversity panel comprised of 52 accessions from the five species listed above, we were able to separate accessions by species using both phylogenetic and principal component analyses. Additionally, we estimated the diversity between different types of cultivated lettuce and distinguished morphological types

  11. Dipole Bands in {sup 196}Hg

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    Lawrie, J. J.; Lawrie, E. A.; Newman, R. T.; Sharpey-Schafer, J. F.; Smit, F. D.; Msezane, B.; Benatar, M.; Mabala, G. K.; Mutshena, K. P.; Federke, M.; Mullins, S. M.; Ncapayi, N. J.; Vymers, P.

    2011-10-28

    High spin states in {sup 196}Hg have been populated in the {sup 198}Pt({alpha},6n) reaction at 65 MeV and the level scheme has been extended. A new dipole band has been observed and a previously observed dipole has been confirmed. Excitation energies, spins and parities of these bands were determined from DCO ratio and linear polarization measurements. Possible quasiparticle excitations responsible for these structures are discussed.

  12. A physiological role for HgII during phototrophic growth

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    Grégoire, D. S.; Poulain, A. J.

    2016-02-01

    The bioaccumulation of toxic monomethylmercury is influenced by the redox reactions that determine the amount of mercury (Hg) substrate--HgII or Hg0 (refs ,)--that is available for methylation. Phototrophic microorganisms can reduce HgII to Hg0 (ref. ). This reduction has been linked to a mixotrophic lifestyle, in which microbes gain energy photosynthetically but acquire diverse carbon compounds for biosynthesis from the environment. Photomixotrophs must maintain redox homeostasis to disperse excess reducing power due to the accumulation of reduced enzyme cofactors. Here we report laboratory experiments in which we exposed purple bacteria growing in a bioreactor to HgII and monitored Hg0 concentrations. We show that phototrophs use HgII as an electron sink to maintain redox homeostasis. Hg0 concentrations increased only when bacteria grew phototrophically, and when bacterial enzyme cofactor ratios indicated the presence of an intracellular redox imbalance. Under such conditions, bacterial growth rates increased with increasing HgII concentrations; when alternative electron sinks were added, Hg0 production decreased. We conclude that Hg can fulfil a physiological function in bacteria, and that photomixotrophs can modify the availability of Hg to methylation sites.

  13. MBE HgCdTe heterostructure detectors

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    Schulman, Joel N.; Wu, Owen K.

    1990-01-01

    HgCdTe has been the mainstay for medium (3 to 5 micron) and long (10 to 14 micron) wavelength infrared detectors in recent years. Conventional growth and processing techniques are continuing to improve the material. However, the additional ability to tailor composition and placement of doped layers on the tens of angstroms scale using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) provides the opportunity for new device physics and concepts to be utilized. MBE-based device structures to be discussed here can be grouped into two categories: tailored conventional structures and quantum structures. The tailored conventional structures are improvements on familiar devices, but make use of the ability to create layers of varying composition, and thus band gap, at will. The heterostructure junction can be positioned independently of doping p-n junctions. This allows the small band gap region in which the absorption occurs to be separated from a larger band gap region in which the electric field is large and where unwanted tunneling can occur. Data from hybrid MBE/liquid phase epitaxy (LPE)/bulk structures are given. Quantum structures include the HgTe-CdTe superlattice, in which the band gap and transport can be controlled by alternating thin layers (tens of angstroms thick) of HgTe and CdTe. The superlattice has been shown to exhibit behavior which is non-alloy like, including very high hole mobilities, two-dimensional structure in the absorption coefficient, resonant tunneling, and anisotropic transport.

  14. Hg+Br-->HgBr recombination and collision-induced dissociation dynamics.

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    Shepler, Benjamin C; Balabanov, Nikolai B; Peterson, Kirk A

    2007-10-28

    A global potential energy surface has been constructed for the system HgBr+Ar-->Hg+Br+Ar to determine temperature dependent rate constants for the collision-induced dissociation (CID) and recombination of Hg and Br atoms. The surface was decomposed using a many-body expansion. Accurate two-body potentials for HgBr, HgAr, and ArBr were calculated using coupled cluster theory with single and double excitations and a perturbative treatment of triple excitations [CCSD(T)], as well as the multireference averaged coupled pair functional method. Correlation consistent basis sets were used to extrapolate to the complete basis set limit and corrections were included to account for scalar and spin-orbit relativistic effects, core-valence correlation, and the Lamb shift. The three-body potential was computed with the CCSD(T) method and triple-zeta quality basis sets. Quasiclassical trajectories using the final analytical potential surface were directly carried out on the CID of HgBr by Ar for a large sampling of initial rotational, vibrational, and collision energies. The recombination rate of Hg and Br atoms is a likely first step in mercury depletion events that have been observed in the Arctic troposphere during polar sunrise. The effective second order rate constant for this process was determined in this work from the calculated CID rate as a function of temperature using the principle of detailed balance, which resulted in k(T) = 1.2 x 10(-12) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1) at 260 K and 1 bar pressure. PMID:17979335

  15. Crystal structure of Hg2SO4 - a redetermination.

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    Weil, Matthias

    2014-09-01

    The crystal structure of mercury(I) sulfate (or mercurous sulfate), Hg2SO4, was re-determined based on modern CCD data. In comparison with the previous determination from Weissenberg film data [Dorm (1969 ▶). Acta Chem. Scand. 23, 1607-1615], all atoms were refined with anisotropic displacement parameters, leading to higher precision in terms of bond lengths and angles [e.g. Hg-Hg = 2.5031 (7) compared to 2.500 (3)Å]. The structure consists of alternating rows along [001] of Hg2 (2+) dumbbells (generated by inversion symmetry) and SO4 (2-) tetra-hedra (symmetry 2). The dumbbells are linked via short O-Hg-Hg-O bonds to the sulfate tetra-hedra into chains extending parallel to [20-1]. More remote O-Hg-Hg-O bonds connect these chains into a three-dimensional framework.

  16. HgZnTe-based detectors for LWIR NASA applications

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    Patten, Elizabeth A.; Kalisher, Murray H.

    1990-01-01

    The initial goal was to grow and characterize HgZnTe and determine if it indeed had the advantageous properties that were predicted. Researchers grew both bulk and liquid phase epitaxial HgZnTe. It was determined that HgZnTe had the following properties: (1) microhardness at least 50 percent greater than HgCdTe of equivalent bandgap; (2) Hg annealing rates of at least 2 to 4 times longer than HgCdTe; and (3) higher Hg vacancy formation energies. This early work did not focus on one specific composition (x-value) of HgZnTe since NASA was interested in HgZnTe's potential for a variety of applications. Since the beginning of 1989, researchers have been concentrating, however, on the liquid phase growth of very long wavelength infrared (VLWIR) HgZnTe (cutoff approx. equals 17 microns at 65K) to address the requirements of the Earth Observing System (EOS). Since there are no device models to predict the advantages in reliability one can gain with increased microhardness, surface stability, etc., one must fabricate HgZnTe detectors and assess their relative bake stability (accelerated life test behavior) compared with HgCdTe devices fabricated in the same manner. Researchers chose to fabricate HIT detectors as a development vehicle for this program because high performance in the VLWIR has been demonstrated with HgCdTe HIT detectors and the HgCdTe HIT process should be applicable to HgZnTe. HIT detectors have a significant advantage for satellite applications since these devices dissipate much less power than conventional photoconductors to achieve the same responsivity.

  17. Process of .sup.196 Hg enrichment

    DOEpatents

    Grossman, Mark W.; Mellor, Charles E.

    1993-01-01

    A simple rate equation model shows that by increasing the length of the photochemical reactor and/or by increasing the photon intensity in said reactor, the feedstock utilization of .sup.196 Hg will be increased. Two preferred embodiments of the present invention are described, namely (1) long reactors using long photochemical lamps and vapor filters; and (2) quartz reactors with external UV reflecting films. These embodiments have each been constructed and operated, demonstrating the enhanced utilization process dictated by the mathematical model (also provided).

  18. Process of [sup 196]Hg enrichment

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    Grossman, M.W.; Mellor, C.E.

    1993-04-27

    A simple rate equation model shows that by increasing the length of the photochemical reactor and/or by increasing the photon intensity in said reactor, the feedstock utilization of [sup 196]Hg will be increased. Two preferred embodiments of the present invention are described, namely (1) long reactors using long photochemical lamps and vapor filters; and (2) quartz reactors with external UV reflecting films. These embodiments have each been constructed and operated, demonstrating the enhanced utilization process dictated by the mathematical model (also provided).

  19. Bioindication of volcanic mercury (Hg) deposition around Mt Etna (Sicily)

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    Martin, R.; Witt, M. L.; Sawyer, G. M.; Watt, S.; Bagnato, E.; Calabrese, S.; Aiuppa, A.; Delmelle, P.; Pyle, D. M.; Mather, T. A.

    2012-12-01

    Mt. Etna is a major natural source of Hg to the Mediterranean region. Total mercury concentrations, [Hg]tot, in Castanea sativa (sweet chestnut) leaves sampled 7-13 km from Etna's vents (during six campaigns in 2005-2011) were determined using atomic absorption spectroscopy. [Hg]tot in C. sativa was greatest on Etna's SE flank reflecting Hg deposition from the typically overhead volcanic plume. When adjusted for leaf age, [Hg]tot in C. sativa also increased with recent eruptive activity. [Hg]tot in C. sativa was not controlled by [Hg]tot in soils, which instead was greatest on the (upwind) NW flank and correlated strongly with soil organic matter (% Org). Our results suggest that at least ~1% of Hg emitted from Etna is deposited proximally, supporting recent measurement and model results which indicate that GEM (Hg0; the dominant form of Hg in high temperature magmatic gases) is oxidised rapidly to RGM and Hgp in ambient temperature volcanic plumes. Samples of C. sativa and soils were also collected in July and September 2012 alongside SO2 and acid gas diffusion tube samples. These new samples will enable us to investigate Hg accumulation over a single growth season with reference to the exposure of vegetation to volcanic gases and particles.

  20. Stable mercury isotope ratios as tracers for Hg cycling at the inoperative New Idria Hg mine, California

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    Wiederhold, J. G.; Jew, A. D.; Brown, G. E.; Bourdon, B.; Kretzschmar, R.

    2010-12-01

    The seven stable isotopes of Hg are fractionated in the environment as a result of mass-dependent (MDF) and mass-independent (MIF) fractionation processes that can be studied in parallel by analyzing the ratios of even and odd mass Hg isotopes. MDF and MIF Hg isotope signatures of natural samples may provide a new tool to trace sources and transformations in environmental Hg cycling. However, the mechanisms controlling the extent of kinetic and equilibrium Hg isotope fractionations are still only partially understood. Thus, development of this promising tracer requires experimental calibration of relevant fractionation factors as well as assessment of natural variations of Hg isotope ratios under different environmental conditions. The inoperative Hg mine in New Idria (California, USA) represents an ideal case study to explore Hg isotope fractionation during Hg transformation and transport processes. More than a century of Hg mining and on-site thermal refining to obtain elemental Hg until 1972 produced large volumes of contaminated mine wastes which now represent sources of Hg pollution for the surrounding ecosystems. Here, we present Hg isotope data from various materials collected at New Idria using Cold-Vapor-MC-ICPMS with a long-term δ202Hg reproducibility of ±0.1‰ (2SD). Uncalcined mine waste samples were isotopically similar to NIST-3133 and did not exhibit any MIF signatures. In contrast, calcine samples, which represent the residue of the thermal ore processing at 700°C, had significantly heavier δ202Hg values of up to +1.5‰. In addition, we observed small negative MIF anomalies of the odd-mass Hg isotopes in the calcine samples, which could be caused either by nuclear volume fractionation or a magnetic isotope effect during or after the roasting process. The mass-dependent enrichment of heavy Hg isotopes in the calcine materials indicates that light Hg isotopes were preferentially removed during the roasting process, in agreement with a previous

  1. Mass Independent Fractionation of Hg Isotopes Preserved in the Precambrian

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    Thibodeau, A. M.; Bergquist, B. A.; Kah, L. C.; Ono, S.; Ghosh, S.; Hazen, R. M.

    2013-12-01

    Mercury (Hg) is a photochemically active, redox-sensitive, chalcophilic metal with complex biogeochemistry that displays a wide range of mass-dependent (MDF) and mass-independent (MIF) stable isotopic fractionation. In the past decade, Hg isotopes have emerged as important tracers of both the sources and cycling of Hg in the modern environment. However, their utility as environmental proxies in ancient rocks remains largely unexplored. The potential of Hg isotopes to inform Precambrian environments derives from the observation that Hg isotopes with odd atomic mass numbers (199Hg and 201Hg) undergo large MIF by the magnetic isotope effect (MIE) and smaller MIF through the nuclear volume effect (NVE). Small MIF produced via NVE has been observed for numerous transformations and is characterized by MIF ratios (Δ199Hg/Δ201Hg) of about 1.6. Large Hg-MIF driven by MIE has been observed during photochemical transformations and is characterized by Δ199Hg/Δ201Hg ratios between 1 and 1.3. This MIF signal is sensitive to a range of environmental conditions, including the amount and type of solar radiation, the presence and type of complexing organic ligands, and the Hg/dissolved organic carbon (DOC) ratio. Thus, it is hoped that Hg-MIF signals may indirectly record changes in atmospheric composition or seawater chemistry if preserved in marine sedimentary records. Previous work has clearly demonstrated that Hg-MIF signals are preserved in Archean and Paleoproterozoic marine shales and massive sulfide deposits. Here, we present evidence that such signals are also preserved in marine shales of mid-Proterozoic age, including the ~1.3 Ga Sulky formation (Dismal Lakes Group, NW Arctic), the ~1.45 Ga Greyson Shale (Belt Basin, Montana), and the ~1.5 Ga Katalsy formation (Kypry Group, Eastern European Platform). We observe that the Greyson shale and shales within the Sulky formation yield negative Hg-MIF with Δ199Hg/Δ201Hg ratios close to 1 and that Kaltasy group sediments

  2. AQUEOUS REDUCTION OF HG2+ TO HG0 BY HO2 IN THE CMAQ-MODEL

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    Numerical models of atmospheric mercury are formulated based on the current understanding of mercury chemistry in air and in atmospheric water. Recent evidence that significant reduction of Hg2+ by reaction with HO2 may not actually occur in natural atmospheric water has obviou...

  3. Superdeformation studies in {sup 191}Hg

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    Carpenter, M.P.; Janssens, R.V.F.; Crowell, B.

    1995-08-01

    Superdeformation in the A {approximately} 190 region was first observed in {sup 191}Hg from an experiment performed at ATLAS using the Argonne Notre Dame {gamma}-ray facility. We recently revisited the study of superdeformation in this nucleus using Gammasphere and the {sup 160}Gd({sup 36}S,5n) and {sup 174}Yb({sup 22}Ne,5n) reactions at 172 and 120 MeV in order to populate and measure states in the second well. The goal of the experiment was to identify new bands in the data, and thus allow us to gain understanding on the relative placement of single particle orbitals near the N = 112 SD shell gap. From an analysis of the data, the three previously identified SD bands were extended, and their feeding into the yrast states delineated. Two new SD bands were observed and preliminary evidence for a third new band was obtained as well.

  4. Multilayered (Hg,Cd)Te infrared detector

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    Rae, W. G.

    1977-01-01

    Multilayered mercury-cadmium telluride photoconductive detectors were developed which are capable of providing individual coverage of three separate spectral wavelength bands without the use of beam splitters. The multilayered "three-color" detector on a single dewar takes the place of three separate detector/filter/dewar units and enables simpler and more reliable mechanical and optical designs for multispectral scanners and radiometers. Wavelength channel design goals (in micrometers) were: 10.1 to 11.0, 11.0 to 12.0, and 13.0. Detectivity for all channels was 1 x 10 to the 10th power cm-Hz 1/2/Watt. A problem occurred in finding an epoxy layer which had good infrared transmission properties and which also was chemically and mechanically compatible with HgCdTe processing techniques. Data on 6 candidate bonding materials are surveyed and discussed.

  5. Distribution and excretion of Cd, Hg, methyl-Hg and ZS in the predatory beetle Pterostichus niger (Coleoptera: Carabidae)

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    Lindqvist, L.; Block, M.; Tjaelve, H.

    1995-07-01

    Excretion and distribution of cadmium (Cd), and mercury (Hg), methylmercury (methyl-Hg), and zinc (Zn) were studied in the predatory beetle, Pterostichus niger. Specimens of P. niger were fed with insect larvae containing {sup 109}Cd, {sup 203}Hg, methyl-{sup 203}Hg, or {sup 65}Zn. After ingestion of the larvae, the metal contents in the beetles were measured daily for 30 d by {gamma}-spectrometry. Additional beetles were used for autoradiography 5, 15, and 19 d after ingestion of the metals. Excretion of the metals was fast during an initial interval but occurred thereafter at a slow rate. After 2 weeks, the contents of Cd and inorganic Hg had decreased to approximately 1% of the ingested amounts. For Zn and methyl-Hg, higher levels were retained in the beetles. Thus after 30 d, Zn content was 20% of the ingested amount, whereas for methyl-Hg 60% was retained in the body. Autoradiography showed high levels of all metals in the gut. For methyl-Hg, in contrast to inorganic Hg, there was also an evenly distributed labelling in most body tissues. This labelling was also seen for Zn, although at a lower lever than for methyl-Hg. Cadmium showed a localization in the integument, which was not seen for the other metals. The results show that patterns of uptake and excretion of the examined metals in P. niger vary considerably and that the distribution picture show specific features for the individual metals.

  6. Oxidative stress in MeHg-induced neurotoxicity

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    Farina, Marcelo; Aschner, Michael; Rocha, Joao B.T.

    2011-11-15

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is an environmental toxicant that leads to long-lasting neurological and developmental deficits in animals and humans. Although the molecular mechanisms mediating MeHg-induced neurotoxicity are not completely understood, several lines of evidence indicate that oxidative stress represents a critical event related to the neurotoxic effects elicited by this toxicant. The objective of this review is to summarize and discuss data from experimental and epidemiological studies that have been important in clarifying the molecular events which mediate MeHg-induced oxidative damage and, consequently, toxicity. Although unanswered questions remain, the electrophilic properties of MeHg and its ability to oxidize thiols have been reported to play decisive roles to the oxidative consequences observed after MeHg exposure. However, a close examination of the relationship between low levels of MeHg necessary to induce oxidative stress and the high amounts of sulfhydryl-containing antioxidants in mammalian cells (e.g., glutathione) have led to the hypothesis that nucleophilic groups with extremely high affinities for MeHg (e.g., selenols) might represent primary targets in MeHg-induced oxidative stress. Indeed, the inhibition of antioxidant selenoproteins during MeHg poisoning in experimental animals has corroborated this hypothesis. The levels of different reactive species (superoxide anion, hydrogen peroxide and nitric oxide) have been reported to be increased in MeHg-exposed systems, and the mechanisms concerning these increments seem to involve a complex sequence of cascading molecular events, such as mitochondrial dysfunction, excitotoxicity, intracellular calcium dyshomeostasis and decreased antioxidant capacity. This review also discusses potential therapeutic strategies to counteract MeHg-induced toxicity and oxidative stress, emphasizing the use of organic selenocompounds, which generally present higher affinity for MeHg when compared to the classically

  7. Ruditapes philippinarum and Ruditapes decussatus under Hg environmental contamination.

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    Velez, Cátia; Galvão, Petrus; Longo, Renan; Malm, Olaf; Soares, Amadeu M V M; Figueira, Etelvina; Freitas, Rosa

    2015-08-01

    The native species Ruditapes decussatus and the invasive species Ruditapes philippinarum have an important ecological role and socio-economic value, from the Atlantic and Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific region. In the aquatic environment, they are subjected to the presence of different contaminants, such as mercury (Hg) and its methylated form, methylmercury (MeHg). However, few studies have assessed the impacts of Hg on bivalves under environmental conditions, and little is known on bivalve oxidative stress patterns due to Hg contamination. Therefore, this study aims to assess the Hg contamination in sediments as well as the concentration of Hg and MeHg in R. decussatus and R. philippinarum, and to identify the detoxification strategies of both species living in sympatry, in an aquatic system with historical Hg contamination. The risk to human health due to the consumption of clams was also evaluated. The results obtained demonstrated that total Hg concentration found in sediments from the most contaminated area was higher than the maximum levels established by Sediment Quality Guidelines. This study further revealed that the total Hg and MeHg accumulation in both species was strongly correlated with the total Hg contamination of the sediments. Nonetheless, the THg concentration in both species was lower than maximum permissible limits (MPLs) of THg defined by international organizations. R. decussatus and R. philippinarum showed an increase in lipid peroxidation levels along with the increase of THg accumulation by clams. Nevertheless, for both species, no clear trend was obtained regarding the activity of antioxidant (superoxide dismutase, catalase) and biotransformation (glutathione S-transferase) enzymes and metallothioneins with the increase of THg in clams. Overall, the present work demonstrated that both species can be used as sentinel species of contamination and that the consumption of these clams does not constitute a risk for human health.

  8. Lithography process for patterning HgI2 photonic devices

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    Mescher, Mark J.; James, Ralph B.; Hermon, Haim

    2004-11-23

    A photolithographic process forms patterns on HgI.sub.2 surfaces and defines metal sublimation masks and electrodes to substantially improve device performance by increasing the realizable design space. Techniques for smoothing HgI.sub.2 surfaces and for producing trenches in HgI.sub.2 are provided. A sublimation process is described which produces etched-trench devices with enhanced electron-transport-only behavior.

  9. Far-wing excitation study of the reactions in the Hg-H2 collisional quasimolecules. II. Rovibrational distributions of HgH, HgD (X 2Sigma + ) formed from Hg-H2, D2, HD

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    Ohmori, K.; Takahashi, T.; Chiba, H.; Saito, K.; Nakamura, T.; Okunishi, M.; Ueda, K.; Sato, Y.

    1996-11-01

    We have applied the laser-pump/probe and double-beam absorption/dispersion approaches to the far wings of the Hg 3P1-1S0 resonance line broadened by collisions with H2, D2, and HD. Absolute reduced absorption coefficients of the Hg-D2 quasimolecules have been determined as a function of the wave-number shift Δ from the resonance-line center both in the red and blue wings. The nascent rotational distributions have been determined for the v=0 and 1 levels of HgH (X 2Σ+) and the v=0 level of HgD (X 2Σ+) formed from the Hg*(3P1)-H2, D2, and HD collisional-quasimolecular states à and B˜ attained by the red- and blue-wing excitation, respectively. Both of the intermediate states à and B˜ give quite similar rotational distributions peaking around N≂18 for HgH and N≂25 for HgD insensitive to the excitation-wave-number shift Δ. However, a small difference is found: the red-wing excitation gives larger populations in the low-N levels than the blue-wing one. The departing atom isotope effect is observed in these low-N populations of HgD from Hg-D2 and Hg-HD. The absolute ratio of the nascent yields of v=1 to 0 has been measured to be 0.3, being nearly constant against Δ in both the red and blue wings. These observations indicate that HgH is formed predominantly from a bent H-Hg-H configuration on both the pathways via the à and B˜ states. The different type of transition state, however, may be encountered on the pathways producing the minor components in the low-N levels.

  10. Shock-induced defects in HgO

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    Morosin, B.; Venturini, E.L.; Holman, G.T.; Newcomer, P.N.; Dunn, R.G.; Graham, R.A.

    1995-09-01

    Powder compacts of HgO have been subjected to shock-loading and preserved for postshock analysis to understand its reactivity and stability under transient temperature-pressure excursions. Recovered samples indicate several solid state reactions which are dependent on shock conditions. Metallic Hg is recovered in small amounts in the HgO compact as well as an as-yet unidentified ferromagnetic impurity not present in the as-received HgO powder. Further, there is evidence of reaction with the Cu capsule, forming an intermetallic alloy.

  11. Cd and Hg ions stimulate cell membrane potassium conductance

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    Jungwirth, A.; Paulmichl, M.; Lang, F. )

    1989-02-09

    Intracellular microelectrodes have been applied to study the effect of cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg) ions on cultured renal epitheloid Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells. Within 10 seconds Cd and within 50 seconds Hg hyperpolarize the cell membrane from - 53 {plus minus} 1 mV to - 68 {plus minus} 1 mV and - 67 {plus minus} 1 mV, resp., increase the potassium selectivity of the cell membrane (tk) from 0.33 {plus minus} 0.02 to 0.64 {plus minus} 0.03 and 0.77 {plus minus} 0.02, resp., and reduce the apparent cell membrane resistance from 40 {plus minus} 2 MOhm to 27 {plus minus} 2 MOhm and 22 {plus minus} 2 MOhm, resp.. Thus, both, Cd and Hg hyperpolarize the cell membrane by enhancement of the potassium conductance. The concentration required to elicit half maximal hyperpolarization is some 400 nmol/1 for either, Cd or Hg. Barium (1 mmol/1) depolarizes the cell membrane to - 34 {plus minus} 1 mV and virtually abolishes tk in the absence of Cd and Hg. In the presence of barium Cd leads to a transient, Hg to a sustained reappearance of tk and hyperpolarization. Thus, the Cd induced potassium conductance is blocked by barium with delay, the Hg induced potassium conductance is insensitive to barium. Quinidine (1 mmol/1) depolarizes the cell membrane to - 3 {plus minus}1 mV and abolishes the effect of both, Cd and Hg. In the nominal absence of extracellular calcium Cd leads to transient, Hg to sustained increase of tk and hyperpolarization of the cell membrane. In conclusion, both, CD and Hg at the low concentrations encountered during Cd and Hg intoxication enhance potassium conductance of MDCK cell membranes. However, the channels activated apparently differ.

  12. Calculation of the energetics for the oligomerization of gas phase HgO and HgS and for the solvolysis of crystalline HgO and HgS.

    PubMed

    Tossell, J A

    2006-02-23

    Recent experimental studies indicate that gaseous elemental Hg (GEM) is rapidly oxidized to Hg(II) compounds, known collectively as reactive gaseous Hg (RGM), in Arctic and Antarctic regions after polar sunrise. The reduction in GEM is correlated with a reduction in surface O(3) concentration, which is thought to be caused by photochemically initiated catalytic reactions involving halogen species, particularly Br and BrO. Initially, the reaction of Hg(0) and BrO to produce HgO and Br was thought to be the dominant reaction, but recent theoretical studies have decisively shown that this reaction is highly endoergic due to the low stability of monomeric gas-phase HgO. This result is in conflict with experimental data on the energetics of the species existing in the vapor over heated HgO (s). One possible explanation for this discrepancy is the existence of highly stable oligomers formed from HgO. Recent high-level quantum calculations on the dimers of HgO and HgS support this concept. In the present work, we systematically examine the structures, stabilities, and other properties of closed (HgX)(n)() ring-type oligomers, n = 2, 3, 4, and 6, X = O, S, as well as infinite one-dimensional (1D) polymers of HgX (studied by using the periodic boundary condition DFT implementation in GAUSSIAN03). We find that the HgX ring oligomers become systematically more stable (per HgX unit) as n increases but that this stability levels off around n = 4-6. We also find that the 1D chain polymers are only marginally more stable than the n = 6 oligomers. To estimate the energies of interaction between the chains in the 3-dimensional (3D) crystal structures of HgX (s), we adopt a cluster model and use the MP2 method to describe the interchain dispersion interactions. We have also obtained optimized geometries for open chain triplets for the dimers, finding them to be substantially more stable than the closed ringlike dimeric species previously described. Trends in relative energies and

  13. Diel variations in photoinduced oxidation of Hg0 in freshwater.

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    Garcia, Edenise; Poulain, Alexandre J; Amyot, Marc; Ariya, Parisa A

    2005-05-01

    Experiments have been conducted to determine diel variations in photoinduced Hg0 oxidation in lake water under natural Hg0(aq) concentrations. Pseudo-first-order rates of photooxidation (k') were calculated for water freshly collected in a Canadian Shield lake, Lake Croche (45 degrees 56' N, 74 degrees 00' W), at different periods of the day and subsequently incubated in the dark. Hg0 oxidation rates ranged from 0.02 to 0.07 h(-1), increasing from sunrise to noon and then decreasing throughout the remainder of the day. These changes paralleled those in sunlight intensity integrated over 1 h preceding water collection, and suggested that the water freshly collected in daylight was rich in photochemically produced Hg0 oxidants. It was also estimated that under intense solar radiation, even if oxidation rates reached a peak, reduction of Hg(II) was the prevalent redox process. Inversely, Hg0 oxidation overcame DGM production during the night or at periods of weaker light intensity. Overall, these findings explain the decreases in the DGM pool generally observed overnight. They also support previous reports that, during summer days, volatilization of Hg0 from water represent an important step in the Hg cycle in freshwater systems. PMID:15823331

  14. 40 CFR 60.4142 - Hg allowance allocations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... produced by any associated heat recovery steam generator during the control period divided by 0.8, and with... Coal-Fired Electric Steam Generating Units Hg Allowance Allocations § 60.4142 Hg allowance allocations... gross electrical output of the generator or generators served by the unit multiplied by 7,900...

  15. Diel variations in photoinduced oxidation of Hg0 in freshwater.

    PubMed

    Garcia, Edenise; Poulain, Alexandre J; Amyot, Marc; Ariya, Parisa A

    2005-05-01

    Experiments have been conducted to determine diel variations in photoinduced Hg0 oxidation in lake water under natural Hg0(aq) concentrations. Pseudo-first-order rates of photooxidation (k') were calculated for water freshly collected in a Canadian Shield lake, Lake Croche (45 degrees 56' N, 74 degrees 00' W), at different periods of the day and subsequently incubated in the dark. Hg0 oxidation rates ranged from 0.02 to 0.07 h(-1), increasing from sunrise to noon and then decreasing throughout the remainder of the day. These changes paralleled those in sunlight intensity integrated over 1 h preceding water collection, and suggested that the water freshly collected in daylight was rich in photochemically produced Hg0 oxidants. It was also estimated that under intense solar radiation, even if oxidation rates reached a peak, reduction of Hg(II) was the prevalent redox process. Inversely, Hg0 oxidation overcame DGM production during the night or at periods of weaker light intensity. Overall, these findings explain the decreases in the DGM pool generally observed overnight. They also support previous reports that, during summer days, volatilization of Hg0 from water represent an important step in the Hg cycle in freshwater systems.

  16. Long-distance transport of Hg, Sb, and As from a mined area, conversion of Hg to methyl-Hg, and uptake of Hg by fish on the Tiber River basin, west-central Italy.

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    Gray, John E; Rimondi, Valentina; Costagliola, Pilario; Vaselli, Orlando; Lattanzi, Pierfranco

    2014-02-01

    Stream sediment, stream water, and fish were collected from a broad region to evaluate downstream transport and dispersion of mercury (Hg) from inactive mines in the Monte Amiata Hg District (MAMD), Tuscany, Italy. Stream sediment samples ranged in Hg concentration from 20 to 1,900 ng/g, and only 5 of the 17 collected samples exceeded the probable effect concentration for Hg of 1,060 ng/g, above which harmful effects are likely to be observed in sediment-dwelling organisms. Concentrations of methyl-Hg in Tiber River sediment varied from 0.12 to 0.52 ng/g, and although there is no established guideline for sediment methyl-Hg, these concentrations exceeded methyl-Hg in a regional baseline site (<0.02 ng/g). Concentrations of Hg in stream water varied from 1.2 to 320 ng/L, all of which were below the 1,000 ng/L Italian drinking water Hg guideline and the 770 ng/L U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) guideline recommended to protect against chronic effects to aquatic wildlife. Methyl-Hg concentrations in stream water varied from <0.02 to 0.53 ng/L and were generally elevated compared to the baseline site (<0.02 ng/L). All stream water samples contained concentrations of As (<1.0-6.2 μg/L) and Sb (<0.20-0.37 μg/L) below international drinking water guidelines to protect human health (10 μg/L for As and 20 μg/L for Sb) and for protection against chronic effects to aquatic wildlife (150 μg/L for As and 5.6 μg/L for Sb). Concentrations of Hg in freshwater fish muscle ranged from 0.052-0.56 μg/g (wet weight), mean of 0.17 μg/g, but only 17 % (9 of 54) exceeded the 0.30 μg/g (wet weight) USEPA fish muscle guideline recommended to protect human health. Concentrations of Hg in freshwater fish in this region generally decreased with increasing distance from the MAMD, where fish with the highest Hg concentrations were collected more proximal to the MAMD, whereas all fish collected most distal from Hg mines contained Hg below the 0.30

  17. Long-distance transport of Hg, Sb, and As from a mined area, conversion of Hg to methyl-Hg, and uptake of Hg by fish on the Tiber River basin, west-central Italy

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    Gray, John E.; Rimondi, Valentina; Costagliola, Pilario; Vaselli, Orlando; Lattanzi, Pierfranco

    2014-01-01

    Stream sediment, stream water, and fish were collected from a broad region to evaluate downstream transport and dispersion of mercury (Hg) from inactive mines in the Monte Amiata Hg District (MAMD), Tuscany, Italy. Stream sediment samples ranged in Hg concentration from 20 to 1,900 ng/g, and only 5 of the 17 collected samples exceeded the probable effect concentration for Hg of 1,060 ng/g, above which harmful effects are likely to be observed in sediment-dwelling organisms. Concentrations of methyl-Hg in Tiber River sediment varied from 0.12 to 0.52 ng/g, and although there is no established guideline for sediment methyl-Hg, these concentrations exceeded methyl-Hg in a regional baseline site (<0.02 ng/g). Concentrations of Hg in stream water varied from 1.2 to 320 ng/L, all of which were below the 1,000 ng/L Italian drinking water Hg guideline and the 770 ng/L U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) guideline recommended to protect against chronic effects to aquatic wildlife. Methyl-Hg concentrations in stream water varied from <0.02 to 0.53 ng/L and were generally elevated compared to the baseline site (<0.02 ng/L). All stream water samples contained concentrations of As (<1.0–6.2 μg/L) and Sb (<0.20–0.37 μg/L) below international drinking water guidelines to protect human health (10 μg/L for As and 20 μg/L for Sb) and for protection against chronic effects to aquatic wildlife (150 μg/L for As and 5.6 μg/L for Sb). Concentrations of Hg in freshwater fish muscle ranged from 0.052–0.56 μg/g (wet weight), mean of 0.17 μg/g, but only 17 % (9 of 54) exceeded the 0.30 μg/g (wet weight) USEPA fish muscle guideline recommended to protect human health. Concentrations of Hg in freshwater fish in this region generally decreased with increasing distance from the MAMD, where fish with the highest Hg concentrations were collected more proximal to the MAMD, whereas all fish collected most distal from Hg mines contained Hg below the 0.30 μg/g fish muscle

  18. Comparison of Comparative Genomic Hybridization Technologies across Microarray Platforms

    EPA Science Inventory

    In the 2007 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Microarray Research Group (MARG) project, we analyzed HL-60 DNA with five platforms: Agilent, Affymetrix 500K, Affymetrix U133 Plus 2.0, Illumina, and RPCI 19K BAC arrays. Copy number variation (CNV) was analyzed ...

  19. Binding of HgII to high-affinity sites on bacteria inhibits reduction to Hg0 by mixed FeII/III phases.

    PubMed

    Mishra, Bhoopesh; O'Loughlin, Edward J; Boyanov, Maxim I; Kemner, Kenneth M

    2011-11-15

    Magnetite and green rust have been shown to reduce aqueous Hg(II) to Hg(0). In this study, we tested the ability of magnetite and green rust to reduce Hg(II) sorbed to 2 g · L(-1) of biomass (Bacillus subtilis), at high (50 μM) and low (5 μM) Hg loadings and at pH 6.5 and 5.0. At high Hg:biomass loading, where Hg(II) binding to biomass is predominantly through carboxyl functional groups, Hg L(III)-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy showed reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) by magnetite. Reduction occurred within 2 h and 2 d at pH 6.5 and 5.0, respectively. At low Hg:biomass loading, where Hg(II) binds to biomass via sulfhydryl functional groups, Hg(II) was not reduced by magnetite at pH 6.5 or 5.0 after 2 months of reaction. Green rust, which is generally a stronger reductant than magnetite, reduced about 20% of the total Hg(II) bound to biomass via sulfhydryl groups to Hg(0) in 2 d. These results suggest that Hg(II) binding to carboxyl groups does not significantly inhibit the reduction of Hg(II) by magnetite. However, the binding of Hg(II) to biomass via sulfhydryl groups severely inhibits the ability of mixed Fe(II/III) phases like magnetite and green rust to reduce Hg(II) to Hg(0). The mobility of heavy metal contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial environments is greatly influenced by their speciation, especially their oxidation state. In the case of Hg, reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) can increase Hg mobility because of the volatility of Hg(0). Since Hg is typically present in aquatic and terrestrial systems at low concentrations, binding of Hg(II) to high-affinity sites on bacteria could have important implications for the potential reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) and the overall mobility of Hg in biostimulated subsurface environments. PMID:21913727

  20. Binding of HgII to high-affinity sites on bacteria inhibits reduction to Hg0 by mixed FeII/III phases.

    PubMed

    Mishra, Bhoopesh; O'Loughlin, Edward J; Boyanov, Maxim I; Kemner, Kenneth M

    2011-11-15

    Magnetite and green rust have been shown to reduce aqueous Hg(II) to Hg(0). In this study, we tested the ability of magnetite and green rust to reduce Hg(II) sorbed to 2 g · L(-1) of biomass (Bacillus subtilis), at high (50 μM) and low (5 μM) Hg loadings and at pH 6.5 and 5.0. At high Hg:biomass loading, where Hg(II) binding to biomass is predominantly through carboxyl functional groups, Hg L(III)-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy showed reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) by magnetite. Reduction occurred within 2 h and 2 d at pH 6.5 and 5.0, respectively. At low Hg:biomass loading, where Hg(II) binds to biomass via sulfhydryl functional groups, Hg(II) was not reduced by magnetite at pH 6.5 or 5.0 after 2 months of reaction. Green rust, which is generally a stronger reductant than magnetite, reduced about 20% of the total Hg(II) bound to biomass via sulfhydryl groups to Hg(0) in 2 d. These results suggest that Hg(II) binding to carboxyl groups does not significantly inhibit the reduction of Hg(II) by magnetite. However, the binding of Hg(II) to biomass via sulfhydryl groups severely inhibits the ability of mixed Fe(II/III) phases like magnetite and green rust to reduce Hg(II) to Hg(0). The mobility of heavy metal contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial environments is greatly influenced by their speciation, especially their oxidation state. In the case of Hg, reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) can increase Hg mobility because of the volatility of Hg(0). Since Hg is typically present in aquatic and terrestrial systems at low concentrations, binding of Hg(II) to high-affinity sites on bacteria could have important implications for the potential reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) and the overall mobility of Hg in biostimulated subsurface environments.

  1. Competition among thiols and inorganic sulfides and polysulfides for Hg and MeHg in wetland soils and sediments under suboxic conditions: Illumination of controversies and implications for MeHg net production

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    Skyllberg, Ulf

    2008-12-01

    Current research focus in mercury biogeochemistry is on the net production and accumulation of methyl mercury (MeHg) in organisms. The activity of iron- and sulfate-reducing bacteria (FeRB and SRB) has been identified as important for MeHg production. There are indications of a passive uptake of neutral Hg-sulfides by SRB, as well as of a facilitated bacterial uptake of Hg complexed by small organic molecules. In order to understand these processes, the chemical speciation of Hg and MeHg, and most important, the competition among organic thiols and inorganic sulfides and polysulfides, needs to be clarified under suboxic conditions (nM to low μM range of total sulfide concentrations) in wetland soils and sediments. In this paper the chemical speciation of Hg and MeHg is modeled at pH 4.0 and 7.0 in a conceptual wetland soil/sediment with typical concentrations of thiols, sulfides, Hg, and MeHg. Effects of precipitated HgS(s), the formation of Hg-polysulfides, and the size of the controversial stability constant for the formation of HOHgSH0 (aq) are emphasized. The outcome of the modeling is discussed in light of chosen stability constants for Hg complexes with thiols, sulfides, and polysulfides. It is concluded that organic thiols are competitive with inorganic sulfides in the approximate total sulfide concentration range 0-1 μm. It is also concluded that increases in absolute aqueous concentrations of MeHg, or the molar ratio of dissolved MeHg/Hg, are not appropriate as indirect measures of MeHg net production, unless changes and differences in solubility of MeHg and Hg are corrected for.

  2. Using X-ray microscopy and Hg L3 XANES to study Hg binding in the rhizosphere of Spartina cordgrass.

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    Patty, Cynthia; Barnett, Brandy; Mooney, Bridget; Kahn, Amanda; Levy, Silvio; Liu, Yijin; Pianetta, Piero; Andrews, Joy C

    2009-10-01

    San Francisco Bay has been contaminated historically by mercury from mine tailings as well as contemporary industrial sources. Native Spartina foliosa and non-native S. alterniflora-hybrid cordgrasses are dominant florae within the SF Bay estuary environment. Understanding mercury uptake and transformations in these plants will help to characterize the significance of their roles in mercury biogeochemical cycling in the estuarine environment. Methylated mercury can be biomagnified up the food web, resulting in levels in sport fish up to 1 million times greater than in surrounding waters and resulting in advisories to limit fish intake. Understanding the uptake and methylation of mercury in the plant rhizosphere can yield insight into ways to manage mercury contamination. The transmission X-ray microscope on beamline 6-2 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) was used to obtain absorption contrast images and 3D tomography of Spartina foliosa roots that were exposed to 1 ppm Hg (as HgCl2) hydroponically for 1 week. Absorption contrast images of micrometer-sized roots from S. foliosa revealed dark particles, and dark channels within the root, due to Hg absorption. 3D tomography showed that the particles are on the root surface, and slices from the tomographic reconstruction revealed that the particles are hollow, consistent with microorganisms with a thin layer of Hg on the surface. Hg L3 XANES of ground-up plant roots and Hg L3 micro-XANES from microprobe analysis of micrometer-sized roots (60-120 microm in size) revealed three main types of speciation in both Spartina species: Hg-S ligation in a form similar to Hg(II) cysteine, Hg-S bonding as in cinnabar and metacinnabar, and methylmercury-carboxyl bonding in a form similar to methylmercury acetate. These results are interpreted within the context of obtaining a "snapshot" of mercury methylation in progress.

  3. Using X-ray microscopy and Hg L3 XANES to study Hg binding in the rhizosphere of Spartina cordgrass.

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    Patty, Cynthia; Barnett, Brandy; Mooney, Bridget; Kahn, Amanda; Levy, Silvio; Liu, Yijin; Pianetta, Piero; Andrews, Joy C

    2009-10-01

    San Francisco Bay has been contaminated historically by mercury from mine tailings as well as contemporary industrial sources. Native Spartina foliosa and non-native S. alterniflora-hybrid cordgrasses are dominant florae within the SF Bay estuary environment. Understanding mercury uptake and transformations in these plants will help to characterize the significance of their roles in mercury biogeochemical cycling in the estuarine environment. Methylated mercury can be biomagnified up the food web, resulting in levels in sport fish up to 1 million times greater than in surrounding waters and resulting in advisories to limit fish intake. Understanding the uptake and methylation of mercury in the plant rhizosphere can yield insight into ways to manage mercury contamination. The transmission X-ray microscope on beamline 6-2 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) was used to obtain absorption contrast images and 3D tomography of Spartina foliosa roots that were exposed to 1 ppm Hg (as HgCl2) hydroponically for 1 week. Absorption contrast images of micrometer-sized roots from S. foliosa revealed dark particles, and dark channels within the root, due to Hg absorption. 3D tomography showed that the particles are on the root surface, and slices from the tomographic reconstruction revealed that the particles are hollow, consistent with microorganisms with a thin layer of Hg on the surface. Hg L3 XANES of ground-up plant roots and Hg L3 micro-XANES from microprobe analysis of micrometer-sized roots (60-120 microm in size) revealed three main types of speciation in both Spartina species: Hg-S ligation in a form similar to Hg(II) cysteine, Hg-S bonding as in cinnabar and metacinnabar, and methylmercury-carboxyl bonding in a form similar to methylmercury acetate. These results are interpreted within the context of obtaining a "snapshot" of mercury methylation in progress. PMID:19848152

  4. Magnetotransport in double quantum well with inverted energy spectrum: HgTe/CdHgTe

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    Yakunin, M. V.; Suslov, A. V.; Popov, M. R.; Novik, E. G.; Dvoretsky, S. A.; Mikhailov, N. N.

    2016-02-01

    We present an experimental study of the double-quantum-well (DQW) system made of two-dimensional layers with inverted energy band spectrum: HgTe. The magnetotransport reveals a considerably larger overlap of the conduction and valence subbands than in known HgTe single quantum wells (QW), which may be regulated here by an applied gate voltage Vg. This large overlap manifests itself in a much higher critical field Bc separating the range above it with a plain behavior of the Hall magnetoresistance ρx y(B ) , where the quantum peculiarities shift linearly with Vg, and the range below with a complicated behavior. In the latter case, specific structures in ρx y(B ) are formed like a double-N -shaped ρx y(B ) , reentrant sign-alternating quantum Hall effect with transitions into a zero-filling-factor state, etc., which are clearly manifested here due to better magnetic quantization at high fields, as compared to the features seen earlier in a single HgTe QW. The coexisting electrons and holes were found in the whole investigated range of positive and negative Vg as revealed (i) from fits to the low-field N -shaped ρx y(B ) , (ii) from the Fourier analysis of oscillations in ρx x(B ) , and (iii) from a specific behavior of ρx y(B ) at high positive Vg. A peculiar feature here is that the found electron density n remains almost constant in the whole range of investigated Vg while the hole density p drops down from the value a factor of 6 larger than n at extreme negative Vg to almost zero at extreme positive Vg passing through the charge-neutrality point. We show that this difference between n and p stems from an order of magnitude larger density of states for holes in the lateral valence subband maxima than for electrons in the conduction subband minimum. We analyze our observations on the basis of a calculated picture of magnetic levels in a DQW and suggest that their specificity is due to (i) a nonmonotonic course of the valence subband magnetic levels and an

  5. A New Trapped Ion Clock Based on Hg-201(+)

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    Taghavi-Larigani, S.; Burt, E. A.; Lea, S. N.; Prestage, J. D.; Tjoelker, R. L.

    2009-01-01

    There are two stable odd isotopes of mercury with singly ionized hyperfine structure suitable for a microwave clock: Hg-199(+) and Hg-201(+). Virtually all trapped mercury ion clocks to date have used the 199 isotope. We have begun to investigate the viability of a trapped ion clock based on Hg-201(+). We have measured the unperturbed frequency of the (S-2)(sub 1/2) F = 1, m(sub F) = 0 to (S-2)(sub 1/2) F = 2, m(sub F) = 0 clock transition to be 29.9543658211(2) GHz. In this paper we describe initial measurements with Hg-201(+) and new applications to clocks and fundamental physics.

  6. Transient and diffusion analysis of HgCdTe

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    Clayton, J. C.

    1982-01-01

    Solute redistribution during directional solidification of HgCdTe is addressed. Both one-dimensional and two-dimensional models for solute redistribution are treated and model results compared to experiment. The central problem studied is the cause of radial inhomogeneities found in directionally solidified HgCdTe. A large scale gravity-driven interface instability, termed shape instability, is postulated to be the cause of radial inhomogeneities. Recommendations for future work, along with appropriate computer programs, are included.

  7. Persistent Hg contamination and occurrence of Hg-methylating transcript (hgcA) downstream of a chlor-alkali plant in the Olt River (Romania).

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    Bravo, Andrea G; Loizeau, Jean-Luc; Dranguet, Perrine; Makri, Stamatina; Björn, Erik; Ungureanu, Viorel Gh; Slaveykova, Vera I; Cosio, Claudia

    2016-06-01

    Chlor-alkali plants using mercury (Hg) cell technology are acute point sources of Hg pollution in the aquatic environment. While there have been recent efforts to reduce the use of Hg cells, some of the emitted Hg can be transformed to neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg). Here, we aimed (i) to study the dispersion of Hg in four reservoirs located downstream of a chlor-alkali plant along the Olt River (Romania) and (ii) to track the activity of bacterial functional genes involved in Hg methylation. Total Hg (THg) concentrations in water and sediments decreased successively from the initial reservoir to downstream reservoirs. Suspended fine size particles and seston appeared to be responsible for the transport of THg into downstream reservoirs, while macrophytes reflected the local bioavailability of Hg. The concentration and proportion of MeHg were correlated with THg, but were not correlated with bacterial activity in sediments, while the abundance of hgcA transcript correlated with organic matter and Cl(-) concentration, indicating the importance of Hg bioavailability in sediments for Hg methylation. Our data clearly highlights the importance of considering Hg contamination as a legacy pollutant since there is a high risk of continued Hg accumulation in food webs long after Hg-cell phase out. PMID:26662302

  8. Self-powered sensor for trace Hg2+ detection.

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    Wen, Dan; Deng, Liu; Guo, Shaojun; Dong, Shaojun

    2011-05-15

    A self-powered electrochemical sensor has been facilely designed for sensitive detection of Hg(2+) based on the inhibition of biocatalysis process of enzymatic biofuel cell (BFC) for the first time. The as-prepared one-compartment BFC, which was consisted of alcohol dehydrogenase supported on single-walled carbon nanohorns-based mediator system as the anode and bilirubin oxidase as the cathodic biocatalyst, generated an open circuit potential (V(oc)) of 636 mV and a maximum power density of 137 μW cm(-2). It was interestingly found that the presence of Hg(2+) would affect the performance of the constructed BFC (e.g., V(oc)). Taking advantage of the inhibitive effect of Hg(2+), a novel self-powered Hg(2+) sensor has been developed, which showed a linear range of 1-500 nM (R(2) = 0.999) with a detection limit of 1 nM at room temperature. In addition, this BFC-type sensor exhibited good selectivity for Hg(2+) against other common environmental metal ions, and the feasibility of the method for Hg(2+) detection in actual water samples (i.e., tap, ground, and lake water) was demonstrated with satisfactory results.

  9. A new trapped ion atomic clock based on 201Hg+.

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    Burt, Eric A; Taghavi-Larigani, Shervin; Tjoelker, Robert L

    2010-03-01

    High-resolution spectroscopy has been performed on the ground-state hyperfine transitions in trapped (201)Hg+ ions as part of a program to investigate the viability of (201)Hg+ for clock applications. Part of the spectroscopy work was directed at magnetic-field-sensitive hyperfine lines with delta m(F) = 0, which allow accurate Doppler-free measurement of the magnetic field experienced by the trapped ions. Although it is possible to measure Doppler-free magnetic-field-sensitive transitions in the commonly used clock isotope, (199)Hg+, it is more difficult. In this paper, we discuss how this (199)Hg+ feature may be exploited to produce a more stable clock or one requiring less magnetic shielding in environments with magnetic field fluctuations far in excess of what is normally found in the laboratory. We have also determined that in discharge-lamp-based trapped mercury ion clocks, the optical pumping time for (201)Hg+ is about 3 times shorter than that of (199)Hg+ This can be used to reduce dead time in the interrogation cycle for these types of clocks, thereby reducing the impact of local oscillator noise aliasing effects.

  10. Crystal structure of K[Hg(SCN)3] - a redetermination.

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    Weil, Matthias; Häusler, Thomas

    2014-09-01

    The crystal structure of the room-temperature modification of K[Hg(SCN)3], potassium tri-thio-cyanato-mercurate(II), was redetermined based on modern CCD data. In comparison with the previous report [Zhdanov & Sanadze (1952 ▶). Zh. Fiz. Khim. 26, 469-478], reliability factors, standard deviations of lattice parameters and atomic coordinates, as well as anisotropic displacement parameters, were revealed for all atoms. The higher precision and accuracy of the model is, for example, reflected by the Hg-S bond lengths of 2.3954 (11), 2.4481 (8) and 2.7653 (6) Å in comparison with values of 2.24, 2.43 and 2.77 Å. All atoms in the crystal structure are located on mirror planes. The Hg(2+) cation is surrounded by four S atoms in a seesaw shape [S-Hg-S angles range from 94.65 (2) to 154.06 (3)°]. The HgS4 polyhedra share a common S atom, building up chains extending parallel to [010]. All S atoms of the resulting (1) ∞[HgS2/1S2/2] chains are also part of SCN(-) anions that link these chains with the K(+) cations into a three-dimensional network. The K-N bond lengths of the distorted KN7 polyhedra lie between 2.926 (2) and 3.051 (3) Å.

  11. Beer Law Constants and Vapor Pressures of HgI2 over HgI2(s,l)

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Zhu, Shen; Ramachandran, N.; Burger, A.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The optical absorption spectra of the vapor phase over HgI2(s,l) were measured for wavelengths between 200 and 600 nm. The spectra show that the sample sublimed congruently into HgI2 with no Hg or I2 absorption spectrum observed. The Beer's Law constants for 15 wavelengths between 200 and 440 nm were determined. From these constants the vapor pressure of H912, P, was established as a function of temperatures for the liquid and the solid Beta-phases. The expressions correspond to the enthalpies of vaporization and sublimation of 15.30 and 20.17 Kcal/mole, respectively, for the liquid and the Beta-phase HgI2. The difference in the enthalpies gives an enthalpy of fusion of 4.87 Kcal/mole and the intersection of the two expressions gives a melting point of 537 K.

  12. Two-dimensional topological insulators with tunable band gaps: Single-layer HgTe and HgSe.

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    Li, Jin; He, Chaoyu; Meng, Lijun; Xiao, Huaping; Tang, Chao; Wei, Xiaolin; Kim, Jinwoong; Kioussis, Nicholas; Stocks, G Malcolm; Zhong, Jianxin

    2015-09-14

    Two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TIs) with large band gaps are of great importance for the future applications of quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect. Employing ab initio electronic calculations we propose a novel type of 2D topological insulators, the monolayer (ML) low-buckled (LB) mercury telluride (HgTe) and mercury selenide (HgSe), with tunable band gap. We demonstrate that LB HgTe (HgSe) monolayers undergo a trivial insulator to topological insulator transition under in-plane tensile strain of 2.6% (3.1%) due to the combination of the strain and the spin orbital coupling (SOC) effects. Furthermore, the band gaps can be tuned up to large values (0.2 eV for HgTe and 0.05 eV for HgSe) by tensile strain, which far exceed those of current experimentally realized 2D quantum spin Hall insulators. Our results suggest a new type of material suitable for practical applications of 2D TI at room-temperature.

  13. Two-dimensional topological insulators with tunable band gaps: Single-layer HgTe and HgSe

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    Li, Jin; He, Chaoyu; Meng, Lijun; Xiao, Huaping; Tang, Chao; Wei, Xiaolin; Kim, Jinwoong; Kioussis, Nicholas; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Zhong, Jianxin

    2015-09-14

    Here, we report that two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TIs) with large band gaps are of great importance for the future applications of quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect. Employing ab initio electronic calculations we propose a novel type of 2D topological insulators, the monolayer (ML) low-buckled (LB) mercury telluride (HgTe) and mercury selenide (HgSe), with tunable band gap. We demonstrate that LB HgTe (HgSe) monolayers undergo a trivial insulator to topological insulator transition under in-plane tensile strain of 2.6% (3.1%) due to the combination of the strain and the spin orbital coupling (SOC) effects. Furthermore, the band gaps can be tunedmore » up to large values (0.2 eV for HgTe and 0.05 eV for HgSe) by tensile strain, which far exceed those of current experimentally realized 2D quantum spin Hall insulators. Our results suggest a new type of material suitable for practical applications of 2D TI at room-temperature.« less

  14. Two-dimensional topological insulators with tunable band gaps: Single-layer HgTe and HgSe

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    Li, Jin; He, Chaoyu; Meng, Lijun; Xiao, Huaping; Tang, Chao; Wei, Xiaolin; Kim, Jinwoong; Kioussis, Nicholas; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Zhong, Jianxin

    2015-09-14

    Here, we report that two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TIs) with large band gaps are of great importance for the future applications of quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect. Employing ab initio electronic calculations we propose a novel type of 2D topological insulators, the monolayer (ML) low-buckled (LB) mercury telluride (HgTe) and mercury selenide (HgSe), with tunable band gap. We demonstrate that LB HgTe (HgSe) monolayers undergo a trivial insulator to topological insulator transition under in-plane tensile strain of 2.6% (3.1%) due to the combination of the strain and the spin orbital coupling (SOC) effects. Furthermore, the band gaps can be tuned up to large values (0.2 eV for HgTe and 0.05 eV for HgSe) by tensile strain, which far exceed those of current experimentally realized 2D quantum spin Hall insulators. Our results suggest a new type of material suitable for practical applications of 2D TI at room-temperature.

  15. Intense charge transfer surface based on graphene and thymine-Hg(II)-thymine base pairs for detection of Hg(2.).

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    Li, Jiao; Lu, Liping; Kang, Tianfang; Cheng, Shuiyuan

    2016-03-15

    In this article, we developed an electrochemiluminescence (ECL) sensor with a high-intensity charge transfer interface for Hg(2+) detection based on Hg(II)-induced DNA hybridization. The sensor was fabricated by the following simple method. First, graphene oxide (GO) was electrochemically reduced onto a glassy carbon electrode through cyclic voltammetry. Then, amino-labeled double-stranded (ds)DNA was assembled on the electrode surface using 1-pyrenebutyric acid N-hydroxysuccinimide as a linker between GO and DNA. The other terminal of dsDNA, which was labeled with biotin, was linked to CdSe quantum dots via biotin-avidin interactions. Reduced graphene oxide has excellent electrical conductivity. dsDNA with T-Hg(II)-T base pairs exhibited more facile charge transfer. They both accelerate the electron transfer performance and sensitivity of the sensor. The increased ECL signals were logarithmically linear with the concentration of Hg(II) when Hg(2+) was present in the detection solution. The linear range of the sensor was 10(-11) to 10(-8)mol/L (R=0.9819) with a detection limit of 10(-11)mol/L. This biosensor exhibited satisfactory results when it was used to detect Hg(II) in real water samples. The biosensor with high-intense charge transfer performance is a prospect avenue to pursue more and more sensitive detection method. PMID:26499870

  16. Two-dimensional topological insulators with tunable band gaps: Single-layer HgTe and HgSe

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    Li, Jin; He, Chaoyu; Meng, Lijun; Xiao, Huaping; Tang, Chao; Wei, Xiaolin; Kim, Jinwoong; Kioussis, Nicholas; Malcolm Stocks, G.; Zhong, Jianxin

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TIs) with large band gaps are of great importance for the future applications of quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect. Employing ab initio electronic calculations we propose a novel type of 2D topological insulators, the monolayer (ML) low-buckled (LB) mercury telluride (HgTe) and mercury selenide (HgSe), with tunable band gap. We demonstrate that LB HgTe (HgSe) monolayers undergo a trivial insulator to topological insulator transition under in-plane tensile strain of 2.6% (3.1%) due to the combination of the strain and the spin orbital coupling (SOC) effects. Furthermore, the band gaps can be tuned up to large values (0.2 eV for HgTe and 0.05 eV for HgSe) by tensile strain, which far exceed those of current experimentally realized 2D quantum spin Hall insulators. Our results suggest a new type of material suitable for practical applications of 2D TI at room-temperature. PMID:26365502

  17. Anaerobic oxidation of Hg(0) and methylmercury formation by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132

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    Colombo, Matthew J.; Ha, Juyoung; Reinfelder, John R.; Barkay, Tamar; Yee, Nathan

    2013-07-01

    The transformation of inorganic mercury (Hg) to methylmercury (MeHg) plays a key role in determining the amount of Hg that is bioaccumulated in aquatic food chains. An accurate knowledge of Hg methylation mechanisms is required to predict the conditions that promote MeHg production in aquatic environments. In this study, we conducted experiments to examine the oxidation and methylation of dissolved elemental mercury [Hg(0)] by the anaerobic bacterium Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132. Anoxic cultures of D. desulfuricans ND132 were exposed to Hg(0) in the dark, and samples were collected and analyzed for the loss of Hg(0), formation of non-purgeable Hg, and formation of MeHg over time. We found that D. desulfuricans ND132 rapidly transformed dissolved gaseous mercury into non-purgeable Hg, with bacterial cultures producing approximately 40 μg/L of non-purgeable Hg within 30 min, and as much as 800 μg/L of non-purgeable Hg after 36 h. Derivatization of the non-purgeable Hg in the cell suspensions to diethylmercury and analysis of Hg(0)-reacted D. desulfuricans ND132 cells using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy demonstrated that cell-associated Hg was dominantly in the oxidized Hg(II) form. Spectral comparisons and linear combination fitting of the XANES spectra indicated that the oxidized Hg(II) was covalently bonded to cellular thiol functional groups. MeHg analyses revealed that D. desulfuricans ND132 produced up to 118 μg/L of methylmercury after 36 h of incubation. We found that a significant fraction of the methylated Hg was exported out of the cell and released into the culture medium. The results of this work demonstrate a previously unrecognized pathway in the mercury cycle, whereby anaerobic bacteria produce MeHg when provided with dissolved Hg(0) as their sole Hg source.

  18. Hg species in the water column of Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy)

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    Kotnik, J.; Bratkic, A.; Vahcic, M.; Horvat, M.; Fajon, V.; Obu, K.

    2014-12-01

    Mercury (Hg) speciation in the water column was successfully performed on samples from the Tyrrhenian Sea during the cruise Fenice2011. Primary objective was to increase sampling's spatial resolution; thereby providing better insight into Hg biogeochemical cycling in environment with naturally higher Hg background. THg values ranged from 0.8 pM to 5.9 pM with an average of 2.5 ± 1.3 pM. Generally, the water column did not exhibit particular variation in THg values. The highest concentrations were measured in the coastal areas near Piombino industrial site and near geothermally active Ustica Island.DGM concentrations were on average 0.39 ± 0.23 pM and ranged from approximately 0.06 pM to 0.83 pM. DGM represented between 2 % and 96 % of THg, with higher proportions measured in deep sea water. This region is a source of Hg0 to the atmosphere, indicated by near depletion of DGM at surface. Waters became increasingly enriched in DGM below 250 m depth, with values ranging from 0.54 pM to 0.83 pM. The observed increase in deep waters was partly due to geothermal activity in the area. MeHg values ranged between 0.01 pM and 0.36 pM with an average of 0.097 ± 0.088 pM. The open sea stations had a slightly higher average value of 0.14 ± 0.10 pM. The surface was generally depleted in MeHg, which was enriched at depths showing oxygen consumption. That suggests spatial coupling with microbial carbon mineralization. Results with increased spatial resolution of sampling clearly show that besides transformations in the mixed layer, more attention should also be given to deeper water masses, particularly because of geothermal activity of the area. In light of global and regional changes of ocean and climate characteristics, minor variations in environmental conditions may change the ratios of Hg species. Toxic MeHg will accumulate and pose threat to human and wildlife populations, whereas DGM formation will only add Hg to the most effective global distribution system, the

  19. Overcoming phytoremediation limitations. A case study of Hg contaminated soil

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    Barbafieri, Meri

    2013-04-01

    Phytoremediation is a broad term that comprises several technologies to clean up water and soil. Despite the numerous articles appearing in scientific journals, very few field applications of phytoextraction have been successfully realized. The research here reported on Phytoextraction, the use the plant to "extract" metals from contaminated soil, is focused on implementations to overcome two main drawbacks: the survival of plants in unfavorable environmental conditions (contaminant toxicity, low fertility, etc.) and the often lengthy time it takes to reduce contaminants to the requested level. Moreover, to overcome the imbalance between the technology's potential and its drawbacks, there is growing interest in the use of plants to reduce only the fraction that is the most hazardous to the environment and human health, that is to target the bioavailable fractions of metals in soil. Bioavailable Contaminant Stripping (BCS) would be a remediation approach focused to remove the bioavailable metal fractions. BCS have been used in a mercury contaminated soil from Italian industrial site. Bioavailable fractions were determined by sequential extraction with H2O and NH4Cl.Combined treatments of plant hormone and thioligand to strength Hg uptake by crop plants (Brassica juncea and Helianthus annuus) were tested. Plant biomass, evapotranspiration, Hg uptake and distribution following treatments were compared. Results indicate the plant hormone, cytokinine (CK) foliar treatment, increased evapotranspiration rate in both tested plants. The Hg uptake and translocation in both tested plants increased with simultaneous addition of CK and TS treatments. B. juncea was the most effective in Hg uptake. Application of CK to plants grown in TS-treated soil lead to an increase in Hg concentration of 232% in shoots and 39% in roots with respect to control. While H. annuus gave a better response in plant biomass production, the application of CK to plants grown in TS-treated soil lead to

  20. Density distribution in the liquid Hg-sapphire interface.

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    Zhao, Meishan; Rice, Stuart A

    2011-04-28

    We present the results of a computer simulation study of the liquid density distribution normal to the interface between liquid Hg and the reconstructed (0001) face of sapphire. The simulations are based on an extension of the self-consistent quantum Monte Carlo scheme previously used to study the structure of the liquid metal-vapor interface. The calculated density distribution is in very good agreement with that inferred from the recent experimental data of Tamam et al. (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, 1, 1041-1045). We conclude that, to account for the difference in structure between the liquid Hg-vapor and liquid-Hg-reconstructed (0001) Al(2)O(3) interfaces, it is not necessary to assume there is charge transfer from the Hg to the Al(2)O(3). Rather, the available experimental data are adequately reproduced when the van der Waals interactions of the Al and O atoms with Hg atoms and the exclusion of electron density from Al(2)O(3) via repulsion of the electrons from the closed shells of the ions in the solid are accounted for.

  1. Electrodeposition and characterization of HgSe thin films

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    Mahalingam, T. . E-mail: maha51@rediffmail.com; Kathalingam, A.; Sanjeeviraja, C.; Chandramohan, R.; Chu, J.P.; Kim, Yong Deak; Velumani, S.

    2007-08-15

    In this article we present the results on the electrochemical synthesis of mercury selenide (HgSe), an interesting II-VI material. HgSe thin films were deposited potentiostatically on conducting glass substrates from an aqueous bath containing HgCl{sub 2} and SeO{sub 2}. The prepared films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and optical absorption techniques. Stoichiometric polycrystalline HgSe films were obtained at a deposition potential around - 0.7 V vs SCE, at a temperature 60 deg. C and a pH value of 3.5. The as-grown films exhibited a direct optical band gap of 0.78 eV. This report deals with the growth mechanism and a study related to the influence of electrolyte bath composition, deposition potential, temperature and pH on the properties of HgSe thin films.

  2. Bioaccumulation of Hg in the mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus

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    Bressa, G.; Cima, L.; Costa, P.

    1988-10-01

    The possibility of utilizing industrial, urban, and other wastes for the growth of a product which is directly edible by humans is fascinating. However, it is possible that many wastes containing toxic substances, for example, heavy metals, could reach the food chain and produce adverse effects on human health. To this end, we studied the possibility of bioaccumulation of Hg by a mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, grown on an artificial compost containing this element. Concentrations of 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2 mg/kg of Hg as Hg(NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/.H/sub 2/O were added to three groups of the same compost, successively inoculated with the mycelia of the mushroom. Higher concentrations strongly reduced the growth of the mycelia and therefore were not utilized. The concentrations of Hg in the substrate and in the mushroom were evaluated by AAS. The range of the accumulation factor was found to be 65-140, i.e., very marked. This finding suggests that the cultivation of P. ostreatus on substrates containing Hg from industrial and urban wastes could involve possible risks to human health.

  3. Radiation trapping of the Hg 185 nm resonance line

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    Menningen, K. L.; Lawler, J. E.

    2000-09-01

    The decay rate of the Hg 61P1 level was measured as a function of cold spot temperature (Hg density) and buffer gas pressure in cylindrical, sealed fused silica cells. The decay rates were obtained using a time-resolved laser-induced 185 nm fluorescence experiment with multi-step excitation. Cold spot temperatures from 25 to 100 °C were studied. The Hg densities for this temperature range and with no buffer gas yield the lowest possible decay rates due to radiation trapping with partial frequency redistribution. Decay rates with argon buffer gas pressures of 3 and 30 Torr were also studied. The results are in agreement with published data from a discharge afterglow experiment. Monte Carlo simulations of radiation transport in the cells, including the effects of hyperfine and isotope structure, the effects of foreign gas broadening, and partial frequency redistribution are compared to the experimental data. Reasonably good agreement is obtained, however there is evidence of quenching of Hg 61P1 atoms in collisions with ground state Hg and Ar atoms. An analytic formula for the fundamental mode trapped decay rate of the 61P1 level, which is applicable over a substantial region of parameter space, was devised from the Monte Carlo results.

  4. Defect chemistry and characterization of (Hg, Cd)Te

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    Vydyanath, H. R.

    1981-01-01

    Single crystal samples of phosphorus doped Hg sub 0.8 Cd sub 0.2 Te were anneald at temperatures varying from 450 C to 600 C in various Hg atmospheres. The samples were quenched to room temperature from the annealing temperatures. Hall effect and mobility measurements were performed at 77 K on all these samples. The results indicate the crystals to be p type for a total phosphorus concentration of 10 to the 19th power/cu cm in all the samples. The hole concentration at 77 K increases with increasing Hg pressures at 450 C and 500 C contrary to the observation in undoped crystals. Also, at low Hg pressures the concentration of holes in the phosphorus doped crystals is lower than in the undoped crystals. The hole concentration in all the samples is lower than the intrinsic carrier concentration at the annealing temperatures. The hole mobility in the doped crystals is similar to that in the undoped crystals. A defect model according to which phosphorus behaves as a single acceptor interstitially, occupying Te lattice sites while it acts as a single donor occupying Hg lattice sites was established. Equilibrum constants established for the incorporation of all the phosphorus species explain the experimental results

  5. Bioaccumulation of Hg in the mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus.

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    Bressa, G; Cima, L; Costa, P

    1988-10-01

    The possibility of utilizing industrial, urban, and other wastes for the growth of a product which is directly edible by humans is fascinating. However, it is possible that many wastes containing toxic substances, for example, heavy metals, could reach the food chain and produce adverse effects on human health. To this end, we studied the possibility of bioaccumulation of Hg by a mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, grown on an artificial compost containing this element. Concentrations of 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2 mg/kg of Hg as Hg(NO3)2.H2O were added to three groups of the same compost, successively inoculated with the mycelia of the mushroom. Higher concentrations strongly reduced the growth of the mycelia and therefore were not utilized. The concentrations of Hg in the substrate and in the mushroom were evaluated by AAS. The range of the accumulation factor was found to be 65-140, i.e., very marked. This finding suggests that the cultivation of P. ostreatus on substrates containing Hg from industrial and urban wastes could involve possible risks to human health. PMID:3234295

  6. Natural Hg isotopic composition of different Hg compounds in mammal tissues as a proxy for in vivo breakdown of toxic methylmercury.

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    Perrot, Vincent; Masbou, Jeremy; Pastukhov, Mikhail V; Epov, Vladimir N; Point, David; Bérail, Sylvain; Becker, Paul R; Sonke, Jeroen E; Amouroux, David

    2016-02-01

    In the last decade, specific attention has been paid to total mercury (HgT) stable isotopic composition, especially in natural samples such as aquatic organisms, due to its potential to track the cycle of this toxic element in the environment. Here, we investigated Hg Compound Specific stable Isotopic Composition (CSIC) of natural inorganic Hg (iHg) and methylmercury (MMHg) in various tissues of aquatic mammals (Beluga whale from the Arctic marine environment and seals from the freshwater lake Baikal, Russia). In seals' organs the variation in mass dependent fractionation (MDF, δ(202)Hg) for total Hg was significantly correlated to the respective fraction of iHg and MMHg compounds, with MMHg being enriched by ∼ 3‰ in heavier isotopes relative to iHg. On the other hand, we observe insignificant variation in Hg mass independent isotope fractionation (MIF, Δ(199)Hg) among iHg and MMHg in all organs for the same mammal species and MMHg in prey items. MIF signatures suggest that both MMHg and iHg in aquatic mammals have the same origin (i.e., MMHg from food), and are representative of Hg photochemistry in the water column of the mammal ecosystem. MDF signatures of Hg compounds indicate that MMHg is demethylated in vivo before being stored in the muscle, and the iHg formed is stored in the liver, and to a lesser extent in the kidney, before excretion. Thus, Hg CSIC analysis in mammals can be a powerful tool for tracing the metabolic response to Hg exposure.

  7. Natural Hg isotopic composition of different Hg compounds in mammal tissues as a proxy for in vivo breakdown of toxic methylmercury.

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    Perrot, Vincent; Masbou, Jeremy; Pastukhov, Mikhail V; Epov, Vladimir N; Point, David; Bérail, Sylvain; Becker, Paul R; Sonke, Jeroen E; Amouroux, David

    2016-02-01

    In the last decade, specific attention has been paid to total mercury (HgT) stable isotopic composition, especially in natural samples such as aquatic organisms, due to its potential to track the cycle of this toxic element in the environment. Here, we investigated Hg Compound Specific stable Isotopic Composition (CSIC) of natural inorganic Hg (iHg) and methylmercury (MMHg) in various tissues of aquatic mammals (Beluga whale from the Arctic marine environment and seals from the freshwater lake Baikal, Russia). In seals' organs the variation in mass dependent fractionation (MDF, δ(202)Hg) for total Hg was significantly correlated to the respective fraction of iHg and MMHg compounds, with MMHg being enriched by ∼ 3‰ in heavier isotopes relative to iHg. On the other hand, we observe insignificant variation in Hg mass independent isotope fractionation (MIF, Δ(199)Hg) among iHg and MMHg in all organs for the same mammal species and MMHg in prey items. MIF signatures suggest that both MMHg and iHg in aquatic mammals have the same origin (i.e., MMHg from food), and are representative of Hg photochemistry in the water column of the mammal ecosystem. MDF signatures of Hg compounds indicate that MMHg is demethylated in vivo before being stored in the muscle, and the iHg formed is stored in the liver, and to a lesser extent in the kidney, before excretion. Thus, Hg CSIC analysis in mammals can be a powerful tool for tracing the metabolic response to Hg exposure. PMID:26680232

  8. Crystal structure of Hg2SO4 – a redetermination

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    Weil, Matthias

    2014-01-01

    The crystal structure of mercury(I) sulfate (or mercurous sulfate), Hg2SO4, was re-determined based on modern CCD data. In comparison with the previous determination from Weissenberg film data [Dorm (1969 ▶). Acta Chem. Scand. 23, 1607–1615], all atoms were refined with anisotropic displacement parameters, leading to higher precision in terms of bond lengths and angles [e.g. Hg—Hg = 2.5031 (7) compared to 2.500 (3)Å]. The structure consists of alternating rows along [001] of Hg2 2+ dumbbells (generated by inversion symmetry) and SO4 2− tetra­hedra (symmetry 2). The dumbbells are linked via short O—Hg—Hg—O bonds to the sulfate tetra­hedra into chains extending parallel to [20-1]. More remote O—Hg—Hg—O bonds connect these chains into a three-dimensional framework. PMID:25309168

  9. Effect of doping on electronic properties of HgSe

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    Nag, Abhinav; Sastri, O. S. K. S.; Kumar, Jagdish

    2016-05-01

    First principle study of electronic properties of pure and doped HgSe have been performed using all electron Full Potential Linearized Augmented Plane Wave (FP-LAPW) method using ELK code. The electronic exchange and co-relations are considered using Generalized Gradient Approach (GGA). Lattice parameter, Density of States (DOS) and Band structure calculations have been performed. The total energy curve (Energy vs Lattice parameter), DOS and band structure calculations are in good agreement with the experimental values and those obtained using other DFT codes. The doped material is studied within the Virtual Crystal Approximation (VCA) with doping levels of 10% to 25% of electrons (hole) per unit cell. Results predict zero band gap in undopedHgSe and bands meet at Fermi level near the symmetry point D. For doped HgSe, we found that by electron (hole) doping, the point where conduction and valence bands meet can be shifted below (above) the fermi level.

  10. Hydrothermal single-crystal growth in the systems Ag/Hg/X/O (X = VV, AsV): crystal structures of (Ag3Hg)VO4, (Ag2Hg2)3(VO4)4, and (Ag2Hg2)2(HgO2)(AsO4)2 with the unusual tetrahedral cluster cations (Ag3Hg)3+ and (Ag2Hg2)4+ and crystal structure of AgHgVO4.

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    Weil, Matthias; Tillmanns, Ekkehart; Pushcharovsky, Dmitry Yu

    2005-03-01

    Single crystals of (Ag3Hg)VO4 (I), (Ag2Hg2)3(VO4)4 (II), AgHgVO4 (III), and (Ag2Hg2)2(HgO2)(AsO4)2 (IV) were grown under hydrothermal conditions (250 degrees C, 5 d) from starting mixtures of elementary mercury, silver nitrate, ammonium vanadate, and disodium hydrogenarsenate, respectively. All crystal structures were determined from X-ray diffraction data, and their chemical compositions were confirmed by electron microprobe analysis. I crystallizes in the tillmannsite structure, whereas II-IV adopt new structure types: (I) I4, Z = 2, a = 7.7095(2) A, c = 4.6714(2) A, 730 structure factors, 24 parameters, R[F2 > 2sigma(F2)] = 0.0365; (II) I42d, Z = 4, a = 12.6295(13) A, c = 12.566(3) A, 1524 structure factors, 55 parameters, R[F2 > 2sigma(F2)] = 0.0508; (III) C2, Z = 4, a = 9.9407(18) A, b = 5.5730(8) A, c = 7.1210(19) A, beta = 94.561(10) degrees , 1129 structure factors, 48 parameters, R[F2 > 2sigma(F2)] = 0.0358; (IV) P31c, Z = 2, a = 6.0261(9) A, c = 21.577(4) A, 1362 structure factors, 52 parameters, R[F2 > 2sigma(F2)] = 0.0477. The most striking structural features of I, II, and IV are the formation of tetrahedral cluster cations (Ag3Hg)3+ and (Ag2Hg2)4+, respectively, built of statistically distributed Ag and Hg atoms with a metal-metal distance of about 2.72 A. The electronic structure of these clusters can formally be considered as two-electron-four-center bonding. The crystal structure of III differs from the protrusive structure types insofar as silver and mercury are located on distinct crystallographic sites without a notable metal-metal interaction >3.55 A. All crystal structures are completed by tetrahedral oxo anions XO4(3-) (X = VV, AsV) and for IV additionally by a mercurate group, HgO2(2-).

  11. [Experimental Research of Hg (II) Removal from Aqueous Solutions of HgCl2 with Nano-TiO2].

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    Zhou, Xiong; Zhang, Jin-yang; Wang, Ding-yong; Qin, Cai-qing; Xu, Feng; Luo Cheng-zhong; Yang, Xi

    2016-01-15

    Mercury removal from aqueous solutions of HgCl2 was studied by indoor simulation experiments, and the effects of three different diameter of particles of Nano-TiO2 ( Nano-Titanium Dioxide) at different dosage, pH, adsorption time and the initial concentration of Hg2+ on the mercury adsorption from simulated wastewater were investigated. The single factor experiments showed that the optimal conditions were: 7.5 g x L(-1) of 5 nm TiO2 or 2.0 g x L(-1) of 100 nm TiO2, pH 8.0, initial concentration of Hg2+ 15 x mg x L(-1) adsorption time 5 min, and under these conditions the adsorption rates reached 99.5% and 99.3%, relatively. When the content of 25 nm TiO2 was 10 g x L(-1), and the other conditions were pH 8.0, initial concentration of Hg2+ 15 mg x L(-1), adsorption time 60 min, the adsorption rate was 62.8%. The Hg(II) removal effects of the TiO2 particles with different diameters followed the order of 100 nm TiO2 > 5 nm TiO2 > 25 nm TiO2. Component adsorption results showed that the 5 nm TiO2 component adsorption effect was superior to its single adsorption effect, while there was little difference between 100 nm TiO2 component adsorption effect and its single adsorption effect. The results of orthogonal experiments indicated that the influencing factors of the adsorption rate followed the order of pH > the initial concentration of Hg2+ > time > dosage. The optimal experiment scheme was: pH 8.0, a dosage of 100 nm Nano-TiO2 of 2.0 g x L(-1) an initial Hg2+ concentration of 25 mg x L(-1) and adsorption time of 10 min. Under the experimental conditions, the maximum adsorption rate reached 99.9%, at the same time, the equilibrium concentration of Hg(II) was 0.033 mg x L(-1) < 0.05 mg x L(-1), below the current enterprise rules of water pollutants in mercury emissions limits. In addition, the maximum adsorptive capacity was 26.95 mg x g(-1). The adsorption isotherm was in line with the Langmuir isotherm equation, indicating that the Hg(II) uptake by 100 nm Nano-TiO2

  12. Raman spectroscopic investigations of Hg-Cd-Te melts

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    Morrobel-Sosa, Anny

    1987-01-01

    Raman scattering measurements are reported for a series of Hg sub1-xCd subxTe (with x less than or =0.2) materials from 295 K (room temperature) to 1126K (up to and above their liquidus temperatures), and for Hg sub1-xCd subxTe (x=0.3) at 285K. The samples were contained in high-temperature optically-flat fused silica cell. Variable temperature measurements were effected in a three-zone, high-temperature furnace equipped with optical windows, and monitored externally by three independently programmable temperature controllers. All studies were made in the backscattering geometry using the 5145 A line of an Ar+ ion laser, with incident power less than 250 mW, as the excitiation source. An intensity enhancement is observed for a mode in each of the compositions studied. The frequency of this mode varies with composition, 142/cm for HgTe, and 128/cm for both the Hg sub1-xCd subxTe (x=0.053 and 0.204) samples. In addition, a shift to lower frequency as a function of temperature is observed in all samples. This shift is most prominent for the x=0.053 sample. The temperature dependence of these modes as the liquidus temperatures are achieved and surpassed for these samples is presented as being associated with a structural transition in the Hg-rich compositions of the Hg sub1-xCd subxTe series. To our knowledge, this is the first reported study of Raman scattering by phonons in the melts of these materials.

  13. MBE HgCdTe for HDVIP Devices: Horizontal Integration in the US HgCdTe FPA Industry

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    Aqariden, F.; Elsworth, J.; Zhao, J.; Grein, C. H.; Sivananthan, S.

    2012-10-01

    Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth of HgCdTe offers the possibility of fabricating multilayer device structures with an almost unlimited choice of infrared sensor designs for focal-plane array (FPA) fabrication. HgCdTe offers two major advantages that explain its dominance in the infrared photon detector marketplace. The thermal generation rate per unit volume of the material is lower and the quantum efficiency for photon absorption in the infrared is higher in HgCdTe than in any competing material—it yields devices with quantum efficiencies as high as 0.99. Recently, EPIR Technologies and DRS Infrared Technologies agreed to collaborate and examine: (i) the feasibility of employing MBE HgCdTe in the fabrication of high-density vertically interconnected photodiodes (HDVIPs), which are usually fabricated with liquid-phase epitaxy material, and (ii) the potential benefits of horizontal integration, with EPIR supplying the MBE materials to DRS for device and array fabrication. The team designed and developed passivation-absorber-passivation structures that are heavily used by DRS. This paper provides an overview of the characteristics of HDVIP devices and arrays fabricated from MBE HgCdTe and the anticipated advantages of horizontal integration in the industry. Material growth, device fabrication, and test results are presented.

  14. Effects of weak, low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (BEMER type) on gene expression of human mesenchymal stem cells and chondrocytes: an in vitro study.

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    Walther, Markus; Mayer, Florian; Kafka, Wolf; Schütze, Norbert

    2007-01-01

    In vitro effects of electromagnetic fields appear to be related to the type of electromagnetic field applied. Previously, we showed that human osteoblasts display effects of BEMER type electromagnetic field (BTEMF) on gene regulation. Here, we analyze effects of BTEMF on gene expression in human mesenchymal stem cells and chondrocytes. Primary mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow and the chondrocyte cell line C28I2 were stimulated 5 times at 12-h intervals for 8 min each with BTEMF. RNA from treated and control cells was analyzed for gene expression using the affymetrix chip HG-U133A. A limited number of regulated gene products from both cell types mainly affect cell metabolism and cell matrix structure. There was no increased expression of cancer-related genes. RT-PCR analysis of selected transcripts partly confirmed array data. Results indicate that BTEMF in human mesenchymal stem cells and chondrocytes provide the first indications to understanding therapeutic effects achieved with BTEMF stimulation.

  15. 40 CFR 60.4120 - General Hg budget trading program permit requirements.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 6 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false General Hg budget trading program... budget trading program permit requirements. (a) For each Hg Budget source required to have a title V... source covered by the Hg Budget permit, all applicable Hg Budget Trading Program requirements and...

  16. Purification of HgI.sub.2 for nuclear detector fabrication

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    Schieber, Michael M.

    1978-01-01

    A process for purification of mercuric iodide (HgI.sub.2) to be used as a source material for the growth of detector quality crystals. The high purity HgI.sub.2 raw material is produced by a combination of three stages: synthesis of HgI.sub.2 from Hg and I.sub.2, repeated sublimation, and zone refining.

  17. 40 CFR 75.83 - Calculation of Hg mass emissions and heat input rate.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Calculation of Hg mass emissions and... (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) CONTINUOUS EMISSION MONITORING Hg Mass Emission Provisions § 75.83 Calculation of Hg mass emissions and heat input rate. The owner or operator shall calculate Hg mass...

  18. Lifetime Measurements and Coulomb Excitation of Light Hg Nuclei

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    Petts, A.; Butler, P. A.; Grahn, T.; Blazhev, A.; Bree, N.; Bruyneel, B.; Cederkäll, J.; Clement, E.; Cocolios, T. E.; Dewald, A.; Eberth, J.; Fraile, L.; Fransen, C.; Hornillos, M. B. Gómez; Greenlees, P. T.; Görgen, A.; Guttormsen, M.; Hadynska, K.; Helariutta, K.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Huyse, M.; Jenkins, D. G.; Jolie, J.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Ketelhut, S.; Knapen, S.; Kröll, T.; Krü; cken, R.; Larsen, A. C.; Leino, M.; Ljungvall, J.; Maierbeck, P.; Marley, P. L.; Melon, B.; Napiorkowski, P. J.; Nyman, M.; Page, R. D.; Pakarinen, J.; Pascovici, G.; Patronis, N.; Peura, P. J.; Piselli, E.; Pissulla, Th.; Rahkila, P.; Reiter, P.; Sarén, J.; Scheck, M.; Scholey, C.; Semchenkov, A.; Siem, S.; Stefanescu, I.; Sorri, J.; Uusitalo, J.; Van de Walle, J.; Van Duppen, P.; Voulot, D.; Wadsworth, R.; Warr, N.; Weisshaar, D.; Wenander, F.; Zielinska, M.

    2009-01-01

    Two complementary experimental programs have taken place to investigate the origin and evolution of shape coexistence in the light mercury region. Recoil Distance Doppler-shift measurements were performed at the University of Jyväskylä utilizing the Köln plunger device in conjunction with the JUROGAM+RITU+GREAT setup. In addition, Coulomb excitation measurements of 184,186,188Hg were performed at REX-ISOLDE using the MINIBALL Ge-detector array. The results of the lifetime measurements of the yrast states up to Iπ = 10+ in 182Hg are reported. Preliminary analysis of the Coulomb excitation data is also discussed.

  19. Mercury (Hg) burden in children: the impact of dental amalgam.

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    Al-Saleh, Iman; Al-Sedairi, Al Anoud

    2011-07-15

    The risks and benefits of using mercury (Hg) in dental amalgam have long been debated. This study was designed to estimate Hg body burden and its association with dental amalgam fillings in 182 children (ages: 5-15 years) living in Taif City. Hg was measured in urine (UHg), hair (HHg) and toenails (NHg) by the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer with Vapor Generator Accessory system. Urinary Hg levels were calculated as both micrograms per gram creatinine (μg/g creatinine) and micrograms per liter (μg/L). We found that children with amalgam fillings (N=106) had significantly higher UHg-C levels than children without (N=76), with means of 3.763 μg/g creatinine versus 3.457 μg/g creatinine, respectively (P=0.019). The results were similar for UHg (P=0.01). A similar pattern was also seen for HHg, with means of 0.614 μg/g (N=97) for children with amalgam versus 0.242 μg/g (N=74) for those without amalgam fillings (P=0). Although the mean NHg was higher in children without amalgam (0.222 μg/g, N=61) versus those with (0.163 μg/g, N=101), the relationship was not significant (P=0.069). After adjusting for many confounders, the multiple logistic regression model revealed that the levels of UHg-C and HHg were 2.047 and 5.396 times higher, respectively, in children with dental amalgam compared to those without (P<0.01). In contrast, a significant inverse relationship was seen between NHg levels and dental amalgam fillings (P=0.003). Despite the controversy surrounding the health impact of dental amalgam, this study showed some evidence that amalgam-associated Hg exposure might be related with symptoms of oral health, such as aphthous ulcer, white patches, and a burning-mouth sensation. Further studies are needed to reproduce these findings. The present study showed that significant numbers of children with or without amalgam had Hg levels exceeding the acceptable reference limits. The detrimental neurobehavioral and/or nephrotoxic effects of such an increased Hg on

  20. HgI2 low energy beta particle detector

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    Shah, K. S.; Squillante, M. R.; Entine, G.

    1990-01-01

    An HgI2 device structure was designed and tested which allows HgI2 to be used to make low-energy beta-particle detectors. The devices detected tritium beta particles with an efficiency of about 25 percent. A protective encapsulant has been developed which should protect the devices for up to 20 years and will attenuate only a small fraction of the beta particles. It is noted that the devices hold significant promise to provide a practical alternative to liquid scintillation counters and gas flow-through proportional counters.

  1. Lifetime Measurements and Coulomb Excitation of Light Hg Nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Petts, A.; Butler, P. A.; Grahn, T.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Page, R. D.; Pakarinen, J.; Scheck, M.; Blazhev, A.; Bruyneel, B.; Dewald, A.; Eberth, J.; Fransen, C.; Jolie, J.; Melon, B.; Pascovici, G.; Pissulla, Th.; Reiter, P.; Warr, N.; Weisshaar, D.; Bree, N.

    2009-01-28

    Two complementary experimental programs have taken place to investigate the origin and evolution of shape coexistence in the light mercury region. Recoil Distance Doppler-shift measurements were performed at the University of Jyvaeskylae utilizing the Koeln plunger device in conjunction with the JUROGAM+RITU+GREAT setup. In addition, Coulomb excitation measurements of {sup 184,186,188}Hg were performed at REX-ISOLDE using the MINIBALL Ge-detector array. The results of the lifetime measurements of the yrast states up to I{sup {pi}} = 10{sup +} in {sup 182}Hg are reported. Preliminary analysis of the Coulomb excitation data is also discussed.

  2. Thermodynamics limits the reactivity of BrHg radical with volatile organic compounds

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    Dibble, Theodore S.; Schwid, Abraham C.

    2016-08-01

    Mercury emissions to the atmosphere primarily consist of Hg(0), which tends not to enter ecosystems until it is oxidized. Atomic bromine initiates oxidation of Hg(0) via the BrHg intermediate, but the further reactions of BrHg are just beginning to be explored. Here we use quantum chemistry to determine that hydrogen abstraction from hydrocarbons by BrHg is so endothermic as to be irrelevant. Bonds between BrHg and carbon atoms are so weak that BrHg addition to carbon-carbon double bonds atoms will be somewhat ineffective in leading to further reactions.

  3. Isotopic Composition of Gaseous Elemental Mercury (Hg0) at Various Sites in Japan

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    Yamakawa, A.; Moriya, K.; Yoshinaga, J.

    2015-12-01

    Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal, which exists in various chemical forms in the environmental system. In the atmosphere, Hg exists in three forms (Hg0(g), Hg+2(g), and Hg(p)). Hg0(g) is the dominant species of atmospheric Hg, accounting for >95% of the total Hg in the atmosphere. Because Hg0(g) is highly volatile and has limited solubility in water, it cannot be easily removed by wet or dry deposition processes. Therefore, the residence time of Hg0(g) in the atmosphere is relatively long (1 to 2 years), allowing long-range transport from mercury emission source(s). Conversely, Hg+2(g) and Hg(p) are effectively removed from the atmosphere through wet and dry depositions. The determination of mercury source attribution using quantitative data is challenging because Hg0(g) may be deposited on an area upon oxidation to Hg+2(g) and associated with aerosols and particulates to form Hg(p) while the global cycling of Hg0(g). Over the last decade, the development of analytical methods of highly precise Hg isotopic measurements demonstrated mass-dependent fractionation (MDF) and mass-independent fractionation (MIF) of Hg isotopes in environmental samples. For instance, MDF of Hg isotopes is thought to occur during various natural and industrial Hg transformations. MIF of Hg isotopes is observed during abiotic reduction, photochemical and non-photochemical, and physical and chemical processes. Such processes lead to differences in the Hg isotopic composition of different emission sources, both natural and anthropogenic, and atmospheric processes (i.e., transportation, oxidation/reduction, deposition, and reemission). Therefore, Hg isotopic compositions could be used to trace the sources and processes of atmospheric Hg. For securing the reliability and accuracy of atmospheric Hg isotope data, the methods of collection, pretreatment, and isotopic measurement for Hg0(g) were developed to obtain high recovery yield of samples with no Hg isotopic fractionation during each

  4. A (201)Hg+ Comagnetometer for (199)Hg+ Trapped Ion Space Atomic Clocks

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    Burt, Eric A.; Taghavi, Shervin; Tjoelker, Robert L.

    2011-01-01

    A method has been developed for unambiguously measuring the exact magnetic field experienced by trapped mercury ions contained within an atomic clock intended for space applications. In general, atomic clocks are insensitive to external perturbations that would change the frequency at which the clocks operate. On a space platform, these perturbative effects can be much larger than they would be on the ground, especially in dealing with the magnetic field environment. The solution is to use a different isotope of mercury held within the same trap as the clock isotope. The magnetic field can be very accurately measured with a magnetic-field-sensitive atomic transition in the added isotope. Further, this measurement can be made simultaneously with normal clock operation, thereby not degrading clock performance. Instead of using a conventional magnetometer to measure ambient fields, which would necessarily be placed some distance away from the clock atoms, first order field-sensitive atomic transition frequency changes in the atoms themselves determine the variations in the magnetic field. As a result, all ambiguity over the exact field value experienced by the atoms is removed. Atoms used in atomic clocks always have an atomic transition (often referred to as the clock transition) that is sensitive to magnetic fields only in second order, and usually have one or more transitions that are first-order field sensitive. For operating parameters used in the (199)Hg(+) clock, the latter can be five orders of magnitude or more sensitive to field fluctuations than the clock transition, thereby providing an unambiguous probe of the magnetic field strength.

  5. Energy loss rate of a charged particle in HgTe/(HgTe, CdTe) quantum wells

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    Chen, Qinjun; Sin Ang, Yee; Wang, Xiaolin; Lewis, R. A.; Zhang, Chao

    2013-11-04

    The energy loss rate (ELR) of a charged particle in a HgTe/(HgTe, CdTe) quantum well is investigated. We consider scattering of a charged particle by the bulk insulating states in this type of topological insulator. It is found that the ELR characteristics due to the intraband excitation have a linear energy dependence while those due to interband excitation depend on the energy exponentially. An interesting quantitative result is that for a large range of the incident energy, the mean inelastic scattering rate is around a few terahertz.

  6. Comparison of the characteristics and mechanisms of Hg(II) sorption by biochars and activated carbon.

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    Xu, Xiaoyun; Schierz, Ariette; Xu, Nan; Cao, Xinde

    2016-02-01

    Two biochars were produced from bagasse and hickory chips (referred to as BB and HCB, respectively) and evaluated for their sorption ability of Hg(II) in aqueous solution. A commercial activated carbon (AC) which is commonly used for Hg(II) removal was included for comparison. Both biochars showed higher sorption capacities than AC, following the trend of BB>HCB>AC. The sorption of Hg(II) by BB and AC was mainly attributed to the formation of (COO)2Hg(II) and (O)2Hg(II). As a result, the adsorption capacity of Hg(II) by BB decreased 17.6% and 37.6% after COOH and OH were blocked, respectively and that of Hg(II) by AC decreased 6.63% and 62.2% for COOH and OH hindered, respectively. However, blocking the function groups had little effect on the Hg removal by HCB since sorption of Hg(II) by HCB was mainly resulted from the π electrons of CC and CO induced Hg-π binding. Further X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated the possibility of reduction of the Hg(II) to Hg(I) by phenol groups or π electrons during the removal of Hg(II) by both biochars. In conclusion, biochar is more effective than activated carbon in removing Hg(II) and there exists a high potential that biochar can be a substitute of activated carbon for removal of Hg(II) from wastewater. PMID:26520810

  7. Active transport, substrate specificity, and methylation of Hg(II) in anaerobic bacteria

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    Schasfer, Jeffra; Rocks, Sara; Zheng, Wang; Liang, Liyuan; Gu, Baohua; Morel, Francois M

    2011-01-01

    The formation of methylmercury (MeHg), which is biomagnified in aquatic food chains and poses a risk to human health, is effected by some iron- and sulfate-reducing bacteria (FeRB and SRB) in anaerobic environments. However, very little is known regarding the mechanism of uptake of inorganic Hg by these organisms, in part because of the inherent difficulty in measuring the intracellular Hg concentration. By using the FeRB Geobacter sulfurreducens and the SRB Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132 as model organisms, we demonstrate that Hg(II) uptake occurs by active transport. We also establish that Hg(II) uptake by G. sulfurreducens is highly dependent on the characteristics of the thiols that bind Hg(II) in the external medium, with some thiols promoting uptake and methylation and others inhibiting both. The Hg(II) uptake system of D. desulfuricans has a higher affinity than that of G. sulfurreducens and promotes Hg methylation in the presence of stronger complexing thiols. We observed a tight coupling between Hg methylation and MeHg export from the cell, suggesting that these two processes may serve to avoid the build up and toxicity of cellular Hg. Our results bring up the question of whether cellular Hg uptake is specific for Hg(II) or accidental, occurring via some essential metal importer. Our data also point at Hg(II) complexation by thiols as an important factor controlling Hg methylation in anaerobic environments.

  8. Comparison of the characteristics and mechanisms of Hg(II) sorption by biochars and activated carbon.

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    Xu, Xiaoyun; Schierz, Ariette; Xu, Nan; Cao, Xinde

    2016-02-01

    Two biochars were produced from bagasse and hickory chips (referred to as BB and HCB, respectively) and evaluated for their sorption ability of Hg(II) in aqueous solution. A commercial activated carbon (AC) which is commonly used for Hg(II) removal was included for comparison. Both biochars showed higher sorption capacities than AC, following the trend of BB>HCB>AC. The sorption of Hg(II) by BB and AC was mainly attributed to the formation of (COO)2Hg(II) and (O)2Hg(II). As a result, the adsorption capacity of Hg(II) by BB decreased 17.6% and 37.6% after COOH and OH were blocked, respectively and that of Hg(II) by AC decreased 6.63% and 62.2% for COOH and OH hindered, respectively. However, blocking the function groups had little effect on the Hg removal by HCB since sorption of Hg(II) by HCB was mainly resulted from the π electrons of CC and CO induced Hg-π binding. Further X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated the possibility of reduction of the Hg(II) to Hg(I) by phenol groups or π electrons during the removal of Hg(II) by both biochars. In conclusion, biochar is more effective than activated carbon in removing Hg(II) and there exists a high potential that biochar can be a substitute of activated carbon for removal of Hg(II) from wastewater.

  9. Decay from the superdeformed bands in {sup 194}Hg

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    Henry, R.G.; Khoo, T.L.; Carpenter, M.P.

    1995-08-01

    Superdeformed bands in {sup 194}H g were studied using the early implementation of Gammasphere. The response functions for the Ge detectors were measured for the first time as part of this experiment. Experiments were performed with both a backed target (where the residue stopped in the Au backing) and a thin target (where the residue recoiled into vacuum). This will permit measurements of the decay times of the quasicontinuum {gamma}rays. The spectrum in coincidence with the yrast SD band in {sup 194}Hg reveals the same features as found in the quasicontinuum structure in {sup 192}Hg. These features include: statistical {gamma}rays feeding the SD band, a pronounced E2 peak from transitions feeding the SD band, a Ml/E2 bump at low energies that is associated with the last stages of feeding of the superdeformed band, and a quasicontinuous distribution from {gamma}rays linking SD and normal states, including a sizable clustering of strength around 1.7 MeV. The remarkable similarity of the spectra coincident with SD bands in {sup 192,194}Hg provides additional support for a statistical process for decay out of the SD states. This similarity contrasts with differences observed in the spectrum coincident with the SD band in the odd-even {sup 191}Hg, confirming the predictions about the role of pairing (in normal states) in influencing the shape of the decay-out spectrum.

  10. 40 CFR Appendix A to Subpart Uuuuu - Hg Monitoring Provisions

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    ... no later than the applicable date in § 63.10005(g). 4.1.1Hg CEMS. Table A-1, below, summarizes the... Table A-1. The CE on each day of the test must either meet the main performance specification or the alternative specification in Table A-1. 4.1.1.2Linearity Check. Perform the linearity check using low,...

  11. 40 CFR Appendix A to Subpart Uuuuu... - Hg Monitoring Provisions

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    ... of this appendix. 2.2Primary and Backup Monitoring Systems. In the electronic monitoring plan... a unique monitoring system in the electronic monitoring plan. Each redundant backup monitoring... monitoring system in the electronic monitoring plan. Non-redundant backup Hg CEMS must complete the...

  12. 40 CFR Appendix A to Subpart Uuuuu... - Hg Monitoring Provisions

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    2014-07-01

    ... of this appendix. 2.2Primary and Backup Monitoring Systems. In the electronic monitoring plan... a unique monitoring system in the electronic monitoring plan. Each redundant backup monitoring... monitoring system in the electronic monitoring plan. Non-redundant backup Hg CEMS must complete the...

  13. The Abundance and Isotopic Composition of Hg in Extraterrestrial Materials

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    Lauretta, D. S.

    2004-01-01

    During the past three year grant period we made excellent progress in our study of the abundances and isotopic compositions of Hg and other volatile trace elements in extraterrestrial materials. As part of my startup package I received funds to construct a state-of-the-art experimental facility to study gas-solid reaction kinetics. Much of our effort was spent developing the methodology to measure the abundance and isotopic composition of Hg at ultratrace levels in solid materials. In our first study, the abundance and isotopic composition of Hg was determined in bulk samples of the Murchison (CM) and Allende (CV) carbonaceous chondrites. We have continued our study of mercury in primitive meteorites and expanded the suite of meteorites to include other members of the CM and CV chondrite group as well as CI and CO chondrites. Samples of the CI chondrite Orgueil, the CM chondrites Murray, Nogoya, and Cold Bokkeveld, the CO chondrites Kainsaz, Omans, and Isna, and the CV chondrites Vigarano, Mokoia, and Grosnaja were tested. We have developed a thermal analysis ICP-MS technique and applied it to the study of a suite of thermally labile elements (Zn, As, Se, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Te, Hg, Au, Tl, Pb, and Bi) in geologic materials as well.

  14. 40 CFR 60.45Da - Standard for mercury (Hg).

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    2011-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for Electric Utility... must not discharge into the atmosphere any gases from a new affected source that contain Hg in excess.... The International System of Units (SI) equivalent is 0.0025 ng/J. (2) For each coal-fired...

  15. 46 CFR 53.01-5 - Scope (modifies HG-100).

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  17. 46 CFR 53.01-5 - Scope (modifies HG-100).

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    ... IV of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1). table... Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE ENGINEERING HEATING BOILERS General Requirements § 53.01-5 Scope (modifies HG-100). (a) The regulations in this part apply to...

  18. 46 CFR 53.01-5 - Scope (modifies HG-100).

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    ... IV of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1). Table... Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE ENGINEERING HEATING BOILERS General Requirements § 53.01-5 Scope (modifies HG-100). (a) The regulations in this part apply to...

  19. 46 CFR 53.01-5 - Scope (modifies HG-100).

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    ... IV of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 53.01-1). table... Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE ENGINEERING HEATING BOILERS General Requirements § 53.01-5 Scope (modifies HG-100). (a) The regulations in this part apply to...

  20. Complexes with Hg(II) and macrocyclic ligands

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    Luis, S.V.; Frias, J.C.; Salvador, R.V.; Bolte, M.

    1999-04-01

    The crystal structures of 1,4,7,10,13,16-hexaoxa-cyclooctadecane dicyano mercury(II) monohydrate, C{sub 14}H{sub 24}HgN{sub 2}O{sub 6}{center{underscore}dot}H{sub 2}O, 1, and 2,5,8,11,18,21,24,27-octaoxa-tricyclo[26.4.0.0{sub 12,17}]-dotriconta-1(28),12,14,16,29,31-hexaene dicyano mercury(II) monohydrate, C{sub 26}H{sub 32}HgN{sub 2}O{sub 8}{center{underscore}dot}H{sub 2}O, 2, were determined: 1 crystallizes in the trigonal space group R{bar 3} with cell dimensions a = 11.7842(1) and c = 12.0316(1) {angstrom}. 2 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/c with cell dimensions a = 11.156(3) {angstrom}, b = 8.417(2), c = 30.901(8) {angstrom}, and {beta} = 93.279{degree}. In spite of the different cyclic systems, similar complexes are formed where the Hg atom is coordinated by two CN groups and six oxygen atoms of the crown ether. The structure of 1 is isostructural with the crystal structures of 18C6-HgCl{sub 2}, 18C6-CdBr{sub 2}, 18C6-Sr(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}, and 18C6-Ba(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}. Furthermore, 1 is very similar to other 18C6-HgX{sub 2} complexes.

  1. Beer Law Constants and Vapor Pressures of HgI2 over HgI2(s,l)

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Zhu, Shen; Ramachandran, N.; Burger, A.

    2002-01-01

    Optical absorption spectra of the vapor phase over HgI2(s,l) were measured at sample temperatures between 349 and 610 K for wavelengths between 200 and 600 nm. The spectra show the samples sublimed congruently into HGI2 without any observed Hg or I2 absorption spectra. The Beer's Law constants for 15 wavelengths between 200 and 440 nm were derived. From these constants the vapor pressure of HgI2, P, was found to be a function of temperature for the liquid and the solid beta-phases: ln P(atm) = -7700/T(K) + 12.462 (liquid phase) and ln P(atm) = -10150/T(K) + 17.026 (beta-phase). The expressions match the enthalpies of vaporization and sublimation of 15.30 and 20.17 kcal/mole respectively, for the liquid and the beta-phase HgI2. The difference in the enthalpies gives an enthalpy of fusion of 4.87 kcal/mole, and the intersection of the two expressions gives a melting point of 537 K.

  2. Photochemical formation of CH 3HgH in Hg/CH 4/Ar matrices studied by FTIR spectroscopy

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    Legay-Sommaire, N.; Legay, F.

    1994-01-01

    Mixed matrices of methane or deuterated methane and argon doped with mercury have been irradiated with a KrF laser at 249 nm. Methylmercury hydride is formed by reaction of Hg excited to the 3P 1 state with CH 4 or CD 4. The reaction products were identified by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry.

  3. Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics

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    Sharma, Nalini; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Thakur, Anil

    2015-05-15

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Five liquid Hg-In mixtures (Hg{sub 10}In{sub 90}, Hg{sub 30}In{sub 70}, Hg{sub 50}In{sub 50}, Hg{sub 70}In{sub 30} and Hg{sub 90}In{sub 10}) at 299K are considered. The radial distribution function g(r) and structure factor S(q) of considered alloys are compared with respective experimental results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and (l-In). The radial distribution function g(r) shows the presence of short range order in the systems considered. Smooth curves of Bhatia-Thornton partial structure factors factor shows the presence of liquid state in the considered alloys.

  4. Immobilization of Hg(II) by Coprecipitation in Sulfate-Cement Systems

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    2012-01-01

    Uptake and molecular speciation of dissolved Hg during formation of Al- or Fe-ettringite-type and high-pH phases were investigated in coprecipitation and sorption experiments of sulfate-cement treatments used for soil and sediment remediation. Ettringite and minor gypsum were identified by XRD as primary phases in Al systems, whereas gypsum and ferrihydrite were the main products in Hg–Fe precipitates. Characterization of Hg–Al solids by bulk Hg EXAFS, electron microprobe, and microfocused-XRF mapping indicated coordination of Hg by Cl ligands, multiple Hg and Cl backscattering atoms, and concentration of Hg as small particles. Thermodynamic predictions agreed with experimental observations for bulk phases, but Hg speciation indicated lack of equilibration with the final solution. Results suggest physical encapsulation of Hg as a polynuclear chloromercury(II) salt in ettringite as the primary immobilization mechanism. In Hg–Fe solids, structural characterization indicated Hg coordination by O atoms only and Fe backscattering atoms that is consistent with inner-sphere complexation of Hg(OH)20 coprecipitated with ferrihydrite. Precipitation of ferrihydrite removed Hg from solution, but the resulting solid was sufficiently hydrated to allow equilibration of sorbed Hg species with the aqueous solution. Electron microprobe XRF characterization of sorption samples with low Hg concentration reacted with cement and FeSO4 amendment indicated correlation of Hg and Fe, supporting the interpretation of Hg removal by precipitation of an Fe(III) oxide phase. PMID:22594782

  5. Mercury deposition and re-emission pathways in boreal forest soils investigated with Hg isotope signatures.

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    Jiskra, Martin; Wiederhold, Jan G; Skyllberg, Ulf; Kronberg, Rose-Marie; Hajdas, Irka; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2015-06-16

    Soils comprise the largest terrestrial mercury (Hg) pool in exchange with the atmosphere. To predict how anthropogenic emissions affect global Hg cycling and eventually human Hg exposure, it is crucial to understand Hg deposition and re-emission of legacy Hg from soils. However, assessing Hg deposition and re-emission pathways remains difficult because of an insufficient understanding of the governing processes. We measured Hg stable isotope signatures of radiocarbon-dated boreal forest soils and modeled atmospheric Hg deposition and re-emission pathways and fluxes using a combined source and process tracing approach. Our results suggest that Hg in the soils was dominantly derived from deposition of litter (∼90% on average). The remaining fraction was attributed to precipitation-derived Hg, which showed increasing contributions in older, deeper soil horizons (up to 27%) indicative of an accumulation over decades. We provide evidence for significant Hg re-emission from organic soil horizons most likely caused by nonphotochemical abiotic reduction by natural organic matter, a process previously not observed unambiguously in nature. Our data suggest that Histosols (peat soils), which exhibit at least seasonally water-saturated conditions, have re-emitted up to one-third of previously deposited Hg back to the atmosphere. Re-emission of legacy Hg following reduction by natural organic matter may therefore be an important pathway to be considered in global models, further supporting the need for a process-based assessment of land/atmosphere Hg exchange.

  6. Mercury deposition and re-emission pathways in boreal forest soils investigated with Hg isotope signatures.

    PubMed

    Jiskra, Martin; Wiederhold, Jan G; Skyllberg, Ulf; Kronberg, Rose-Marie; Hajdas, Irka; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2015-06-16

    Soils comprise the largest terrestrial mercury (Hg) pool in exchange with the atmosphere. To predict how anthropogenic emissions affect global Hg cycling and eventually human Hg exposure, it is crucial to understand Hg deposition and re-emission of legacy Hg from soils. However, assessing Hg deposition and re-emission pathways remains difficult because of an insufficient understanding of the governing processes. We measured Hg stable isotope signatures of radiocarbon-dated boreal forest soils and modeled atmospheric Hg deposition and re-emission pathways and fluxes using a combined source and process tracing approach. Our results suggest that Hg in the soils was dominantly derived from deposition of litter (∼90% on average). The remaining fraction was attributed to precipitation-derived Hg, which showed increasing contributions in older, deeper soil horizons (up to 27%) indicative of an accumulation over decades. We provide evidence for significant Hg re-emission from organic soil horizons most likely caused by nonphotochemical abiotic reduction by natural organic matter, a process previously not observed unambiguously in nature. Our data suggest that Histosols (peat soils), which exhibit at least seasonally water-saturated conditions, have re-emitted up to one-third of previously deposited Hg back to the atmosphere. Re-emission of legacy Hg following reduction by natural organic matter may therefore be an important pathway to be considered in global models, further supporting the need for a process-based assessment of land/atmosphere Hg exchange. PMID:25946594

  7. The Upside to Hg-DOM Associations for Water Quality: Removal of Hg from Solution Using Coagulaion with Metal-Based Salts

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    Henneberry, Y.; Kraus, T. E.; Fleck, J.; Krabbenhoft, D. P.; Horwath, W. R.

    2011-12-01

    This study assessed the potential use of metal-based coagulants to remove dissolved mercury (Hg) from natural waters and provides information regarding the importance of Hg associations with the dissolved organic matter (DOM) fraction and metal hydroxides. Previous research indicated coagulants were not effective at removing Hg from solution; however those studies used high concentrations of Hg, which did not reflect naturally occurring concentrations of Hg. Filtered water collected from an agricultural drain in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) was treated with three industrial-grade coagulants (ferric chloride, ferric sulfate, and polyaluminum chloride) to determine their efficacy in removing both inroganic (IHg) and methylmercury (MeHg) from the water column. The Delta suffers from elevated surface water Hg concentrations and as a result is listed as an imparied water body. Coagulants removed up to 85% of DOM from solution. In the absence of DOM, all three coagulants released IHg into solution, however in the presence of DOM the coagulants removed up to 97% of IHg and 80% of MeHg. Results suggest that the removal of Hg is mediated by DOM-coagulant interactions. There was a preferential association of IHg with the more aromatic, higher molecular weight fraction of DOM but no such relationship was found for MeHg. This study offers new fundamental insights regarding large-scale removal of Hg at environmentally relevant concentrations. Research using isotopically labeled Hg is providing insight into whether coagulation can remove recently added Hg (e.g. atmospheric deposition) from solution and whether once formed, the floc can remove additional Hg from the water column.

  8. Measurement of Linear Stark Interference in {sup 199}Hg

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    Loftus, T. H.; Swallows, M. D.; Griffith, W. C.; Romalis, M. V.; Heckel, B. R.; Fortson, E. N.

    2011-06-24

    We present measurements of Stark interference in the 6{sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}6{sup 3}P{sub 1} transition in {sup 199}Hg, a process whereby a static electric field E mixes magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole couplings into an electric dipole transition, leading to E-linear energy shifts similar to those produced by a permanent atomic electric dipole moment (EDM). The measured interference amplitude, a{sub SI}=(a{sub M1}+a{sub E2})=(5.8{+-}1.5)x10{sup -9} (kV/cm){sup -1}, agrees with relativistic, many-body predictions and confirms that earlier central-field estimates are a factor of 10 too large. More importantly, this study validates the capability of the {sup 199}Hg EDM search apparatus to resolve nontrivial, controlled, and sub-nHz Larmor frequency shifts with EDM-like characteristics.

  9. Ultra-stable Hg(+) trapped ion frequency standard

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    Prestage, J. D.; Tjoelker, R. L.; Dick, G. J.; Maleki, L.

    1992-01-01

    We report the development of a fieldable frequency standard based on Hg-199(+) ions confined in a hybrid r.f./dc linear ion trap. This trap permits storage of large numbers of ions with reduced susceptibility to the second-order Doppler effect caused by the r.f. confining fields. A 160 mHz wide atomic resonance line for the 40.5 GHz clock transition is used to steer the output of a 5 MHz crystal oscillator to obtain a stability of 2 x 10 exp -15 for 24,000 s averaging times. For longer averaging intervals, measurements are limited by instabilities in available hydrogen maser frequency standards. Measurements with 37 mHz linewidth for the Hg(+) clock transition demonstrate that the inherent stability for this frequency standard is at least as good as 1 x 10 exp -15.

  10. Geochemical assessment of Hg pollution in gold mining sites

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    Rodrigues-Filho, S.; Villas Bôas, R. C.

    2003-05-01

    The increasing societal demand for actions and strategies towards sustainability of small-scale gold mining in developing countries has led experts to face the challenge of managing the harzards associated with mercury pollution from active and abandoned mine sites. Mercury pollution in drainage systems and its health effects are the most frequent subjects on environmental researchs dealing with small-scale gold mining worldwide. Also, filling of river beds with mineral matter originated from runoff of abandoned mining waste piles and tailings generally causes both silting of waterways and elevation of Hg concentrations in the environment. This paper summarizes the main results concerning the assessment of Hg pollution in Amazon drainage systems accomplished by the authors in the last decade in Brazil.

  11. A high-performance Hg(+) trapped ion frequency standard

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    Prestage, J. D.; Tjoelker, R. L.; Dick, G. J.; Maleki, L.

    1992-01-01

    A high-performance frequency standard based on (199)Hg(+) ions confined in a hybrid radio frequency (RF)/dc linear ion trap is demonstrated. This trap permits storage of large numbers of ions with reduced susceptibility to the second-order Doppler effect caused by the RF confining fields. A 160-mHz-wide atomic resonance line for the 40.5-GHz clock transition is used to steer the output of a 5-mHz crystal oscillator to obtain a stability of 2 x 10(exp -15) for 24,000-second averaging times. Measurements with a 37-mHz line width for the Hg(+) clock transition demonstrate that the inherent stability for this frequency standard is better than 1 x 10(exp -15) at 10,000-second averaging times.

  12. Electrical Conductivity of HgTe at High Temperatures

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    Li, C.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Su, C.-H.; Scripa, R. N.

    2004-01-01

    The electrical conductivity of HgTe was measured using a rotating magnetic field method from 300 K to the melting point (943 K). A microscopic theory for electrical conduction was used to calculate the expected temperature dependence of the HgTe conductivity. A comparison between the measured and calculated conductivities was used to obtain the estimates of the temperature dependence of Gamma(sub 6)-Gamma(sub 8) energy gap from 300 K to 943 K. The estimated temperature coefficient for the energy gap was comparable to the previous results at lower temperatures (less than or equal to 300 K). A rapid increase in the conductivity just above 300 K and a subsequent decrease at 500 K is attributed to band crossover effects. This paper describes the experimental approach and some of the theoretical calculation details.

  13. Mercury speciation analyses in HgCl(2)-contaminated soils and groundwater--implications for risk assessment and remediation strategies.

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    Bollen, A; Wenke, A; Biester, H

    2008-01-01

    Since the 19th century, mercury(II)chloride (HgCl(2)) has been used on wood impregnation sites to prevent wooden poles from decay, leaving behind a legacy of highly contaminated soil/aquifer systems. Little is known about species transformation and mobility of HgCl(2) in contaminated soils and groundwater. At such a site the behaviour of HgCl(2) in soils and groundwater was investigated to assist in risk assessment and remediation. The soil is low in organic carbon and contains up to 11,000 mg Hg/kg. Mercury (Hg) concentrations in groundwater decrease from 230 to 0.5 microg/l within a distance of 1.3 km. Hg species transformations in soil and aqueous samples were analysed by means of solid-phase Hg pyrolysis and CV-AAS. In aqueous samples, Hg species were distinguished between ionic/reactive Hg and complex-bound Hg. Potential mobility of Hg in soils was studied through batch experiments. Most Hg in the soil is matrix-bound HgCl(2), whereas in the aquifer secondary formation to Hg(0) could be observed. Aqueous Hg speciation in groundwater and soil solutions shows that an average of 84% of soluble Hg exists as easily reducible, inorganic Hg species (mostly HgCl(2)). The proportion of complex-bound Hg increases with distance due to the transformation of inorganic HgCl(2). The frequent occurrence of Hg(0) in the aquifer suggests the formation and degassing of Hg(0), which is, in addition to dilution, an important process, lowering Hg concentrations in the groundwater. High percentage of mobile Hg (3-26%) and low seepage fluxes will result in continuous Hg release over centuries requiring long-term groundwater remediation. Results of soluble Hg speciation suggest that filtering materials should be adapted to ionic Hg species, e.g. specific resins or amalgamating metal alloys.

  14. Design and synthesis of BODIPY-clickate based Hg(2+) sensors: the effect of triazole binding mode with Hg(2+) on signal transduction.

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    Vedamalai, Mani; Kedaria, Dhaval; Vasita, Rajesh; Mori, Shigeki; Gupta, Iti

    2016-02-14

    BODIPY-clickates, F1 and F2, for the detection of Hg(2+) have been designed, synthesized and characterized. Both F1 and F2 showed hyperchromic shifts in the UV-visible spectra in response to increasing Hg(2+) concentrations. Hg(2+) ion binding caused perturbation of the emission quenching process and chelation induced enhanced bathochromic emission of F1 and F2 to 620 nm and 660 nm, respectively. Job's plot clearly indicated that the binding ratio of F1 and F2 with Hg(2+) was 1 : 1. The NMR titration of BODIPY-clickates with Hg(2+) confirmed that aromatic amines and triazoles were involved in the binding event. Furthermore, HRMS data of F1-Hg(2+) and F2-Hg(2+) supported the formation of mercury complexes of BODIPY-clickates. The dissociation constant for the interaction between fluorescent probes F1 and F2 with Hg(2+) was found to be 24.4 ± 5.1 μM and 22.0 ± 3.9 μM, respectively. The Hg(2+) ion induced fluorescence enhancement was almost stable in a pH range of 5 to 8. Having less toxicity to live cells, both the probes were successfully used to map the Hg(2+) ions in live A549 cells. PMID:26743311

  15. Hg bioavailability and impact on bacterial communities in a long-term polluted soil.

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    Ruggiero, P; Terzano, R; Spagnuolo, M; Cavalca, L; Colombo, M; Andreoni, V; Rao, M A; Perucci, P; Monaci, E

    2011-01-01

    Different soil samples characterised by a long-term Hg-pollution were studied for Hg total content, fractionation, phytotoxicity and influence on the bacterial community. Hg pollution ranged from 1 to 50 mg kg(-1) and most of it was speciated in scarcely soluble forms. In agreement with this, the biochemical quality indexes were investigated (biomass, enzyme activities) and the bacterial community (viable heterotrophic (VH) bacteria, functional diversity) apparently was not influenced by the degree of Hg pollution. In particular, the investigated soils exhibited a low percentage of Hg-resistant (Hg(R)) bacteria ranging from less than 0.001% to 0.25% of the VH and the addition of available Hg in the form of HgCl(2) induced an enrichment of resistant Hg(R) populations. The general biodiversity of the bacterial community was evaluated by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of DNA of Hg spiked soil microcosms and of control soils. Hg(R) bacteria capable to grow in a minimal medium containing HgCl(2) were also isolated and identified. MerA and merB gene PCR fragments were obtained from different Hg(R) strains and the range of similarities at the DNA level and at the deduced amino acid level showed that they carried mercuric reductase and lyase. Differently from bacteria, some influence of soil Hg content on seeds' germination and root elongation was observed for Lepidium sativum L. and Solanum lycopersicum L. In conclusion, most of the Hg in these long-term polluted soils was scarcely mobile and available and did not significantly influence the soil bacterial community. The risk of potential Hg remobilization over time, that could be naturally favoured by the activity of plant roots or other inorganic processes occurring in soil, can be extenuated since bacterial community was resistant and resilient to subsequent Hg stress.

  16. Maternal-fetal distribution of mercury ( sup 203 Hg) released from dental amalgam fillings

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    Vimy, M.J.; Takahashi, Y.; Lorscheider, F.L. )

    1990-04-01

    In humans, the continuous release of Hg vapor from dental amalgam tooth restorations is markedly increased for prolonged periods after chewing. The present study establishes a time-course distribution for amalgam Hg in body tissues of adult and fetal sheep. Under general anesthesia, five pregnant ewes had twelve occlusal amalgam fillings containing radioactive 203Hg placed in teeth at 112 days gestation. Blood, amniotic fluid, feces, and urine specimens were collected at 1- to 3-day intervals for 16 days. From days 16-140 after amalgam placement (16-41 days for fetal lambs), tissue specimens were analyzed for radioactivity, and total Hg concentrations were calculated. Results demonstrate that Hg from dental amalgam will appear in maternal and fetal blood and amniotic fluid within 2 days after placement of amalgam tooth restorations. Excretion of some of this Hg will also commence within 2 days. All tissues examined displayed Hg accumulation. Highest concentrations of Hg from amalgam in the adult occurred in kidney and liver, whereas in the fetus the highest amalgam Hg concentrations appeared in liver and pituitary gland. The placenta progressively concentrated Hg as gestation advanced to term, and milk concentration of amalgam Hg postpartum provides a potential source of Hg exposure to the newborn. It is concluded that accumulation of amalgam Hg progresses in maternal and fetal tissues to a steady state with advancing gestation and is maintained. Dental amalgam usage as a tooth restorative material in pregnant women and children should be reconsidered.

  17. Unusual speciation and retention of Hg at a coal-fired power plant.

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    Córdoba, Patricia; Maroto-Valer, M; Ayora, Carlos; Perry, Ron; Rallo, Manuela; Font, Oriol; Izquierdo, Maria; Querol, Xavier

    2012-07-17

    An unusual and different speciation of Hg in the outgoing gaseous stream of the flue gas desulfurization (OUT-FGD) system was revealed at two Spanish power plants (PP1 and PP2) equipped with a forced oxidation wet FGD system with water recirculation to the scrubber. At PP1 and PP2, a high proportion of Hg escapes from the electrostatic precipitator in gaseous form, Hg(2+) (75-86%) being the species that enters the FGD. At PP1 Hg(0) (71%) was the prevalent Hg OUT-FGD species, whereas at PP2 Hg(2+) was the prevalent Hg OUT-FGD species in 2007 (66%) and 2008 (87%). The unusual speciation of gaseous Hg OUT-FGD and the different Hg retentions between 2007 and 2008 at PP2 were attributable to the evaporation of HgCl(2) particles from the aqueous phase of gypsum slurry in the OUT-FGD gas and the Al additive used at PP2, respectively. The Al additive induced the retention of Hg as HgS in the 2007 FGD gypsum, thus reducing gaseous emissions of Hg in the OUT-FGD gas.

  18. Hg2+ reduction and re-emission from simulated wet flue gas desulfurization liquors.

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    Wo, Jingjing; Zhang, Meng; Cheng, Xiaoya; Zhong, Xiaohang; Xu, Jiang; Xu, Xinhua

    2009-12-30

    In this study, considering that Hg(2+) in wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems can easily be reduced and then released into atmosphere, causing secondary pollution, the researches about Hg(2+) reduction and Hg(0) re-emission mechanism were carried out. The effects of several experimental parameters on the reduction were studied, including initial pH, temperature, and concentrations of Cl(-) and S(IV). Our experimental results indicated that Cl(-) had a restraining effect on the Hg(2+) reduction and Hg(0) re-emission, after 24h reaction, only 20.5% of Hg(2+) was reduced with 100mM Cl(-) in simulated desulfurization solution. Cl(-) can slow Hg(2+) reduction and Hg(0) re-emissions dramatically through changing reaction mechanism, with formation of new intermediate: ClHgSO(3)(-), which can decompose to Hg(0), but much more slowly than Hg(SO(3))(2)(2-) or HgSO(3). Simulating the conditions of the practical application (initial pH 5, T=50 degrees C, S(IV)=5 mM, Cl(-)=100 mM), we also found that Ca(2+), NO(3)(-), F(-), etc. all had obvious effects on reduction rates. Based on the material balance and characteristic of the reactants, the reduction emission mechanism of Hg(2+) has been established, providing theoretical basis for industrial application of mercury control in wet FGD systems. PMID:19699584

  19. HgCdTe 256x256 NWIR FPA

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    Vural, Kadri; Blessinger, Michael; Chen, Jenkon; Kleinhans, William

    1989-01-01

    Researchers developed a HgCdTe 256x256 focal plane array (FPA) which operates in the 1 to 5 micron band. This is presently the largest demonstrated HgCdTe FPA. The detector material is HgCdTe on sapphire (PACE-1 technology) which has a low thermal expansion mismatch with silicon. The multiplexer is a CMOS FET-switch device processed through a commercial silicon foundry. The multiplexer input is direct injection and the charge capacity is about 2 times 10 to the 7th power electrons. The kTC limited read noise is 400 electrons. Researchers demonstrated high background imaging using the device. The broadband quantum efficiency is measured to be 59 percent. Dark currents less than 0.1 pA were measured at 77 K for detectors processed on PACE-1 material with 4.9 microns cutoff. The dark currents decrease as the temperature is lowered, and researchers are presently studying the T less than 77 K characteristics. The interconnect yield is greater than 95 percent. The devices are available for astronomical applications.

  20. Probing changes in Hg(II) coordination during its bacterial uptake

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    Thomas, Sara Anne; Ma, Qing; Gaillard, Jean-François

    2016-05-01

    We present XAFS data collected at the Hg LIII-edge for bacterial cells of Escherichia coli that have been exposed to 500 and 50 nano-molar Hg2+ in aqueous solution, which corresponds to ∼30 and ∼3μg Hg per g cells (wet weight). These concentrations are respectively 1 and 2 orders of magnitude lower than what has been previously reported for Hg-bacteria XAFS experiments. The cells were metabolically active while exposed to Hg(II), providing coordination information that can be directly compared to Hg(II) biouptake experiments. At these amounts of total dissolved metal, Hg(II) binds primarily to thiol moieties that are either present at the cell membrane or localized in the cytoplasm. We show that in this case the Hg binding environment is a mixture of 2- and 4-fold coordination to thiols. This information can be inferred from XANES spectra but the EXAFS provides a more quantitative answer.

  1. Experimental evidence for the third level (А+) of Hg vacancy in Hg1-xCdxTe

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    Shepelskii, G. A.; Strikha, M. V.; Gassan-zade, S. G.

    2012-11-01

    Mercury vacancy in Hg1-xCdxTe is not a two-level (as it was supposed until now), but a three-level acceptor. A third, most shallow (1-1.5 meV) level (А+ state) appears due to a capture of a third hole by a neutral acceptor, after the two deeper vacancy levels (A- and А0 states) are already occupied by holes. Due to a capture of nonequilibrium holes by neutral mercury vacancies (under radiation) a positive space charge region arises near an irradiated surface. This causes the anomalies of photoelectromagnetic effect, observed in р-Hg1-xCdxTe at T < 10-12 K.

  2. Impacts of forest harvesting on mobilization of Hg and MeHg in drained peatland forests on black schist or felsic bedrock.

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    Ukonmaanaho, Liisa; Starr, Mike; Kantola, Marjatta; Laurén, Ari; Piispanen, Juha; Pietilä, Heidi; Perämäki, Paavo; Merilä, Päivi; Fritze, Hannu; Tuomivirta, Tero; Heikkinen, Juha; Mäkinen, Jari; Nieminen, Tiina M

    2016-04-01

    Forest harvesting, especially when intensified harvesting method as whole-tree harvesting with stump lifting (WTHs) are used, may increase mercury (Hg) and methylmercury (MeHg) leaching to recipient water courses. The effect can be enhanced if the underlying bedrock and overburden soil contain Hg. The impact of stem-only harvesting (SOH) and WTHs on the concentrations of Hg and MeHg as well as several other variables in the ditch water was studied using a paired catchment approach in eight drained peatland-dominated catchments in Finland (2008-2012). Four of the catchments were on felsic bedrock and four on black schist bedrock containing heavy metals. Although both Hg and MeHg concentrations increased after harvesting in all treated sites according to the randomized intervention analyses (RIAs), there was only a weak indication of a harvest-induced mobilization of Hg and MeHg into the ditches. Furthermore, no clear differences between WTHs and SOH were found, although MeHg showed a nearly significant difference (p = 0.06) between the harvesting regimes. However, there was a clear bedrock effect, since the MeHg concentrations in the ditch water were higher at catchments on black schist than at those on felsic bedrock. The pH, suspended solid matter (SSM), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), and iron (Fe) concentrations increased after harvest while the sulfate (SO4-S) concentration decreased. The highest abundances of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were found on the sites with high MeHg concentrations. The biggest changes in ditch water concentrations occurred first 2 years after harvesting.

  3. Solution speciation controls mercury isotope fractionation of Hg(II) sorption to goethite.

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    Jiskra, Martin; Wiederhold, Jan G; Bourdon, Bernard; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2012-06-19

    The application of Hg isotope signatures as tracers for environmental Hg cycling requires the determination of isotope fractionation factors and mechanisms for individual processes. Here, we investigated Hg isotope fractionation of Hg(II) sorption to goethite in batch systems under different experimental conditions. We observed a mass-dependent enrichment of light Hg isotopes on the goethite surface relative to dissolved Hg (ε(202)Hg of -0.30‰ to -0.44‰) which was independent of the pH, chloride and sulfate concentration, type of surface complex, and equilibration time. Based on previous theoretical equilibrium fractionation factors, we propose that Hg isotope fractionation of Hg(II) sorption to goethite is controlled by an equilibrium isotope effect between Hg(II) solution species, expressed on the mineral surface by the adsorption of the cationic solution species. In contrast, the formation of outer-sphere complexes and subsequent conformation changes to different inner-sphere complexes appeared to have insignificant effects on the observed isotope fractionation. Our findings emphasize the importance of solution speciation in metal isotope sorption studies and suggest that the dissolved Hg(II) pool in soils and sediments, which is the most mobile and bioavailable, should be isotopically heavy, as light Hg isotopes are preferentially sequestered during binding to both mineral phases and natural organic matter.

  4. STATUS OF EPA/DOE MOU TECHNICAL WORKGROUP ACTIVITIES: HG WASTE TREATMENT

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    EPA's Land Disposal Restrictions program currently has technology-specific treatment standards for hazardous wastes containing greater than or equal to 260ppm total mercury (Hg) (i.e., high Hg subcategory wastes). The treatment standards specify RMERC for high Hg subcategory wast...

  5. Solving mercury (Hg) speciation in soil samples by synchrotron X-ray microspectroscopic techniques.

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    Terzano, Roberto; Santoro, Anna; Spagnuolo, Matteo; Vekemans, Bart; Medici, Luca; Janssens, Koen; Göttlicher, Jörg; Denecke, Melissa A; Mangold, Stefan; Ruggiero, Pacifico

    2010-08-01

    Direct mercury (Hg) speciation was assessed for soil samples with a Hg concentration ranging from 7 up to 240 mg kg(-1). Hg chemical forms were identified and quantified by sequential extractions and bulk- and micro-analytical techniques exploiting synchrotron generated X-rays. In particular, microspectroscopic techniques such as mu-XRF, mu-XRD and mu-XANES were necessary to solve bulk Hg speciation, in both soil fractions <2 mm and <2 microm. The main Hg-species found in the soil samples were metacinnabar (beta-HgS), cinnabar (alpha-HgS), corderoite (Hg(3)S(2)Cl(2)), and an amorphous phase containing Hg bound to chlorine and sulfur. The amount of metacinnabar and amorphous phases increased in the fraction <2 microm. No interaction among Hg-species and soil components was observed. All the observed Hg-species originated from the slow weathering of an inert Hg-containing waste material (K106, U.S. EPA) dumped in the area several years ago, which is changing into a relatively more dangerous source of pollution. PMID:20605298

  6. Phytoextraction of HG by parsley (Petroselinum crispum) and its growth responses.

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    Bibi, Asma; Farooq, Umar; Naz, Sadia; Khan, Afsar; Khan, Sara; Sarwar, Rizwana; Mahmood, Qaisar; Alam, Arif; Mirza, Nosheen

    2016-01-01

    The effect of mercury (Hg) on the growth and survival of parsley (Petroselinum crispum) was explored at various treatments. The plants were grown in pots having Hoagland's solution to which various Hg treatments were applied and placed under greenhouse conditions. The treatments were: no metal applied (control) and six doses of Hg as mercuric chloride for 15 days. Linear trend of Hg accumulation was noted in roots, stems, and leaves with increasing Hg treatments. The maximum Hg concentration in root, stem and leaf was 8.92, 8.27, and 7.88 at Hg treatments of 25 mg l(-1), respectively. On the whole, Hg accumulation in different plant parts was in the following order: leaves > stem > roots. Linear trend was also observed for Bioaccumulation Factor (BF) and Translocation Factor (TF) with increasing Hg concentrations in the growth medium. The highest respective BFHg and TFHg values were 9.32 and 2.02 for the Hg treatments of 25 and 50 mg l(-1). In spite of the reduced growth in the presence of Hg, the plant has phytoremediation potential. It is recommended that parsley should not be cultivated in Hg contaminated sites in order to avoid dietary toxicity.

  7. Characteristics of Hg-resistant bacteria isolated from Minamata Bay sediment

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    Nakamura, K.; Fujisaki, T.; Tamashiro, H.

    1986-06-01

    Seventy-two strains of Hg-resistant bacteria (Pseudomonas) were isolated on agar plates containing 40 micrograms/ml of HgCl2 from Minamata Bay sediment, which was heavily polluted with mercury (45.8 micrograms/g). The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of mercurial compounds were determined for the Hg-resistant pseudomonads and 65 strains (Pseudomonas sp., Bacillus sp., Vibrio sp., and Corynebacterium sp.) isolated from Sendai Bay sediment (1 microgram/g of mercury) as control. The MICs to HgCl/sub 2/, CH/sub 3/HgCl, C/sub 2/H/sub 5/HgCl, C/sub 3/H/sub 7/HgCl, and C/sub 6/H/sub 5/HgOCOCH/sub 3/ for the Hg-resistant pseudomonads from Minamata Bay were significantly higher than those of strains from Sendai Bay. The volatilization from liquid culture containing 20 micrograms/ml of HgCl2 was observed in all of the Hg-resistant pseudomonads from Minamata Bay (70 strains). The mean loss of mercury from liquid culture was 60.4 +/- 17.3%. Further study is warranted to determine what role the Hg-resistant bacteria, particularly the Pseudomonas species, play in the mercury cycle in Minamata Bay.

  8. Dimercaptopropane Sulfonate Chelation Affects In Vivo Hg and MeHg Distribution in Tissues and Urine of Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster).

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    Cobb, G P; Moore, A W; Rummel, K T; McMurry, S T

    2015-12-01

    Methyl mercury cation (MeHg(+)) and divalent mercury (Hg(2+)) were quantified in urine, liver, kidney, and brain of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) during a 12 week exposure to aqueous MeHg(+) at concentrations of 10, 100, and 1000 ng MeHg(+)/mL. Aqueous MeHg(+) exposures increased mercury accumulation in tissues of voles from each exposure group. Accumulation was greater within the higher two exposure groups. Similar [Hg(2+)] and [MeHg(+)] were determined within a given organ type before and after 2,3-dimercapto-1-propane sulfonate (DMPS) chelation. Similar correlations were seen for Hg(2+) and MeHg(+) concentrations in pre and post chelation urine. Post chelation urine more reliably predicted mercury species concentrations in tissues than did urine collected before chelation. These data demonstrate the utility of DMPS in noninvasive assessment of wildlife exposure to mercury, which may have utility in evaluating meta-population level exposure to hazardous wastes.

  9. Dimercaptopropane Sulfonate Chelation Affects In Vivo Hg and MeHg Distribution in Tissues and Urine of Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster).

    PubMed

    Cobb, G P; Moore, A W; Rummel, K T; McMurry, S T

    2015-12-01

    Methyl mercury cation (MeHg(+)) and divalent mercury (Hg(2+)) were quantified in urine, liver, kidney, and brain of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) during a 12 week exposure to aqueous MeHg(+) at concentrations of 10, 100, and 1000 ng MeHg(+)/mL. Aqueous MeHg(+) exposures increased mercury accumulation in tissues of voles from each exposure group. Accumulation was greater within the higher two exposure groups. Similar [Hg(2+)] and [MeHg(+)] were determined within a given organ type before and after 2,3-dimercapto-1-propane sulfonate (DMPS) chelation. Similar correlations were seen for Hg(2+) and MeHg(+) concentrations in pre and post chelation urine. Post chelation urine more reliably predicted mercury species concentrations in tissues than did urine collected before chelation. These data demonstrate the utility of DMPS in noninvasive assessment of wildlife exposure to mercury, which may have utility in evaluating meta-population level exposure to hazardous wastes. PMID:26412077

  10. Manila clams from Hg polluted sediments of Marano and Grado lagoons (Italy) harbor detoxifying Hg resistant bacteria in soft tissues

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    Baldi, Franco; Gallo, Michele; Marchetto, Davide; Faleri, Claudia; Maida, Isabel; Fani, Renato

    2013-08-15

    A mechanism of mercury detoxification has been suggested by a previous study on Hg bioaccumulation in Manila clams (Ruditapes philippinarum) in the polluted Marano and Grado lagoons and in this study we demonstrate that this event could be partly related to the detoxifying activities of Hg-resistant bacteria (MRB) harbored in clam soft tissues. Therefore, natural clams were collected in six stations during two different periods (winter and spring) from Marano and Grado Lagoons. Siphons, gills and hepatopancreas from acclimatized clams were sterile dissected to isolate MRB. These anatomical parts were glass homogenized or used for whole, and they were lying on a solid medium containing 5 mg l{sup −1} HgCl{sub 2} and incubated at 30 °C. A total of fourteen bacterial strains were isolated and were identified by 16S rDNA sequencing and analysis, revealing that strains were representative of eight bacterial genera, four of which were Gram-positive (Enterococcus, Bacillus, Jeotgalicoccus and Staphylococcus) and other four were Gram-negative (Stenotrophomonas, Vibrio, Raoultella and Enterobacter). Plasmids and merA genes were found and their sequences determined. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique shows the presence of Firmicutes, Actinobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria by using different molecular probes in siphon and gills. Bacterial clumps inside clam flesh were observed and even a Gram-negative endosymbiont was disclosed by transmission electronic microscope inside clam cells. Bacteria harbored in cavities of soft tissue have mercury detoxifying activity. This feature was confirmed by the determination of mercuric reductase in glass-homogenized siphons and gills. -- Highlights: ► We isolated Gram-positive and Gram-negative Hg resistant strains from soft tissues of Ruditapes philippinarum. ► We identify 14 mercury resistant strains by 16S rRNA gene sequences. ► Bacteria in siphon and gill tissues of clams were observed by TEM and identified

  11. Mercury methylation and demethylation in Hg-contaminated lagoon sediments (Marano and Grado Lagoon, Italy)

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    Hines, Mark E.; Poitras, Erin N.; Covelli, Stefano; Faganeli, Jadran; Emili, Andrea; Žižek, Suzana; Horvat, Milena

    2012-11-01

    Mercury (Hg) transformation activities and sulfate (SO42-) reduction were studied in sediments of the Marano and Grado Lagoons in the Northern Adriatic Sea region as part of the "MIRACLE" project. The lagoons, which are sites of clam (Tapes philippinarum) farming, have been receiving excess Hg from the Isonzo River for centuries. Marano Lagoon is also contaminated from a chlor-alkali plant. Radiotracer methods were used to measure mercury methylation (230Hg, 197Hg), methylmercury (MeHg) demethylation (14C-MeHg) and SO42- reduction (35S) in sediment cores collected in autumn, winter and summer. Mercury methylation rate constants ranged from near zero to 0.054 day-1, generally decreased with depth, and were highest in summer. Demethylation rate constants were much higher than methylation reaching values of ˜0.6 day-1 in summer. Demethylation occurred via the oxidative pathway, except in winter when the reductive pathway increased in importance in surficial sediments. Sulfate reduction was also most active in summer (up to 1600 nmol mL-1 day-1) and depth profiles reflected seasonally changing redox conditions near the surface. Methylation and demethylation rate constants correlated positively with SO42- reduction and pore-water Hg concentrations, and inversely with Hg sediment-water partition coefficients indicating the importance of SO42- reduction and Hg dissolution on Hg cycling. Hg transformation rates were calculated using rate constants and concentrations of Hg species. In laboratory experiments, methylation was inhibited by amendments of the SO42--reduction inhibitor molybdate and by nitrate. Lagoon sediments displayed a dynamic seasonal cycle in which Hg dissolution in spring/summer stimulated Hg methylation, which was followed by a net loss of MeHg in autumn from demethylation. Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) tended to be responsible for methylation of Hg and the oxidative demethylation of MeHg. However, during winter in surficial sediments, iron

  12. HCN Producing Bacteria Enable Sensing Of Non-Bioavailable Hg Species by the Whole Cell Biosensor

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    Horvat, M.; Rijavec, T.; Koron, N.; Lapanje, A.

    2015-12-01

    Bacteria play an important role in Hg transformation reactions. The production of cyanide (HCN) and other secondary metabolites seems to be key elements involved in these transformations. Current hypotheses link the role of HCN production to growth inhibition of nonHCN producing competitor organisms (role of an antimicrobial agent). Our past investigations showed that HCN production did not correlate with antimicrobial activity and since pK value of HCN is very high (pK = 9,21), it can be expected that most of the produced HCN is removed from the microenvironment. This way, the expected inhibitory concentrations can hardly be reached. Accordingly, we proposed a new concept, where the ability of complexation of transient metals by HCN served as a regulation process for the accessibility of micro-elements. In our study, we focused on the presence of HCN producing bacteria and carried it out in the Hg contaminated environment connected to the Idrija Mercury Mine, Slovenia. We characterised the isolates according to the presence of Hg resistance (HgR), level of HCN production and genetic similarities. In laboratory setups, using our merR whole cell based biosensor, we determined the transformation of low bioavailable Hg0 and HgS forms into bioavailable Hg by these HCN producing bacteria. We observed that HgR strains producing HCN had the highest impact on increased Hg bioavailability. In the proposed ecological strategy HgR HCN producing bacteria increase their competitive edge over non-HgR competitors through the increase of Hg toxicity. Due to their activity, Hg is made available to other organisms as well and thus enters into the ecosystem. Finally, using some of the characteristics of bacteria (e.g. Hg resistance genetic elements), we developed a fully automated sensing approach, combining biosensorics and mechatronics, to measure the bioavailability of Hg in situ.

  13. Ultra-stable Hg(+) trapped ion frequency standard

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    Prestage, John D.; Dick, G. John; Maleki, Lute

    1990-01-01

    A fieldable trapped ion frequency standard based on Hg-199(+) ions confined in a hybrid rf/dc linear ion trap is developed. This trap permits storage of large numbers of ions with reduced susceptibility to the second-order Doppler effect caused by the rf confining fields. In preliminary measurements a stability of 2 to 3 x 10(exp -15) was obtained for 10000 second averaging times. These measurements were carried out with a 120 mHz wide atomic resonance line for the 40.5 GHz clock transition with a second order Doppler shift from the rf trapping field of 6 x 10(exp -13).

  14. Apparatus for growing HgI.sub.2 crystals

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    Schieber, Michael M.; Beinglass, Israel; Dishon, Giora

    1978-01-01

    A method and horizontal furnace for vapor phase growth of HgI.sub.2 crystals which utilizes controlled axial and radial airflow to maintain the desired temperature gradients. The ampoule containing the source material is rotated while axial and radial air tubes are moved in opposite directions during crystal growth to maintain a desired distance and associated temperature gradient with respect to the growing crystal, whereby the crystal interface can advance in all directions, i.e., radial and axial according to the crystallographic structure of the crystal. Crystals grown by this method are particularly applicable for use as room-temperature nuclear radiation detectors.

  15. Synthesis and growth of HgI{sub 2} nanocrystals in a glass matrix: Heat treatment

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    Condeles, J. F. E-mail: ricssilva@yahoo.com.br; Silva, R. S. E-mail: ricssilva@yahoo.com.br; Silva, A. C. A.; Dantas, N. O.

    2014-08-14

    Mercury iodide (HgI{sub 2}) nanocrystals (NCs) were successfully grown in a barium phosphate glass matrix synthesized by fusion. Growth control of HgI{sub 2} NCs was investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Optical Absorption (OA), Fluorescence (FL), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). AFM images reveal the formation of HgI{sub 2} nanocrystals in host glass matrix. HgI{sub 2} NCs growth was evidenced by an OA and FL band red-shift with increasing annealing time. XRD measurements revealed the β crystalline phase of the HgI{sub 2} nanocrystals.

  16. Sorption kinetics of Hg and HgCl[sub 2] on Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer sediments from the New Jersey Coastal Plain

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    MacLeod, C.; Peterson, J. . Dept. of Geological and Geophysical Sciences)

    1992-01-01

    Anomalously high Hg concentrations have been detected from domestic wells in the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer System, New Jersey Coastal Plain. Mercury concentrations ranging from 0.2--83.0 [mu]g/l in relatively shallow wells ([lt] 100 feet) have been detected. Concentrations in excess of 2.0 [mu]g/l, (the USEPA Drinking Water Standard) have been detected in wells where the Cohansey Sand is overlain by the Bridgeton Formation; a fluvial iron-rich sand with some gravelly channel deposits containing goethite and gibbsite nodules. In this study, Bridgeton Fm. sediments were used to determine the sorption kinetics for solutions containing HgCl[sub 2] and for solutions containing dissolved elemental Hg in order to assess the potential for the Bridgeton sediments to act as a conduit for Hg mobilized from the surface. Results of batch equilibrium experiments suggest that dissolved elemental Hg sorbs to Bridgeton sediments by a risk-order kinetic process. Sorption of the Hg proceeded exponentially and equilibrium was reached within 14 hours. The sorption kinetics for the HgCl[sub 2] solutions, however, appear to be of a second or higher order. For this compound sorption to the sediments begins exponentially, but after 6 hours desorption into the water begins to predominate followed by a slower exponential sorption step that requires nearly 36 hours to reach equilibrium. These experiments illustrate the necessity of determining the distribution coefficients of possible source compounds when attempting to evaluate mobilization potential of a contaminant in the unsaturated zone. Moreover, these data also suggest that HgCl[sub 2], a seed dressing for corn, medial bacteriacide, and embalming fluid ingredient, is more mobile in the environment than dissolved elemental Hg. Consequently, the ground water contamination potential appears to be greater for HgCl[sub 2] than for elemental Hg.

  17. Thiourea catalysis of MeHg ligand exchange between natural dissolved organic matter and a thiol-functionalized resin: a novel method of matrix removal and MeHg preconcentration for ultratrace Hg speciation analysis in freshwaters.

    PubMed

    Vermillion, Brian R; Hudson, Robert J M

    2007-05-01

    Ultratrace analysis of dissolved MeHg in freshwaters requires both dissociation of MeHg from strong ligands in the sample matrix and preconcentration for detection. Existing solid phase extraction methods generally do not efficiently adsorb MeHg from samples containing high concentrations of natural dissolved organic matter. We demonstrate here that the addition of 10-60 mM thiourea (TU) quantitatively releases MeHg from the dissolved matrix of freshwater samples by forming a more labile complex (MeHgTU+) that quantitatively exchanges MeHg with thiol-functionalized resins at pH approximately 3.5 during column loading. The contents of these columns were efficiently eluted with acidified TU and MeHg was analyzed by Hg-TU complex ion chromatography with cold-vapor atomic fluorescence spectrometry detection. Routinely more than 90% of MeHg was recovered with good precision (average relative standard deviation of 6%) from natural waters-obtained from pools and saturated sediments of wetlands and from rivers-containing up to 68.7 mg C L-1 dissolved organic matter. With the preconcentration step, the method detection limit of 0.29 pg absolute or 0.007 ng L-1 in 40-mL samples is equivalent to that of the current state-of-the- art as practiced by skilled analysts. MeHg in 20-50-mL samples was completely trapped. On the basis of our knowledge of the chemistry of the process, breakthrough volume should depend on the concentrations of TU and H+. At a TU concentration of 12 mM breakthrough occurred between 50 and 100 mL, but overall adsorption efficiency was still 85% at 100 mL. Formation of artifactual MeHg is minimal; only about 0.7% of ambient MeHg is artifactual as estimated from samples spiked with 4 microg L-1 HgII. PMID:17342536

  18. Contrasting Food Web Factor and Body Size Relationships with Hg and Se Concentrations in Marine Biota

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    Karimi, Roxanne; Frisk, Michael; Fisher, Nicholas S.

    2013-01-01

    Marine fish and shellfish are primary sources of human exposure to mercury, a potentially toxic metal, and selenium, an essential element that may protect against mercury bioaccumulation and toxicity. Yet we lack a thorough understanding of Hg and Se patterns in common marine taxa, particularly those that are commercially important, and how food web and body size factors differ in their influence on Hg and Se patterns. We compared Hg and Se content among marine fish and invertebrate taxa collected from Long Island, NY, and examined associations between Hg, Se, body length, trophic level (measured by δ15N) and degree of pelagic feeding (measured by δ13C). Finfish, particularly shark, had high Hg content whereas bivalves generally had high Se content. Both taxonomic differences and variability were larger for Hg than Se, and Hg content explained most of the variation in Hg:Se molar ratios among taxa. Finally, Hg was more strongly associated with length and trophic level across taxa than Se, consistent with a greater degree of Hg bioaccumulation in the body over time, and biomagnification through the food web, respectively. Overall, our findings indicate distinct taxonomic and ecological Hg and Se patterns in commercially important marine biota, and these patterns have nutritional and toxicological implications for seafood-consuming wildlife and humans. PMID:24019976

  19. Characterization of Electronic Materials HgZnSe and HgZnTe Using Innovative and Conventional Techniques

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    Tanton, George; Kesmodel, Roy; Burden, Judy; Su, Ching-Hua; Cobb, Sharon D.; Lehoczky, S. L.

    2000-01-01

    HgZnSe and HgZnTe are electronic materials of interest for potential IR detector and focal plane array applications due to their improved strength and compositional stability over HgCdTe, but they are difficult to grow on Earth and to fully characterize. Conventional contact methods of characterization, such as Hall and van der Paw, although adequate for many situations are typically labor intensive and not entirely suitable where only very small samples are available. To adequately characterize and compare properties of electronic materials grown in low earth orbit with those grown on Earth, innovative techniques are needed that complement existing methods. This paper describes the implementation and test results of a unique non-contact method of characterizing uniformity, mobility, and carrier concentration together with results from conventional methods applied to HgZnSe and HgZnTe. The innovative method has advantages over conventional contact methods since it circumvents problems of possible contamination from alloying electrical contacts to a sample and also has the capability to map a sample. Non- destructive mapping, the determination of the carrier concentration and mobility at each place on a sample, provides a means to quantitatively compare, at high spatial resolution, effects of microgravity on electronic properties and uniformity of electronic materials grown in low-Earth orbit with Earth grown materials. The mapping technique described here uses a 1mm diameter polarized beam of radiation to probe the sample. Activation of a magnetic field, in which the sample is placed, causes the plane of polarization of the probe beam to rotate. This Faraday rotation is a function of the free carrier concentration and the band parameters of the material. Maps of carrier concentration, mobility, and transmission generated from measurements of the Faraday rotation angles over the temperature range from 300K to 77K will be presented. New information on band parameters

  20. Manila clams from Hg polluted sediments of Marano and Grado lagoons (Italy) harbor detoxifying Hg resistant bacteria in soft tissues.

    PubMed

    Baldi, Franco; Gallo, Michele; Marchetto, Davide; Faleri, Claudia; Maida, Isabel; Fani, Renato

    2013-08-01

    A mechanism of mercury detoxification has been suggested by a previous study on Hg bioaccumulation in Manila clams (Ruditapes philippinarum) in the polluted Marano and Grado lagoons and in this study we demonstrate that this event could be partly related to the detoxifying activities of Hg-resistant bacteria (MRB) harbored in clam soft tissues. Therefore, natural clams were collected in six stations during two different periods (winter and spring) from Marano and Grado Lagoons. Siphons, gills and hepatopancreas from acclimatized clams were sterile dissected to isolate MRB. These anatomical parts were glass homogenized or used for whole, and they were lying on a solid medium containing 5mgl(-1) HgCl2 and incubated at 30°C. A total of fourteen bacterial strains were isolated and were identified by 16S rDNA sequencing and analysis, revealing that strains were representative of eight bacterial genera, four of which were Gram-positive (Enterococcus, Bacillus, Jeotgalicoccus and Staphylococcus) and other four were Gram-negative (Stenotrophomonas, Vibrio, Raoultella and Enterobacter). Plasmids and merA genes were found and their sequences determined. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique shows the presence of Firmicutes, Actinobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria by using different molecular probes in siphon and gills. Bacterial clumps inside clam flesh were observed and even a Gram-negative endosymbiont was disclosed by transmission electronic microscope inside clam cells. Bacteria harbored in cavities of soft tissue have mercury detoxifying activity. This feature was confirmed by the determination of mercuric reductase in glass-homogenized siphons and gills.

  1. New features of superdeformed bands in {sup 194}Hg

    SciTech Connect

    Janssens, R.V.F.; Ahmad, I.; Carpenter, M.P.

    1995-08-01

    A striking difference between superdeformed (SD) nuclei near A = 190 and those in the other regions is the behavior of the dynamic moment of inertia (lm) with the rotational frequency h{omega}. While the (lm) patterns of the SD bands near A = 130 and A = 150 show pronounced variations, the majority of the SD bands near A = 190 display the same large, smooth increase of (lm) within the frequency range 0.15 < {h_bar}{omega} < 0.40 MeV. Current interpretations of this rise of (lm) within mean field theories invoke the gradual alignment of quasiparticles occupying high-N intruder orbitals in the presence of pair correlations. It is a direct consequence of these interpretations that, after the quasiparticle alignments take place, (lm) will exhibit a downturn with increasing {h_bar}{omega} toward the rigid-body value. Up to now, no downturn in (lm) for the SD bands in the A = 190 mass region was observed, raising some doubt as to our understanding of pair correlations and alignment effects at these large deformations. An experiment was carried out at the 88-Inch Cyclotron facility of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory where excited states in {sup 194}Hg were populated with the reaction {sup 150}Nd({sup 48}Ca,4n) {sup 194}Hg at a beam energy of 206 MeV. The gamma rays emitted in the reaction were detected with the Gammasphere detector array (32 detectors for this experiment).

  2. 640 X 480 Pace HgCdTe FPA

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    Kozlowski, Lester J.; Bailey, Robert B.; Cabelli, Scott A.; Cooper, Donald E.; McComas, Gail D.; Vural, Kadri; Tennant, William E.

    1992-12-01

    A hybrid HgCdTe 640 X 480 infrared (IR) focal plane array (FPA) that meets the sensitivity, resolution, and field-of-view requirements of high-performance medium wavelength infrared (MWIR) imaging systems has been developed. The key technology making this large, high sensitivity device producible is the epitaxial growth of HgCdTe on a CdTe-buffered, sapphire substrate (referred to as PACE, for Producible Alternative to CdTe for Epitaxy; PACE-I refers to sapphire). The device offers TV resolution with excellent sensitivity at temperatures below 120 K. Mean NE(Delta) T as low as 13 mK has been achieved at operating temperatures < 130 K, which is about an order of magnitude better than has been achieved with PtSi 640 X 480 FPAs. In addition, the latter require cooling to

  3. The Abundance and Isotopic Composition of Hg in Extraterrestrial Materials

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    Blum, J. D.; Klaue, Bjorn

    2005-01-01

    During the three year grant period we made excellent progress in our study of the abundances and isotopic compositions of Hg and other volatile trace elements in extraterrestrial materials. At the time the grant started, our collaborating PI, Dante Lauretts, was a postdoctoral research associate working with Peter Buseck at Arizona State University. The work on chondritic Hg was done in collaboration with Dante Lauretta and Peter Buseck and this study was published in Lauretta et a1 (2001a). In July, 2001 Dante Lauretta accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. His funding was transferred and this grant has supported much of his research activities during his first two years at the U of A. Several other papers are in preparation and will be published soon. We presented papers on this topic at Goldschmidt Conferences, the Lunar and Planetary Science Conferences, and the Annual Meetings of the Meteoritical Society. The work done under this grant has spurred several new directions of inquiry, which we are still pursuing. Included in this paper are the studies of bulk abundances and isotopic compositions of metreoritic Mercury, and the development of a thermal analysis ICP-MS technique applied to thermally liable elements.

  4. Mercury (Hg) emissions from domestic biomass combustion for space heating.

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    Huang, Jiaoyan; Hopke, Philip K; Choi, Hyun-Deok; Laing, James R; Cui, Huailue; Zananski, Tiffany J; Chandrasekaran, Sriraam Ramanathan; Rattigan, Oliver V; Holsen, Thomas M

    2011-09-01

    Three mercury (Hg) species (gaseous elemental mercury (GEM), gaseous oxidized mercury (GOM), and fine particulate-bound mercury (PBM(2.5))) were measured in the stack of a small scale wood combustion chamber at 400°C, in the stack of an advanced wood boiler, and in two areas influenced by wood combustion. The low temperature process (lab-scale) emitted mostly GEM (∼99% when burning wood pellets and ∼95% when burning unprocessed wood). The high temperature wood boiler emitted a greater proportion of oxidized Hg (approximately 65%) than the low temperature system. In field measurements, mean PBM(2.5) concentrations at the rural and urban sites in winter were statistically significantly higher than in warmer seasons and were well correlated with Delta-C concentrations, a wood combustion indictor measured by an aethalometer (UV-absorbable carbon minus black carbon). Overall the results suggest that wood combustion may be an important source of oxidized mercury (mostly in the particulate phase) in northern climates in winter.

  5. Spatial distribution and accumulation of Hg in soil surrounding a Zn/Pb smelter.

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    Wu, Qingru; Wang, Shuxiao; Wang, Long; Liu, Fang; Lin, Che-Jen; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Fengyang

    2014-10-15

    Nonferrous metal smelting is an important atmospheric mercury (Hg) emission source that has significant local and global impacts. To quantify the impact of Hg emission from non-ferrous metal smelter on the surrounding soil, an integrated model parameterizing the processes of smelter emission, air dispersion, atmospheric deposition and Hg accumulation in soil was developed. The concentrations of gaseous elemental Hg (GEM) around the smelter and the spatial distribution of Hg in the surrounding soil were measured and compared with the model results. Atmospheric deposition of Hg emitted from the smelter was identified as the main source of Hg accumulation in the surrounding soil. From 1960 to 2011, the smelter emitted approximately 105 t of Hg into the atmosphere, of which 15 t deposited locally and resulted in an increase of Hg concentration in soil from 0.12 to 1.77 mg kg(-1). A detailed examination of wind rose and model data suggested that the area within 1.0-1.5 km northwest and southeast of the smelter was most severely impacted. It was estimated that the smelter operation from 1969 to 1990, when large scale emission controls were not implemented, resulted in 6450 μg m(-2)yr(-1) of Hg net deposition and a model simulated increase of 0.40 mg kg(-1) of Hg accumulation in the soil. During the period from 1991 to 2011, atmospheric Hg emission from the smelter alone increased the average concentration in soil from 0.41 mg kg(-1) to 0.45 mg kg(-1). In the past 50 years, over 86% of Hg emitted from this smelter went into the global pool, indicating the importance of controlling Hg emissions from non-ferrous metal smelters.

  6. Mercury methylation in paddy soil: source and distribution of mercury species at a Hg mining area, Guizhou Province, China

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    Zhao, Lei; Anderson, Christopher W. N.; Qiu, Guangle; Meng, Bo; Wang, Dingyong; Feng, Xinbin

    2016-04-01

    Rice paddy plantation is the dominant agricultural land use throughout Asia. Rice paddy fields have been identified as important sites for methylmercury (MeHg) production in the terrestrial ecosystem and a primary pathway of MeHg exposure to humans in mercury (Hg) mining areas. We compared the source and distribution of Hg species in different compartments of the rice paddy during a complete rice-growing season at two different typical Hg-contaminated mining sites in Guizhou province, China: an abandoned site with a high Hg concentration in soil but a low concentration in the atmosphere and a current-day artisanal site with a low concentration in soil but a high concentration in the atmosphere. Our results showed that the flux of new Hg to the ecosystem from irrigation and atmospheric deposition was insignificant relative to the pool of old Hg in soil; the dominant source of MeHg to paddy soil is in situ methylation of inorganic Hg (IHg). Elevated MeHg concentrations and the high proportion of Hg as MeHg in paddy water and the surface soil layer at the artisanal site demonstrated active Hg methylation at this site only. We propose that the in situ production of MeHg in paddy water and surface soil is dependent on elevated Hg in the atmosphere and the consequential deposition of new Hg into a low-pH anoxic geochemical system. The absence of depth-dependent variability in the MeHg concentration in soil cores collected from the abandoned Hg mining site, consistent with the low concentration of Hg in the atmosphere and high pH of the paddy water and irrigation water, suggested that net production of MeHg at this site was limited. We propose that the concentration of Hg in ambient air is an indicator for the risk of MeHg accumulation in paddy rice.

  7. A State-of-the-Science Hg Redox Mechanism for Atmospheric Models: Constraints from Observations and Global Implications

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    Horowitz, H.; Jacob, D. J.; Amos, H. M.; Streets, D. G.; Zhang, Y.; Dibble, T. S.; Slemr, F.; Sunderland, E. M.

    2015-12-01

    Mercury (Hg) in the atmosphere cycles between two redox forms, Hg0 and HgII. Hg0 has a lifetime of ~1 year allowing near-global transport, while HgII is efficiently removed by deposition within weeks. Understanding atmospheric Hg redox chemistry is critical to determining the patterns of deposition to the surface, where Hg can be transformed to the bioaccumulative neurotoxin, methylmercury. We present a state-of-the-science redox mechanism for use in atmospheric models, with new theoretical data, which we implement in a global 3-D chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem). We evaluate our simulation against atmospheric observations and examine implications for Hg deposition. Modeled HgII wet deposition depends on the oxidation of anthropogenic, ocean, and soil Hg0 emissions and the reduction of emitted anthropogenic HgII. We present a new global anthropogenic atmospheric Hg emissions inventory for 1990 - 2010 with improved speciation of power plant emissions and regional commercial Hg emissions. The seasonal cycle of ocean evasion is also critical to atmospheric Hg variability. We present an advance in our ability to model atmosphere-ocean exchange of Hg, through more realistic ocean circulation from the 3-D MITgcm. Our results suggest Br is the dominant oxidant in the stratosphere, consistent with constraints from aircraft observations of the Hg gradient with depth into the stratosphere. The proposed redox mechanism leads to increased HgII deposition to the Tropics, with implications for tropical surface ocean enrichment, and decreased deposition to the Southern Ocean. Within the uncertainty of Hg0 oxidation rates, we find atmospheric HgII reduction is still needed. We find changes in speciated Hg emissions due to emissions controls can explain recent observed regional trends in atmospheric Hg. These have shifted power plant impacts to relatively more global than local Hg deposition. Coupling to the more realistic 3-D ocean model improves simulated atmospheric Hg

  8. Sputter cleaning and dry oxidation of CdTe, HgTe, and Hg 0.8Cd 0.2Te surfaces

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    Solzbach, U.; Richter, H. J.

    1980-07-01

    The analyses of CdTe, HgTe, and Hg 0.8Cd 0.2Te surfaces by XPS and LEED after Ar + sputtering and after the subsequent onset of a dry oxidation are described, and a quantitative evaluation of the XPS spectra is attempted. The results are: Ar + sputtering yields a perfect unreconstructed CdTe surface of stoichiometric composition, whereas the composition of sputtered HgTe and Hg 0.8Cd 0.2Te surfaces generally deviates from the stoichiometry of the respective compound. This deviation is a function of the energy of the Ar ions (1 to 15 keV) and is characterized by an increasing deficit in Hg as the ion energy is raised. The Hg deficit of sputtered Hg 0.8Cd 0.2Te surfaces is substitutionally compensated by an equivalent increase in Cd, and due to this substitution the resulting surfaces are sufficiently ordered to display a distinct LEED pattern. The oxidation of sputtered CdTe, HgTe, and Hg 0.8Cd 0.2Te surfaces in an O 2 atmosphere is an extremely slow process. Therefore, the surfaces to be oxidized were additionally exposed to UV radiation (low pressure mercury lamp), and due to UV generated ozone as an oxidizing agent ultrathin native oxide layers of up to 15 Å thickness were readily obtained. The predominant constituents of these native oxide layers on Hg 0.8Cd 0.2Te are concluded to be CdTeO 3 and TeO 2.

  9. Bioaccumulation of As, Cd, Cr, Hg(II), and MeHg in killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) from amphipod and worm prey.

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    Dutton, Jessica; Fisher, Nicholas S

    2011-08-15

    Elevated metal levels in fish are a concern for the fish themselves, their predators, and possibly humans who consume contaminated seafood. Metal bioaccumulation models often rely on assimilation efficiencies (AEs) of ingested metals and loss rate constants after dietary exposure (k(ef)s). These models can be used to better understand processes regulating metal accumulation and can be used to make site-specific predictions of metal concentrations in animal tissues. Fish often consume a varied diet, and prey choice can influence these two parameters. We investigated the trophic transfer of As, Cd, Cr, Hg(II), and methylmercury (MeHg) from a benthic amphipod (Leptocheirus plumulosus) and an oligochaete (Lumbriculus variegatus) to killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) using gamma-emitting radioisotopes. Except for MeHg, AEs varied between prey type. AEs were highest for MeHg (92%) and lowest for Cd (2.9-4.5%) and Cr (0.2-4%). Hg(II) showed the largest AE difference between prey type (14% amphipods, 24% worms). For Cd and Hg(II) k(ef)s were higher after consuming amphipods than consuming worms. Tissue distribution data shows that Cd and Hg(II) were mainly associated with the intestine, whereas As and MeHg were transported throughout the body. Calculated trophic transfer factors (TTFs) suggest that MeHg is likely to biomagnify at this trophic step at all ingestion rates, whereas As, Cd, Cr, and Hg(II) will not. Data collected in this study and others indicate that using one prey item to calculate AE and k(ef) could lead to an over- or underestimation of these parameters. PMID:21658746

  10. MicroCT vs. Hg porosimetry: microporosity in commercial stones

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    Fusi, N.; Martinez-Martinez, J.; Barberini, V.; Galimberti, L.

    2009-04-01

    Decay of rocks, due both to extrinsic and intrinsic factors, can show up in several different forms, such as neoformation of minerals, decohesion of grains and/or crystals, magnification of previous defects, new discontinuities, etc. Intrinsic factors include the type of material, its properties and microstructure, in particular porosity and microporosity. Extrinsic factors relate to atmosphere and usage of the material itself. Rock degradation has several heavy consequences for commercial stones, such as increase of permeability, loss of material, loss of mechanical strength; these consequences are of crucial importance for conservation of historical buildings. Aim of this study is to compare microporosity of some massive commercial stones by means of X ray microtomography, a non destructive technique, and Hg porosimetry. Nine of the most used Spanish limestones and dolostones have been analysed. The lithotypes have been chosen for their homogeneous mineralogical composition (calcitic or dolomitic) and for their low porosity; some of them have been widely used in Spain for historical buildings. Different lithotypes have been described in thin section: Ambarino (A) and Beige Serpiente (BS): brecciated dolostone, composed by microcrystalline dolomitic clasts, in a dolomitic and/or calcitic microcrystalline matrix. Amarillo Triana (AT): yellow dolomitic marble, with fissures filled up by calcite and Fe oxides. Blanco Alconera (BA): a white-pink homogeneous limestone, with veins. Blanco Tranco (BT): a homogeneous white calcitic marble, without any fissures and/or fractures. Crema Valencia (CV): a pinkish limestone, characterized by abundant stilolythes, filled mainly by quartz (80%) and kaolin (11%). Gris Macael (GM): a calcitic marble wiht darker and lighter beds, conferring a strong anisotropy. Rojo Cehegin (RC): a red fossiliferous limestone with white calcitic veins. Travertino Blanco (TB): a massive white calcitic travertine. Prismatic samples of about 2x1x1 cm

  11. Body Burden of Hg in Different Bio-Samples of Mothers in Shenyang City, China

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    Xu, Jian; Du, Juan; Yan, Chong-huai

    2014-01-01

    Hg is an accumulative and neuro-toxic heavy metal which has a wide range of adverse effects in human health. However, few studies are available on body burden of Hg level in different bio-samples of pregnant women in Chinese population. Therefore, this study evaluated Hg levels in different maternal bio-samples in Shenyang city, China and investigated the correlation of Hg levels in different bio-samples. From October to December 2008, 200 pregnant women about to deliver their babies at ShengJing Hospital (Shenyang city, northeast of China) participated in this study. The geometric mean (GM) of Hg levels in cord blood, maternal venous blood, breast milk, and maternal urine were 2.18 µg/L, 1.17 µg/L, 1.14 µg/L, and 0.73 µg/L, respectively, and the GM of maternal hair Hg level was 404.45 µg/kg. There was a strong correlation between cord blood and maternal blood total Hg level (r = 0.713, P<0.001). Frequency of fish consumption more than or equal to 3 times per week during pregnancy was suggested as a significant risk factor of prenatal Hg exposure (unadjusted OR 3.5, adjusted OR 2.94, P<0.05). This study provides evidence about Hg burden of mothers and the risk factors of prenatal Hg exposure in Shenyang city, China. PMID:24858815

  12. The effect of electrode process on properties of HgCdTe detectors

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    Wang, Nili; Liu, Xiang-yang; Lan, Tian-yi; Liu, Shi-jia; Zhao, Shui-ping; Zhou, Qing; Li, Xiangyang

    2014-11-01

    Performance of HgCdTe devices was limited by many factors such as materials and techniques, etc. And the electrical characteristics of electrode contacts on HgCdTe played important roles - Because Ar Ion Beam Etching could make the conductivity type conversion of p-type HgCdTe material, it was used to obtain n-type electrode area on the slight-p type HgCdTe material. Variable magnetic field Hall measurements were performed on n-type and slight p-type HgCdTe material before and after Ar Ion Beam Etching at 77 K. The mobility spectrum analysis (MSA) technique was employed in this paper to obtain the electrical parameter of HgCdTe. Comparing the electrical parameters of HgCdTe before and after etching, we knew that Ar Ion etching formed high doping concentration n-type area on slight p-type HgCdTe. The minority carrier lifetime of HgCdTe was studied using the photoconductive decay technique. By measuring the minority carrier lifetime of the same HgCdTe material with or without n-type electrode, it was found that the minority carrier lifetime of slight p-type HgCdTe with n-type electrode was higher than HgCdTe that was without n-type electrode at low temperature. The results showed that the n-type electrode could improve the minority carrier lifetime of slight p-type HgCdTe. In addition, by changing the distance of the n-type electrode area to the photosensitive area, it was researched that the impact of n-type electrode area on the device performance. With the decrease of distance, the device performance improved. It was proved that n-type electrode areas also could improve the performance by device fabrication.

  13. Absence of magnetic isotope fractionation for Hg during dark biological processes: experimental evidence and theoretical considerations

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    Kritee, K.; Barkay, T.; Blum, J. D.

    2008-12-01

    The complex biogeochemistry and toxicity of Hg compounds warrants the search for new strategies that could be used to decipher the relative importance of its multiple abiotic and microbial transformations in ecosystems. In this regard, the emerging mercury isotope systematics is showing tremendous potential. We have studied the extent of fractionation of Hg stable isotopes during 1) degradation of MMHg and 2) Hg(II) reduction by multiple Hg(II) reducing strains, and irrespective of the extent of mass dependent fractionation (MDF) we did not observe any mass independent fractionation (MIF) of Hg isotopes. On the other hand, photo-chemical degradation of MMHg and reduction of Hg(II) cause a very high extent of MIF (Bergquist and Blum, 2007). Because there are many more unexamined microbial processes that influence Hg cycling in addition to the microbial transformations examined experimentally, and because some of these (e.g., oxidative degradation of MMHg) are not amenable to pure culture studies, a crucial question facing Hg biogeochemists is "Can microbial/biological processes cause MIF or are MIF signatures unique to photo- chemical transformations?" Based on the high spin orbit coupling in Hg compounds, the low likelihood of suppression of spin orbit coupling during dark biological processes, and the nature of known enzyme-Hg and microbe-Hg interactions, we suggest that the nuclear spin dependent MIF is unlikely to occur during dark biological processes. Because of the important implications of the absence of MIF during biological processes on Hg isotope systematics, we will also discuss experimental strategies that could be used to confirm this suggestion (Kritee et al., 2008). Bergquist B. A. and Blum J. D. (2007) Mass-dependent and mass-independent fractionation of Hg isotopes by photo-reduction in aquatic systems. Science 318(5849), 417-420. Kritee K., Barkay T., and Blum J. D. (2008) Mass dependent mercury stable isotope fractionation during microbial

  14. The Hg-H2 system: Potential energy surfaces of the low-lying states, reactivity of the 6s6p states of Hg on H2, classical dynamic study of Hg(3P1)+H2 half collision

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    Bernier, A.; Millie, P.

    1988-04-01

    Potential energy surfaces for HgH2 have been calculated using a nonempirical relativistic effective core )potential incorporating configuration interaction by means of the CIPSI algorithm (configuration interaction by perturbation with multiconfigurational zeroth-order wave function selected by iterative process). Core-valence polarization and correlation energy are included via a perturbative treatment. Spin-orbit coupling is introduced through an effective Hamiltonian. These theoretical results are used to discuss the experimental ones for the Hg(3P1)+H2→HgH(X 2Σ+)+H reaction. The different behaviors of the two van der Waals complexes are explained. Dynamical studies and classical trajectories calculations confirm that the dominant pathway is a direct dissociation on the first excited surface and is responsible for a highly peaked rotational distribution of the HgH product, in agreement with experiment.

  15. Lifetimes of an excited superdeformed band in {sup 192}Hg

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    Ahmad, I.; Blumenthal, D.; Carpenter, M.P.

    1995-08-01

    An excited superdeformed band was identified in {sup 192}Hg and the lifetimes of its levels measured with the Doppler-shift attenuation method from data taken with the Eurogam spectrometer. The band is proposed to be based on the two-quasineutron (v[642]3/2 [512]5/2) configuration, which after a band crossing, becomes the (v[642]3/2 [752]5/2) configuration. The transition quadrupole moment Q{sub t} of the excited band is the same as that of the yrast SD band, within experimental errors. This suggests that the deformation of the SD minimum is robust with respect to quasiparticle excitation, despite the occupation of the deformation-driving v[752]5/2 level (from the j{sub 15/2} shell) after the band crossing.

  16. Optical characteristics of a HgBr excilamp

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    Malinina, A A; Malinin, A N; Shuaibov, A K

    2013-08-31

    Optical characteristics of a coaxial HgBr excilamp on multicomponent mercury dibromide vapour mixtures with helium, nitrogen and sulfur hexafluoride are investigated under pumping by a pulse-periodic barrier discharge. Stable excilamp operation was demonstrated at a pump pulse repetition rate of 3 – 9 kHz. The component composition of the working system was determined, which provides a maximal average and pulsed specific radiation power of 48.8 mW cm{sup -3} and 40.6 W cm{sup -3}, respectively, at the efficiency of 7.3 % in the blue-green spectral range with the maximal radiation intensity at the wavelength of 502 nm. The reduction in the radiation power after 2.5 × 10{sup 6} shots is 5 %. Interpretation is given for the results of optimisation of excilamp characteristics. (optical radiation sources)

  17. Advances in HgCdTe APDs and LADAR Receivers

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    Bailey, Steven; McKeag, William; Wang, Jinxue; Jack, Michael; Amzajerdian, Farzin

    2010-01-01

    Raytheon is developing NIR sensor chip assemblies (SCAs) for scanning and staring 3D LADAR systems. High sensitivity is obtained by integrating high performance detectors with gain i.e. APDs with very low noise Readout Integrated Circuits. Unique aspects of these designs include: independent acquisition (non-gated) of pulse returns, multiple pulse returns with both time and intensity reported to enable full 3D reconstruction of the image. Recent breakthrough in device design has resulted in HgCdTe APDs operating at 300K with essentially no excess noise to gains in excess of 100, low NEP <1nW and GHz bandwidths and have demonstrated linear mode photon counting. SCAs utilizing these high performance APDs have been integrated and demonstrated excellent spatial and range resolution enabling detailed 3D imagery both at short range and long ranges. In this presentation we will review progress in high resolution scanning, staring and ultra-high sensitivity photon counting LADAR sensors.

  18. Can graphene make better HgCdTe infrared detectors?

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    2011-01-01

    We develop a simple and low-cost technique based on chemical vapor deposition from which large-size graphene films with 5-10 graphene layers can be produced reliably and the graphene films can be transferred easily onto HgCdTe (MCT) thin wafers at room temperature. The proposed technique does not cause any thermal and mechanical damages to the MCT wafers. It is found that the averaged light transmittance of the graphene film on MCT thin wafer is about 80% in the mid-infrared bandwidth at room temperature and 77 K. Moreover, we find that the electrical conductance of the graphene film on the MCT substrate is about 25 times larger than that of the MCT substrate at room temperature and 77 K. These experimental findings suggest that, from a physics point of view, graphene can be utilized as transparent electrodes as a replacement for metal electrodes while producing better and cheaper MCT infrared detectors. PMID:21711816

  19. Properties of insulator interfaces with p-HgCdTe

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    Schacham, Samuel E.; Finkman, Eliezer

    1990-01-01

    Heat treatment at 70 C of low carrier concentration p-type HgCdTe samples (p sub o = 8 x 10 exp 14/cm) generates an inverted surface layer. A two day anneal process below 95 C did not affect the Hall coefficient, whereas an almost complete recovery was obtained by annealing at 120 C. While bulk electron mobility, obtained from PEM data, remained high (about 9 x 10 exp 4 sq cm/V s at 77 K), surface mobility is lower by more than an order of magnitude. Surface recombination velocity indicates a continuous improvement with increased temperature, and the activation energy remains equal to the vacancies energy level. The proposed mechanism is that of positive changes in the sulfide migrating towards the interface and generating an image inversion layer.

  20. [HG-AFS determination of selenium in Moringa oleifera].

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    Huang, Guo-qing; Xiao, Zi-jun

    2007-02-01

    The Se content in Moringa oleifera was studied by hydride generation atom fluorescence spectrometry (HG-AFS) with wet digestion. The effects of the way of digestion, the work condition of apparatus, the reaction medium and acidity, and the reducing agent and masking agent on the determination of Se were investigated. And the operating condition of apparatus was optimized. The results showed that the detection limit of Se in this method was 0.42 ng x mL(-1) in the linear ranger of 0-120 ng x mL(-1), the relative standard deviation was 3.53% (n = 11), and the recovery of the method was 95.2%-104.6%. It was showed that the method was very sensitive, simple, rapid and accurate.

  1. Processes prevent detrimental effects from As and Hg in feedstocks

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    Sarrazin, P.; Cameron, C.J.; Barthel, Y. , 92 - Rueil-Malmaison ); Morrison, M.E. )

    1993-01-25

    The wide range of mercury and arsenic species sometimes present in raw condensates or crude oils can cause major problems such as corrosion and reduced catalyst life. This paper reports on simple, low-investment, feedstock treatment procedures which have been developed that eliminate both As and Hg impurities with very high efficiencies. During the past 20 years, refiners and petrochemical producers have experienced a serious increase in catalyst poisoning caused by mercury and arsenic. This phenomenon may be partically explained by the diversification of the feedstock supply resulting from the need to optimize the profitability of refining and petrochemical operations. The utilization of a more diverse feedstock supply containing metal impurities has led to operating problems such as corrosion of aluminum alloys in steam cracker cold boxes.

  2. High-Operating-Temperature HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiodes

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    Rothman, J.; Baier, N.; Ballet, P.; Mollard, L.; Fournier, M.; Gout, J. S.; Chamonal, J.-P.

    2009-08-01

    In this communication we report the first results of electro-optical characterization of planar heterostructure HgCdTe avalanche photodiodes (APDs), which enables the operation of APDs at high gain, at low bias, and with low dark current and/or at high operating temperature (HOT). The APD is based on a heterostructure in which the photons are detected in a wide-band-gap layer, and the photoelectrons are amplified in a vertical junction in a confined narrow-gap layer. The dark diffusion current and thermal background sensitivity of the device are limited by using a thin narrow-band-gap amplification layer. In addition, the defect-limited dark current is also expected to be reduced due to the reduced volume of the narrow-band-gap depletion layer. The electro-optical performance was characterized at T = 80 K and T = 200 K for two devices with a nominal thickness of the amplification layer of w = 100 nm and 500 nm, realized in x Cd = 0.3 Hg-vacancy-doped layers grown by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). The measurements show an average gain of < M< = 10 at a reverse bias of 5 V, which is slightly reduced compared with a conventional APD with x Cd = 0.3. The thermal diffusion current measured at low reverse bias, V b = 0.1 V, and at T = 200 K is about 0.1 mA/cm2 to 0.3 mA/cm2, which is a factor of 50 lower than standard x Cd = 0.3 n-on- p APDs. The quantum efficiency due to absorption in the gain layer is high (QEpeak > 30%), although no antireflecting coating was used, indicating that the device can also be used for high-operating-temperature thermal detection.

  3. Viscosity Relaxation in Molten HgZnTe

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, S. L.; Kim, Yeong Woo; Baird, James K.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Rotating cup measurements of the viscosity of the pseudo-binary melt, HgZnTe have shown that the isothermal liquid with zinc mole fraction 0.16 requires tens of hours of equilibration time before a steady viscous state can be achieved. Over this relaxation period, the viscosity at 790 C increases by a factor of two, while the viscosity at 810 C increases by 40%. Noting that the Group VI elements tend to polymerize when molten, we suggest that the viscosity of the melt is enhanced by the slow formation of Te atom chains. To explain the build-up of linear Te n-mers, we propose a scheme, which contains formation reactions with second order kinetics that increase the molecular weight, and decomposition reactions with first order kinetics that inactivate the chains. The resulting rate equations can be solved for the time dependence of each molecular weight fraction. Using these molecular weight fractions, we calculate the time dependence of the average molecular weight. Using the standard semi-empirical relation between polymer average molecular weight and viscosity, we then calculate the viscosity relaxation curve. By curve fitting, we find that the data imply that the rate constant for n-mer formation is much smaller than the rate constant for n-mer deactivation, suggesting that Te atoms only weakly polymerize in molten HgZnTe. The steady state toward which the melt relaxes occurs as the rate of formation of an n-mer becomes exactly balanced by the sum of the rate for its deactivation and the rate for its polymerization to form an (n+1)-mer.

  4. Impacts of Activated Carbon Amendment on Hg Methylation, Demethylation and Microbial Activity in Marsh Soils

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    Gilmour, C. C.; Ghosh, U.; Santillan, E. F. U.; Soren, A.; Bell, J. T.; Butera, D.; McBurney, A. W.; Brown, S.; Henry, E.; Vlassopoulos, D.

    2015-12-01

    In-situ sorbent amendments are a low-impact approach for remediation of contaminants in sediments, particular in habitats like wetlands that provide important ecosystem services. Laboratory microcosm trials (Gilmour et al. 2013) and early field trials show that activated carbon (AC) can effectively increase partitioning of both inorganic Hg and methylmercury to the solid phase. Sediment-water partitioning can serve as a proxy for Hg and MeHg bioavailability in soils. One consideration in using AC in remediation is its potential impact on organisms. For mercury, a critical consideration is the potential impact on net MeHg accumulation and bioavailability. In this study, we specifically evaluated the impact of AC on rates of methylmercury production and degradation, and on overall microbial activity, in 4 different Hg-contaminated salt marsh soils. The study was done over 28 days in anaerobic, sulfate-reducing slurries. A double label of enriched mercury isotopes (Me199Hg and inorganic 201Hg) was used to separately follow de novo Me201Hg production and Me199Hg degradation. AC amendments decreased both methylation and demethylation rate constants relative to un-amended controls, but the impact on demethylation was stronger. The addition of 5% (dry weight) regenerated AC to soil slurries drove demethylation rate constants to nearly zero; i.e. MeHg sorption to AC almost totally blocked its degradation. The net impact was increased solid phase MeHg concentrations in some of the soil slurries with the highest methylation rate constants. However, the net impact of AC amendments was to increase MeHg (and inorganic Hg) partitioning to the soil phase and decrease concentrations in the aqueous phase. AC significantly decreased aqueous phase inorganic Hg and MeHg concentrations after 28 days. Overall, the efficacy of AC in reducing aqueous MeHg was highest in the soils with the highest MeHg concentrations. The AC addition did not significantly impact microbial activity, as

  5. Mercury in stream water at five Czech catchments across a Hg and S deposition gradient

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    Navrátil, Tomáš; Shanley, James B.; Rohovec, Jan; Oulehle, Filip; Krám, Pavel; Matoušková, Šárka; Tesař, Miroslav; Hojdová, Maria

    2015-01-01

    The Czech Republic was heavily industrialized in the second half of the 20th century but the associated emissions of Hg and S from coal burning were significantly reduced since the 1990s. We studied dissolved (filtered) stream water mercury (Hg) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations at five catchments with contrasting Hg and S deposition histories in the Bohemian part of the Czech Republic. The median filtered Hg concentrations of stream water samples collected in hydrological years 2012 and 2013 from the five sites varied by an order of magnitude from 1.3 to 18.0 ng L− 1. The Hg concentrations at individual catchments were strongly correlated with DOC concentrations r from 0.64 to 0.93 and with discharge r from 0.48 to 0.75. Annual export fluxes of filtered Hg from individual catchments ranged from 0.11 to 13.3 μg m− 2 yr− 1 and were highest at sites with the highest DOC export fluxes. However, the amount of Hg exported per unit DOC varied widely; the mean Hg/DOC ratio in stream water at the individual sites ranged from 0.28 to 0.90 ng mg− 1. The highest stream Hg/DOC ratios occurred at sites Pluhův Bor and Jezeří which both are in the heavily polluted Black Triangle area. Stream Hg/DOC was inversely related to mineral and total soil pool Hg/C across the five sites. We explain this pattern by greater soil Hg retention due to inhibition of soil organic matter decomposition at the sites with low stream Hg/DOC and/or by precipitation of a metacinnabar (HgS) phase. Thus mobilization of Hg into streams from forest soils likely depends on combined effects of organic matter decomposition dynamics and HgS-like phase precipitation, which were both affected by Hg and S deposition histories.

  6. Admittance Investigation of MIS Structures with HgTe-Based Single Quantum Wells

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    Izhnin, Ihor I.; Nesmelov, Sergey N.; Dzyadukh, Stanislav M.; Voitsekhovskii, Alexander V.; Gorn, Dmitry I.; Dvoretsky, Sergey A.; Mikhailov, Nikolaj N.

    2016-02-01

    This work presents results of the investigation of admittance of metal-insulator-semiconductor structure based on Hg1 - x Cd x Te grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The structure contains a single quantum well Hg0.35Cd0.65Te/HgTe/Hg0.35Cd0.65Te with thickness of 5.6 nm in the sub-surface layer of the semiconductor. Both the conductance-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics show strong oscillations when the metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure with a single quantum well based on HgTe is biased into the strong inversion mode. Also, oscillations on the voltage dependencies of differential resistance of the space charge region were observed. These oscillations were related to the recharging of quantum levels in HgTe.

  7. Electro-physical characteristics of MIS structures with HgTe- based single quantum wells

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    Dzyadukh, S.; Nesmelov, S.; Voitsekhovskii, A.; Gorn, D.

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents brief research results of the admittance of metal-insulator- semiconductor (MIS) structures based on Hg1-xCdxTe grown by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) method including single HgCdTe/HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells (QW) in the surface layer. The thickness of a quantum well was 5.6 nm, and the composition of barrier layers with the thickness of 35 nm was close to 0.65. Measurements were conducted in the range of temperatures from 8 to 200 K. It is shown that for structure with quantum well based on HgTe capacitance and conductance oscillations in the strong inversion are observed. Also it is assumed these oscillations are related with the recharging of quantum levels in HgTe.

  8. Sediment accumulation and mercury (Hg) flux in Avicennia marina forest of Deep Bay, China

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    Li, Ruili; Chai, Minwei; Guo, Meixian; Qiu, Guo Yu

    2016-08-01

    To investigate the rate of sediment accumulation and mercury (Hg) flux in Avicennia marina forest of Deep Bay, China, sediment cores were analyzed. The results showed that Hg concentrations were much higher at all depths compared to the background level. A high correlation between Hg and total organic carbon (TOC) indicated their similar anthropogenic origin. Sedimentation rate was estimated to be 1.38 cm a-1 by 210Pb geochronology. The increase in the mass sediment accumulation rates was rapid (range: 0.5-0.94 g cm-2 a-1), and the Hg fluxes ranged between 76 and 116 ng cm-2 a-1 during the last three decades. The reduction in both Hg concentrations and flux during the last decade may be due to the adoption of contamination control policies. Our results support the notion that the Hg fluxes determined from the sediment cores reveal the effects of anthropogenic influences from the areas around Deep Bay.

  9. Food preferences and Hg distribution in Chelonia mydas assessed by stable isotopes.

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    Bezerra, M F; Lacerda, L D; Rezende, C E; Franco, M A L; Almeida, M G; Macêdo, G R; Pires, T T; Rostán, G; Lopez, G G

    2015-11-01

    Mercury (Hg) is a highly toxic pollutant that poses in risk several marine animals, including green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Green turtles are globally endangered sea turtle species that occurs in Brazilian coastal waters as a number of life stage classes (i.e., foraging juveniles and nesting adults). We assessed total Hg concentrations and isotopic signatures ((13)C and (15)N) in muscle, kidney, liver and scute of juvenile green turtles and their food items from two foraging grounds with different urban and industrial development. We found similar food preferences in specimens from both areas but variable Hg levels in tissues reflecting the influence of local Hg backgrounds in food items. Some juvenile green turtles from the highly industrialized foraging ground presented liver Hg levels among the highest ever reported for this species. Our results suggest that juvenile foraging green turtles are exposed to Hg burdens from locally anthropogenic activities in coastal areas.

  10. Food preferences and Hg distribution in Chelonia mydas assessed by stable isotopes.

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    Bezerra, M F; Lacerda, L D; Rezende, C E; Franco, M A L; Almeida, M G; Macêdo, G R; Pires, T T; Rostán, G; Lopez, G G

    2015-11-01

    Mercury (Hg) is a highly toxic pollutant that poses in risk several marine animals, including green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Green turtles are globally endangered sea turtle species that occurs in Brazilian coastal waters as a number of life stage classes (i.e., foraging juveniles and nesting adults). We assessed total Hg concentrations and isotopic signatures ((13)C and (15)N) in muscle, kidney, liver and scute of juvenile green turtles and their food items from two foraging grounds with different urban and industrial development. We found similar food preferences in specimens from both areas but variable Hg levels in tissues reflecting the influence of local Hg backgrounds in food items. Some juvenile green turtles from the highly industrialized foraging ground presented liver Hg levels among the highest ever reported for this species. Our results suggest that juvenile foraging green turtles are exposed to Hg burdens from locally anthropogenic activities in coastal areas. PMID:26196313

  11. Mercury contamination from historical mining territory at Malachov Hg-deposit (Central Slovakia).

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    Dadová, Jana; Andráš, Peter; Kupka, Jiří; Krnáč, Jozef; Andráš, Peter; Hroncová, Emília; Midula, Pavol

    2016-02-01

    Environmental contamination caused by mercury is a serious problem worldwide. The study was conducted in order to identify Hg contamination in soil, technosoil from dumps, groundwater, and surface water in the surroundings of the abandoned Hg deposit of Malachov in Central Slovakia. Soil from the Malachovský brook valley was classified as cambi-soil (rendzina). The highest Hg concentrations (44.24 mg kg(-1)) were described in the soil from the mining area at the Vel'ká Studňa locality. In the groundwater, the maximal Hg content is 0.84 μg L(-1), and in the surface water it is 394 μg L(-1). The speciation study proved that in most samples, Hg occurs in the form of cinnabarite. The release of Hg into the environment as a consequence of weathering is limited.

  12. New concepts for HgI2 scintillator gamma ray spectroscopy

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    Iwanczyk, Jan S.

    1994-01-01

    The primary goals of this project are development of the technology for HgI2 photodetectors (PD's), development of a HgI2/scintillator gamma detector, development of electronics, and development of a prototype gamma spectrometer. Work on the HgI2 PD's involved HgI2 purification and crystal growth, detector surface and electrical contact studies, PD structure optimization, encapsulation and packaging, and testing. Work on the HgI2/scintillator gamma detector involved a study of the optical - mechanical coupling for the optimization of CsI(Tl)/HgI2 gamma ray detectors and determination of the relationship between resolution versus scintillator type and size. The development of the electronics focused on low noise amplification circuits using different preamp input FET's and the use of a coincidence technique to maximize the signal, minimize the noise contribution in the gamma spectra, and improve the overall system resolution.

  13. Lattice defects in semiconducting Hg/1-x/Cd/x/Te alloys. III - Defect structure of undoped Hg0.6Cd0.4Te

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    Vydyanath, H. R.; Donovan, J. D.; Nelson, D. A.

    1981-01-01

    Hall effect measurements were carried out on undoped Hg0.6Cd0.4Te crystals quenched to room temperature subsequent to equilibration at temperatures varying from 450 to 720 C under various partial pressures of Hg. The variation of the hole concentration as a function of the partial pressure of Hg indicates that the native acceptor defects are doubly ionized. Native donor defects are found to be negligible in concentration and the p-type to n-type conversion is shown to be due to residual donors and not due to native donor defects. Thermodynamic constant for the incorporation of the doubly ionized native acceptor defect has been established.

  14. Activation of Homolytic Si-Zn and Si-Hg Bond Cleavage, Mediated by a Pt(0) Complex, via Novel Pt-Zn and Pt-Hg Compounds.

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    Kratish, Yosi; Molev, Gregory; Kostenko, Arseni; Sheberla, Dennis; Tumanskii, Boris; Botoshansky, Mark; Shimada, Shigeru; Bravo-Zhivotovskii, Dmitry; Apeloig, Yitzhak

    2015-09-28

    The thermally stable [(tBuMe2 Si)2 M] (M=Zn, Hg) generate R3 Si(.) radicals in the presence of [(dmpe)Pt(PEt3 )2 ] at 60-80 °C. The reaction proceeds via hexacoordinate Pt complexes, (M=Zn (2 a and 2 b), M=Hg (3 a and 3 b)) which were isolated and characterized. Mild warming or photolysis of 2 or 3 lead to homolytic dissociation of the Pt-MSiR3 bond generating silyl radicals and novel unstable pentacoordinate platinum paramagnetic complexes (M=Zn (5), Hg (6)) whose structures were determined by EPR spectroscopy and DFT calculations. PMID:26288342

  15. Investigation of vaporization and condensation processes of thin layers of CdHgTe from laser erosion plasma in Hg atmosphere

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    Kotlyarchuk, B. K.; Popovych, D. I.; Savchuk, V. K.; Savitsky, V. G.

    1996-04-01

    The article sets out to investigate spatial-time and spectral characteristics of laser erosive vapour-plasma torch (EVT), formed at the time of vaporization of mercury chalcogenides targets. Its influence on the synthesis processes and electrophysical properties of HgTe and CdHgTe layers, condensed in mercury vapour, is described. It is shown, that the laser radiation flux density and Hg vapour pressure in the reaction chamber are dominating factors, which determine the character of gas-dynamic spread, EVT composition and electrophysical characteristics of condensed mercury chalcogenides layers.

  16. Activation of Homolytic Si-Zn and Si-Hg Bond Cleavage, Mediated by a Pt(0) Complex, via Novel Pt-Zn and Pt-Hg Compounds.

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    Kratish, Yosi; Molev, Gregory; Kostenko, Arseni; Sheberla, Dennis; Tumanskii, Boris; Botoshansky, Mark; Shimada, Shigeru; Bravo-Zhivotovskii, Dmitry; Apeloig, Yitzhak

    2015-09-28

    The thermally stable [(tBuMe2 Si)2 M] (M=Zn, Hg) generate R3 Si(.) radicals in the presence of [(dmpe)Pt(PEt3 )2 ] at 60-80 °C. The reaction proceeds via hexacoordinate Pt complexes, (M=Zn (2 a and 2 b), M=Hg (3 a and 3 b)) which were isolated and characterized. Mild warming or photolysis of 2 or 3 lead to homolytic dissociation of the Pt-MSiR3 bond generating silyl radicals and novel unstable pentacoordinate platinum paramagnetic complexes (M=Zn (5), Hg (6)) whose structures were determined by EPR spectroscopy and DFT calculations.

  17. Mercury (Hg) accumulation in terrestrial carbon (C) reservoirs: magnitude, spatial patterns, fate upon C losses, and implications of global change

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    Obrist, D.; Johnson, D. W.; Lindberg, S. E.; Luo, Y.

    2012-04-01

    Terrestrial ecosystems are strong natural reservoirs that retain the bulk of atmospheric Hg deposition. As a result, a long-term legacy of past and present Hg pollution is sequestered in surface litter and soil pools. Hg shows a particular affinity to—and hence tends to accumulate in—terrestrial organic C. We present a summary of a comprehensive five-year investigation where we quantified: (i) relationships between Hg and C across 14 forests sites to assess the affinity of Hg to C accumulation across spatial scales; (ii) the degree to which C determines net retention and spatial accumulation of Hg; (iii) the fate of Hg upon losses of C, including losses though wildfires and mineralization; (iv) the coupling of gaseous Hg losses to CO2 respiration; and (v) the potential sensitivity of climate-change induced changes in C on terrestrial Hg sequestration. Results show that continental-scale spatial distribution of Hg in soils and litter is strongly related to C, and that old terrestrial C pools (as determined by C/N ratios) are particularly prone to Hg enrichment. The correlation of Hg and C is likely responsible for increasing Hg levels (concentrations and pools of total Hg, as well as methylated Hg) with higher latitude, which we attribute to a legacy of Hg sequestration in C-rich layers of northern ecosystems. Experimental studies and field observations to address fate of Hg sequestered in organic C show that: (i) fires leads to up-to-complete Hg losses in either gaseous elemental or particulate-bound form; (ii) litter decomposition also leads to evasion losses of Hg in the range of 50% of initial Hg, but little Hg is subject to runoff as dissolved Hg; (iii) soils effectively retain Hg with only about 3% of Hg subject to volatilization upon C loss during respiration; (iv) no links between CO2 and gaseous Hg concentrations are observed in soil depth profiles in the field, indicating that fate and movement of gaseous Hg is decoupled from that of CO2. We calculate

  18. Some health physics aspects of working with 203Hg in university research.

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    Belanger, M; Westin, A; Barfuss, D W

    2001-02-01

    The radioisotope 203Hg is used in university toxicology research experiments. When our commercial vendor ceased the production of the high specific activity 203Hg we required, an alternative source was sought. Other commercial sources were investigated without success leaving the synthesis of this radioisotope to us. This paper outlines the method we used to synthesize 203Hg and provides a summary of our results to date and a discussion of our experiences.

  19. Anthropogenic Hg in the ocean: Trajectories of change and implications for exposure in the United States

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    Amos, H. M.; Corbitt, E. S.; Bullard, K. T.; Sunderland, E. M.

    2014-12-01

    Humans have been releasing mercury (Hg) to the environment for millenia through activities such as mining and fuel combustion. The result has been an enrichment of the ocean, atmosphere, and terrestrial ecosystems. Consumption of marine fish contaminated with methylmercury (MeHg) is the primary route of exposure in many populations globally. We present an updated analysis of sources of MeHg exposures in the United States that shows the majority (>70%) is from oceanic fish rather than coastal species. Using a fully coupled biogeochemical box model we also estimate Hg accumulation across major ocean basins and show anthropogenic enrichment is highest in the North Atlantic Ocean and lowest in the deep Pacific Ocean. Our results for contemporary ocean concentrations are consistent with recent data from the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Southern Oceans measured as part of the CLIVAR repeat hydrography program. Our estimates of natural (i.e., pre-anthropogenic) seawater Hg concentrations are lower than suggested by other studies, implying a greater anthropogenic perturbation in the ocean. Our work suggests total accumulation of anthropogenic Hg in the global oceans is greater than recently derived based on anthropogenic CO2. We compare modeled seawater concentrations since 1980 to observations over this period to evaluate evidence for changes in recent decades and then investigate potential impacts of changing global emissions. To do this, we use a range of historical and future anthropogenic Hg emission inventories. Our previous work using the box model indicates burial of Hg at ocean margins is the single largest global sink of anthropogenic Hg. We will discuss how the magnitude and permanence of this sink affects estimates of enrichment and time scales of recovery in all geochemical Hg reservoirs. Governing time scales of response in each ocean basin are diagnosed using eigenanalysis and discussed in the context of changes in human MeHg exposure resulting from

  20. Landscape controls on total and methyl Hg in the upper Hudson River basin, New York, USA

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    Burns, D. A.; Riva-Murray, K.; Bradley, P. M.; Aiken, G. R.; Brigham, M. E.

    2012-03-01

    Approaches are needed to better predict spatial variation in riverine Hg concentrations across heterogeneous landscapes that include mountains, wetlands, and open waters. We applied multivariate linear regression to determine the landscape factors and chemical variables that best account for the spatial variation of total Hg (THg) and methyl Hg (MeHg) concentrations in 27 sub-basins across the 493 km2upper Hudson River basin in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. THg concentrations varied by sixfold, and those of MeHg by 40-fold in synoptic samples collected at low-to-moderate flow, during spring and summer of 2006 and 2008. Bivariate linear regression relations of THg and MeHg concentrations with either percent wetland area or DOC concentrations were significant but could account for only about 1/3 of the variation in these Hg forms in summer. In contrast, multivariate linear regression relations that included metrics of (1) hydrogeomorphology, (2) riparian/wetland area, and (3) open water, explained about 66% to >90% of spatial variation in each Hg form in spring and summer samples. These metrics reflect the influence of basin morphometry and riparian soils on Hg source and transport, and the role of open water as a Hg sink. Multivariate models based solely on these landscape metrics generally accounted for as much or more of the variation in Hg concentrations than models based on chemical and physical metrics, and show great promise for identifying waters with expected high Hg concentrations in the Adirondack region and similar glaciated riverine ecosystems.

  1. Landscape controls on total and methyl Hg in the Upper Hudson River basin, New York, USA

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    Burns, Douglas A.; Riva-Murray, K.; Bradley, P.M.; Aiken, G.R.; Brigham, M.E.

    2012-01-01

    Approaches are needed to better predict spatial variation in riverine Hg concentrations across heterogeneous landscapes that include mountains, wetlands, and open waters. We applied multivariate linear regression to determine the landscape factors and chemical variables that best account for the spatial variation of total Hg (THg) and methyl Hg (MeHg) concentrations in 27 sub-basins across the 493 km2 upper Hudson River basin in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. THg concentrations varied by sixfold, and those of MeHg by 40-fold in synoptic samples collected at low-to-moderate flow, during spring and summer of 2006 and 2008. Bivariate linear regression relations of THg and MeHg concentrations with either percent wetland area or DOC concentrations were significant but could account for only about 1/3 of the variation in these Hg forms in summer. In contrast, multivariate linear regression relations that included metrics of (1) hydrogeomorphology, (2) riparian/wetland area, and (3) open water, explained about 66% to >90% of spatial variation in each Hg form in spring and summer samples. These metrics reflect the influence of basin morphometry and riparian soils on Hg source and transport, and the role of open water as a Hg sink. Multivariate models based solely on these landscape metrics generally accounted for as much or more of the variation in Hg concentrations than models based on chemical and physical metrics, and show great promise for identifying waters with expected high Hg concentrations in the Adirondack region and similar glaciated riverine ecosystems.

  2. HgTe-CdTe-InSb heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ballingall, J.M.; Leopold, D.J.; Peterman, D.J.

    1985-08-01

    HgTe-CdTe heterostructures have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (100) InSb substrates. Separate elemental Hg and Te beams were used for the HgTe growth at a substrate temperature of 160 C. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that thin epitaxial layers are of high crystalline quality. Secondary-ion mass spectroscopy measurements show substantial In and Sb diffusion into the epitaxial layers with a concentration enhancement at the HgTe-CdTe interface. 9 references.

  3. 5-Bromoindole-3-carboxaldehyde ethylthiosemicarbazone for Hg(II) sensing and removal

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    Che, Yuanyuan; Wu, Dongling; Deng, Caiming; Liu, Lang; Jia, Dianzeng

    2016-01-01

    A probe based on 5-bromoindole-3-carboxaldehyde ethylthiosemicarbazone (L) was synthesized by a simple and quick one step condensation reaction. L displays a great blue fluorescence in dichloromethane and the fluorescence quenched following Hg2+ coordination. Interestingly, Hg2+ cannot only be detected by this method but also can be extracted and removed from water because dichloromethane and water are immiscible. Moreover, the convenient and efficient Hg2+ test strips based on L were fabricated, which is a potential candidate for the monitoring of Hg2+ in water.

  4. HgCdTe Research at FFI: Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth and Characterization

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    Haakenaasen, R.; Selvig, E.; Tonheim, C. R.; Kongshaug, K. O.; Lorentzen, T.; Trosdahl-Iversen, L.; Andersen, J. B.; Gundersen, P.

    2010-07-01

    This paper presents results from recent work on molecular beam epitaxy growth of HgCdTe at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), including studies of material properties and fabrication of photodiodes and nanostructures. Systematic studies of defect morphology in HgTe and Hg1- x Cd x Te have revealed that there is a minimum in the area covered by defects just below the onset of Te precipitation. The shape and density of microvoids in HgTe can be used to determine the deviation from the optimal growth temperature. This can be further related to the optimal growth temperature of Hg1- x Cd x Te with any Cd mole fraction by thermodynamic calculations. A mechanism for the formation of microvoids and needles has been presented. Photoluminescence (PL) has been used to study layers without doping and with Hg vacancy, Ag, and In doping. Planar photodiodes with high dynamic resistance and good quantum efficiency were fabricated by ion-milling vacancy-doped mid-wave and long-wave infrared layers. Quantum wells (QWs) with good crystallinity and high PL light output have been grown. Surface patterning has been found to enhance light emission from HgCdTe thin-film and QW samples by ˜30%. Single-crystal HgTe and segmented HgTe/Te nanowires have been grown, and the resistivity of the nanowires has been measured by conductive atomic force microscopy (AFM), where the AFM tip has been used as a mobile electrode.

  5. HgCl2 disrupts the structure of the human erythrocyte membrane and model phospholipid bilayers.

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    Suwalsky, M; Ungerer, B; Villena, F; Cuevas, F; Sotomayor, C P

    2000-10-01

    The structural effects of Hg(II) ions on the erythrocyte membrane were studied through the interactions of HgCl2 with human erythrocytes and their isolated resealed membranes. Studies were carried out by scanning electron microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy, respectively. Hg(II) induced shape changes in erythrocytes, which took the form of echinocytes and stomatocytes. This finding means that Hg(II) locates in both the outer and inner monolayers of the erythrocyte membrane. Fluorescence spectroscopy results indicate strong interactions of Hg(II) ions with phospholipid amino groups, which also affected the packing of the lipid acyl chains at the deep hydrophobic core of the membrane. HgCl2 also interacted with bilayers of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine and dimyristoylphosphatidylethanolamine, representative of phospholipid classes located in the outer and inner monolayers of the erythrocyte membrane, respectively. X-ray diffraction indicated that Hg(II) ions induced molecular disorder to both phospholipid bilayers, while fluorescence spectroscopy of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine large unilamellar vesicles confirmed the interaction of Hg(II) ions with the lipid polar head groups. All these findings point to the important role of the phospholipid bilayers in the interaction of Hg(II) on cell membranes. PMID:11065190

  6. Geometrical structure, stability and electronic properties of AunHg(1 ≤ n ≤ 12) clusters

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    Wan, Wei; Kuang, Xiangjun

    2016-08-01

    The geometrical structures, relative stabilities, electronic properties and chemical hardness of AunHg( n=1-12) clusters are systematically investigated using the density functional theory with relativistic all-electron methods. The optimized low-lying energy geometries exhibit two-dimensional and three-dimensional structures. Furthermore, all the lowest-energy structures of AunHg( n=1-12) clusters favor planar geometries with slight distortion, in which the dopant Hg atom prefers to occupy a peripheral site with a lower coordination. The geometrical, electronic and chemical stabilities of the AunHg cluster with even number of valence electrons are higher than those of the neighboring AunHg cluster with odd number of valence electrons. Besides, 5 d valence electrons of impurity Hg atom in the AunHg cluster hardly join in the orbital interactions compared with 5 d valence electrons of corresponding Au atom in Aun+1 cluster. Au-Hg bonds in AunHg clusters are weaker and have more obviously ionic-like characteristics than the corresponding Au-Au bonds in Aun+1 clusters.

  7. A physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model for methyl mercury (MeHg) in monkey and human

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    Gearhart, J.M.; Clewall, H.J. III; Shipp, A.M.

    1995-12-31

    A PBPK model for MeHg was developed which coherently describes MeHg pharmacokinetics in the adult rat, monkey and man, and predicts fetal levels of MeHg from in utero exposure. The model includes a description of enterohepatic recirculation of MeHg, conversion to inorganic mercury in tissues and intestinal flora, slowly reversible incorporation of mercury in tissues, and excretion of both organic and inorganic mercury into urine, feces, and hair. The adult submodel includes compartments representing the red blood tells (RBC), plasma, brain, liver, kidney, gut intestinal lumen, gut tissue, hair, richly and slowly perfused tissues, and placenta. The fetal submodel includes compartments representing RBC`s, plasma, brain, and remaining body mass. Two features of the model structure which are critical to prediction of the kinetics of MeHg in different species is the use of separate RBC and plasma compartments, allowing the use of species specific RBC/plasma ratios, and biliary excretion with enterohepatic recirculation. Published tissue and blood MeHg concentrations were used to derive the partition coefficients and RBC/plasma ratios to adjust for species differences in MeHg distribution. Validation involved comparing the model simulations with data from repeated dosing studies in animals and humans, and from accidental human exposures. The model will be used to investigate maternal MeHg intake as it relates to measured blood and hair MeHg concentrations, and to fetal exposure.

  8. Effects of salinity and humic acid on the sorption of Hg on Fe and Mn hydroxides.

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    Liang, Peng; Li, Yi-Chun; Zhang, Chan; Wu, Sheng-Chun; Cui, Hao-Jie; Yu, Shen; Wong, Ming H

    2013-01-15

    The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of humic acid (HA) and salinity on adsorption of Hg on the amorphous and crystalline of iron and manganese hydroxides. The results show that the adsorption of Hg(2+) on Fe and Mn hydroxides was inhibited in marine system due to the formation of stable, nonsorbing aqueous HgCl(2) complexes in solution. Moreover, Cl(-) inhibited the Hg(2+) adsorption more severely on amorphous than crystalline hydroxides. The addition of HA inhibited Hg(2+) adsorption on Fe and Mn hydroxides in freshwater system might be attributed to the competition between Hg(2+) and HA on adsorption to Fe and Mn hydroxides. In contrast, the addition of HA promoted Hg(2+) adsorption on Fe and Mn hydroxides in the marine system, which might be due to the addition of humic acid resulted in the reaction between Cl(-) and HA, and therefore the reducing of Cl(-) promoted more Hg(2+) on Fe and Mn hydroxides. In addition, the influence of HA on Hg(2+) adsorption on Fe and Mn hydroxides are more visible for crystalline than amorphous hydroxides.

  9. Identifying the sources and processes of mercury in subtropical estuarine and ocean sediments using Hg isotopic composition.

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    Yin, Runsheng; Feng, Xinbin; Chen, Baowei; Zhang, Junjun; Wang, Wenxiong; Li, Xiangdong

    2015-02-01

    The concentrations and isotopic compositions of mercury (Hg) in surface sediments of the Pearl River Estuary (PRE) and the South China Sea (SCS) were analyzed. The data revealed significant differences between the total Hg (THg) in fine-grained sediments collected from the PRE (8-251 μg kg(-1)) and those collected from the SCS (12-83 μg kg(-1)). Large spatial variations in Hg isotopic compositions were observed in the SCS (δ(202)Hg, from -2.82 to -2.10‰; Δ(199)Hg, from +0.21 to +0.45‰) and PRE (δ(202)Hg, from -2.80 to -0.68‰; Δ(199)Hg, from -0.15 to +0.16‰). The large positive Δ(199)Hg in the SCS indicated that a fraction of Hg has undergone Hg(2+) photoreduction processes prior to incorporation into the sediments. The relatively negative Δ(199)Hg values in the PRE indicated that photoreduction of Hg is not the primary route for the removal of Hg from the water column. The riverine input of fine particles played an important role in transporting Hg to the PRE sediments. In the deep ocean bed of the SCS, source-related signatures of Hg isotopes may have been altered by natural geochemical processes (e.g., Hg(2+) photoreduction and preferential adsorption processes). Using Hg isotope compositions, we estimate that river deliveries of Hg from industrial and urban sources and natural soils could be the main inputs of Hg to the PRE. However, the use of Hg isotopes as tracers in source attribution could be limited because of the isotope fractionation by natural processes in the SCS.

  10. MicroCT vs. Hg porosimetry: microporosity in commercial stones

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    Fusi, N.; Martinez-Martinez, J.; Barberini, V.; Galimberti, L.

    2009-04-01

    Decay of rocks, due both to extrinsic and intrinsic factors, can show up in several different forms, such as neoformation of minerals, decohesion of grains and/or crystals, magnification of previous defects, new discontinuities, etc. Intrinsic factors include the type of material, its properties and microstructure, in particular porosity and microporosity. Extrinsic factors relate to atmosphere and usage of the material itself. Rock degradation has several heavy consequences for commercial stones, such as increase of permeability, loss of material, loss of mechanical strength; these consequences are of crucial importance for conservation of historical buildings. Aim of this study is to compare microporosity of some massive commercial stones by means of X ray microtomography, a non destructive technique, and Hg porosimetry. Nine of the most used Spanish limestones and dolostones have been analysed. The lithotypes have been chosen for their homogeneous mineralogical composition (calcitic or dolomitic) and for their low porosity; some of them have been widely used in Spain for historical buildings. Different lithotypes have been described in thin section: Ambarino (A) and Beige Serpiente (BS): brecciated dolostone, composed by microcrystalline dolomitic clasts, in a dolomitic and/or calcitic microcrystalline matrix. Amarillo Triana (AT): yellow dolomitic marble, with fissures filled up by calcite and Fe oxides. Blanco Alconera (BA): a white-pink homogeneous limestone, with veins. Blanco Tranco (BT): a homogeneous white calcitic marble, without any fissures and/or fractures. Crema Valencia (CV): a pinkish limestone, characterized by abundant stilolythes, filled mainly by quartz (80%) and kaolin (11%). Gris Macael (GM): a calcitic marble wiht darker and lighter beds, conferring a strong anisotropy. Rojo Cehegin (RC): a red fossiliferous limestone with white calcitic veins. Travertino Blanco (TB): a massive white calcitic travertine. Prismatic samples of about 2x1x1 cm

  11. Mechanistic understanding of MeHg-Se antagonism in soil-rice systems: the key role of antagonism in soil

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    Wang, Yongjie; Dang, Fei; Evans, R. Douglas; Zhong, Huan; Zhao, Jiating; Zhou, Dongmei

    2016-01-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) accumulation in rice has great implications for human health. Here, effects of selenium (Se) on MeHg availability to rice are explored by growing rice under soil or foliar fertilization with Se. Results indicate that soil amendment with Se could reduce MeHg levels in soil and grain (maximally 73%). In contrast, foliar fertilization with Se enhanced plant Se levels (3-12 folds) without affecting grain MeHg concentrations. This evidence, along with the distinct distribution of MeHg and Se within the plant, demonstrate for the first time that Se-induced reduction in soil MeHg levels (i.e., MeHg-Se antagonism in soil) rather than MeHg-Se interactions within the plant might be the key process triggering the decreased grain MeHg levels under Se amendment. The reduction in soil MeHg concentrations could be mainly attributed to the formation of Hg-Se complexes (detected by TEM-EDX and XANES) and thus reduced microbial MeHg production. Moreover, selenite and selenate were equally effective in reducing soil MeHg concentrations, possibly because of rapid changes in Se speciation. The dominant role of Se-induced reduction in soil MeHg levels, which has been largely underestimated previously, together with the possible mechanisms advance our mechanistic understanding about MeHg dynamics in soil-rice systems.

  12. Mechanistic understanding of MeHg-Se antagonism in soil-rice systems: the key role of antagonism in soil

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    Wang, Yongjie; Dang, Fei; Evans, R. Douglas; Zhong, Huan; Zhao, Jiating; Zhou, Dongmei

    2016-01-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) accumulation in rice has great implications for human health. Here, effects of selenium (Se) on MeHg availability to rice are explored by growing rice under soil or foliar fertilization with Se. Results indicate that soil amendment with Se could reduce MeHg levels in soil and grain (maximally 73%). In contrast, foliar fertilization with Se enhanced plant Se levels (3–12 folds) without affecting grain MeHg concentrations. This evidence, along with the distinct distribution of MeHg and Se within the plant, demonstrate for the first time that Se-induced reduction in soil MeHg levels (i.e., MeHg-Se antagonism in soil) rather than MeHg-Se interactions within the plant might be the key process triggering the decreased grain MeHg levels under Se amendment. The reduction in soil MeHg concentrations could be mainly attributed to the formation of Hg-Se complexes (detected by TEM-EDX and XANES) and thus reduced microbial MeHg production. Moreover, selenite and selenate were equally effective in reducing soil MeHg concentrations, possibly because of rapid changes in Se speciation. The dominant role of Se-induced reduction in soil MeHg levels, which has been largely underestimated previously, together with the possible mechanisms advance our mechanistic understanding about MeHg dynamics in soil-rice systems. PMID:26778218

  13. Investigation of magnetoabsorption at different temperatures in HgTe/CdHgTe quantum-well heterostructures in pulsed magnetic fields

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    Platonov, V. V.; Kudasov, Yu. B.; Makarov, I. V.; Maslov, D. A.; Surdin, O. M.; Zholudev, M. S.; Ikonnikov, A. V.; Gavrilenko, V. I.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Dvoretsky, S. A.

    2015-12-15

    The magnetoabsorption in magnetic fields as high as 40 T is investigated at T > 77 K in HgTe/CdHgTe quantum-well heterostructures (d{sub QW} ≈ 8 nm). The spectra reveal two lines associated both with intraband transition from the lower Landau level in the conduction band and with interband transition. It is shown that the band structure in these systems changes from inverted to normal with increasing temperature.

  14. Viscosity Relaxation in Molten HgZnTe

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    Baird, James K.

    2002-01-01

    Because of its narrow electronic band-gap, HgZnTe solid solutions have been proposed as effective detectors for infrared radiation. To produce the best single crystals of these materials for this application, knowledge of the phase diagram that governs the freezing of the liquid is essential. Besides the phase diagram, however, some information concerning the thermophysical properties of the melt, such as viscosity, density, specific heat, and enthalpy of mixing, can also be useful. Of these thermophysical properties, the viscosity is perhaps of the most interest scientifically. Measurements using the oscillating cup method have shown that the isothermal melt requires tens of hours of equilibration time before a steady value of the viscosity can be achieved. Over this equilibration time, which depends upon temperature, the viscosity can increase by as much as a factor of two before reaching a steady state. We suggest that this relaxation phenomenon may be due to a slight polymerization of Te atoms in the melt. To account for the time dependence of the viscosity in the HgZnTe melt, we propose that the liquid acts as a solvent that favors the formation of Te atom chains. We suggest that as the melt is cooled from a high temperature to the temperature for measurement of the viscosity, a free radical polymerization of Te atoms begins. To estimate this average molecular weight, we use a simple free radical polymerization mechanism, including a depolymerization step, to calculate the time dependence to the concentration of each Te polymer molecular weight fraction. From these molecular weight fractions, we compute the weight average molecular weight of the distribution. Using the semi-empirical relation between average molecular weight and viscosity, we obtain a formula for the time dependence of the viscosity of the melt. Upon examining this formula, we find that the viscosity achieves a steady value when a balance is achieved between the rate of formation of the chains

  15. High performance SWIR HgCdTe detector arrays

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    Bubulac, L. O.; Tennant, W. E.; Pasko, J. G.; Kozlowski, L. J.; Zandian, M.; Motamedi, M. E.; de Wames, R. E.; Bajaj, J.; Nayar, N.; McLevige, W. V.; Gluck, N. S.; Melendes, R.; Cooper, D. E.; Edwall, D. D.; Arias, J. M.; Hall, R.; D'Souza, A. I.

    1997-06-01

    Short wave infrared (SWIR) devices have been fabricated using Rockwell’s double layer planar heterostructure (DLPH) architecture with arsenic-ion implanted junctions. Molecular beam epitaxially grown HgCdTe/CdZnTe multilayer structures allowed the thin, tailored device geometries (typical active layer thickness was ˜3.5 µm and cap layer thickness was ˜0.4 µm) to be grown. A planar-mesa geometry that preserved the passivation advantages of the DLPH structure with enhanced optical collection improved the performance. Test detectors showed Band 7 detectors performing near the radiative limit (˜3-5X below theory). Band 5 detector performance was ˜4-50X lower than radiative limited performance, apparently due to Shockley-Hall-Read recombination. We have fabricated SWIR HgCdTe 256 × 12 × 2 arrays of 45 um × 45 µm detector on 45 µm × 60 µm centers and with cutoff wavelength which allows coverage of the Landsat Band 5 (1.5-1.75 µm) and Landsat Band 7 (2.08-2.35 µm) spectral regions. The hybridizable arrays have four subarrays, each having a different detector architecture. One of the Band 7 hybrids has demonstrated performance approaching the radiative theoretical limit for temperatures from 250 to 295K, consistent with test results. D* performance at 250K of the best subarray was high, with an operability of ˜99% at 1012 cm Hz1/2/W at a few mV bias. We have observed 1/f noise below 8E-17 AHz 1/2 at 1 Hz. Also for Band 7 test structures, Ge thin film diffractive microlenses fabricated directly on the back side of the CdZnTe substrate showed the ability to increase the effective collection area of small (nominally <20 µm µm) planar-mesa diodes to the microlens size of 48 urn. Using microlenses allows array performance to exceed 1-D theory up to a factor of 5.

  16. Hg0 evasion from boreal mires determined with chamber methods and a novel REA design

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    Osterwalder, Stefan; Fritsche, Johannes; Åkerblom, Staffan; Nilsson, Mats B.; Alewell, Christine; Bishop, Kevin

    2015-04-01

    Anthropogenic mercury has accumulated in superficial organic soils of boreal mires, hotspots of methylmercury production. We hypothesize that emission from the peat surface is an important factor in regulating the pool of mercury in mires and ultimately the loading of methylmercury to surface waters. To test this hypothesis, we used both dynamic flux chambers (DFCs) and a dual-intake, single analyzer Relaxed Eddy Accumulation (REA) system to quantify the land-atmosphere exchange of elemental mercury (Hg0) from a mixed acid mire system situated near Vindeln in the county of Västerbotten, Sweden. Teflon and polycarbonate DFCs were used to (i) investigate the effect of sulfur and nitrogen addition as well as warming and changed moisture regimes on Hg0 flux and (ii) to quantify typical all-day summertime fluxes. The novel REA design was developed for long-term, all-year flux monitoring and uses twin inlets at the same level for simultaneous accumulation of up and downdrafts on a pair of gold traps which are then analyzed sequentially on the same detector while another pair of gold traps takes over the accumulation. The exchange of Hg0 from the peatland surface was measured continuously with DFC during cloudless conditions in July 2014 and averaged 0.62 ± 1.3 ng m-2 h-1. The flux revealed a significant diurnal pattern and a strong linear relationship with air temperature inside (R2= 0.65, p < 0.001) and outside (R2= 0.58, p < 0.001) the DFC. Hg0 exchange was significantly lower on experimental plots exposed to elevated sulfur deposition. This indicated either earlier Hg evasion or Hg binding to sulfur in organic matter, making Hg less susceptible to volatilization and more prone to transport in runoff. The REA measurements revealed a seasonal pattern of Hg0 fluxes over the year with net evasion during growing season and dominating deposition from autumn to spring. We managed to perform the first conditional sampling of Hg0 flux over a boreal mire using REA and were

  17. Elevated blood Hg at recommended seafood consumption rates in adult seafood consumers.

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    Karimi, Roxanne; Silbernagel, Susan; Fisher, Nicholas S; Meliker, Jaymie R

    2014-09-01

    Mercury (Hg) exposure from seafood continues to be a public health concern due to health effects from elevated exposure, increasing worldwide seafood consumption, and continued Hg inputs into the environment. Elevated Hg exposure can occur in populations with specialized diets of sport-caught freshwater fish. However, we need a better understanding of Hg exposure from seafood, the most common exposure source, and from specific seafood types. We examined Hg exposure in avid seafood consumers, and the seafood items and consumption frequency that confer the largest Hg exposure. Adult, avid seafood consumers, in Long Island, NY, USA, with blood total Hg concentrations predicted to exceed the USEPA reference concentration that is considered safe (5.8 μg L(-1)), were eligible for the study; 75% of self-reported avid seafood consumers were eligible to participate. We measured blood total Hg concentrations and seafood consumption in 285 participants. We examined relationships between Hg and seafood consumption using multiple linear regression. Seafood consumption rate for our population (14.4 kg yr(-1)) was >2 times that estimated for the U.S. (6.8 kg yr(-1)), and lower than the worldwide estimate (18.4 kg yr(-1)). Mean blood Hg concentration was 4.4 times the national average, and 42% of participants had Hg concentrations exceeding 5.8 μg L(-1). Elevated Hg exposures occurred at all seafood consumption frequencies, including the recommended frequency of 2 meals per week. Blood Hg concentrations were positively associated with weekly tuna steak or sushi intake (β=6.30 change in blood Hg, μg L(-1)) and monthly (β=2.54) or weekly (β=9.47) swordfish, shark or marlin intake. Our findings show that seafood consumers in this population have elevated Hg exposures even at relatively low seafood consumption rates that are at or below current dietary recommendations. Further study should examine health risks and benefits of avid seafood consumption, and consider modifying

  18. Microsolvation of methylmercury: structures, energies, bonding and NMR constants ((199)Hg, (13)C and (17)O).

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    Flórez, Edison; Maldonado, Alejandro F; Aucar, Gustavo A; David, Jorge; Restrepo, Albeiro

    2016-01-21

    Hartree-Fock (HF) and second order perturbation theory (MP2) calculations within the scalar and full relativistic frames were carried out in order to determine the equilibrium geometries and interaction energies between cationic methylmercury (CH3Hg(+)) and up to three water molecules. A total of nine structures were obtained. Bonding properties were analyzed using the Quantum Theory of Atoms In Molecules (QTAIM). The analyses of the topology of electron densities reveal that all structures exhibit a partially covalent HgO interaction between methylmercury and one water molecule. Consideration of additional water molecules suggests that they solvate the (CH3HgOH2)(+) unit. Nuclear magnetic shielding constants σ((199)Hg), σ((13)C) and σ((17)O), as well as indirect spin-spin coupling constants J((199)Hg-(13)C), J((199)Hg-(17)O) and J((13)C-(17)O), were calculated for each one of the geometries. Thermodynamic stability and the values of NMR constants correlate with the ability of the system to directly coordinate oxygen atoms of water molecules to the mercury atom in methylmercury and with the formation of hydrogen bonds among solvating water molecules. Relativistic effects account for 11% on σ((13)C) and 14% on σ((17)O), which is due to the presence of Hg (heavy atom on light atom, HALA effect), while the relativistic effects on σ((199)Hg) are close to 50% (heavy atom on heavy atom itself, HAHA effect). J-coupling constants are highly influenced by relativity when mercury is involved as in J((199)Hg-(13)C) and J((199)Hg-(17)O). On the other hand, our results show that the values of NMR constants for carbon and oxygen, atoms which are connected through mercury (C-HgO), are highly correlated and are greatly influenced by the presence of water molecules. Water molecules introduce additional electronic effects to the relativistic effects due to the mercury atom. PMID:26670708

  19. Microsolvation of methylmercury: structures, energies, bonding and NMR constants ((199)Hg, (13)C and (17)O).

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    Flórez, Edison; Maldonado, Alejandro F; Aucar, Gustavo A; David, Jorge; Restrepo, Albeiro

    2016-01-21

    Hartree-Fock (HF) and second order perturbation theory (MP2) calculations within the scalar and full relativistic frames were carried out in order to determine the equilibrium geometries and interaction energies between cationic methylmercury (CH3Hg(+)) and up to three water molecules. A total of nine structures were obtained. Bonding properties were analyzed using the Quantum Theory of Atoms In Molecules (QTAIM). The analyses of the topology of electron densities reveal that all structures exhibit a partially covalent HgO interaction between methylmercury and one water molecule. Consideration of additional water molecules suggests that they solvate the (CH3HgOH2)(+) unit. Nuclear magnetic shielding constants σ((199)Hg), σ((13)C) and σ((17)O), as well as indirect spin-spin coupling constants J((199)Hg-(13)C), J((199)Hg-(17)O) and J((13)C-(17)O), were calculated for each one of the geometries. Thermodynamic stability and the values of NMR constants correlate with the ability of the system to directly coordinate oxygen atoms of water molecules to the mercury atom in methylmercury and with the formation of hydrogen bonds among solvating water molecules. Relativistic effects account for 11% on σ((13)C) and 14% on σ((17)O), which is due to the presence of Hg (heavy atom on light atom, HALA effect), while the relativistic effects on σ((199)Hg) are close to 50% (heavy atom on heavy atom itself, HAHA effect). J-coupling constants are highly influenced by relativity when mercury is involved as in J((199)Hg-(13)C) and J((199)Hg-(17)O). On the other hand, our results show that the values of NMR constants for carbon and oxygen, atoms which are connected through mercury (C-HgO), are highly correlated and are greatly influenced by the presence of water molecules. Water molecules introduce additional electronic effects to the relativistic effects due to the mercury atom.

  20. Mercury (Hg) and lead (Pb) in interior and exterior New Orleans house paint films.

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    Mielke, Howard W; Gonzales, Chris

    2008-06-01

    Pre-1992, latex paint was formulated with mercury (Hg) as phenylmercuric acetate (PMA). Hg vaporizes reducing its content, and lead (Pb) is stable and remains unchanged. The objective of this study is to describe the content of Hg and Pb in existing paint coatings. Forty paint chip samples were collected from both interior and exterior surfaces of homes in metropolitan New Orleans and analyzed for Hg and Pb. The median Hg in exterior paints is 26.9 mg kg(-1) (0.8-214.0) compared with 7.1 mg kg(-1) (0.03-39.2) for interior paints. The median Pb content is 76603 mg kg(-1) (464-317151) and 416 mg kg(-1) (24-63313) respectively, for exterior and interior paints. The Spearman correlation coefficients for Hg and Pb are -0.312 (P=0.13) and -0.471 (P=0.07) respectively, in exterior and interior samples. Hg and Pb vary independently with each other in paint films. Median Hg in exterior paints is four times larger than for interior paints. Median Pb in exterior paints is 184 times larger than interior paints. The Pb and Hg content in exterior and interior paint chips are significantly different (Mann-Whitney Rank Sum Test, P0.001 and P=0.006, respectively). Only 1 of the 25 exterior paints contained less than the current 5000 mg kg(-1) US standard for Pb, the criteria for exemption from the power-sanding restrictions of the New Orleans Lead Ordinance. Prior to banning PMA in paint, Hg poisonings presented as acrodynia were reported for children living in homes freshly painted with latex paint. Because of the affinity of Hg and Pb for sulfur-containing amino acid proteins, their presence in paint coatings poses an increased hazard when released as dust.

  1. Continuous determination of land-atmosphere Hg0 exchange using a novel Relaxed Eddy Accumulation design

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    Osterwalder, Stefan; Fritsche, Johannes; Nilsson, Mats B.; Alewell, Christine; Bishop, Kevin

    2015-04-01

    The fate of anthropogenic emissions to the atmosphere is influenced by the exchange of elemental mercury (Hg0) with the earth surface. However, it remains challenging to quantify these exchanges which hold the key to a better understanding of mercury cycling at different scales, from the entire earth to specific environments. To better test hypotheses about land-atmosphere Hg interactions, we applied dynamic flux chambers (DFCs) for short term measurements and developed a novel Relaxed Eddy Accumulation (REA) design for continuous flux monitoring. Accurate determination of Hg0 fluxes has proven difficult due to the technical challenges presented by the small concentration differences (< 1 ng m-3) between updrafts and downdrafts. To address this we present a dual-intake, single analyzer REA system including a calibration module for periodic quality-control measurements with reference gases. To demonstrate the system performance, we present results from two contrasting environments: In February 2012 REA monitored a heterogeneous urban surface in the center of Basel, Switzerland where an average flux of 14 ng m-2 h-1 was detected with a distinct diurnal pattern. In May 2012, the REA monitored a boreal mire in northern Sweden with different turbulence regimes and Hg0 sink/source characteristics. During the snowmelt period in May 2012 the Hg0 flux averaged at 2 ng m-2 h-1. In order to better quantify inputs and outputs of Hg from boreal landscapes, we subsequently monitored the land-atmosphere exchange of Hg0 during a course of a year and compared the fluxes occasionally with DFC measurements. The amount of Hg0 volatilized from boreal mires was at a similar level as the annual export of Hg in stream water, identifying the mire as net source of Hg to neighboring environments. We believe that this dual-inlet, single detector approach is a significant innovation which can help realize the potential of REA for continuous, long-term determination of land-atmosphere Hg0

  2. Potential of Brass to Remove Inorganic Hg(II) from Aqueous Solution through Amalgamation.

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    Wenke, Axel; Bollen, Anne; Richard, Jan-Helge; Biester, Harald

    2016-06-01

    Brass shavings (CuZn45) were tested for their efficiency to remove Hg(II) from contaminated groundwater through amalgamation. The study was focused on long-term retention efficiency, the understanding of the amalgamation process and kinetics, and influences of filter surface alteration. Column tests were performed with brass filters (thickness 3 to 9 cm) flushed with 1000 μg/L Hg solution for 8 hours under different flow rates (300 to 600 mL/h). Brass filters consistently removed >98% of Hg from solution independent of filter thickness and flow rate. In a long-term experiment (filter thickness 2 cm), Hg retention decreased from 96 to 92% within 2000 hours. Batch and column experiments for studying kinetics of Hg removal indicate ~100% Hg removal from solution within only 2 hours. Solid-phase mercury thermo-desorption analysis revealed that Hg(0) diffusion into the brass surface controls kinetics of mercury retention. Brass surface alteration could be observed, but did not influence Hg retention.

  3. Clams sensitivity towards As and Hg: A comprehensive assessment of native and exotic species.

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    Velez, Cátia; Freitas, Rosa; Antunes, Sara C; Soares, Amadeu M V M; Figueira, Etelvina

    2016-03-01

    To assess the environmental impact of As and Hg, bioindicator organisms such as bivalves have been used. Nevertheless, few studies have assessed the impacts of As and Hg in Ruditapes decussatus and Ruditapes philippinarum, which are native and exotic species in Europe, respectively. The main goal of the present study was to assess elements' partitioning and detoxification strategies of R. decussatus and R. philippinarum. Both clams showed a higher capacity to bioconcentrate Hg (BCF 2.29-7.49), when compared to As (0.59-1.09). Furthermore, As accumulation in both species was similar in the soluble and insoluble fractions, while in both species the majority of Hg was found in the insoluble fraction. Clams exposed to As showed different detoxification strategies, since R. decussatus had higher ability to enhance antioxidant enzymes and metallothioneins in order to reduce toxicity, and R.philippinarum increased glutathione S-transferase Ω activity, that catalyzes monomethyl arsenate reduction, the rate-limiting reaction in arsenic biotransformation. When exposed to Hg, R. decussatus presented, higher synthesis of antioxidant enzymes and lower LPO, being able to better tolerate Hg than the exotic species R. philippinarum. Thus under relevant levels of As and Hg contamination our work evidenced the higher ability of R. decussatus to survive and inhabit coastal environments not heavily contaminated by Hg and As.

  4. Nested reactor chamber and operation for Hg-196 isotope separation process

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    Grossman, Mark W.

    1991-01-01

    The present invention is directed to an apparatus for use in .sup.196 Hg separation and its method of operation. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a nested reactor chamber useful for .sup.196 Hg isotope separation reactions avoiding the photon starved condition commonly encountered in coaxial reactor systems.

  5. Nested reactor chamber and operation for Hg-196 isotope separation process

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    Grossman, M.W.

    1991-10-08

    The present invention is directed to an apparatus for use in [sup 196]Hg separation and its method of operation. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a nested reactor chamber useful for [sup 196]Hg isotope separation reactions avoiding the photon starved condition commonly encountered in coaxial reactor systems. 6 figures.

  6. Cleavable Molecular Beacon for Hg(2+) Detection Based on Phosphorothioate RNA Modifications.

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    Huang, Po-Jung Jimmy; Wang, Feng; Liu, Juewen

    2015-07-01

    Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal, and detection of Hg(2+) by biosensors has attracted extensive research interest in the past decade. In particular, a number of DNA-based sensing strategies have been developed. Well-known examples include thymine-Hg(2+) interactions and Hg(2+)-activated DNAzymes. However, these mechanisms are highly dependent on buffer conditions or require hybridization with another DNA strand. Herein, we report a new mechanism based on Hg(2+)-induced cleavage of phosphorothioate (PS) modified RNA. Among the various metal ions tested, Hg(2+) induced the most significant cleavage (∼16%), while other metals cleaved less than 2% of the same substrate. The uncleaved substrate undergoes desulfurization in the presence of Hg(2+). This cleavage reaction yields a similar amount of product from pH 3.5 to 7 and in the temperature range between 20 and 90 °C. Various PS RNA junctions can be cleaved with a similar efficiency, but PS DNA junctions cannot be cleaved. A molecular beacon containing three PS RNA modifications is designed, detecting Hg(2+) down to 1.7 nM with excellent selectivity. This sensor can also detect Hg(2+) in the Lake Ontario water sample, although its response is significantly masked by fish tissues.

  7. Temporal and spatial bioassessment of ecological risk of Amazonian Itchyofauna associated to Hg exposure

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    Castilhos, Z. C.; Almonsy, N.; Souto, P. S.; Pereira da Silva, L. C. C.; Bidone, E. D.

    2003-05-01

    In Amazon artisan gold mining, mercury (Hg) is released to environment during its use to amalgamate the fine particles of gold. Once mercury entries in aquatic ecosystems, it might be methylated to methylmercury (MeHg). The objectives of this work were: (i) to establish and compare the dose-response relationship for Hg accumulation by Tucunaré for a contaminated and a background area; (ii) to test the DRAC methodology to proceed field sampling of fish; (iii) to conduct a temporal analysis of magnitude of mercury contamination in fish during the last decade by using DRAC methodology and (v) to investigate the relationship between hematological parameters (erythrocytes, hematocrit, leukocytes and mean corpuscular volume) and Hg exposure in fish.. Close to 100 Tucunarés were caught in the Tapajós River region. The results showed significant differences in hematological parameters and Hg concentration considering contaminated and background areas and the temporal assessment suggest increase the Hg bio-availability during last decade in Tapajos River Region. One could suggest that those hematological parameters might be used as physiological biomarkers of Hg exposure in ecological risk assessment process and that Hg used by or remaining from gold mining “garimpos” might be continuous bio-available to Amazonian biota.

  8. Oxidative stress in earthworms short- and long-term exposed to highly Hg-contaminated soils.

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    Colacevich, Andrea; Sierra, María J; Borghini, Francesca; Millán, Rocio; Sanchez-Hernandez, Juan C

    2011-10-30

    Exposure to mercury is often assessed by the measurement of molecular and biochemical antioxidant defences against an excessive production of reactive oxygen species. Here we examined some selected biomarkers of oxidative stress in the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris short- (2d) and long-term (44 d) exposed to Hg-contaminated soils (up to 1287 mg/kg dry wt). This level of Hg exposure did not cause earthworm mortality, however it yielded organisms to a situation of oxidative stress which was evidenced by the time-dependent responses of biomarkers. The reduced to oxidized glutathione ratio was a sensitive and early biomarker of Hg exposure, although the glutathione reductase activity back returned their normal physiological concentrations. Metallothioneins and total glutathione seemed to have a significant role in reducing Hg-induced oxidative stress when exposure to Hg prolonged up to 44 d. We combined biomarker responses into an integrate biomarker index which positively correlated with the Hg concentrations measured in the postmitochondrial fraction of the earthworm muscle, and with the available Hg fraction in soil. Current results suggest that glutathione redox cycle can be a complementary tool in the exposure and effect assessment of Hg-polluted soils. PMID:21871720

  9. Microscopic and spectroscopic characterization of Hg(II) immobilization by mackinawite (FeS).

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    Jeong, Hoon Y; Sun, Kai; Hayes, Kim F

    2010-10-01

    This study investigated the solid-phase Hg formed by reacting 0.005 or 0.01 M Hg(II) with 10 g/L mackinawite (FeS) as a function of pH in 0.2 M chloride solutions using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analyses. Under all experimental conditions, XRD analysis showed formation of metacinnabar (β-HgS) as a bulk-phase sorption product, in agreement with the results from high angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) in TEM analysis. HAADF-STEM and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses also suggested formation of Hg(II) surface precipitates. EXAFS analysis indicated that metacinnabar was the dominant product under most conditions, with Hg(II) chlorosulfide-like surface precipitates having increased contribution at lower Hg(II) concentration and higher pH. This finding is consistent with the results of desorption experiments using Hg(II)-complexing ligands. Considering the low solubility and high stability of metacinnabar, our results support the potential application of mackinawite for sequestering Hg(II) in anoxic environments.

  10. Potential of Brass to Remove Inorganic Hg(II) from Aqueous Solution through Amalgamation.

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    Wenke, Axel; Bollen, Anne; Richard, Jan-Helge; Biester, Harald

    2016-06-01

    Brass shavings (CuZn45) were tested for their efficiency to remove Hg(II) from contaminated groundwater through amalgamation. The study was focused on long-term retention efficiency, the understanding of the amalgamation process and kinetics, and influences of filter surface alteration. Column tests were performed with brass filters (thickness 3 to 9 cm) flushed with 1000 μg/L Hg solution for 8 hours under different flow rates (300 to 600 mL/h). Brass filters consistently removed >98% of Hg from solution independent of filter thickness and flow rate. In a long-term experiment (filter thickness 2 cm), Hg retention decreased from 96 to 92% within 2000 hours. Batch and column experiments for studying kinetics of Hg removal indicate ~100% Hg removal from solution within only 2 hours. Solid-phase mercury thermo-desorption analysis revealed that Hg(0) diffusion into the brass surface controls kinetics of mercury retention. Brass surface alteration could be observed, but did not influence Hg retention. PMID:27225782

  11. A Hg(II)-mediated "signal-on" electrochemical glutathione sensor.

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    Lotfi Zadeh Zhad, Hamid R; Lai, Rebecca Y

    2014-08-01

    We report the design and fabrication of a DNA-based electrochemical sensor for detection of glutathione. Sensor signaling relies on glutathione's ability to chelate mercury Hg(II), displacing it from the thymine-Hg(II)-thymine complex formed between the surface-immobilized DNA probes. Our results show that this sensor is sensitive and selective enough to be employed in saliva.

  12. Draft Genome Sequence of Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus Strain HG003, an NCTC8325 Derivative

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    Sassi, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    We report the draft genome sequence of a Staphylococcus aureus NCTC8325 derivative, strain HG003. HG003 contains functional global regulators rsbU and tcaR and is therefore considered as a reference for studies of regulation and virulence. The genome is composed of 2,797,898 bp and will be essential for subsequent RNAseq analysis. PMID:25169861

  13. Draft Genome Sequence of Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus Strain HG003, an NCTC8325 Derivative.

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    Sassi, Mohamed; Felden, Brice; Augagneur, Yoann

    2014-01-01

    We report the draft genome sequence of a Staphylococcus aureus NCTC8325 derivative, strain HG003. HG003 contains functional global regulators rsbU and tcaR and is therefore considered as a reference for studies of regulation and virulence. The genome is composed of 2,797,898 bp and will be essential for subsequent RNAseq analysis. PMID:25169861

  14. An exonuclease-assisted amplification electrochemical aptasensor for Hg(2+) detection based on hybridization chain reaction.

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    Bao, Ting; Wen, Wei; Zhang, Xiuhua; Xia, Qinghua; Wang, Shengfu

    2015-08-15

    In this work, a novel electrochemical aptasensor was developed for Hg(2+) detection based on exonuclease-assisted target recycling and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) dual signal amplification strategy. The presence of Hg(2+) induced the T-rich DNA partly folded into duplex-like structure via the Hg(2+) mediated T-Hg(2+)-T base pairs, which triggered the activity of exonuclease III (Exo III). Exo III selectively digested the double-strand DNA containing multiple T-Hg(2+)-T base pairs from its 3'-end, the released Hg(2+) participated analyte recycle. With each digestion cycle, a digestion product named as help DNA was obtained, which acted as a linkage between the capture DNA and auxiliary DNA. The presence of help DNA and two auxiliary DNA collectively facilitated successful HCR process and formed long double-stranded DNA. [Ru(NH3)6](3+) was used as redox indicator, which electrostatically bound to the double strands and produced an electrochemical signal. Exo III-assisted target recycling and HCR dual amplification significantly improved the sensitivity for Hg(2+) with a detection limit of 0.12 pM (S/N=3). Furthermore, the proposed aptasensor had a promising potential for the application of Hg(2+) detection in real aquatic sample analysis. PMID:25840017

  15. Cleavable Molecular Beacon for Hg(2+) Detection Based on Phosphorothioate RNA Modifications.

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    Huang, Po-Jung Jimmy; Wang, Feng; Liu, Juewen

    2015-07-01

    Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal, and detection of Hg(2+) by biosensors has attracted extensive research interest in the past decade. In particular, a number of DNA-based sensing strategies have been developed. Well-known examples include thymine-Hg(2+) interactions and Hg(2+)-activated DNAzymes. However, these mechanisms are highly dependent on buffer conditions or require hybridization with another DNA strand. Herein, we report a new mechanism based on Hg(2+)-induced cleavage of phosphorothioate (PS) modified RNA. Among the various metal ions tested, Hg(2+) induced the most significant cleavage (∼16%), while other metals cleaved less than 2% of the same substrate. The uncleaved substrate undergoes desulfurization in the presence of Hg(2+). This cleavage reaction yields a similar amount of product from pH 3.5 to 7 and in the temperature range between 20 and 90 °C. Various PS RNA junctions can be cleaved with a similar efficiency, but PS DNA junctions cannot be cleaved. A molecular beacon containing three PS RNA modifications is designed, detecting Hg(2+) down to 1.7 nM with excellent selectivity. This sensor can also detect Hg(2+) in the Lake Ontario water sample, although its response is significantly masked by fish tissues. PMID:26060876

  16. Progress in MOCVD growth of HgCdTe epilayers for HOT infrared detectors

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    Kebłowski, A.; Gawron, W.; Martyniuk, P.; Stepień, D.; Kolwas, K.; Piotrowski, J.; Madejczyk, P.; Kopytko, M.; Piotrowski, A.; Rogalski, A.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we present progress in MOCVD growth of (100) HgCdTe epilayers achieved recently at the Institute of Applied Physics, Military University of Technology and Vigo System S.A. It is shown that MOCVD technology is an excellent tool in fabrication of different HgCdTe detector structures with a wide range of composition, donor/acceptor doping and without post grown annealing. Particular progress has been achieved in the growth of (100) HgCdTe epilayers for long wavelength infrared photoconductors operated in HOT conditions. The (100) HgCdTe photoconductor optimized for 13-μm attain detectivity equal to 6.5x109 Jones and therefore outperform its (111) counterpart. The paper also presents technological progress in fabrication of MOCVD-grown (111) HgCdTe barrier detectors. The barrier device performance is comparable with state-of-the-art of HgCdTe photodiodes. The detectivity of HgCdTe detectors is close to the value marked HgCdTe photodiodes. Dark current densities are close to the values given by "Rule 07".

  17. Temperature affects Hg-induced antioxidant responses in Chinese rare minnow Gobiocypris rarus larvae in vitro.

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    Li, Zhi-Hua; Li, Ping; Chen, Lu

    2014-12-01

    The effect of temperature on HgCl2 (Hg(2+))-induced oxidative stress to Chinese rare minnow (Gobiocypris rarus) was evaluated in vitro. Malondialdehyde (MDA) content and superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase activities were determined in whole body homogenates incubated with 0.1 mg/L Hg(2+) at 15, 25 and 35°C for 60 min. The result showed that oxidative stress was at a normal level in the Hg(2+) + NT (0.1 mg/L Hg(2+) and normal temperature, 25°C) and Hg(2+) + LT (0.1 mg/L Hg(2+) and low temperature, 15°C) groups, but a significant induction in oxidative stress occurred in the Hg(2+) + HT (35°C) group. This was reflected by an increased level of MDA and decreased activities of the antioxidant enzymes. The results suggest that higher temperature enhances heavy metal toxicity in aquatic systems, which should be given more attention in the future. PMID:25323039

  18. Hg-Xe exciplex formation in mixed Xe/Ar matrices: molecular dynamics and luminescence study.

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    Lozada-García, Rolando; Rojas-Lorenzo, Germán; Crépin, Claudine; Ryan, Maryanne; McCaffrey, John G

    2015-03-19

    Luminescence of Hg((3)P1) atoms trapped in mixed Ar/Xe matrices containing a small amount of Xe is reported. Broad emission bands, strongly red-shifted from absorption are recorded which are assigned to strong complexes formed between the excited mercury Hg* and xenon atoms. Molecular dynamics calculations are performed on simulated Xe/Ar samples doped with Hg to follow the behavior of Hg* in the mixed rare gas matrices leading to exciplex formation. The role of Xe atoms in the first solvation shell (SS1) around Hg was investigated in detail, revealing the formation of two kinds of triatomic exciplexes; namely, Xe-Hg*-Xe and Ar-Hg*-Xe. The first species exists only when two xenon atoms are present in SS1 with specific geometries allowing the formation of a linear or quasi-linear exciplex. In the other geometries, or in the presence of only one Xe in SS1, a linear Ar-Hg*-Xe exciplex is formed. The two kinds of exciplexes have different emission bands, the most red-shifted being that involving two Xe atoms, whose emission is very close to that observed in pure Xe matrices. Simulations give a direct access to the analysis of the experimental absorption, emission, and excitation spectra, together with the dynamics of exciplexes formation.

  19. Magnetically recoverable fluorescence chemosensor for the adsorption and selective detection of Hg2+ in water.

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    Lv, Qiang; Li, Gang; Cheng, Zhuhong; Lu, Hong; Gao, Xiaoxia

    2014-01-01

    In order to conveniently and effectively detect the heavy metal ion Hg(2+) existing in water, a magnetic fluorescence chemosensor has been strategically prepared by immobilizing a Rhodamine B derivative RhB-tris(2-aminoethyl)amine on Fe3O4@SiO2-Au@PSiO2 composites via gold particles. The adsorption and detection for Hg(2+) ions were investigated with fluorophotometry. This chemosensor shows high sensitivity and high selectivity for Hg(2+) over other metal cations owing to the ring opening of the rhodamine fluorophore selectively induced by Hg(2+). In addition, the presence of Fe3O4 in the sensor also facilitates the magnetic separation of the Fe3O4@SiO2-Au-Hg(2+)@PSiO2 from the solution.

  20. Crystal structure and superconductivity in (Cu,Hg)Ba2Ca4Cu5Oy

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    Akimoto, J.; Kawaguchi, K.; Sohma, M.; Hayakawa, H.; Gotoh, Y.; Oosawa, Y.; Tokiwa, K.; Iyo, A.; Ihara, H.

    1997-02-01

    A new solid-solution superconductor, (Cu,Hg)Ba2Ca4Cu5Oy with the tetragonal lattice parameters a = 3.849(2) Å and c = 21.496(3) Å, has been synthesized by the high-temperature and high-pressure technique. The structure refinement of the as-prepared (Cu,Hg)-1245 by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method confirmed the substitutional composition (Cu0.76Hg0.24)Ba2Ca4Cu5O12.45, whose cationic composition was close to that obtained by chemical analysis. The additional Cu atoms at the mercury site construct the chain-like oxygen coordination. The superstructure observed in Cu-1245 disappeared by the partial substitution of mercury for copper in the present (Cu,Hg)-1245. The structure refinement of the as-prepared Hg-1245 revealed the mercury-site deficiency of about 20%.

  1. Synthesis of Starch-Stabilized Ag Nanoparticles and Hg2+ Recognition in Aqueous Media

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    Fan, Yingju; Liu, Zhen; Wang, Le; Zhan, Jinhua

    2009-10-01

    The starch-stabilized Ag nanoparticles were successfully synthesized via a reduction approach and characterized with SPR UV/Vis spectroscopy, TEM, and HRTEM. By utilizing the redox reaction between Ag nanoparticles and Hg2+, and the resulted decrease in UV/Vis signal, we develop a colorimetric method for detection of Hg2+ ion. A linear relationship stands between the absorbance intensity of the Ag nanoparticles and the concentration of Hg2+ ion over the range from 10 ppb to 1 ppm at the absorption of 390 nm. The detection limit for Hg2+ ions in homogeneous aqueous solutions is estimated to be ~5 ppb. This system shows excellent selectivity for Hg2+ over other metal ions including Na+, K+, Ba2+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Fe3+, and Cd2+. The results shown herein have potential implications in the development of new colorimetric sensors for easy and selective detection and monitoring of mercuric ions in aqueous solutions.

  2. Hg bioaccumulation in marine copepods around hydrothermal vents and the adjacent marine environment in northeastern Taiwan.

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    Hsiao, Shih-Hui; Fang, Tien-Hsi

    2013-09-15

    The Hg concentration in seawater and copepod samples collected from the area around hydrothermal vents at Kueishan Island and the adjacent marine environment in northeastern Taiwan were analyzed to study Hg bioaccumulation in copepods living in polluted and clean marine environments. The seawater collected from the hydrothermal vent area had an extremely high concentration of dissolved Hg, 50.6-256 ng l(-1). There was slightly higher Hg content in the copepods, 0.08-0.88 μg g(-1). The dissolved Hg concentration in the hydrothermal vent seawater was two to three orders of magnitude higher than that in the adjacent environment. The bioconcentration factor of the studied copepods ranged within 10(3)-10(6), and showed higher dissolved concentration as the bioconcentration factor was lower. A substantial abundance, but with less copepod diversity was recorded in the seawater around the hydrothermal vent area. Temora turbinata was the species of opportunity under the hydrothermal vent influence.

  3. Magnetically recoverable fluorescence chemosensor for the adsorption and selective detection of Hg2+ in water.

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    Lv, Qiang; Li, Gang; Cheng, Zhuhong; Lu, Hong; Gao, Xiaoxia

    2014-01-01

    In order to conveniently and effectively detect the heavy metal ion Hg(2+) existing in water, a magnetic fluorescence chemosensor has been strategically prepared by immobilizing a Rhodamine B derivative RhB-tris(2-aminoethyl)amine on Fe3O4@SiO2-Au@PSiO2 composites via gold particles. The adsorption and detection for Hg(2+) ions were investigated with fluorophotometry. This chemosensor shows high sensitivity and high selectivity for Hg(2+) over other metal cations owing to the ring opening of the rhodamine fluorophore selectively induced by Hg(2+). In addition, the presence of Fe3O4 in the sensor also facilitates the magnetic separation of the Fe3O4@SiO2-Au-Hg(2+)@PSiO2 from the solution. PMID:24270323

  4. The redox processes in Hg-contaminated soils from Descoberto (Minas Gerais, Brazil): implications for the mercury cycle.

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    Windmöller, Cláudia C; Durão Júnior, Walter A; de Oliveira, Aline; do Valle, Cláudia M

    2015-02-01

    Investigations of the redox process and chemical speciation of Hg(II) lead to a better understanding of biogeochemical processes controlling the transformation of Hg(II) into toxic and bioaccumulative monomethyl mercury, mainly in areas contaminated with Hg(0). This study investigates the speciation and redox processes of Hg in soil samples from a small area contaminated with Hg(0) as a result of gold mining activities in the rural municipality of Descoberto (Minas Gerais, Brazil). Soil samples were prepared by adding Hg(0) and HgCl2 separately to dry soil, and the Hg redox process was monitored using thermodesorption coupled to atomic absorption spectrometry. A portion of the Hg(0) added was volatilized (up to 37.4±2.0%) or oxidized (from 36±7% to 88±16%). A correlation with Mn suggests that this oxidation is favored, but many other factors must be evaluated, such as the presence of microorganisms and the types of organic matter present. The interaction of Hg with the matrix is suggested to involve Hg(II)-complexes formed with inorganic and organic sulfur ligands and/or nonspecific adsorption onto oxides of Fe, Al and/or Mn. The kinetics of the oxidation reaction was approximated for two first-order reactions; the faster reaction was attributed to the oxidation of Hg(0)/Hg(I), and the slower reaction corresponded to Hg(I)/Hg(II). The second stage was 43-139 times slower than the first. The samples spiked with Hg(II) showed low volatilization and a shifting of the signal of Hg(II) to lower temperatures. These results show that the extent, rate and type of redox process can be adverse in soils. Descoberto can serve as an example for areas contaminated with Hg(0).

  5. Total and organic Hg concentrations in cephalopods from the North Eastern Atlantic waters: influence of geographical origin and feeding ecology.

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    Bustamante, P; Lahaye, V; Durnez, C; Churlaud, C; Caurant, F

    2006-09-15

    Total (T-Hg) and organic (O-Hg) mercury concentrations and tissue distribution were examined in 20 species of cephalopods (n=278) from the north eastern Atlantic waters, i.e. from the Bay of Biscay to the Faroe Islands. Concentrations of T-Hg in whole cephalopods showed elevated variations among species, i.e. from 40 to 3560ng g(-1) dwt, but a low variability within each species (mean CV%=39%). With the exception of oceanic squids, the digestive gland globally displayed higher T-Hg concentrations than the remaining tissues. In contrast, O-Hg concentrations determined in selected species were generally higher in the remaining tissues. Despite higher T-Hg concentrations, the digestive gland weakly contributed to the total body burden of both T-Hg and O-Hg (<25% and <15%, respectively). In fact, from 75% to 95% of the T-Hg and O-Hg were contained in the muscular remaining tissues. Therefore, O-Hg may have a strong affinity to proteins in cephalopods. Sex and size only significantly influenced the bioaccumulation of Hg for the Loliginidae family. T-Hg and O-Hg concentrations were also influenced by geographical origin: Celtic Sea>Bay of Biscay>Faroe Islands, corresponding to the seawater Hg concentrations in these areas. In the Faroe Islands and the Celtic Sea, benthic cephalopods contained significant higher Hg concentrations compared to pelagic ones. This suggests that diet is not the main pathway of Hg uptake in cephalopods as pelagic species were expected to be more exposed to O-Hg through fish consumption than benthic ones.

  6. Ion permeation of AQP6 water channel protein. Single channel recordings after Hg2+ activation.

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    Hazama, Akihiro; Kozono, David; Guggino, William B; Agre, Peter; Yasui, Masato

    2002-08-01

    Aquaporin-6 (AQP6) has recently been identified as an intracellular vesicle water channel with anion permeability that is activated by low pH or HgCl2. Here we present direct evidence of AQP6 channel gating using patch clamp techniques. Cell-attached patch recordings of AQP6 expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes indicated that AQP6 is a gated channel with intermediate conductance (49 picosiemens in 100 mm NaCl) induced by 10 microm HgCl2. Current-voltage relationships were linear, and open probability was fairly constant at any given voltage, indicating that Hg2+-induced AQP6 conductance is voltage-independent. The excised outside-out patch recording revealed rapid activation of AQP6 channels immediately after application of 10 microm HgCl2. Reduction of both Na+ and Cl- concentrations from 100 to 30 mm did not shift the reversal potential of the Hg2+-induced AQP6 current, suggesting that Na+ is as permeable as Cl-. The Na+ permeability of Hg2+-induced AQP6 current was further demonstrated by 22Na+ influx measurements. Site-directed mutagenesis identified Cys-155 and Cys-190 residues as the sites of Hg2+ activation both for water permeability and ion conductance. The Hill coefficient from the concentration-response curve for Hg2+-induced conductance was 1.1 +/- 0.3. These data provide the first evidence of AQP6 channel gating at a single-channel level and suggest that each monomer contains the pore region for ions based on the number of Hg2+-binding sites and the kinetics of Hg2+-activation of the channel. PMID:12034750

  7. Vibrational and multinuclear NMR spectra of anionic mercuriomethanes [CH 4-n(HgX) n] n-

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    Breitinger, D. K.; Krumphanzl, U.; Moll, M.

    1990-03-01

    Vibrational spectra of solid sodium sulfitomercuriomethanates Na n[CH 4-n(HgSO 3) n]·nH 2O (2 ≤ and ≤ 4) exhibit high frequencies of the valence vibrations ν as(SO 3) > ν s(SO 3) (average 1057 cm -1) with big differences ν as - ν s (mean 104 cm -1), and ν(HgS) vibrations in the 200 to 230 cm -1 range, thus indicating S-coordinated sulfite ligands. Force field calculations for the ion [C(HgSO 3) 4] 4- yield high force constants K(S-O) = 605 N/m, K(Hg-S) = 258 N/m, and even K(C-Hg) = 181 N/m.- For thiosulfatomercuriomethanates [CH 4-n(HgS 2O 3] n- (1 ≤ n ≤ 4) in aqueous solutions Raman spectra suggest S-coordination with high ν as(SO 3) and ν s(SO 3) (average 1130 cm -1), and low ν(S-S) (˜420 cm -1) frequencies, and strong ν(Hg-S) bands (˜250 cm -1). From 1H, 13C and 199Hg NMR data is concluded that the CHg bond strengths in the series decrease on a lower level than in other mercuriomethanes.- On the whole, the electronic properties of the peripheral ligands X in the mercuriomethanes CH 4-n(HgX) n seem to be more important for the CHg bond strengths than the total charge.

  8. Interval Mapping of High Growth (Hg), a Major Locus That Increases Weight Gain in Mice

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    Horvat, S.; Medrano, J. F.

    1995-01-01

    The high growth locus (hg) causes a major increase in weight gain and body size in mice. As a first step to map-based cloning of hg, we developed a genetic map of the hg-containing region using interval mapping of 403 F(2) from a C57BL/6J-hghg X CAST/EiJ cross. The maximum likelihood position of hg was at the chromosome 10 marker D10Mit41 (LOD = 24.8) in the F(2) females and 1.5 cM distal to D10Mit41 (LOD = 9.56) in the F(2) males with corresponding LOD 2 support intervals of 3.7 and 5.4 cM, respectively. The peak LOD scores were significantly higher than the estimated empirical threshold LOD values. The localization of hg by interval mapping was supported by a test cross of F(2) mice recombinant between the LOD 2 support interval and the flanking marker. The interval mapping and test-cross results indicate that hg is not allelic with candidate genes Igf1 or decorin (Dcn), a gene that was mapped close to hg in this study. The hg inheritance was recessive in females, although we could not reject recessive or additive inheritance in males. Possible causes for sex differences in peak LOD scores and for the distortion of transmission ratios observed in F(2) males are discussed. The genetic map of the hg region will facilitate further fine mapping and cloning of hg, and allow searches for a homologous quantitative trait locus affecting growth in humans and domestic animals. PMID:7789774

  9. Dislocation reduction in HgCdTe grown on CdTe/Si

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    Wijewarnasuriya, Priyalal S.

    2016-05-01

    Bulk-grown CdZnTe (Zn = 3%) substrates are the natural choice for HgCdTe epitaxy since it is lattice matched to long wave LW-HgCdTe alloy. However, lack of large area CdZnTe substrates, high production costs, and more importantly, the difference in thermal expansion coefficients between CdZnTe and silicon Read out Integrated Circuits (ROIC) are some of the inherent drawbacks of CdZnTe substrates. Consequently, Hg1-xCdxTe detectors fabricated on silicon substrates are an attractive alternative. Recent developments in the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) buffer layer growth technology on Si substrates has revolutionized the HgCdTe research and offered a new dimension to HgCdTe-based IR technology. Si substrates provide advantages in terms of relatively large area (3 to 6-inch diameter is easily obtained) compared to CZT substrate materials, durability during processing, and reliability to thermal cycling. Innovations in Si-based composite substrates made it possible to fabricate very large-format IR arrays that offer higher resolution, low-cost arrays and more dies per wafer. Between Si substrates and HgCdTe has large lattice mismatch of 19%. This leads to dislocation densities of low-107 cm-2 for optimal growth of HgCdTe on silicon-based substrates as compared to the mid-104 cm-2 dislocation density of HgCdTe grown on CdZnTe. This paper present dislocation reduction by two orders of magnitude using thermal cycle anneal under Hg environment on HgCdTe grown on Si substrates and as well as defect reduction in Cd(Se)Te buffer layers grown on Si Substrates.

  10. Mercury profiles in sediment from the marginal high of Arabian Sea: an indicator of increasing anthropogenic Hg input.

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    Chakraborty, Parthasarathi; Vudamala, Krushna; Chennuri, Kartheek; Armoury, Kazip; Linsy, P; Ramteke, Darwin; Sebastian, Tyson; Jayachandran, Saranya; Naik, Chandan; Naik, Richita; Nath, B Nagender

    2016-05-01

    Total Hg distributions and its speciation were determined in two sediment cores collected from the western continental marginal high of India. Total Hg content in the sediment was found to gradually increase (by approximately two times) towards the surface in both the cores. It was found that Hg was preferentially bound to sulfide under anoxic condition. However, redox-mediated reactions in the upper part of the core influenced the total Hg content in the sediment cores. This study suggests that probable increase in authigenic and allogenic Hg deposition attributed to the increasing Hg concentration in the surface sediment in the study area.

  11. Mercury profiles in sediment from the marginal high of Arabian Sea: an indicator of increasing anthropogenic Hg input.

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    Chakraborty, Parthasarathi; Vudamala, Krushna; Chennuri, Kartheek; Armoury, Kazip; Linsy, P; Ramteke, Darwin; Sebastian, Tyson; Jayachandran, Saranya; Naik, Chandan; Naik, Richita; Nath, B Nagender

    2016-05-01

    Total Hg distributions and its speciation were determined in two sediment cores collected from the western continental marginal high of India. Total Hg content in the sediment was found to gradually increase (by approximately two times) towards the surface in both the cores. It was found that Hg was preferentially bound to sulfide under anoxic condition. However, redox-mediated reactions in the upper part of the core influenced the total Hg content in the sediment cores. This study suggests that probable increase in authigenic and allogenic Hg deposition attributed to the increasing Hg concentration in the surface sediment in the study area. PMID:26797942

  12. Spins of superdeformed band in {sup 192}Hg

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    Lauritsen, T.; Khoo, T.L.; Henry, R.G.

    1995-08-01

    Determination of the spins of SD states is the most important challenge in the study of superdeformation. Knowledge of the spin will provide crucial information on SD bands, in particular on the fascinating phenomenon of bands with identical energies and moments of inertia. Angular distribution coefficients of the {gamma}rays decaying out of the {sup 192}Hg SD band were determined using Eurogam data. These coefficients, as well as the spectral shape and multiplicity of the spectrum, are compared with the results of calculations, thereby providing a check on these calculations. From the measured decay multiplicity and the calculated average spin removed per photon (0.3 h), we deduce the average spin {bar I}{sub decay} removed by the {gamma} rays connecting SD and normal states. The spin I{sub SD} of the SD band from which the decay occurs is given by I{sub SD} = {bar I} decay + {bar I} ND, where {bar I} ND is the average spin removed by the normal yrast states. The state from which the major decay out of the SD band occurs is found to have spin 9.5 {plus_minus} 0.8 h. Since angular momentum is (quantized), this leads to a spin assignment of 9 or 10 h. The latter value is favored since the yrast band in the SD well must have only even spin values. This constitutes the first deduction of spin from data in the mass 150 and 190 regions. The spin of 10 h agrees with the spin which is inferred from a model, using the observed moment of inertia (Im){sup (2)}{omega}.

  13. Optical spectroscopic and reverse-phase HPLC analyses of Hg(II) binding to phytochelatins.

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    Mehra, R K; Miclat, J; Kodati, V R; Abdullah, R; Hunter, T C; Mulchandani, P

    1996-02-15

    Optical spectroscopy and reverse-phase HPLC were used to investigate the binding of Hg(II) to plant metal-binding peptides (phytochelatins) with the structure (gammaGlu-Cys)2Gly, (gammaGlu-Cys)3Gly and (gammaGlu-Cys)4Gly. Glutathione-mediated transfer of Hg(II) into phytochelatins and the transfer of the metal ion from one phytochelatin to another was also studied using reverse-phase HPLC. The saturation of Hg(II)-induced bands in the UV/visible and CD spectra of (gammaGlu-Cys)2Gly suggested the formation of a single Hg(II)-binding species of this peptide with a stoichiometry of one metal ion per peptide molecule. The separation of apo-(gammaGlu-Cys)2Gly from its Hg(II) derivative on a C18 reverse-phase column also indicated the same metal-binding stoichiometry. The UV/visible spectra of both (gammaGlu-Cys)3Gly and (gammaGlu-Cys)4Gly at pH 7.4 showed distinct shoulders in the ligand-to-metal charge-transfer region at 280-290 mm. Two distinct Hg(II)-binding species, occurring at metal-binding stoichiometries of around 1.25 and 2.0 Hg(II) ions per peptide molecule, were observed for (gammaGlu-Cys)3Gly. These species exhibited specific spectral features in the charge-transfer region and were separable by HPLC. Similarly, two main Hg(II)-binding species of (gammaGlu-Cys)4Gly were observed by UV/visible and CD spectroscopy at metal-binding stoichiometries of around 1.25 and 2.5 respectively. Only a single peak of Hg(II)-(gammaGlu-Cys)4Gly complexes was resolved under the conditions used for HPLC. The overall Hg(II)-binding stoichiometries of phytochelatins were similar at pH 2.0 and at pH 7.4, indicating that pH did not influence the final Hg(II)-binding capacity of these peptides. The reverse-phase HPLC assays indicated a rapid transfer of Hg(II) from glutathione to phytochelatins. These assays also demonstrated a facile transfer of the metal ion from shorter- to longer-chain phytochelatins. The strength of Hg(II) binding to glutathione and phytochelatins followed the

  14. A New Technique for Quantification of Elemental Hg in Mine Wastes and Its Implications for Mercury Evasion Into the Atmosphere

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    JEW, ADAM D.; KIM, CHRISTOPHER S.; RYTUBA, JAMES J.; GUSTIN, MAE S.; BROWN, GORDON E.

    2010-01-01

    Mercury in the environment is of prime concern to both ecosystem and human health. Determination of the molecular-level speciation of Hg in soils and mine wastes is important for understanding its sequestration, mobility, and availability for methylation. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy carried out under ambient P-T conditions has been used in a number of past studies to determine Hg speciation in complex mine wastes and associated soils. However, this approach cannot detect elemental (liquid) mercury in Hg-polluted soils and sediments due to the significant structural disorder of liquid Hg at ambient-temperature. A new sample preparation protocol involving slow cooling through the crystallization temperature of Hg(0) (234K) results in its transformation to crystalline α-Hg(0). The presence and proportion of Hg(0), relative to other crystalline Hg-bearing phases, in samples prepared in this way can be quantified by low-temperature (77K) EXAFS spectroscopy. Using this approach, we have determined the relative concentrations of liquid Hg(0) in Hg mine wastes from several sites in the California Coast Range and have found that they correlate well with measured fluxes of gaseous Hg released during light and dark exposure of the same samples, with higher evasion ratios from samples containing higher concentrations of liquid Hg(0). Two different linear relationships are observed in plots of the ratio of Hg emission under light and dark conditions vs. % Hg(0), corresponding to silica-carbonate- and hot springs-type Hg deposits, with the hot springs-type samples exhibiting higher evasion fluxes than silica-carbonate type samples at similar Hg(0) concentrations. Our findings help explain significant differences in Hg evasion data for different mine sites in the California Coast Range. PMID:21121657

  15. New technique for quantification of elemental hg in mine wastes and its implications for mercury evasion into the atmosphere

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    Jew, A.D.; Kim, C.S.; Rytuba, J.J.; Gustin, M.S.; Brown, Gordon E.

    2011-01-01

    Mercury in the environment is of prime concern to both ecosystem and human health. Determination of the molecular-level speciation of Hg in soils and mine wastes is important for understanding its sequestration, mobility, and availability for methylation. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy carried out under ambient P-T conditions has been used in a number of past studies to determine Hg speciation in complex mine wastes and associated soils. However, this approach cannot detect elemental (liquid) mercury in Hg-polluted soils and sediments due to the significant structural disorder of liquid Hg at ambient-temperature. A new sample preparation protocol involving slow cooling through the crystallization temperature of Hg(0) (234 K) results in its transformation to crystalline ??-Hg(0). The presence and proportion of Hg(0), relative to other crystalline Hg-bearing phases, in samples prepared in this way can be quantified by low-temperature (77 K) EXAFS spectroscopy. Using this approach, we have determined the relative concentrations of liquid Hg(0) in Hg mine wastes from several sites in the California Coast Range and have found that they correlate well with measured fluxes of gaseous Hg released during light and dark exposure of the same samples, with higher evasion ratios from samples containing higher concentrations of liquid Hg(0). Two different linear relationships are observed in plots of the ratio of Hg emission under light and dark conditions vs % Hg(0), corresponding to silica-carbonate- and hot springs-type Hg deposits, with the hot springs-type samples exhibiting higher evasion fluxes than silica-carbonate type samples at similar Hg(0) concentrations. Our findings help explain significant differences in Hg evasion data for different mine sites in the California Coast Range. ?? 2011 American Chemical Society.

  16. Organ-specific accumulation, transportation, and elimination of methylmercury and inorganic mercury in a low Hg accumulating fish.

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    Peng, Xiaoyan; Liu, Fengjie; Wang, Wen-Xiong

    2016-08-01

    Low mercury (Hg) concentrations down to several nanograms Hg per gram of wet tissue are documented in certain fish species such as herbivorous fish, and the underlying mechanisms remain speculative. In the present study, bioaccumulation and depuration patterns of inorganic Hg(II) and methylmercury (MeHg) in a herbivorous rabbitfish Siganus canaliculatus were investigated at organ and subcellular levels following waterborne or dietary exposures. The results showed that the efflux rate constants of Hg(II) and MeHg were 0.104 d(-1) and 0.024 d(-1) , respectively, and are probably the highest rate constants recorded in fish thus far. The dietary MeHg assimilation efficiency (68%) was much lower than those in other fish species (∼90%). The predominant distribution of MeHg in fish muscle was attributable to negligible elimination of MeHg from muscle (< 0) and efficient elimination of MeHg from gills (0.12 d(-1) ), liver (0.17 d(-1) ), and intestine (0.20 d(-1) ), as well as efficient transportation of MeHg from other organs into muscle. In contrast, Hg(II) was much more slowly distributed into muscle but was efficiently eliminated by the intestine (0.13 d(-1) ). Subcellular distribution indicated that some specific membrane proteins in muscle were the primary binding pools for MeHg, and both metallothionein-like proteins and Hg-rich granules were the important components in eliminating both MeHg and Hg(II). Overall, the present study's results suggest that the low tissue Hg concentration in the rabbitfish was partly explained by its unique biokinetics. Environ Toxicol Chem 2016;35:2074-2083. © 2016 SETAC.

  17. Benthic flux measurements of Hg species in a northern Adriatic lagoon environment (Marano and Grado Lagoon, Italy)

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    Emili, Andrea; Acquavita, Alessandro; Koron, Neža; Covelli, Stefano; Faganeli, Jadran; Horvat, Milena; Žižek, Suzana; Fajon, Vesna

    2012-11-01

    As part of the "MIRACLE" project, the biogeochemical cycling of mercury (Hg) at the sediment-water interface was studied in the field in the Marano and Grado Lagoon (Northern Adriatic Sea). Seasonal investigations were conducted at selected experimental sites, where Manila Clams (Tapes philippinarum) were previously seeded. Measurements were performed seasonally during three campaigns, using two benthic chambers, one transparent and one dark, to evaluate the effect of light on Hg cycling. Total dissolved Hg (THg), methylmercury (MeHg), and dissolved gaseous Hg (DGM) species were considered. Diurnal benthic fluxes were found to significantly exceed the diffusive fluxes at all stations. The assessment of the annual recycling of Hg species from sediments to the water column showed that up to 99% of MeHg is recycled annually to the water column, while Hg recycling ranges from 30 to 60%. MeHg poses the higher risk for potential bioaccumulation in clams, but it is partially mitigated by Hg reduction, which seems to be an important process leading to evasion losses of Hg from these environments. Estimated benthic fluxes suggest that Hg recycling at the sediment-water interface is more active in the Grado sector. Hence, based on the estimated release of MeHg from sediments, it is suggested that the western sector seems to be more suitable for clam farming and the extension of rearing activities.

  18. Occurrence of toxic metals (Hg, Cd and Pb) in fresh and canned tuna: public health implications.

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    Storelli, Maria M; Barone, Grazia; Cuttone, Giuseppe; Giungato, Daniele; Garofalo, Rita

    2010-11-01

    Hg, Pb and Cd levels in fresh and canned tuna were determined and assessed by comparing element levels in these samples with maximum permissible limits set by European legislation. The estimated weekly intakes by human consuming both fresh and canned tuna were also evaluated for possible consumer health risks. Among tested metals, Hg had the highest concentrations, followed by Pb and Cd either in fresh tuna or canned tuna. None of the tested samples surpassed the European regulatory limits fixed for Cd and Pb, whereas 8.9% of the tuna cans and 20% of fresh tuna samples exceeded standard for Hg. The size of tuna was a determining factor of Hg burden. A high intake of Hg surpassing the toxicological reference value established by WHO, was associated with consumption of larger size tuna specimens. Also canned tuna consumption with Hg concentrations higher than 1 μg kg(-1), strongly increased the consumer exposure. In contrast, Cd and Pb weekly intakes through consumption either of fresh tuna or canned tuna did not exceed the toxicological reference values established by WHO, and consequently there was no human health risk. A continuous surveillance system of Hg content in these fishery products is crucial for consumer protection.

  19. Mode of incorporation of phosphorus in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te

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    Vydyanath, H. R.; Abbott, R. C.; Nelson, D. A.

    1983-01-01

    Selim and Kroeger (1977) have studied the mode of incorporation of phosphorus in CdTe. According to their findings, phosphorus behaves amphoterically in CdTe acting as an acceptor interstitially and on Te lattice sites, and as a triple donor on Cd lattice sites. The present investigation is concerned with the role of phosphorus in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te, taking into account Hall-effect and mobility measurements on phosphorus-doped crystals quenched from a temperature in the range from 450 to 600 C subsequent to anneals in different partial pressures of Hg. It is found that the behavior of phosphorus in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te is similar to that established for CdTe, except that all the electrically active phosphorus defect centers in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te appear to be only singly ionized. At low Hg pressure, phosphorus is incorporated as a single donor occupying Hg lattice sites, and at high Hg pressure, as a single acceptor on interstitial sites and Te lattice sites.

  20. Ohmic Contact of Au/Mo on Hg1- x Cd x Te

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    Liu, Dan; Lin, Chun; Zhou, Songmin; Hu, Xiaoning

    2016-06-01

    The contact resistance between Au/Mo and HgCdTe was investigated. The influence of thermal annealing on metal-semiconductor contact on short and middle-wavelength HgCdTe is also discussed in this paper. The specific contact resistance ρ c (300 K, 80 K) of Au/Mo/HgCdTe was measured by the transmission line method. Good ohmic contacts can be formed with Au/Mo on long-wavelength infrared p-HgCdTe ( x = 0.23) with a low specific contact resistivity of 3.78E-04 Ωcm2 measured at 80 K. For the mid-wavelength infrared p-HgCdTe ( x = 0.30), the metal-semiconductor contact is ohmic, and the minimum specific contact resistivity of 7.40E-04 Ωcm2 is obtained after annealing at 120°C/10 min. The as-deposited contact between Au/Mo and the short-wavelength infrared HgCdTe ( x = 0.47) shows non-ohmic behavior. After annealing at 120°C/5 min, although the contact behavior is still a Schottky contact, the contact resistance decreases. For the n-HgCdTe ( x = 0.27), the metal-semiconductor contact is ohmic with a specific contact resistivity of 5.70E-04 Ωcm2 at 80 K.

  1. Influence of combined use of iodide and compost on Hg accumulation by Lepidium sativum L.

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    Smolinska, Beata; Leszczynska, Joanna

    2015-03-01

    This study focuses on the influence of adding iodide (KI) and compost in different soil/compost ratios on the efficiency of Hg phytoextraction by Lepidium sativum L. Plant growth and non-enzymatic antioxidants are studied to understand metabolic plant adaptations to Hg stress during soil reclamation and their relations to Hg accumulation. Due to the use of relatively high chelant dosages in current plant-based soil remediation techniques and associated environmental risks, it is necessary to explore alternative approaches to the phytoextraction of Hg from contaminated soils. The results show a coordinated increase in non-enzymatic antioxidants in plants cultivated in growing media containing polluted soil, compost and KI. This indicates that the non-enzymatic antioxidative defence system of L. sativum L. is involved in its strategy to survive conditions of mercury-induced stress. Adding compost and iodide to Hg polluted soil also increases the total accumulation of Hg by L. sativum L. and the translocation of pollutants to aerial plant tissues. Simultaneous application of compost and KI promoted the Hg accumulation by L. sativum L. in a pot experiment.

  2. Occurrence of toxic metals (Hg, Cd and Pb) in fresh and canned tuna: public health implications.

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    Storelli, Maria M; Barone, Grazia; Cuttone, Giuseppe; Giungato, Daniele; Garofalo, Rita

    2010-11-01

    Hg, Pb and Cd levels in fresh and canned tuna were determined and assessed by comparing element levels in these samples with maximum permissible limits set by European legislation. The estimated weekly intakes by human consuming both fresh and canned tuna were also evaluated for possible consumer health risks. Among tested metals, Hg had the highest concentrations, followed by Pb and Cd either in fresh tuna or canned tuna. None of the tested samples surpassed the European regulatory limits fixed for Cd and Pb, whereas 8.9% of the tuna cans and 20% of fresh tuna samples exceeded standard for Hg. The size of tuna was a determining factor of Hg burden. A high intake of Hg surpassing the toxicological reference value established by WHO, was associated with consumption of larger size tuna specimens. Also canned tuna consumption with Hg concentrations higher than 1 μg kg(-1), strongly increased the consumer exposure. In contrast, Cd and Pb weekly intakes through consumption either of fresh tuna or canned tuna did not exceed the toxicological reference values established by WHO, and consequently there was no human health risk. A continuous surveillance system of Hg content in these fishery products is crucial for consumer protection. PMID:20728500

  3. Isothermal vapor phase epitaxy and rf sputtering for band gap engineered HgCdTe

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    Adamiec, Krzysztof; Gawron, Waldemar; Piotrowski, Jozef

    1997-06-01

    The present high quality HgCdTe photodetectors are based on heterostructures with complicated band gap and doping profiles. Such structures can be obtained by combination of Isothermal Vapor Phase Epitaxy (ISO VPE) and RDF sputtering of CdTe. Cadmium Telluride exhibits unique properties - transparency to IR light, low conductivity, nearly lattice match and chemically compatibility to HgCdTe. Thus, low defect densities and hence low surface state density at the CdTe/HgCdTe interface are expected, which in turn lead to low surface recombination velocities and long effective lifetimes. The immediate use of CdTe epilayer is passivation of HgCdTe. High quality layers HgCdTe have been grown on CdTe substrates by open tube ISO VPE. CdTe layers have been obtained by RF magnetron sputtering on to previously deposited HgCdTe layers in 400 LS Leybold AG System. The substrate temperature can be varied form 20 to 90 degrees C. Thermal treatment has been performed in Hg/H2 atmosphere in reusable chamber at temperatures 200-400 degrees C. The resulting heterostructures have been characterized by visual microscopy with Nomarski contrast, Hall measurements and IR transmittance. This technic and photolithography has been extensively used for successful fabrication of heterojunction contact photoresistors and heterostructure photodiodes.

  4. Simultaneous Removal of NO and Hg(0) from Flue Gas over Mn-Ce/Ti-PILCs.

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    Wang, Yinyin; Shen, Boxiong; He, Chuan; Yue, Shiji; Wang, Fumei

    2015-08-01

    A series of Mn-Ce/Ti-PILCs (PILCs, pillared interlayered clays) catalysts were prepared via impregnation method in simultaneous removal of NO and elemental mercury in simulated flue gas. The physicochemical properties of these catalysts have been examined by some characterization methods, such as H2-TPR, nitrogen adsorption, XRD and XPS. Mn(6%)-Ce(6%)/Ti-PILCs exhibited superior NO conversion (>95%) and Hg(0) removal efficiency (>90%) at low temperature (250 °C). The results indicated that the elemental mercury had little impact on NO removal efficiency, while the presence of NH3 and NO in SCR system inhibited the Hg(0) removal. NO and Hg(0) removal activity was strongly affected by the transform between surface adsorbed oxygen and lattice oxygen. The species ratio of Mn(4+)/Mn(3+) and Ce(4+)/Ce(3+) on the catalyst surface contributed to the NO conversions and Hg(0) removal. Mn-Ce/Ti-PILCs displayed a broad prospect for controlling the emission of NO and mercury. On the basis of the results obtained, a mechanism for the simultaneous removal of NO and Hg(0) was proposed for the Mn-Ce/Ti-PILCs catalysts: -NH2 + NO → N2 + H2O, -OH + 1/2 Hg(ad) →1/2 HgO + 1/2 H2O. PMID:26154299

  5. Defect chemistry and characterization Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te

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    Vydyanath, H. R.; Donovan, J. C.

    Iodine doped single crystal samples of mercury cadmium telluride were annealed at temperatures varying from 450 C to 600 C in Hg vapor and quenched to room temperature. Hall effect measurements at 77 K on the crystals cooled to room temperature indicate the samples to be n-type after anneals at high Hg pressures whereas they turn p-type after anneals at low Hg pressures; the electron concentration increases with increase in Hg pressure. The results are explained on the basis that the crystals are saturated with (Hg,Cd)I2, with a fraction of the iodine being present as donor occupying tellurium lattice sites and a fraction being present as acceptors resulting from the iodine on tellurium lattice sites pairing with the doubly ionized native acceptor defects. The solubility of the donor species increases with increase in Hg pressure, whereas that of the acceptor species increases with decrease in Hg pressure. Equilibrium constants for the incorporation of the iodine species as well as the pairing reaction were established.

  6. Mode of incorporation of phosphorus in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te

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    Vydyanath, H. R.; Abbott, R. C.; Nelson, D. A.

    1983-03-01

    Selim and Kroeger (1977) have studied the mode of incorporation of phosphorus in CdTe. According to their findings, phosphorus behaves amphoterically in CdTe acting as an acceptor interstitially and on Te lattice sites, and as a triple donor on Cd lattice sites. The present investigation is concerned with the role of phosphorus in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te, taking into account Hall-effect and mobility measurements on phosphorus-doped crystals quenched from a temperature in the range from 450 to 600 C subsequent to anneals in different partial pressures of Hg. It is found that the behavior of phosphorus in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te is similar to that established for CdTe, except that all the electrically active phosphorus defect centers in Hg(0.8)Cd(0.2)Te appear to be only singly ionized. At low Hg pressure, phosphorus is incorporated as a single donor occupying Hg lattice sites, and at high Hg pressure, as a single acceptor on interstitial sites and Te lattice sites.

  7. Effect of Elodea nuttallii Roots on Bacterial Communities and MMHg Proportion in a Hg Polluted Sediment

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    Regier, Nicole; Frey, Beat; Converse, Brandon; Roden, Eric; Grosse-Honebrink, Alexander; Bravo, Andrea Garcia; Cosio, Claudia

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the effect of a rooted macrophyte Elodea nuttallii on rhizosphere bacterial communities in Hg contaminated sediments. Specimens of E. nuttallii were exposed to sediments from the Hg contaminated Babeni reservoir (Olt River, Romania) in our microcosm. Plants were allowed to grow for two months until they occupied the entirety of the sediments. Total Hg and MMHg were analysed in sediments where an increased MMHg percentage of the total Hg in pore water of rhizosphere sediments was found. E. nuttallii roots also significantly changed the bacterial community structure in rhizosphere sediments compared to bulk sediments. Deltaproteobacteria dominated the rhizosphere bacterial community where members of Geobacteraceae within the Desulfuromonadales and Desulfobacteraceae were identified. Two bacterial operational taxonomic units (OTUs) which were phylogenetically related to sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) became abundant in the rhizosphere. We suggest that these phylotypes could be potentially methylating bacteria and might be responsible for the higher MMHg percentage of the total Hg in rhizosphere sediments. However, SRB were not significantly favoured in rhizosphere sediments as shown by qPCR. Our findings support the hypothesis that rooted macrophytes created a microenvironment favorable for Hg methylation. The presence of E. nuttallii in Hg contaminated sediments should therefore not be overlooked. PMID:23029102

  8. The structure of orange HgI2. II. Diamond-type structure and twinning.

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    Hostettler, Marc; Schwarzenbach, Dieter

    2002-12-01

    The metastable orange crystals of HgI(2) comprise three different crystal structures all of which are built from corner-linked Hg(4)I(10) supertetrahedra. Two of the structures are end members with the maximum degree of order (MDO) of a polytypic layer structure. In this paper, the third structure (D) determined from X-ray diffraction, a crystal chemical discussion of the four known tetrahedral HgI(2) structures, and a twinning model are presented. All the various diffraction results published during the past 70 years are now explained. The Hg(4)I(10) supertetrahedra of the tetragonal structure D are corner-linked into two interpenetrating diamond-type networks. The stable red form and the three orange structures show the same cubic densest packing of I atoms and differ only in the distribution of Hg atoms in the tetrahedral voids. Transformations between the structures may involve only movements of Hg atoms, as implied by larger thermal displacement parameters of Hg than of I. A multiply twinned conglomerate of MDO1, MDO2 and D, each structure occurring in three orientations, results in metrically cubic crystals whose Bragg reflections are very close to reciprocal lattice points.

  9. A High Sensitivity Micro Format Chemiluminescence Enzyme Inhibition Assay for Determination of Hg(II)

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    Deshpande, Kanchanmala; Mishra, Rupesh K.; Bhand, Sunil

    2010-01-01

    A highly sensitive and specific enzyme inhibition assay based on alcohol oxidase (AlOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) for determination of mercury Hg(II) in water samples has been presented. This article describes the optimization and miniaturization of an enzymatic assay using a chemiluminescence reaction. The analytical performance and detection limit for determination of Hg(II) was optimized in 96 well plates and further extended to 384 well plates with a 10-fold reduction in assay volume. Inhibition of the enzyme activity by dissolved Hg(II) was found to be linear in the range 5–500 pg·mL−1 with 3% CV in inter-batch assay. Due to miniaturization of assay in 384 well plates, Hg(II) was measurable as low as 1 pg·mL−1 within 15 min. About 10-fold more specificity of the developed assay for Hg(II) analysis was confirmed by challenging with interfering divalent metal ions such as cadmium Cd(II) and lead Pb(II). Using the proposed assay we could successfully demonstrate that in a composite mixture of Hg(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II), inhibition by each metal ion is significantly enhanced in the presence of the others. Applicability of the proposed assay for the determination of the Hg(II) in spiked drinking and sea water resulted in recoveries ranging from 100–110.52%. PMID:22163555

  10. Hg0 removal from flue gas over different zeolites modified by FeCl3.

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    Qi, Hao; Xu, Wenqing; Wang, Jian; Tong, Li; Zhu, Tingyu

    2015-02-01

    The elemental mercury removal abilities of three different zeolites (NaA, NaX, HZSM-5) impregnated with iron(III) chloride were studied on a lab-scale fixed-bed reactor. X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) analyses were used to investigate the physicochemical properties. Results indicated that the pore structure and active chloride species on the surface of the samples are the key factors for physisorption and oxidation of Hg0, respectively. Relatively high surface area and micropore volume are beneficial to efficient mercury adsorption. The active Cl species generated on the surface of the samples were effective oxidants able to convert elemental mercury (Hg0) into oxidized mercury (Hg2+). The crystallization of NaCl due to the ion exchange effect during the impregnation of NaA and NaX reduced the number of active Cl species on the surface, and restricted the physisorption of Hg0. Therefore, the Hg0 removal efficiencies of the samples were inhibited. The TPD analysis revealed that the species of mercury on the surface of FeCl3-HZSM-5 was mainly in the form of mercuric chloride (HgCl2), while on FeCl3-NaX and FeCl3-NaA it was mainly mercuric oxide (HgO). PMID:25662245

  11. Defect chemistry and characterization of Hg sub 1x Cd sub x Te

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    Vydyanath, H. R.

    1982-01-01

    Single crystal samples of undoped and doped Hg sub 1-x Cd sub x Te were annealed at varying temperatures and partial pressures of Hg. Hall effect and mobility measurements were carried out on these samples after quenching to room temperature. Based on the variation of the carrier concentration and the carrier mobility as a function of the partial pressure of Hg temperature, and dopant concentration, defect models were established for the doped and the undoped crystals. These models indicate that the native acceptor defects in both Hg0.8Cd0.2Te and Hg0.6Cd0.4Te doubly ionized and the native donor defects are negligible in concentration, implying that p to n conversion in these alloys occurs due only to residual donors. Incorporation mechanism of copper, indium, iodine, and phosphorus were investigated. A large concentration of indium is found to be paired with the native acceptor defects. Results on crystals doped with phosphorus indicate that phosphorus behaves amphoterically, acting as a donor on Hg lattice sites and as an acceptor intersitially on Te lattice sites. A majority of the phosphorus is found to be present as neutral species formed from the pairing reaction between phosphorus on Hg lattice sites and phosphorus in interstitial sites. Equilibrium constants for the intrinsic excitation reaction, as well as for the incorporation of the different dopants and the native acceptor defects were established.

  12. Defect chemistry and characterization Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te

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    Vydyanath, H. R.; Donovan, J. C.

    1981-01-01

    Iodine doped single crystal samples of mercury cadmium telluride were annealed at temperatures varying from 450 C to 600 C in Hg vapor and quenched to room temperature. Hall effect measurements at 77 K on the crystals cooled to room temperature indicate the samples to be n-type after anneals at high Hg pressures whereas they turn p-type after anneals at low Hg pressures; the electron concentration increases with increase in Hg pressure. The results are explained on the basis that the crystals are saturated with (Hg,Cd)I2, with a fraction of the iodine being present as donor occupying tellurium lattice sites and a fraction being present as acceptors resulting from the iodine on tellurium lattice sites pairing with the doubly ionized native acceptor defects. The solubility of the donor species increases with increase in Hg pressure, whereas that of the acceptor species increases with decrease in Hg pressure. Equilibrium constants for the incorporation of the iodine species as well as the pairing reaction were established.

  13. [Study on hair Hg and Pb content distribution of traffic polices, Guilin].

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    Qian, Jian-Ping; Zhang, Li; Li, Cheng-Chao; Huang, Dong

    2013-06-01

    95 hair samples from traffic polices and 110 hair samples from ordinary people were collected from 6 areas of Guilin, China, and Hg, Pb contents in hairs were determined. The result shows that the heavier the traffic was, the higher hair Hg, Pb contents of traffic polices are. Hair Hg, Pb contents of traffic polices also increase with their working time. Average hair Hg, Pb contents of outdoor polices are higher than those of indoor polices. The average hair Hg content (1.340 microg x g(-1)) of traffic polices is 1.74 times as high as the Chinese average value (0.77 microg x g(-1)), while the average hair Pb content (2.877 microg x g(-1)) is below the Chinese average value (6.60 microg x g(-1)). The use of unleaded petrol reduced the air Pb pollution, but Hg pollution still exists. The average hair Hg content (1.504 microg x g(-1)) in male traffic polices is higher than that (1.176 microg x g(-1)) of female traffic polices,while the average hair Pb content (2.852 microg x g(-1) in male traffic polices lower than that (2. 902 microg x g(-1)) of female traffic polices.

  14. Hg concentrations in fish from coastal waters of California and Western North America.

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    Davis, J A; Ross, J R M; Bezalel, S; Sim, L; Bonnema, A; Ichikawa, G; Heim, W A; Schiff, K; Eagles-Smith, C A; Ackerman, J T

    2016-10-15

    The State of California conducted an extensive and systematic survey of mercury (Hg) in fish from the California coast in 2009 and 2010. The California survey sampled 3483 fish representing 46 species at 68 locations, and demonstrated that methylHg in fish presents a widespread exposure risk to fish consumers. Most of the locations sampled (37 of 68) had a species with an average concentration above 0.3μg/gwet weight (ww), and 10 locations an average above 1.0μg/gww. The recent and robust dataset from California provided a basis for a broader examination of spatial and temporal patterns in fish Hg in coastal waters of Western North America. There is a striking lack of data in publicly accessible databases on Hg and other contaminants in coastal fish. An assessment of the raw data from these databases suggested the presence of relatively high concentrations along the California coast and in Puget Sound, and relatively low concentrations along the coasts of Alaska and Oregon, and the outer coast of Washington. The dataset suggests that Hg concentrations of public health concern can be observed at any location on the coast of Western North America where long-lived predator species are sampled. Output from a linear mixed-effects model resembled the spatial pattern observed for the raw data and suggested, based on the limited dataset, a lack of trend in fish Hg over the nearly 30-year period covered by the dataset. Expanded and continued monitoring, accompanied by rigorous data management procedures, would be of great value in characterizing methylHg exposure, and tracking changes in contamination of coastal fish in response to possible increases in atmospheric Hg emissions in Asia, climate change, and terrestrial Hg control efforts in coastal watersheds. PMID:27067833

  15. Hg concentrations in fish from coastal waters of California and Western North America

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    Davis, Jay; Ross, John; Bezalel, Shira; Sim, Lawrence; Bonnema, Autumn; Ichikawa, Gary; Heim, Wes; Schiff, Kenneth C; Eagles-Smith, Collin A.; Ackerman, Josh

    2016-01-01

    The State of California conducted an extensive and systematic survey of mercury (Hg) in fish from the California coast in 2009 and 2010. The California survey sampled 3483 fish representing 46 species at 68 locations, and demonstrated that methylHg in fish presents a widespread exposure risk to fish consumers. Most of the locations sampled (37 of 68) had a species with an average concentration above 0.3 μg/g wet weight (ww), and 10 locations an average above 1.0 μg/g ww. The recent and robust dataset from California provided a basis for a broader examination of spatial and temporal patterns in fish Hg in coastal waters of Western North America. There is a striking lack of data in publicly accessible databases on Hg and other contaminants in coastal fish. An assessment of the raw data from these databases suggested the presence of relatively high concentrations along the California coast and in Puget Sound, and relatively low concentrations along the coasts of Alaska and Oregon, and the outer coast of Washington. The dataset suggests that Hg concentrations of public health concern can be observed at any location on the coast of Western North America where long-lived predator species are sampled. Output from a linear mixed-effects model resembled the spatial pattern observed for the raw data and suggested, based on the limited dataset, a lack of trend in fish Hg over the nearly 30-year period covered by the dataset. Expanded and continued monitoring, accompanied by rigorous data management procedures, would be of great value in characterizing methylHg exposure, and tracking changes in contamination of coastal fish in response to possible increases in atmospheric Hg emissions in Asia, climate change, and terrestrial Hg control efforts in coastal watersheds.

  16. Single crystal growth, electronic structure and optical properties of Cs2HgBr4

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    Lavrentyev, A. A.; Gabrelian, B. V.; Vu, V. T.; Shkumat, P. N.; Parasyuk, O. V.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Khyzhun, O. Y.

    2015-10-01

    We report on successful synthesis of high-quality single crystal of cesium mercury tetrabromide, Cs2HgBr4, by using the vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method as well as on studies of its electronic structure. For the Cs2HgBr4 crystal, we have recorded X-ray photoelectron spectra for both pristine and Ar+ ion-bombarded surfaces. Our data indicate that the Cs2HgBr4 single crystal surface is rather sensitive with respect to Ar+ ion-bombardment. In particular, such a treatment of the Cs2HgBr4 single crystal surface alters its elemental stoichiometry. To explore peculiarities of the energy distribution of total and partial densities of states within the valence band and the conduction band of Cs2HgBr4, we have made band-structure calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) employing the augmented plane wave+local orbitals (APW+lo) method as incorporated in the WIEN2k package. The APW+lo calculations allow for concluding that the Br 4p states make the major contributions in the upper portion of the valence band, while its lower portion is dominated by contributors of the Hg 5d and Cs 5p states. Further, the main contributors to the bottom of the conduction band of Cs2HgBr4 are the unoccupied Br p and Hg s states. In addition, main optical characteristics of Cs2HgBr4 such as dispersion of the absorption coefficient, real and imaginary parts of dielectric function, electron energy-loss spectrum, refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical reflectivity have been explored from the first-principles band-structure calculations.

  17. Resting pulmonary artery pressure of 21-24 mmHg predicts abnormal exercise haemodynamics.

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    Lau, Edmund M T; Godinas, Laurent; Sitbon, Olivier; Montani, David; Savale, Laurent; Jaïs, Xavier; Lador, Frederic; Gunther, Sven; Celermajer, David S; Simonneau, Gérald; Humbert, Marc; Chemla, Denis; Herve, Philippe

    2016-05-01

    A resting mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) of 21-24 mmHg is above the upper limit of normal but does not reach criteria for the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension (PH). We sought to determine whether an mPAP of 21-24 mmHg is associated with an increased risk of developing an abnormal pulmonary vascular response during exercise.Consecutive patients (n=290) with resting mPAP <25 mmHg who underwent invasive exercise haemodynamics were analysed. Risk factors for pulmonary vascular disease or left heart disease were present in 63.4% and 43.8% of subjects. An abnormal pulmonary vascular response (or exercise PH) was defined by mPAP >30 mmHg and total pulmonary vascular resistance >3 WU at maximal exercise.Exercise PH occurred in 74 (86.0%) out of 86 versus 96 (47.1%) out of 204 in the mPAP of 21-24 mmHg and mPAP <21 mmHg groups, respectively (OR 6.9, 95% CI: 3.6-13.6; p<0.0001). Patients with mPAP of 21-24 mmHg had lower 6-min walk distance (p=0.002) and higher New York Heart Association functional class status (p=0.03). Decreasing levels of mPAP were associated with a lower prevalence of exercise PH, which occurred in 60.3%, 38.7% and 7.7% of patients with mPAP of 17-20, 13-16 and <13 mmHg, respectively.In an at-risk population, a resting mPAP between 21-24 mmHg is closely associated with exercise PH together with worse functional capacity. PMID:26965292

  18. Changing climate and sea level alter Hg mobility at Lake Tulane, Florida, U.S.

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    Jacobson, G L; Norton, S A; Grimm, E C; Edgar, T

    2012-11-01

    Between 45,000 cal years BP and the beginning of the Holocene, the accumulation rate for Hg in sediments of Lake Tulane, Florida ranged from ≈2 to 10 μg m(-2) yr(-1), compared with 53 μg Hg m(-2) yr(-1) in the 1985-1990 period of anthropogenic input. The locality experienced regional draw-down of the water table during the Wisconsinan glaciation, which lowered global sea level by nearly 130 m. Natural atmospheric deposition of Hg to the surrounding area resulted in long-term (ca. 100,000 years) sequestration of this atmospheric flux of Hg, primarily by adsorption in the oxic Al- and Fe-hydroxide-rich sandy subsoil. Global sea level rise during deglaciation led to a rising regional water table, flooding the oxidized soils surrounding Tulane. Iron and adsorbed Hg were mobilized by reductive dissolution and transported by groundwater flow to Lake Tulane and ultimately to the accumulating sediment. The accumulation rate of Hg (and Fe) increased rapidly about 16,000 cal years BP, peaked at nearly 60 μg Hg m(-2) yr(-1) ca. 13,000-14,000 cal years BP, declined sharply during the Younger Dryas, and then increased sharply to a second 60 μg Hg m(-2) yr(-1) peak about 5000 cal years BP. Thereafter, it declined nearly to background by 900 cal years BP. In similar geologic situations, rapid modern sea level rise will initiate this process globally, and may mobilize large accumulations of Hg and lesser amounts of As, and other redox sensitive metals to groundwater and surface water.

  19. Examining Mechanisms of Groundwater Hg(II) Treatment by Reactive Materials: An EXAFS Study

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    Gibson, Blair D.; Ptacek, Carol J.; Lindsay, Matthew B.J.; Blowes, David W.

    2012-02-07

    Laboratory batch experiments were conducted to examine mechanisms of Hg(II) removal by reactive materials proposed for groundwater treatment. These materials included granular iron filings (GIF), 1:1 (w/w) mixtures of metallurgical granular Fe powder + elemental S (MGI+S) and elemental Cu + elemental S (Cu+S), granular activated carbon (GAC), attapulgite clay (ATP), ATP treated with 2-amino-5-thiol-1,3,4-thiadiazole (ATP-a), and ATP treated with 2,5-dimercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (ATP-d). Following treatment of simulated groundwater containing 4 mg L{sup -1} Hg for 8 or 16 days, the solution pH values ranged from 6.8 to 8.8 and Eh values ranged from +400 to -400 mV. Large decreases in aqueous Hg concentrations were observed for ATP-d (>99%), GIF (95%), MGI+S (94%), and Cu+S (90%). Treatment of Hg was less effective using ATP (29%), ATP-a (69%), and GAC (78%). Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra of Hg on GIF, MGI+S, and GAC indicated the presence of an Hg-O bond at 2.04-2.07 {angstrom}, suggesting that Hg was bound to GIF corrosion products or to oxygen complexes associated with water sorbed to activated carbon. In contrast, bond lengths ranging from 2.35 to 2.48 {angstrom} were observed for Hg in Cu+S, ATP-a, and ATP-d treatments, suggesting the formation of Hg-S bonds.

  20. Examining mechanisms of groundwater Hg(II) treatment by reactive materials: an EXAFS study.

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    Gibson, Blair D; Ptacek, Carol J; Lindsay, Matthew B J; Blowes, David W

    2011-12-15

    Laboratory batch experiments were conducted to examine mechanisms of Hg(II) removal by reactive materials proposed for groundwater treatment. These materials included granular iron filings (GIF), 1:1 (w/w) mixtures of metallurgical granular Fe powder + elemental S (MGI+S) and elemental Cu + elemental S (Cu+S), granular activated carbon (GAC), attapulgite clay (ATP), ATP treated with 2-amino-5-thiol-1,3,4-thiadiazole (ATP-a), and ATP treated with 2,5-dimercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (ATP-d). Following treatment of simulated groundwater containing 4 mg L(-1) Hg for 8 or 16 days, the solution pH values ranged from 6.8 to 8.8 and Eh values ranged from +400 to -400 mV. Large decreases in aqueous Hg concentrations were observed for ATP-d (>99%), GIF (95%), MGI+S (94%), and Cu+S (90%). Treatment of Hg was less effective using ATP (29%), ATP-a (69%), and GAC (78%). Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra of Hg on GIF, MGI+S, and GAC indicated the presence of an Hg-O bond at 2.04-2.07 Å, suggesting that Hg was bound to GIF corrosion products or to oxygen complexes associated with water sorbed to activated carbon. In contrast, bond lengths ranging from 2.35 to 2.48 Å were observed for Hg in Cu+S, ATP-a, and ATP-d treatments, suggesting the formation of Hg-S bonds.

  1. μSR study on multi-layered HgBa 2Ca 4Cu 5O y (Hg-1245) superconductor

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    Tokiwa, K.; Ito, S.; Okumoto, H.; Higemoto, W.; Nishiyama, K.; Iyo, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Watanabe, T.

    2003-05-01

    We have carried out zero-field muon spin relaxation (ZF-μSR) measurements in multi-layered HgBa2Ca4Cu5Oy (Hg-1245) superconductor with Tc of 108 K. The variation of ZF-μSR time spectra from Gaussian-type to exponential-type behavior was observed with decreasing temperature below 60 K and the muon precessions were also observed below 45 K. These results indicate the appearance of a static magnetic order of Cu moments at muon sites below Tc. Compared with the results of NMR measurements, they suggest that this magnetic order is caused in three under-doped inner planes of five CuO2 planes in Hg-1245.

  2. The abundances of Pt, Au, and Hg in the chemically peculiar HgMn-type stars kappa Cancri and chi Lupi

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    Wahlgren, Glenn M.; Leckrone, David S.; Johansson, Sveneric G.; Rosberg, Maria; Brage, Tomas

    1995-01-01

    Echelle mode spectra obtained with the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) onboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have been used to determine the abundances of the heavy elements Pt, Au, and Hg in the chemically peculiar HgMn-type stars kappa Cancri and chi Lupi. The abundances were determined by fitting observed line profiles with synthetically generated spectra and are found to be enhanced relative to solar system values by between three and five orders of magnitude in both stars. The Hg isotope mixture in kappa Cancri is found to resemble the terrestrial mixture while that of chi Lupi is dominated by the heaviest isotope. As determined from multiple ionization states, the abundances place constraints upon theories attempting to explain the large superficial abundances of heavy elements.

  3. Enhanced elimination of HgCl{sub 2} from natural water by a broad-spectrum Hg-resistant Bacillus pasteurii strain DR2 in presence of benzene

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    Pahan, K; Chaudhun, J.; Gnosn, D.

    1995-10-01

    Mercury (Hg) compounds are extensively used in agriculture as seed-dressers and pesiticides, in hospitals as disinfectants, in sewage treatment and in industries including pulp and paper and chlor-alkali industries as chemical catalysts. Several thousand millions of tons of mercury are dispersed into the environment every year. Rain water washes mercury from soils and rocks. In aquatic environments sediments are the richest deposits of mercury compounds. The mutagenicity and teratogenicity of these Hg-containing compounds are well-documented. This paper reports on a study of the increased rate of the elimination of HgCl2 by Bacillus pasteurii strain DR2 from natural river water in the presence of organic compounds. This bacteria has the dual characteristics of elimination of mercury compounds and utilization of aromatic compounds in natural conditions. 19 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Novel methodology for the study of mercury methylation and reduction in sediments and water using 197Hg radiotracer.

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    Ribeiro Guevara, Sergio; Zizek, Suzana; Repinc, Urska; Pérez Catán, Soledad; Jaćimović, Radojko; Horvat, Milena

    2007-03-01

    Mercury tracers are powerful tools that can be used to study mercury transformations in environmental systems, particularly mercury methylation, demethylation and reduction in sediments and water. However, mercury transformation studies using tracers can be subject to error, especially when used to assess methylation potential. The organic mercury extracted can be as low as 0.01% of the endogenous labeled mercury, and artefacts and contamination present during methylmercury (MeHg) extraction processes can cause interference. Solvent extraction methods based on the use of either KBr/H2SO4 or HCl were evaluated in freshwater sediments using 197Hg radiotracer. Values obtained for the 197Hg tracer in the organic phase were up to 25-fold higher when HCl was used, which is due to the coextraction of 197Hg2+ into the organic phase during MeHg extraction. Evaluations of the production of MeHg gave similar results with both MeHg extraction procedures, but due to the higher Hg2+ contamination of the controls, the uncertainty in the determination was higher when HCl was used. The Hg2+ contamination of controls in the HCl extraction method showed a nonlinear correlation with the humic acid content of sediment pore water. Therefore, use of the KBr/H2SO4 method is recommended, since it is free from these interferences. 197Hg radiotracer (T1/2=2.673 d) has a production rate that is about 50 times higher than that of 203Hg (T1/2=46.595 d), the most frequently used mercury radiotracer. Hence it is possible to obtain a similar level of performance to 203Hg when it is used it in short-term experiments and produced by the irradiation of 196Hg with thermal neutrons, using mercury targets with the natural isotopic composition. However, if the 0.15% natural abundance of the 196Hg isotope is increased, the specific activity of the 197Hg tracer can be significantly improved. In the present work, 197Hg tracer was produced from mercury 51.58% enriched in the 196Hg isotope, and a 340-fold

  5. Fractionation, distribution and transport of total mercury and Methylmercury in rivers and tributaries around Wanshan Hg mining district, Guizhou Province, Southwestern China

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    Feng, X.; Zhang, H.; Larssen, T.; Vogt, R.; Rothenberg, S. E.

    2009-12-01

    The Wanshan mercury (Hg) mining area in Guizhou, China, was one of the world's largest Hg producing regions. Numerous tailings containing mine quarry or calcines still remain, leaching Hg to local rivers and streams and potentially impacting the local population. This study focuses on the regional distribution and temporal variation of aqueous Hg fractions in the 5 main watercourses draining the Wanshan Hg mining and smelting area, covering more than 700 square kilometers. Highly elevated concentrations of total Hg in water samples were found slightly downstream from the Hg mine and smelter tailings, while concentrations decreased sharply to a level well below 50 ng L-1 (US EPA Hg concentration standard for protection of fresh water), within 6-8 km. Total Hg concentrations ranged from extremely high (up to 12 492 ng L-1) just below the calcine tailings, to near the detection level (1.9 ng L-1) in tributary streams. Total Hg levels were correlated with particulate Hg (R2 = 0.996-0.999, P<0.001), and particulate Hg typically comprised more than 83% of total Hg in Hg-contaminated areas, although this value increased to 99% close to the mine tailings. During high flow, total Hg and particulate Hg concentrations were usually highest in the Hg- contaminated areas (i.e., total Hg ≥ 50 ng L-1), while Hg concentrations were usually low in the less-impacted downstream areas (i.e., total Hg<50 ng L-1) , which was likely due to the high correlation between total Hg and particulate Hg near the mine tailings. Like total Hg, concentrations of methylmercury (MeHg) were inversely related to distance from Hg mine tailings (mine waste calcines), suggesting that mine waste calcines were an important source of both inorganic and MeHg to the downstream environment.

  6. Hg(2+) mediated quinazoline ensemble for highly selective recognition of Cysteine.

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    Anand, Thangaraj; Sivaraman, Gandhi; Chellappa, Duraisamy

    2014-04-01

    A fluorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) ion and Cysteine based on quinazoline platform was designed and synthesized by one step reaction and characterized by using common spectroscopic methods. Time Dependent Density Functional Theory calculations shows that probe behaves as "ON-OFF" fluorescent quenching sensor via electron transfer/heavy atom effect. Receptor was found to exhibit selective fluorescence quenching behavior over the other competitive metal ions, and also the receptor-Hg(2+) ensemble act as an efficient "OFF-ON" sensor for Cysteine. Moreover this sensor has also been successfully applied to detection of Hg(2+) in natural water samples with good recovery.

  7. Cyclotron resonance in HgTe/CdTe-based heterostructures in high magnetic fields

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    2012-01-01

    Cyclotron resonance study of HgTe/CdTe-based quantum wells with both inverted and normal band structures in quantizing magnetic fields was performed. In semimetallic HgTe quantum wells with inverted band structure, a hole cyclotron resonance line was observed for the first time. In the samples with normal band structure, interband transitions were observed with wide line width due to quantum well width fluctuations. In all samples, impurity-related magnetoabsorption lines were revealed. The obtained results were interpreted within the Kane 8·8 model, the valence band offset of CdTe and HgTe, and the Kane parameter EP being adjusted. PMID:23013642

  8. Optical study of HgCdTe infrared photodetectors using internal photoemission spectroscopy

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    Lao, Yan-Feng; Unil Perera, A. G.; Wijewarnasuriya, Priyalal S.

    2014-03-31

    We report a study of internal photoemission spectroscopy (IPE) applied to a n-type Hg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Te/Hg{sub 1−y}Cd{sub y}Te heterojunction. An exponential line-shape of the absorption tail in HgCdTe is identified by IPE fittings of the near-threshold quantum yield spectra. The reduction of quantum yield (at higher photon energy) below the fitting value is explained as a result of carrier-phonon scatterings. In addition, the obtained bias independence of the IPE threshold indicates a negligible electron barrier at the heterojunction interface.

  9. Kinetics and mechanism of jack bean urease inhibition by Hg2+

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    2012-01-01

    Background Jack bean urease (EC 3.5.1.5) is a metalloenzyme, which catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea to produce ammonia and carbon dioxide. The heavy metal ions are common inhibitors to control the rate of the enzymatic urea hydrolysis, which take the Hg2+ as the representative. Hg2+ affects the enzyme activity causing loss of the biological function of the enzyme, which threatens the survival of many microorganism and plants. However, inhibitory kinetics of urease by the low concentration Hg2+ has not been explored fully. In this study, the inhibitory effect of the low concentration Hg2+ on jack bean urease was investigated in order to elucidate the mechanism of Hg2+ inhibition. Results According to the kinetic parameters for the enzyme obtained from Lineweaver–Burk plot, it is shown that the Km is equal to 4.6±0.3 mM and Vm is equal to 29.8±1.7 μmol NH3/min mg. The results show that the inhibition of jack bean urease by Hg2+ at low concentration is a reversible reaction. Equilibrium constants have been determined for Hg2+ binding with the enzyme or the enzyme-substrate complexes (Ki =0.012 μM). The results show that the Hg2+ is a noncompetitive inhibitor. In addition, the kinetics of enzyme inhibition by the low concentration Hg2+ has been studied using the kinetic method of the substrate reaction. The results suggest that the enzyme first reversibly and quickly binds Hg2+ and then undergoes a slow reversible course to inactivation. Furthermore, the rate constant of the forward reactions (k+0) is much larger than the rate constant of the reverse reactions (k-0). By combining with the fact that the enzyme activity is almost completely lost at high concentration, the enzyme is completely inactivated when the Hg2+ concentration is high enough. Conclusions These results suggest that Hg2+ has great impacts on the urease activity and the established inhibition kinetics model is suitable. PMID:23228101

  10. Abundancias químicas de dos binarias de HgMn

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    Gonzalez, E. J.; González, J. F.; Collado, A. E.

    We present the results of the abundance analysis of two HgMn single-line binary systems: NGC 2287-106 and NGC 6025-14. The spectroscopic ob- servations have been carried out at the Complejo Astronómico el Leon-cito (CASLEO) with the REOSC spectrograph in cross-dispersion mode, cov- ering the spectral range 3800-5800 ≈. Compared to the Sun, NGC 6025-14 shows great overabundances of Hg, Mn, P, Ga and Xe, while Hg, Mn, Sr, Pt and Zr are overabundant in NGC 2287-106. FULL TEXT IN SPANISH

  11. Hg(2+) mediated quinazoline ensemble for highly selective recognition of Cysteine.

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    Anand, Thangaraj; Sivaraman, Gandhi; Chellappa, Duraisamy

    2014-04-01

    A fluorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) ion and Cysteine based on quinazoline platform was designed and synthesized by one step reaction and characterized by using common spectroscopic methods. Time Dependent Density Functional Theory calculations shows that probe behaves as "ON-OFF" fluorescent quenching sensor via electron transfer/heavy atom effect. Receptor was found to exhibit selective fluorescence quenching behavior over the other competitive metal ions, and also the receptor-Hg(2+) ensemble act as an efficient "OFF-ON" sensor for Cysteine. Moreover this sensor has also been successfully applied to detection of Hg(2+) in natural water samples with good recovery. PMID:24384358

  12. Hg Stable Isotope Time Trend in Ringed Seals Registers Decreasing Sea Ice Cover in the Alaskan Arctic.

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    Masbou, Jérémy; Point, David; Sonke, Jeroen E; Frappart, Frédéric; Perrot, Vincent; Amouroux, David; Richard, Pierre; Becker, Paul R

    2015-08-01

    Decadal time trends of mercury (Hg) concentrations in Arctic biota suggest that anthropogenic Hg is not the single dominant factor modulating Hg exposure to Arctic wildlife. Here, we present Hg speciation (monomethyl-Hg) and stable isotopic composition (C, N, Hg) of 53 Alaskan ringed seal liver samples covering a period of 14 years (1988-2002). In vivo metabolic effects and foraging ecology explain most of the observed 1.6 ‰ variation in liver δ(202)Hg, but not Δ(199)Hg. Ringed seal habitat use and migration were the most likely factors explaining Δ(199)Hg variations. Average Δ(199)Hg in ringed seal liver samples from Barrow increased significantly from +0.38 ± 0.08‰ (±SE, n = 5) in 1988 to +0.59 ± 0.07‰ (±SE, n = 7) in 2002 (4.1 ± 1.2% per year, p < 0.001). Δ(199)Hg in marine biological tissues is thought to reflect marine Hg photochemistry before biouptake and bioaccumulation. A spatiotemporal analysis of sea ice cover that accounts for the habitat of ringed seals suggests that the observed increase in Δ(199)Hg may have been caused by the progressive summer sea ice disappearance between 1988 and 2002. While changes in seal liver Δ(199)Hg values suggests a mild sea ice control on marine MMHg breakdown, the effect is not large enough to induce measurable HgT changes in biota. This suggests that Hg trends in biota in the context of a warming Arctic are likely controlled by other processes.

  13. Combined in-beam electron and {gamma}-ray spectroscopy of {sup 184,186}Hg

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    Scheck, M.; Butler, P. A.; Gaffney, L. P.; Carrol, R. J.; Cox, D.; Joss, D. T.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Page, R. D.; Papadakis, P.; Watkins, H. V.; Bree, N.; Huyse, M.; Van Duppen, P.; Grahn, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Herzan, A.; Jakobsson, U.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.

    2011-03-15

    By exploiting the SAGE spectrometer a simultaneous measurement of conversion electrons and {gamma} rays emitted in the de-excitation of excited levels in the neutron-deficient nuclei {sup 184,186}Hg was performed. The light Hg isotopes under investigation were produced using the 4n channels of the fusion-evaporation reactions of {sup 40}Ar and {sup 148,150}Sm. The measured K- and L-conversion electron ratios confirmed the stretched E2 nature of several transitions of the yrast bands in {sup 184,186}Hg. Additional information on the E0 component of the 2{sub 2}{sup +}{yields}2{sub 1}{sup +} transition in {sup 186}Hg was obtained.

  14. Estimation of Thickness and Cadmium Composition Distributions in HgCdTe Focal Plane Arrays

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    Mouzali, S.; Lefebvre, S.; Rommeluère, S.; Ferrec, Y.; Primot, J.

    2016-09-01

    Mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) is one of the most commonly used material systems for infrared detection. The performance of infrared focal-plane arrays (IRFPAs) based on this material is limited by several noise sources. In this paper, we focus on the fixed pattern noise, which is related to disparities between the spectral responses of pixels. In our previous work, we showed that spectral nonuniformities in a HgCdTe IRFPA were caused by inhomogeneities of thickness and cadmium composition in the HgCdTe layer, using an optical description of the pixel structure. We propose to use this bidimensional dependence combined with experimental spectral responses to estimate disparities of thickness and cadmium composition in a specific HgCdTe-based IRFPA. The estimation methods and the resulting maps are presented, highlighting the accuracy of this nondestructive method.

  15. Results of Hg speciation testing on tanks 30, 32, and 37 surface samples

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    Bannochie, C. J.

    2015-11-11

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) was tasked with preparing and shipping samples for Hg speciation by Eurofins Frontier Global Sciences, Inc. in Seattle, WA on behalf of the Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Mercury Task Team.

  16. Large format MBE HgCdTe on silicon detector development for astronomy

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    Hanold, Brandon J.; Figer, Donald F.; Lee, Joong; Kolb, Kimberly; Marcuson, Iain; Corrales, Elizabeth; Getty, Jonathan; Mears, Lynn

    2015-08-01

    The Center for Detectors at Rochester Institute of Technology and Raytheon Vision Systems (RVS) are leveraging RVS capabilities to produce large format, short-wave infrared HgCdTe focal plane arrays on silicon (Si) substrate wafers. Molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) grown HgCdTe on Si can reduce detector fabrication costs dramatically, while keeping performance competitive with HgCdTe grown on CdZnTe. Reduction in detector costs will alleviate a dominant expense for observational astrophysics telescopes. This paper presents the characterization of 2.5μm cutoff MBE HgCdTe/Si detectors including pre- and post-thinning performance. Detector characteristics presented include dark current, read noise, spectral response, persistence, linearity, crosstalk probability, and analysis of material defects.

  17. The direct determination of HgS by thermal desorption coupled with atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Coufalík, Pavel; Zvěřina, Ondřej; Komárek, Josef

    2016-04-01

    This research was aimed at the direct determination of HgS in environmental samples by means of thermal desorption coupled with atomic absorption spectrometry. Operating parameters of the apparatus used for thermal desorption (including a prototype desorption unit) are described in this work, as well as the procedure for measuring mercury release curves together with an evaluation of the analytical signal including two methods of peak integration. The results of thermal desorption were compared with HgS contents obtained by sequential extraction. The limits of quantification of the proposed method for the selective determination of the black and red forms of HgS were 4 μg kg- 1 and 5 μg kg- 1, respectively. The limit of quantification of red HgS in soils was 35 μg kg- 1. The developed analytical procedure was applied to soil and sediment samples from historical mining areas.

  18. Acceptor states in heteroepitaxial CdHgTe films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Mynbaev, K. D.; Shilyaev, A. V. Bazhenov, N. L.; Izhnin, A. I.; Izhnin, I. I.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Varavin, V. S.; Dvoretsky, S. A.

    2015-03-15

    The photoluminescence method is used to study acceptor states in CdHgTe heteroepitaxial films (HEFs) grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. A comparison of the photoluminescence spectra of HEFs grown on GaAs substrates (CdHgTe/GaAs) with the spectra of CdHgTe/Si HEFs demonstrates that acceptor states with energy depths of about 18 and 27 meV are specific to CdHgTe/GaAs HEFs. The possible nature of these states and its relation to the HEF synthesis conditions and, in particular, to the vacancy doping occurring under conditions of a mercury deficiency during the course of epitaxy and postgrowth processing are discussed.

  19. Theoretical Calculations of Refractive Properties for Hg3Te2Cl2 Crystals.

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    Bokotey, O V

    2016-12-01

    This paper reviews the optical properties, such as refractive index, optical dielectric constant, and reflection coefficient of the Hg3Te2Cl2 crystals. The applications of the Hg3X2Y2 crystals as electronic, optical, and optoelectronic devices are very much determined by the nature and magnitude of these fundamental material properties. The origin of chemical bonding in the crystals is very important for definition of the physical and chemical properties. The main structural feature of the Hg3X2Y2 crystals is the presence of covalent pyramids [XHg3] and linear X-Hg-X groups. Optical properties are calculated according to the model proposed by Harrison. The refractive index in the spectral region far from the absorption edge is determined within the generalized single-oscillator model. The calculated results are found to be in good agreement with experimental data. PMID:27184964

  20. Evidence for Half-Metallicity in n-type HgCr2Se4.

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    Guan, Tong; Lin, Chaojing; Yang, Chongli; Shi, Youguo; Ren, Cong; Li, Yongqing; Weng, Hongming; Dai, Xi; Fang, Zhong; Yan, Shishen; Xiong, Peng

    2015-08-21

    High quality HgCr2Se4 single crystals have been investigated by magnetization, electron transport, and Andreev reflection spectroscopy. In the ferromagnetic ground state, the saturation magnetic moment of each unit cell corresponds to an integer number of electron spins (3  μB/Cr3+), and the Hall effect measurements suggest n-type charge carriers. Spin polarizations as high as 97% were obtained from fits of the differential conductance spectra of HgCr2Se4/Pb junctions with the modified Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk theory. The temperature and bias-voltage dependencies of the subgap conductance are consistent with recent theoretical calculations based on spin active scatterings at a superconductor-half-metal interface. Our results suggest that n-HgCr2Se4 is a half-metal, in agreement with theoretical calculations that also predict undoped HgCr2Se4 is a magnetic Weyl semimetal.

  1. Trypsin-stabilized fluorescent gold nanocluster for sensitive and selective Hg2+ detection.

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    Kawasaki, Hideya; Yoshimura, Kouta; Hamaguchi, Kenji; Arakawa, Ryuichi

    2011-01-01

    We report on trypsin-stabilized fluorescent gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg(2+) ions. The Au NCs have an average size of 1 nm and show a red emission at 645 nm. The photostable properties of the trypsin-stabilized Au NCs were examined, and their photochemical stability was found to be similar to that of CdSe quantum dots. The fluorescence was particularly quenched by Hg(2+), and therefore the Au NCs can be used as fluorescent sensors for sensitive and selective Hg(2+) detection to a detection limit of 50 ± 10 nM and the quantitative detection of Hg(2+) in wide and low concentration range of 50-600 nM.

  2. Theoretical Calculations of Refractive Properties for Hg3Te2Cl2 Crystals

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    Bokotey, O. V.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reviews the optical properties, such as refractive index, optical dielectric constant, and reflection coefficient of the Hg3Te2Cl2 crystals. The applications of the Hg3X2Y2 crystals as electronic, optical, and optoelectronic devices are very much determined by the nature and magnitude of these fundamental material properties. The origin of chemical bonding in the crystals is very important for definition of the physical and chemical properties. The main structural feature of the Hg3X2Y2 crystals is the presence of covalent pyramids [XHg3] and linear X-Hg-X groups. Optical properties are calculated according to the model proposed by Harrison. The refractive index in the spectral region far from the absorption edge is determined within the generalized single-oscillator model. The calculated results are found to be in good agreement with experimental data.

  3. XAFS studies of Pb(II)-chloro and Hg(II)-chloro ternary complexes on goethite

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    Bargar, J.R.; Persson, Petra; Brown, Gordon E.

    1997-01-01

    EXAFS spectroscopy was used to study Pb(II) and Hg(II) adsorption complexes on goethite (??-FeOOH) in the presence of Cl-. At pH 7, the dominant Pb(II) species are bonded to edges of FeO6 octahedra and are similar to complexes that occur in the absence of Cl-. At pH ??? 6, Pb(II)-chloro ternary complexes predominate and are bonded to corners of FeO6 octahedra. At pH 6.5, linear Hg(OH)Cl ternary complexes predominate that are bonded to goethite through surface oxygens in a bent Hg-O-Fe geometry. In the absence of Cl-, the Hg(II) surface complexes retain this basic geometry, but an OH group replaces the chloride ion in the first coordination shell.

  4. The extent of mercury (Hg) exposure among Saudi mothers and their respective infants.

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    Al-Saleh, Iman; Abduljabbar, Mai; Al-Rouqi, Reem; Eltabache, Chafica; Al-Rajudi, Tahreer; Elkhatib, Rola; Nester, Michael

    2015-11-01

    A total of 1016 healthy Saudi mothers and their respective infants (aged 3-12 months) were recruited from 57 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to evaluate the extent of mercury (Hg) exposure and predict its sources in the healthy Saudi population. Total Hg levels were measured in maternal urine, breast milk, blood, and hair and in the infants' urine and hair. Only 1.9% of the mothers had urinary Hg (UHg)>10 μg/l, the limit for asymptomatic adults recommended by the World Health Organization, but the median (0.99 μg/l) was higher than in other countries. Also, 49.3% of the mothers had UHg>1 μg/l, the German reference value for adults. Median infant UHg was 0.729 μg/l, and 77 and 93 % of the infants had levels higher than 0.4 and 0.1 μg/l, the reference values of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for Germany, respectively. The median Hg level in breast milk was 0.884 μg/l. Even though 43.2% of the milk samples were above the background level for Hg in human milk (1 μg/l), our results were lower than those reported from other countries. Median maternal total Hg in blood was 0.637 μg/l, and only 0.4 and 6.9% of samples were higher than the Hg reference levels of 5.8 μg/l of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and of 2 μg/l for Germany, respectively. Total Hg levels in hair (HHg) varied widely among mothers and infants, but only 3.9% of the mothers and 2.8% of the infants had HHg>1 μg/g (the EPA reference level). Median HHg values were 0.117 μg/g dry weight in mothers and 0.1 μg/g dry weight in infants; both were lower than in other countries. The Hg levels in mothers and their respective infants were relatively low, but our results were consistent with other studies indicating that dental amalgam fillings and fish consumption were the main predictors of maternal Hg exposure. Among the several biomarkers of Hg exposure, Hg levels in maternal hair and urine were the strongest predictors of infant exposure

  5. Soft x ray window encapsulant for HgI2 detectors

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    Entine, G.; Shah, K.; Squillante, M.

    1987-01-01

    HgI2 is an excellent semiconductor material for a low energy, room temperature x-ray spectrometer. The high values of the atomic numbers for its constituent elements gives high x-ray and gamma ray stopping power. The band gap of HgI2 is significantly higher than other commonly used semiconductors. Owing to the large value band gap, the leakage current for HgI2 devices is smaller, thus allowing low noise performance. Devices fabricated from HgI2 crystals have demonstrated energy resolution sufficient to distinguish the x-ray emission from the neighboring elements on the periodic table. Also the power requirements of HgI2 are very low. These characteristics make a HgI2 spectrometer an ideal component in a satellite based detection system. Unfortunately, HgI2 crystals tend to deteriorate with time, even if protected by standard semiconductor encapsulants. This degradation ruins the performance of the device in terms of its energy resolution and pulse amplitude. The degrading mechanism is believed to be material loss occurring from below the electrodes, due to high vapor pressure of HgI2 at room temperature. To address this major obstacle to rapid expansion of HgI2 technology, a research program aimed at improving device stability by encapsulation with inert polymeric materials was carried out. The program focused specifically on optimizing the encapsulant materials and their deposition techniques. The principal objectives for this program were device encapsulation, device testing, and accelerated testing to ensure very long term stability of these high resolution sensors. A variety of encapsulants were investigated with the selection criteria based on their chemical diffusion barrier properties, mechanical stability, reactivity, and morphology of encapsulant films. The investigation covered different classes of encapsulants including solvent based encapsulants, vapor deposited encapsulants, and plasma polymerized encapsulants. A variety of characterization techniques

  6. Soft x ray window encapsulant for HgI2 detectors

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    Entine, G.; Shah, K.; Squillante, M.

    1987-06-01

    HgI2 is an excellent semiconductor material for a low energy, room temperature x-ray spectrometer. The high values of the atomic numbers for its constituent elements gives high x-ray and gamma ray stopping power. The band gap of HgI2 is significantly higher than other commonly used semiconductors. Owing to the large value band gap, the leakage current for HgI2 devices is smaller, thus allowing low noise performance. Devices fabricated from HgI2 crystals have demonstrated energy resolution sufficient to distinguish the x-ray emission from the neighboring elements on the periodic table. Also the power requirements of HgI2 are very low. These characteristics make a HgI2 spectrometer an ideal component in a satellite based detection system. Unfortunately, HgI2 crystals tend to deteriorate with time, even if protected by standard semiconductor encapsulants. This degradation ruins the performance of the device in terms of its energy resolution and pulse amplitude. The degrading mechanism is believed to be material loss occurring from below the electrodes, due to high vapor pressure of HgI2 at room temperature. To address this major obstacle to rapid expansion of HgI2 technology, a research program aimed at improving device stability by encapsulation with inert polymeric materials was carried out. The program focused specifically on optimizing the encapsulant materials and their deposition techniques. The principal objectives for this program were device encapsulation, device testing, and accelerated testing to ensure very long term stability of these high resolution sensors. A variety of encapsulants were investigated with the selection criteria based on their chemical diffusion barrier properties, mechanical stability, reactivity, and morphology of encapsulant films. The investigation covered different classes of encapsulants including solvent based encapsulants, vapor deposited encapsulants, and plasma polymerized encapsulants. A variety of characterization techniques

  7. Screening of native plant species for phytoremediation potential at a Hg-contaminated mining site.

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    Marrugo-Negrete, José; Marrugo-Madrid, Siday; Pinedo-Hernández, José; Durango-Hernández, José; Díez, Sergi

    2016-01-15

    Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the largest sector of demand for mercury (Hg), and therefore, one of the major sources of Hg pollution in the environment. This study was conducted in the Alacrán gold-mining site, one of the most important ASGM sites in Colombia, to identify native plant species growing in Hg-contaminated soils used for agricultural purposes, and to assess their potential as phytoremediation systems. Twenty-four native plant species were identified and analysed for total Hg (THg) in different tissues (roots, stems, and leaves) and in underlying soils. Accumulation factors (AF) in the shoots, translocation (TF) from roots to shoots, and bioconcentration (BCF) from soil-to-roots were determined. Different tissues from all plant species were classified in the order of decreasing accumulation of Hg as follows: roots > leaves > stems. THg concentrations in soil ranged from 230 to 6320 ng g(-1). TF values varied from 0.33 to 1.73, with high values in the lower Hg-contaminated soils. No correlation was found between soils with low concentrations of Hg and plant leaves, indicating that TF is not a very accurate indicator, since most of the Hg input to leaves at ASGM sites comes from the atmosphere. On the other hand, the BCF ranged from 0.28 to 0.99, with Jatropha curcas showing the highest value. Despite their low biomass production, several herbs and sub-shrubs are suitable for phytoremediation application in the field, due to their fast growth and high AF values in large and easily harvestable plant parts. Among these species, herbs such as Piper marginathum and Stecherus bifidus, and the sub-shrubs J. curcas and Capsicum annuum are promising native plants with the potential to be used in the phytoremediation of soils in tropical areas that are impacted by mining. PMID:26556744

  8. Screening of native plant species for phytoremediation potential at a Hg-contaminated mining site.

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    Marrugo-Negrete, José; Marrugo-Madrid, Siday; Pinedo-Hernández, José; Durango-Hernández, José; Díez, Sergi

    2016-01-15

    Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the largest sector of demand for mercury (Hg), and therefore, one of the major sources of Hg pollution in the environment. This study was conducted in the Alacrán gold-mining site, one of the most important ASGM sites in Colombia, to identify native plant species growing in Hg-contaminated soils used for agricultural purposes, and to assess their potential as phytoremediation systems. Twenty-four native plant species were identified and analysed for total Hg (THg) in different tissues (roots, stems, and leaves) and in underlying soils. Accumulation factors (AF) in the shoots, translocation (TF) from roots to shoots, and bioconcentration (BCF) from soil-to-roots were determined. Different tissues from all plant species were classified in the order of decreasing accumulation of Hg as follows: roots > leaves > stems. THg concentrations in soil ranged from 230 to 6320 ng g(-1). TF values varied from 0.33 to 1.73, with high values in the lower Hg-contaminated soils. No correlation was found between soils with low concentrations of Hg and plant leaves, indicating that TF is not a very accurate indicator, since most of the Hg input to leaves at ASGM sites comes from the atmosphere. On the other hand, the BCF ranged from 0.28 to 0.99, with Jatropha curcas showing the highest value. Despite their low biomass production, several herbs and sub-shrubs are suitable for phytoremediation application in the field, due to their fast growth and high AF values in large and easily harvestable plant parts. Among these species, herbs such as Piper marginathum and Stecherus bifidus, and the sub-shrubs J. curcas and Capsicum annuum are promising native plants with the potential to be used in the phytoremediation of soils in tropical areas that are impacted by mining.

  9. Urban sediment contamination in a former Hg mining district, Idrija, Slovenia.

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    Bavec, Spela; Biester, Harald; Gosar, Mateja

    2014-06-01

    Road sediments from gully pots of the drainage system and stream sediments from local streams were investigated for the first time in the urban area of Idrija town, the central part of the second largest and strongly contaminated Hg mining district in the world. Hg concentrations in road sediments were lower than in stream sediments. They ranged from 16 to 110 mg/kg (Md = 29 mg/kg) for <0.125 mm particles and from 7 to 125 mg/kg (Md = 35 mg/kg) for <0.04 mm particles, while Hg concentrations in stream sediments ranged from 10 to 610 mg/kg (Md = 95 mg/kg) for <0.125 particles and from 10 to 440 mg/kg (Md = 105 mg/kg) for <0.04 mm particles. High Hg loadings in stream sediments were successfully linked with identified mercury sources (rocks containing mercury ore, areas of former ore roasting sites, ore residue dumps), because they are located in the drainage areas of streams, from which the sediments were collected. Links between Hg loadings in road sediments and identified mercury sources were not recognized. Solid phases of Hg were determined by thermo-desorption technique and are similar for both types of sediments. Results show the occurrence of three different forms: elemental mercury, mercury bound to matrix components and cinnabar. Approximately 50 % of Hg in samples consist of non-cinnabar fractions. This is important, since they are potentially bioavailable. An interesting new discovery according to previous research of environmental media from Idrija area by solid-phase Hg thermo-desorption technique is that elemental mercury was determined in almost all investigated sediments in minor amounts (Md = 3 %).

  10. The immunopathology of herpes gestationis. Immunofluorescence studies and characterization of "HG factor".

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    Jordon, R E; Heine, K G; Tappeiner, G; Bushkell, L L; Provost, T T

    1976-01-01

    Nine skin biopsies from seven herpes gestationis patients were studied by immunofluorescence (IF) techniques. Basement membrane zone (BMZ) deposition of C3 and properdin was present in all nine skin specimens, while IgG deposition was apparent in only one. With in vitro C3 IF staining, positive BMZ staining (HG factor activity) was noted with all seven of our patients' serum samples tested. By standard indirect IF staining, however, only one of these serum samples contained BMZ antibodies of the IgG type. Two cord serum samples, tested by these same methods, yielded positive in vitro C3 staining (HG factor activity) but negative indirect IF staining (IgG). HG factor activity was found to be stable at 56 degrees C for 30 min and in two of three specimens at 56 degrees C for 1 h. Treatment of the complement source (normal human serum) used in the in vitro C3 staining assay with Mg2-EGTA or use of C2-deficient serum as the complement source inhibited HG factor activity. HG factor blocked the specific staining of the BMZ of normal human skin by labeled bullous pemphigoid antibodies. By sucrose density gradient ultracentrifugation and gel chromatography (Sephadex G-200), HG factor activity eluted with IgG-containing fractions. The highly purified IgG fraction of two herpes gestationis sera was also positive for HG factor activity. Our studies suggest that HG factor is an IgG antibody that may not be demonstrable by conventional IF methods, but which activates the classical complement pathway. Images PMID:58871

  11. Prediction of thermodynamic and surface properties of Pb-Hg liquid alloys at different temperatures

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    Yadav, S. K.; Jha, L. N.; Jha, I. S.; Singh, B. P.; Koirala, R. P.; Adhikari, D.

    2016-06-01

    The thermodynamic properties, such as free energy of mixing, heat of mixing, activity and structural properties, such as concentration fluctuation in long wavelength limit, short-range order parameter of Pb-Hg liquid alloy at 600 K have been calculated using theoretical modelling. It has then been correlated with modified Butler model to compute the surface tension of the alloys at different temperatures. The Pb-Hg system at 600 K is found to be ordering at higher concentration of Pb.

  12. Possibility of lasing at the 1083-nm He line in a He-Hg mixture

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    Ninomiya, H.

    1981-02-15

    In a He-Hg pulsed discharge, the temporal behavior of the population densities of He(2 /sup 3/S) and He(2 /sup 3/P) atoms has been studied experimentally using the Hook method. The possibility of the lasing at 1083 nm line (2 /sup 3/S: 2 /sup 3/P) is discussed on the basis of the experimental fact that, when the partial pressure of Hg is adequate, the population inversion occurs transiently between these two states.

  13. Protective Effects of Quercetin Against HgCl₂-Induced Nephrotoxicity in Sprague-Dawley Rats.

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    Shin, Yu Jin; Kim, Jeong Jun; Kim, Ye Ji; Kim, Won Hee; Park, Eun Young; Kim, In Young; Shin, Han-Seung; Kim, Kyeong Seok; Lee, Eui-Kyung; Chung, Kyu Hyuck; Lee, Byung Mu; Kim, Hyung Sik

    2015-05-01

    Mercury is a well-known environmental pollutant that can cause nephropathic diseases, including acute kidney injury (AKI). Although quercetin (QC), a natural flavonoid, has been reported to have medicinal properties, its potential protective effects against mercury-induced AKI have not been evaluated. In this study, the protective effect of QC against mercury-induced AKI was investigated using biochemical parameters, new protein-based urinary biomarkers, and a histopathological approach. A 250 mg/kg dose of QC was administered orally to Sprague-Dawley male rats for 3 days before administration of mercury chloride (HgCl2). All animals were sacrificed at 24 h after HgCl2 treatment, and biomarkers associated with nephrotoxicity were measured. Our data showed that QC absolutely prevented HgCl2-induced AKI, as indicated by biochemical parameters such as blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and serum creatinine (sCr). In particular, QC markedly decreased the accumulation of Hg in the kidney. Urinary excretion of protein-based biomarkers, including clusterin, kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1), neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP-1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in response to HgCl2 administration were significantly decreased by QC pretreatment relative to that in the HgCl2-treated group. Furthermore, urinary excretion of metallothionein and Hg were significantly elevated by QC pretreatment. Histopathological examination indicated that QC protected against HgCl2-induced proximal tubular damage in the kidney. A TUNEL assay indicated that QC pretreatment significantly reduced apoptotic cell death in the kidney. The administration of QC provided significant protective effects against mercury-induced AKI.

  14. Similarities between inorganic sulfide and the strong Hg(II)-complexing ligands in municipal wastewater effluent.

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    Hsu-Kim, Heileen; Sedlak, David L

    2005-06-01

    Municipal wastewater effluent contains ligands that form Hg(II) complexes that are inert in the presence of glutathione (GSH) during competitive ligand exchange experiments. In this study, the strong ligands in wastewater effluent were further characterized by comparing their behavior with sulfide-containing ligands in model solutions and by measuring their concentration after exposing them to oxidants. The strong Hg(II) complexes in wastewater effluent and the complexes formed when Hg(II) was added to S(-II) were retained during C18 solid-phase extraction (SPE) and did not dissociate in the presence of up to 100 microM GSH. In contrast, Hg(II) complexes with dissolved humic acid were hydrophilic and dissociated in the presence of GSH. The combination of sulfide and humic acid resulted in formation of Hg(II) complexes that were inert to GSH and were only partially retained by C18-SPE, indicating that NOM interacted with the Hg-sulfide complexes. When wastewater effluent samples and model solutions of free sulfide, Zn-sulfide, and Fe-sulfide were exposed to 0.14 mM NaOCl for 1 h (to mimic conditions encountered during chlorine disinfection), the strong Hg(II)-complexing ligands were completely removed. Exposure of the wastewater effluent and the model ligands to oxygen for 2 weeks resulted in approximately 60% to 75% loss of strong ligands. The strong ligands that remained in the oxygen-oxidized samples were resistant to further oxidation by chlorine, indicating that oxidation of S(-II) results in the formation of other sulfur-containing ligands such as S8 that form strong complexes with Hg(II).

  15. Mercury (Hg) in meteorites: Variations in abundance, thermal release profile, mass-dependent and mass-independent isotopic fractionation

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    Meier, Matthias M. M.; Cloquet, Christophe; Marty, Bernard

    2016-06-01

    We have measured the concentration, isotopic composition and thermal release profiles of Mercury (Hg) in a suite of meteorites, including both chondrites and achondrites. We find large variations in Hg concentration between different meteorites (ca. 10 ppb to 14,000 ppb), with the highest concentration orders of magnitude above the expected bulk solar system silicates value. From the presence of several different Hg carrier phases in thermal release profiles (150-650 °C), we argue that these variations are unlikely to be mainly due to terrestrial contamination. The Hg abundance of meteorites shows no correlation with petrographic type, or mass-dependent fractionation of Hg isotopes. Most carbonaceous chondrites show mass-independent enrichments in the odd-numbered isotopes 199Hg and 201Hg. We show that the enrichments are not nucleosynthetic, as we do not find corresponding nucleosynthetic deficits of 196Hg. Instead, they can partially be explained by Hg evaporation and redeposition during heating of asteroids from primordial radionuclides and late-stage impact heating. Non-carbonaceous chondrites, most achondrites and the Earth do not show these enrichments in vapor-phase Hg. All meteorites studied here have however isotopically light Hg (δ202Hg = ∼-7 to -1) relative to the Earth's average crustal values, which could suggest that the Earth has lost a significant fraction of its primordial Hg. However, the late accretion of carbonaceous chondritic material on the order of ∼2%, which has been suggested to account for the water, carbon, nitrogen and noble gas inventories of the Earth, can also contribute most or all of the Earth's current Hg budget. In this case, the isotopically heavy Hg of the Earth's crust would have to be the result of isotopic fractionation between surface and deep-Earth reservoirs.

  16. Effect of carboxylic and thiol ligands (oxalate, cysteine) on the kinetics of desorption of Hg(II) from kaolinite

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    Senevirathna, W. U.; Zhang, Hong; Gu, Baohua

    2010-01-01

    Sorption and desorption of Hg(II) on clay minerals can impact the biogeochemical cycle and bio-uptake of Hg in the environment. We studied the kinetics of the desorption of Hg(II) from kaolinite as affected by oxalate and cysteine, representing the ligands with carboxylic and thiol groups of different affinities for Hg(II). The effects of pH (3, 5, and 7), ligand concentration (0.25 and 1.0 mM), and temperature (15 C, 25 C, and 35 C) on the Hg(II) desorption were investigated through desorption kinetics. Our study showed that the Hg(II) desorption was pH dependent. In the absence of any organic ligand, >90% of the previously adsorbed Hg(II) desorbed at pH 3 within 2 h, compared to <10% at pH 7. Similar results were observed in the presence of oxalate, showing that it hardly affected the Hg(II) desorption. Cysteine inhibited the Hg(II) desorption significantly at all the pH tested, especially in the first 80 min with the desorption less than 20%, but the inhibition of the desorption appeared to be less prominent afterwards. The effect of the ligand concentration on the Hg(II) desorption was small, especially in the presence of oxalate. The effect of temperature on the Hg(II) desorption was nearly insignificant. The effect of the organic acids on the Hg(II) sorption and desorption is explained by the formation of the ternary surface complexes involving the mineral, ligand, and Hg(II). The competition for Hg(II) between the cysteine molecules adsorbed on the particle surfaces and in the solution phase probably can also affect the Hg(II) desorption.

  17. Reduced Limit on the Permanent Electric Dipole Moment of ^{199}Hg.

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    Graner, B; Chen, Y; Lindahl, E G; Heckel, B R

    2016-04-22

    This Letter describes the results of the most recent measurement of the permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of neutral ^{199}Hg atoms. Fused silica vapor cells containing enriched ^{199}Hg are arranged in a stack in a common magnetic field. Optical pumping is used to spin polarize the atoms orthogonal to the applied magnetic field, and the Faraday rotation of near-resonant light is observed to determine an electric-field-induced perturbation to the Larmor precession frequency. Our results for this frequency shift are consistent with zero; we find the corresponding ^{199}Hg EDM d_{Hg}=(-2.20±2.75_{stat}±1.48_{syst})×10^{-30}e cm. We use this result to place a new upper limit on the ^{199}Hg EDM |d_{Hg}|<7.4×10^{-30}e cm (95% C.L.), improving our previous limit by a factor of 4. We also discuss the implications of this result for various CP-violating observables as they relate to theories of physics beyond the standard model.

  18. Research and development of HgZnTe as an infrared material

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    Wahi, A. K.; Lindau, I.; Spicer, W. E.

    1989-01-01

    Interfacial morphology and Fermi level pinning behavior at the interfaces of Al, Ag, and Pt with UHV-cleaved CdTe and ZnTe have been studied using X-ray and ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopies. Results are compared to metal/HgCdTe interface formation, where the weak HgTe bond and consequent ease of Hg loss strongly influence semiconductor disruption and metal-semiconductor intermising. For Al/CdTe, the strong Al-Te reaction yields a significantly more extensive Al-Te reacted region than has been observed for HgCdTe. The Al/ZnTe interface is observed to be more abrupt than Al/CdTe. The final Fermi level pinning positions, Ef-Evbm for Al, Ag, and Pt on p-type CdTe and p-ZnTe have been determined. Efi is found to be roughly the same for both CdTe and ZnTe, with the value for ZnTe lying approximately 0.2 eV closer to the VBM for all three metals. From these results, one would expect Schottky barriers of about the same height for these metals on p-CdTe and p-ZnTe; and also that, in principle, metal interfaces with the two alloys HgCdTe and HgZnTe would have the same properties. Comparisons and implications for electrical behavior of metal contacts to the alloys are discussed.

  19. HgI2 nanostructures obtained hydrothermally for application in ionizing radiation detection

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    Pérez Barthaburu, María; Galain, Isabel; Aguiar, Ivana; Bentos Pereira, Heinkel; Fornaro, Laura

    2016-11-01

    The compound semiconductor HgI2 has been widely studied and employed as a material for ionizing radiation detection. Monocrystal growth is an intricate method for obtaining materials for this application. With the aim of finding a simpler and more effective way to develop ionizing radiation detectors, we employed HgI2 nanostructures subjected to a hydrothermal treatment and then pressed for this purpose. In the synthesis procedure, aqueous solutions of Hg(NO3)2 and NaI were mixed until their reaction completed and the suspension obtained was then placed in a homemade autoclave and heated at 120 °C for 2, 10 or 24 h. We confirmed the HgI2 tetragonal phase by powder XRD in all cases, independently of the synthesis conditions employed. Nanoparticles were characterized by their size and morphology by TEM. We used the HgI2 nanostructures to obtain a pellet by applying 0.7 GPa of pressure at room temperature. The pellet was then used to construct the detector, and we studied the electrical properties of the detector and its response to 241Am sources of different exposure rates. The resistivity and signal-to-noise ratio obtained are of the order of those reported for HgI2 detectors assembled with monocrystals. The results obtained in this work encourage us to work further on this topic, improving the method, scaling the detector’s size and studying its spectrometric grade.

  20. Optimization of magnetic powdered activated carbon for aqueous Hg(II) removal and magnetic recovery.

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    Faulconer, Emily K; von Reitzenstein, Natalia V Hoogesteijn; Mazyck, David W

    2012-01-15

    Activated carbon is known to adsorb aqueous Hg(II). MPAC (magnetic powdered activated carbon) has the potential to remove aqueous Hg to less than 0.2 μg/L while being magnetically recoverable. Magnetic recapture allows simple sorbent separation from the waste stream while an isolated waste potentially allows for mercury recycling. MPAC Hg-removal performance is verified by mercury mass balance, calculated by quantifying adsorbed, volatilized, and residual aqueous mercury. The batch reactor contained a sealed mercury-carbon contact chamber with mixing and constant N(2) (g) headspace flow to an oxidizing trap. Mercury adsorption was performed using spiked ultrapure water (100 μg/L Hg). Mercury concentrations were obtained using EPA method 245.1 and cold vapor atomic absorption spectroscopy. MPAC synthesis was optimized for Hg removal and sorbent recovery according to the variables: C:Fe, thermal oxidation temperature and time. The 3:1 C:Fe preserved most of the original sorbent surface area. As indicated by XRD patterns, thermal oxidation reduced the amorphous characteristic of the iron oxides but did not improve sorbent recovery and damaged porosity at higher oxidation temperatures. Therefore, the optimal synthesis variables, 3:1 C:Fe mass ratio without thermal oxidation, which can achieve 92.5% (± 8.3%) sorbent recovery and 96.3% (± 9%) Hg removal. The mass balance has been closed to within approximately ± 15%. PMID:22104766

  1. Survival and death of the haloarchaeon Natronorubrum strain HG-1 in a simulated martian environment

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    Peeters, Z.; Vos, D.; ten Kate, I. L.; Selch, F.; van Sluis, C. A.; Sorokin, D. Yu.; Muijzer, G.; Stan-Lotter, H.; van Loosdrecht, M. C. M.; Ehrenfreund, P.

    2010-11-01

    Halophilic archaea are of interest to astrobiology due to their survival capabilities in desiccated and high salt environments. The detection of remnants of salty pools on Mars stimulated investigations into the response of haloarchaea to martian conditions. Natronorubrum sp. strain HG-1 is an extremely halophilic archaeon with unusual metabolic pathways, growing on acetate and stimulated by tetrathionate. We exposed Natronorubrum strain HG-1 to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, similar to levels currently prevalent on Mars. In addition, the effects of low temperature (4, -20, and -80 °C), desiccation, and exposure to a Mars soil analogue from the Atacama desert on the viability of Natronorubrum strain HG-1 cultures were investigated. The results show that Natronorubrum strain HG-1 cannot survive for more than several hours when exposed to UV radiation equivalent to that at the martian equator. Even when protected from UV radiation, viability is impaired by a combination of desiccation and low temperature. Desiccating Natronorubrum strain HG-1 cells when mixed with a Mars soil analogue impaired growth of the culture to below the detection limit. Overall, we conclude that Natronorubrum strain HG-1 cannot survive the environment currently present on Mars. Since other halophilic microorganisms were reported to survive simulated martian conditions, our results imply that survival capabilities are not necessarily shared between phylogenetically related species.

  2. [Heavy metals contents and Hg adsorption characteristics of mosses in virgin forest of Gongga Mountain].

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    Liang, Peng; Yang, Yong-Kui; He, Lei; Wang, Ding-Yong

    2008-06-01

    Seven main moss species in the Hailuogou virgin forest of Gongga Mountain were sampled to determine their heavy metals (Hg, Cr, Cd, Ni, Pb, Cu, Mn, Zn and Fe) content, and two widely distributed species, Pleurozium schreberi (Brid.) Mitt. and Racomitrium laetum Besch., were selected to study their Hg adsorption characteristics. The results showed that the heavy metals contents in the mosses were lower than the background values in Europe and America, except that the Cd had a comparable value, which indicated that the atmosphere in study area was not polluted by heavy metals and good in quality. The Hg adsorption by P. schreberi and R. laetum was an initiative and rapid process, with the equilibrium reached in about two hours, and could be well fitted by Freundlich and Langmuir equations. Based on Langmuir equation, the maximum Hg adsorption capacities of P. schreberi and R. laetum were 15.24 and 8.19 mg x g(-1), respectively, suggesting that the two mosses had a good capacity of Hg adsorption, and could be used as the bio-monitors of atmospheric Hg pollution.

  3. Progress, challenges, and opportunities for HgCdTe infrared materials and detectors

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    Lei, Wen; Antoszewski, Jarek; Faraone, Lorenzo

    2015-12-01

    This article presents a review on the current status, challenges, and potential future development opportunities for HgCdTe infrared materials and detector technology. A brief history of HgCdTe infrared technology is firstly summarized and discussed, leading to the conclusion that HgCdTe-based infrared detectors will continue to be a core infrared technology with expanded capabilities in the future due to a unique combination of its favourable properties. Recent progress and the current status of HgCdTe infrared technology are reviewed, including material growth, device architecture, device processing, surface passivation, and focal plane array applications. The further development of infrared applications requires that future infrared detectors have the features of lower cost, smaller pixel size, larger array format size, higher operating temperature, and multi-band detection, which presents a number of serious challenges to current HgCdTe-based infrared technology. The primary challenges include well controlled p-type doping, lower cost, larger array format size, higher operating temperature, multi-band detection, and advanced plasma dry etching. Various new concepts and technologies are proposed and discussed that have the potential to overcome the existing primary challenges that are inhibiting the development of next generation HgCdTe infrared detector technology.

  4. [Heavy metals contents and Hg adsorption characteristics of mosses in virgin forest of Gongga Mountain].

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    Liang, Peng; Yang, Yong-Kui; He, Lei; Wang, Ding-Yong

    2008-06-01

    Seven main moss species in the Hailuogou virgin forest of Gongga Mountain were sampled to determine their heavy metals (Hg, Cr, Cd, Ni, Pb, Cu, Mn, Zn and Fe) content, and two widely distributed species, Pleurozium schreberi (Brid.) Mitt. and Racomitrium laetum Besch., were selected to study their Hg adsorption characteristics. The results showed that the heavy metals contents in the mosses were lower than the background values in Europe and America, except that the Cd had a comparable value, which indicated that the atmosphere in study area was not polluted by heavy metals and good in quality. The Hg adsorption by P. schreberi and R. laetum was an initiative and rapid process, with the equilibrium reached in about two hours, and could be well fitted by Freundlich and Langmuir equations. Based on Langmuir equation, the maximum Hg adsorption capacities of P. schreberi and R. laetum were 15.24 and 8.19 mg x g(-1), respectively, suggesting that the two mosses had a good capacity of Hg adsorption, and could be used as the bio-monitors of atmospheric Hg pollution. PMID:18808007

  5. Tl10Hg3Cl16: Single crystal growth, electronic structure and piezoelectric properties

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    Khyzhun, O. Y.; Piasecki, M.; Kityk, I. V.; Luzhnyi, I.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Fochuk, P. M.; Levkovets, S. I.; Karpets, M. V.; Parasyuk, O. V.

    2016-10-01

    Single crystal of the ternary halide Tl10Hg3Cl16 was grown using Bridgman-Stockbarger method. For the Tl10Hg3Cl16 crystal, we have measured X-ray photoelectron spectra for both pristine and Ar+ ion-bombarded surfaces and additionally investigated photoinduced piezoelectricity. Our data indicate that the Tl10Hg3Cl16 single crystal surface is very sensitive with respect to Ar+ ion-bombardment. In particular, Ar+ ion-bombardment with energy of 3.0 keV over 5 min at an ion current density of 14 μA/cm2 causes significant changes of the elemental stoichiometry of the Tl10Hg3Cl16 surface resulting in an abrupt decrease of the mercury content in the top surface layers of the studied single crystal. As a result of the treatment, the mercury content becomes nil in the top surface layers. In addition, the present XPS measurements allow for concluding about very low hygroscopicity of the Tl10Hg3Cl16 single crystal surface. The property is extremely important for the crystal handling in optoelectronic or nano-electronic devices working at ambient conditions. The photoinduced piezoelectricity has been explored for Tl10Hg3Cl16 depending on nitrogen (λ=371 nm) laser power density and temperature.

  6. Recent progress in MBE grown HgCdTe materials and devices at UWA

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    Gu, R.; Lei, W.; Antoszewski, J.; Madni, I.; Umana-Menbreno, G.; Faraone, L.

    2016-05-01

    HgCdTe has dominated the high performance end of the IR detector market for decades. At present, the fabrication costs of HgCdTe based advanced infrared devices is relatively high, due to the low yield associated with lattice matched CdZnTe substrates and a complicated cooling system. One approach to ease this problem is to use a cost effective alternative substrate, such as Si or GaAs. Recently, GaSb has emerged as a new alternative with better lattice matching. In addition, implementation of MBE-grown unipolar n-type/barrier/n-type detector structures in the HgCdTe material system has been recently proposed and studied intensively to enhance the detector operating temperature. The unipolar nBn photodetector structure can be used to substantially reduce dark current and noise without impeding photocurrent flow. In this paper, recent progress in MBE growth of HgCdTe infrared material at the University of Western Australia (UWA) is reported, including MBE growth of HgCdTe on GaSb alternative substrates and growth of HgCdTe nBn structures.

  7. Measuring Hg and MeHg fluxes from dynamic systems using high resolution in situ monitoring - case study: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Fleck, J. A.; Bergamaschi, B. A.; Downing, B. D.; Lionberger, M. A.; Schoellhamer, D.; Boss, E.; Heim, W.; Stephenson, M.

    2006-12-01

    Quantifying net loads in tidal systems is difficult, time consuming, and often very expensive. Owing to the relatively rapid nature of tidal exchange, numerous measurements are required in a brief amount of time to accurately quantify constituent fluxes between a tidal wetland and its surrounding waters. Further complicating matters, the differences in chemical concentrations of a constituent between the flood and ebb tides are often small, so that the net export of the constituent is orders of magnitude smaller than the bulk exchange in either direction over the tidal cycle. Thus, high-resolution sampling coupled with high-sensitivity instruments over an adequate amount of time is required to accurately determine a net flux. These complications are exacerbated for mercury species because of the difficulties related to clean sampling and trace-level analysis. The USGS currently is collecting data to determine the fluxes of total mercury (Hg) and methyl-Hg (MeHg) in dissolved and particulate phases at Browns Island in the San Francisco Bay-Delta, a tidally influenced estuarine system. Our field deployment package consists of an upward-looking current profiler to quantify water flux, and an array of other instruments measuring the following parameters: UV absorption, DO, pH, salinity, temperature, water depth, optical backscatter, fluorescence, and spectral attenuation. Measurements are collected at 30-minute intervals for seasonal, month-long deployments in the main slough of Brown's Island. We infer Hg and MeHg concentrations by using multivariate analysis of spectral absorbance and fluorescence properties of the continuous measurements, and comparing them to those of discrete samples taken hourly over a 25-hour tidal cycle for each deployment. Preliminary results indicate that in situ measurements can be used to predict MeHg concentrations in a tidal wetland slough in both the filtered (r2=0.96) and unfiltered (r2=0.95) fractions. Despite seasonal differences in

  8. Hg Isotopic Compositions of Chimneys and Pelagic Sediments at Active Submarine Hydrothermal Field in the Okinawa Trough, Japan

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    Takeuchi, A.; Marumo, K.; Tomiyasu, T.; Yamamoto, M.; Komuro, K.

    2012-12-01

    Mercury (Hg) is a globally distributed and highly toxic pollutant in the environment. It is known that a submarine hydrothermal activity is one of the natural processes to emit Hg to marine environment. In order to estimate the degree to which the Hg found in the marine environment is from anthropogenic versus natural sources, it is important to characterize the Hg from the hydrothermal vents. Samples of chimneys and a ~20 cm sediment core, collected by a deep-sea remotely operated vehicle, from Iheya North hydrothermal field in Okinawa Trough, Japan, were analyzed for Hg concentrations and Hg isotopic compositions. Total Hg concentrations of chimneys range between 8.2 and 16.9 mg/kg, whereas seafloor sediment total Hg concentrations are from 3.8 to 34.8 mg/kg. Approximately 0.4 to 1.1 μg/kg of monomethyl Hg (MMHg) was detected in the top 6 cm sediment cores. Hg isotopic compositions (δ202Hg) of chimneys are between -0.30 and -0.96 ‰, whereas δ202Hg values of sediment samples range from -0.85 to -1.60 ‰. Neither chimneys nor sediment samples exhibit the significant mass independent fractionations in Hg isotopes (Δ201Hg > ± 0.10). The chimney δ202Hg values are slightly higher than the δ202Hg values of sediments. This may indicate that the heavier Hg isotopes tend to be incorporated with mercury-bearing sulfides in chimneys, and the lighter isotopes tend to be remained in the hydrothermal fluid and distributed in the surrounding sediments. Also, the sediment samples from the upper portion of cores demonstrate approximately 0.4 - 0.5 ‰ lower δ202Hg values than those from the lower part. This isotopic fractionation may be resulted from a demethylated process of MMHg by microbes. Several studies have previously demonstrated the rapid demethylation of MMHg by microbes in Hg-contaminated aquatic sediments, and range of the isotopic fractionation is similar to that of the experimentally determined isotopic fractionation of MMHg by bacterial reduction

  9. Sensitivity of Stream Methyl Hg Concentrations to Environmental Change in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, USA

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    Burns, D. A.; Riva-Murray, K.; Nystrom, E.; Millard, G.; Driscoll, C. T.

    2014-12-01

    The Adirondacks of New York have high levels of mercury (Hg) bioaccumulation as demonstrated by a region-wide fish consumption advisory for children and women who may become pregnant. The source of this Hg is atmospheric deposition that originates from regional, continental, and global emissions. Soils in the region have large Hg stores equivalent to several decades of atmospheric deposition suggesting that the processes controlling Hg transport from soils to surface waters may greatly affect Hg concentrations and loads in surface waters. Furthermore, Hg can be converted to its neuro-toxic methyl form (MeHg), particularly in riparian and wetland soils where biogeochemical conditions favor net methylation. We measured MeHg concentrations during 33 months at Fishing Brook, a 65 km2 catchment in the upper Hudson River basin in the Adirondacks. Seasonal variation in stream MeHg concentrations was more than tenfold, consistent with temperature-driven variation in net methylation rates in soils and sediment. These data also indicate greater than twofold annual variation in stream MeHg concentrations among the three monitored growing seasons. The driest growing season had the lowest MeHg concentrations, and these values were greater during the two wetter growing seasons. We hypothesize that contact of the riparian water table with abundant organic matter and MeHg stored in the shallowest soil horizons is a dominant control on MeHg transport to the stream. An empirical model was developed that accounted for 81% of the variation in stream MeHg concentrations. Water temperature and the length of time the simulated riparian water table remained in the shallow soil were key predictive variables, highlighting the sensitivity of MeHg to climatic variation. Future changes in other factors such as Hg emissions and deposition and acid deposition will likely also influence stream MeHg concentrations and loads. For example, lime application to an Adirondack stream to increase pH and

  10. Evaluating the role of re-adsorption of dissolved Hg2+ during cinnabar dissolution using isotope tracer technique

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    Jiang, Ping; Li, Yanbin; Liu, Guangliang; Yang, Guidi; Lagos, Leonel; Yin, Yongguang; Gu, Baohua; Jiang, Guibin; Cai, Yong

    2016-06-02

    Cinnabar dissolution is an important factor controlling mercury (Hg) cycling. Recent studies have suggested the co-occurrence of re-adsorption of the released Hg during the course of cinnabar dissolution. However, there is a lack of feasible techniques that can quantitatively assess the amount of Hg re-adsorbed on cinnabar when investigating cinnabar dissolution. In this study, a new method, based on isotope tracing and dilution techniques, was developed to study the role of Hg re-adsorption in cinnabar dissolution. The developed method includes two key components: (1) accurate measurement of both released and spiked Hg in aqueous phase and (2) estimation of re-adsorbedmore » Hg on cinnabar surface via the reduction in spiked 202Hg2+. By adopting the developed method, it was found that the released Hg for trials purged with oxygen could reach several hundred g L–1, while no significant cinnabar dissolution was detected under anaerobic condition. Cinnabar dissolution rate when considering Hg re-adsorption was approximately 2 times the value calculated solely with the Hg detected in the aqueous phase. Lastly, these results suggest that ignoring the Hg re-adsorption process can significantly underestimate the importance of cinnabar dissolution, highlighting the necessity of applying the developed method in future cinnabar dissolution studies.« less

  11. The construction and testing of the portable Hg(2+) ultrasonic calibrator for the control of mercury speciation systems.

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    Gorecki, Jerzy; Okonska, Anna

    2016-01-15

    During fuel combustion mercury, as Hg(0) and Hg(2+) forms, is emitted to the atmosphere. Effective reduction of mercury emission requires applying speciation systems for emission control and research. An important part of all mercury determination and speciation systems are the calibrators. Calibrators are responsible for the accuracy of mercury determination and, in consequence, the effective reduction of mercury emission. The aim of the work was to construct a portable HgCl2 calibrator. The purpose of the device was the control of mercury speciation systems for continuous measurements and study of HgCl2 sorption. As a result of previously conducted research, the portable Hg(2+) ultrasonic calibrator was designed, constructed and tested. The ultrasonic calibrator generates a stable stream of HgCl2 (RSD=2.8% for CHg=28µg/m(3)). The correlation between theoretical and reading concentration of HgCl2 was R(2)=0.9983. The average recovery of HgCl2 was 95%. The advantages of the ultrasonic Hg(2+) calibrator are: high accuracy and selectivity, low pressure of HgCl2 stream and very low cost of production. The calibrator was successfully tested, both in the laboratory and in the power plant, during a preliminary study on HgCl2 sorption on a fly ash filter. PMID:26592572

  12. Evaluating the role of re-adsorption of dissolved Hg(2+) during cinnabar dissolution using isotope tracer technique.

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    Jiang, Ping; Li, Yanbin; Liu, Guangliang; Yang, Guidi; Lagos, Leonel; Yin, Yongguang; Gu, Baohua; Jiang, Guibin; Cai, Yong

    2016-11-01

    Cinnabar dissolution is an important factor controlling mercury (Hg) cycling. Recent studies have suggested the co-occurrence of re-adsorption of the released Hg during the course of cinnabar dissolution. However, there is a lack of feasible techniques that can quantitatively assess the amount of Hg re-adsorbed on cinnabar when investigating cinnabar dissolution. In this study, a new method, based on isotope tracing and dilution techniques, was developed to study the role of Hg re-adsorption in cinnabar dissolution. The developed method includes two key components: (1) accurate measurement of both released and spiked Hg in aqueous phase and (2) estimation of re-adsorbed Hg on cinnabar surface via the reduction in spiked (202)Hg(2+). By adopting the developed method, it was found that the released Hg for trials purged with oxygen could reach several hundred μgL(-1), while no significant cinnabar dissolution was detected under anaerobic condition. Cinnabar dissolution rate when considering Hg re-adsorption was approximately 2 times the value calculated solely with the Hg detected in the aqueous phase. These results suggest that ignoring the Hg re-adsorption process can significantly underestimate the importance of cinnabar dissolution, highlighting the necessity of applying the developed method in future cinnabar dissolution studies.

  13. Evaluating the role of re-adsorption of dissolved Hg(2+) during cinnabar dissolution using isotope tracer technique.

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    Jiang, Ping; Li, Yanbin; Liu, Guangliang; Yang, Guidi; Lagos, Leonel; Yin, Yongguang; Gu, Baohua; Jiang, Guibin; Cai, Yong

    2016-11-01

    Cinnabar dissolution is an important factor controlling mercury (Hg) cycling. Recent studies have suggested the co-occurrence of re-adsorption of the released Hg during the course of cinnabar dissolution. However, there is a lack of feasible techniques that can quantitatively assess the amount of Hg re-adsorbed on cinnabar when investigating cinnabar dissolution. In this study, a new method, based on isotope tracing and dilution techniques, was developed to study the role of Hg re-adsorption in cinnabar dissolution. The developed method includes two key components: (1) accurate measurement of both released and spiked Hg in aqueous phase and (2) estimation of re-adsorbed Hg on cinnabar surface via the reduction in spiked (202)Hg(2+). By adopting the developed method, it was found that the released Hg for trials purged with oxygen could reach several hundred μgL(-1), while no significant cinnabar dissolution was detected under anaerobic condition. Cinnabar dissolution rate when considering Hg re-adsorption was approximately 2 times the value calculated solely with the Hg detected in the aqueous phase. These results suggest that ignoring the Hg re-adsorption process can significantly underestimate the importance of cinnabar dissolution, highlighting the necessity of applying the developed method in future cinnabar dissolution studies. PMID:27322904

  14. The reaction of Hg(6 3P1)+H2, D2, and HD: Product rotational and vibrational distributions; isotope effects

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    Bras, N.; Jeannet, J. C.; Perrin, D.

    1987-07-01

    The initial vibrational and rotational state distributions of HgH and HgD products of Hg(6 3P1)+H2, D2, and HD have been determined. No isotope effect was observed for the vibrationless molecules or for HgH(v=1) but this effect appears for vibrationally excited HgD. The relative yields of the various reactions are reported for each vibrational level. In the reaction with HD, HgD is preferentially produced: [HgD]/[HgH]≂6.7.

  15. Seasonal variations in metallic mercury (Hg0) vapor exchange over biannual wheat - corn rotation cropland in the North China Plain

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    Sommar, J.; Zhu, W.; Shang, L.; Lin, C.-J.; Feng, X. B.

    2015-09-01

    Air-surface gas exchange of Hg0 was measured in five approximately bi-weekly campaigns (in total 87 days) over a wheat-corn rotation cropland located in the North China Plain using the relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) technique. The campaigns were separated over duration of a full year period (201-2013) aiming to capture the flux pattern over essential growing stages of the planting system with a low homogeneous topsoil Hg content (~ 45 ng g-1). Contrasting pollution regimes influenced air masses at the site and corresponding Hg0 concentration means (3.3 in late summer to 6.2 ng m-3 in winter) were unanimously above the typical hemispheric background of 1.5-1.7 ng m-3 during the campaigns. Extreme values in bi-directional net Hg0 exchange were primarily observed during episodes of peaking Hg0 concentrations. In tandem with under-canopy chamber measurements, the above-canopy REA measurements provided evidence for a balance between Hg0 ground emissions and uptake of Hg0 by the developed canopies. During the wheat growing season covering ~ 2/3 of the year at the site, net field-scale Hg0 emission was prevailing for periods of active plant growth until canopy senescence (mean flux: 20.0 ng m-3) disclosing the dominance of Hg0 soil efflux during warmer seasons. In the final vegetative stage of corn and wheat, ground and above-canopy Hg0 flux displayed inversed daytime courses with a near mid-day maximum (emission) and minimum (deposition), respectively. In contrast to wheat, Hg0 uptake of the corn canopy at this stage offset ground Hg0 emissions with additional removal of Hg0 from the atmosphere. Differential uptake of Hg0 between wheat (C3 species) and corn (C4 species) foliage is discernible from estimated Hg0 flux (per leaf area) and Hg content in mature cereal leaves being a factor of > 3 higher for wheat (at ~ 120 ng g-1 dry weight). Furthermore, this study shows that intermittent flood irrigation of the air-dry field induced a short pulse of Hg0 emission due to

  16. Ultrasensitive detection of Hg2+ using oligonucleotide-functionalized AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor

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    Cheng, Junjie; Li, Jiadong; Miao, Bin; Wang, Jine; Wu, Zhengyan; Wu, Dongmin; Pei, Renjun

    2014-08-01

    An oligonucleotide-functionalized ion sensitive AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) was fabricated to detect trace amounts of Hg2+. The advantages of ion sensitive AlGaN/GaN HEMT and highly specific binding interaction between Hg2+ and thymines were combined. The current response of this Hg2+ ultrasensitive transistor was characterized. The current increased due to the accumulation of Hg2+ ions on the surface by the highly specific thymine-Hg2+-thymine recognition. The dynamic linear range for Hg2+ detection has been determined in the concentrations from 10-14 to 10-8 M and a detection limit below 10-14 M level was estimated, which is the best result of AlGaN/GaN HEMT biosensors for Hg2+ detection till now.

  17. Numerical study of near-, mid-, and long-infrared photon trapping in crystalline and amorphous HgCdTe metamaterials

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    Jung, Young Uk; Bendoym, Igor; Crouse, David T.

    2016-04-01

    Recently, mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) films have been extensively studied for the metamaterial applications. Crystalline HgCdTe (c-HgCdTe) films attracted people's attention for the spectral detection when used as metasurfaces and demonstrated reduced volume size, increased operating temperature, and improved quantum efficiency. Amorphous HgCdTe (a-HgCdTe) films also have been studied due to their interesting properties. Such properties include film deposition on any substrate, direct growth on device, and higher operating temperatures with the low dark current. Hence, in this work, for the first time, we investigate and compare the use of c-HgCdTe and a-HgCdTe for the photon sorting metasurfaces in near-, mid-, and long-IR spectral range in the sensor applications.

  18. Mercury (Hg) and oxidative stress status in healthy mothers and its effect on birth anthropometric measures.

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    Al-Saleh, Iman; Al-Rouqi, Reem; Obsum, Cercilia Angela; Shinwari, Neptune; Mashhour, Abdullah; Billedo, Grisellhi; Al-Sarraj, Yaser; Rabbah, Abdullah

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to: (a) investigate the antagonistic interaction between selenium (Se) and mercury (Hg) in mothers and their newborns, (b) delineate the role of oxidative mechanisms induced by Hg exposure and (c) examine the protective effect of Se on Hg-induced oxidative stress and birth outcomes. Levels of Hg and Se were measured in umbilical cord blood and the placentas of 250 healthy mothers who participated in a study between 2006 and 2006 assessing prenatal exposure various pollutants. Levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) in cord and maternal blood and of 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine in urine were measured for assessing oxidative stress. Tail moment (TM) in the comet assay, as a biomarker of DNA damage was measured in samples of cord and maternal blood. The mean Se levels in umbilical cord blood (67.618±12.897μg/l) were lower than those reported in many countries, but none of the newborns had Se levels <20μg/l (the threshold limit of Keshan disease). More than 80% of the newborns, though, had Se levels below the 80μg/l needed for maximum glutathione peroxidase activity. Even though 18.6% of the newborns had levels of Hg ≥5.8μg/l (the reference dose of the Environmental Protection Agency), no relationship was observed with the biomarkers of oxidative stress. The mean placental Hg levels (0.056±0.075μg/g dry wt.) were higher than those reported for newborns with abnormal fetal development. Our study also documented significant placental transfer of Hg and Se to the fetus. The Hg/Se molar ratio in both cord blood and placental tissue was well below 1. The average amount of Se in both matrices was approximately 50-fold in molar excess over Hg. The molar excess of Se in the umbilical cord (0.843μmol/l), however, was lower than in placental tissues (13.098μmol/kg dry wt.). In further support of the relationships of Hg and Se on oxidative stress, we observed significantly lower levels of maternal MDA associated with Se levels in both cord blood and

  19. Mercury (Hg) and oxidative stress status in healthy mothers and its effect on birth anthropometric measures.

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    Al-Saleh, Iman; Al-Rouqi, Reem; Obsum, Cercilia Angela; Shinwari, Neptune; Mashhour, Abdullah; Billedo, Grisellhi; Al-Sarraj, Yaser; Rabbah, Abdullah

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to: (a) investigate the antagonistic interaction between selenium (Se) and mercury (Hg) in mothers and their newborns, (b) delineate the role of oxidative mechanisms induced by Hg exposure and (c) examine the protective effect of Se on Hg-induced oxidative stress and birth outcomes. Levels of Hg and Se were measured in umbilical cord blood and the placentas of 250 healthy mothers who participated in a study between 2006 and 2006 assessing prenatal exposure various pollutants. Levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) in cord and maternal blood and of 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine in urine were measured for assessing oxidative stress. Tail moment (TM) in the comet assay, as a biomarker of DNA damage was measured in samples of cord and maternal blood. The mean Se levels in umbilical cord blood (67.618±12.897μg/l) were lower than those reported in many countries, but none of the newborns had Se levels <20μg/l (the threshold limit of Keshan disease). More than 80% of the newborns, though, had Se levels below the 80μg/l needed for maximum glutathione peroxidase activity. Even though 18.6% of the newborns had levels of Hg ≥5.8μg/l (the reference dose of the Environmental Protection Agency), no relationship was observed with the biomarkers of oxidative stress. The mean placental Hg levels (0.056±0.075μg/g dry wt.) were higher than those reported for newborns with abnormal fetal development. Our study also documented significant placental transfer of Hg and Se to the fetus. The Hg/Se molar ratio in both cord blood and placental tissue was well below 1. The average amount of Se in both matrices was approximately 50-fold in molar excess over Hg. The molar excess of Se in the umbilical cord (0.843μmol/l), however, was lower than in placental tissues (13.098μmol/kg dry wt.). In further support of the relationships of Hg and Se on oxidative stress, we observed significantly lower levels of maternal MDA associated with Se levels in both cord blood and

  20. Synthesis of current data for Hg in areas of geologic resource extraction contamination and aquatic systems in China.

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    Qiu, Guangle; Feng, Xinbin; Jiang, Guibin

    2012-04-01

    China has become the largest contributor of anthropogenic atmospheric mercury (Hg) in the world owing to its fast growing economy and the largest of populations. Over the last two decades, Hg has become of increasing environmental concern in China and much has been published on its distribution, transportation, methylation, and bioaccumulation in aquatic systems and areas of geologic resource extraction contaminated sites, such as coal-fired power plants, non-ferrous smelters, Hg mining and retorting sites, Au amalgam, landfills, chemical plants, etc.. Environmental compartments, like soil, water, air, and crop from areas of geologic resource extraction contamination, especially from Hg mining regions, exhibit elevated values of total-Hg and MMHg. Risk assessments indicate that the consumption of rice, which has a high bioaccumulation of MMHg, has become the dominant pathway of MMHg exposure of inhabitants living in Hg mining areas. Low concentrations less than 5ngl(-1) in total-Hg can be observed in rivers from remote areas, however, high concentrations that reached 1600ngl(-1) in total-Hg can be found in rivers from industrial and urban areas. The studies of hydropower reservoirs of southwest China indicated the old reservoirs act as net sinks for total-Hg and net sources of MMHg, while newly established ones act as net sinks for both total-Hg and MMHg, which is in sharp contrast to the evolution of biomethylation in reservoirs established in the boreal belt of North America and Eurasia. Fish from those reservoirs have relatively low levels of total-Hg, which do not exceed the maximum total-Hg limit of 0.5mgkg(-1) recommended by WHO. Currently, however, there is still a large data gap regarding Hg even in the areas mentioned above in China, which results in poor understanding of its environmental biogeochemistry. Moreover, for a better understanding of human and environmental health effects caused by the fast growing economy, long-term Hg monitoring campaigns are

  1. Influence of chloride and Fe(II) content on the reduction of Hg(II) by magnetite.

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    Pasakarnis, Timothy S; Boyanov, Maxim I; Kemner, Kenneth M; Mishra, Bhoopesh; O'Loughlin, Edward J; Parkin, Gene; Scherer, Michelle M

    2013-07-01

    Abiotic reduction of inorganic mercury by natural organic matter and native soils is well-known, and recently there is evidence that reduced iron (Fe) species, such as magnetite, green rust, and Fe sulfides, can also reduce Hg(II). Here, we evaluated the reduction of Hg(II) by magnetites with varying Fe(II) content in both the absence and presence of chloride. Specifically, we evaluated whether magnetite stoichiometry (x = Fe(II)/Fe(III)) influences the rate of Hg(II) reduction and formation of products. In the absence of chloride, reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) is observed over a range of magnetite stoichiometries (0.29 < x < 0.50) in purged headspace reactors and unpurged low headspace reactors, as evidenced by Hg recovery in a volatile product trap solution and Hg L(III)-edge X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES). In the presence of chloride, however, XANES spectra indicate the formation of a metastable Hg(I) calomel species (Hg2Cl2) from the reduction of Hg(II). Interestingly, Hg(I) species are only observed for the more oxidized magnetite particles that contain lower Fe(II) content (x < 0.42). For the more reduced magnetite particles (x ≥ 0.42), Hg(II) is reduced to Hg(0) even in the presence of high chloride concentrations. As previously observed for nitroaromatic compounds and uranium, magnetite stoichiometry appears to influence the rate of Hg(II) reduction (both in the presence and absence of chloride) confirming that it is important to consider magnetite stoichiometry when assessing the fate of contaminants in Fe-rich subsurface environments. PMID:23621619

  2. Synthesis of current data for Hg in areas of geologic resource extraction contamination and aquatic systems in China.

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    Qiu, Guangle; Feng, Xinbin; Jiang, Guibin

    2012-04-01

    China has become the largest contributor of anthropogenic atmospheric mercury (Hg) in the world owing to its fast growing economy and the largest of populations. Over the last two decades, Hg has become of increasing environmental concern in China and much has been published on its distribution, transportation, methylation, and bioaccumulation in aquatic systems and areas of geologic resource extraction contaminated sites, such as coal-fired power plants, non-ferrous smelters, Hg mining and retorting sites, Au amalgam, landfills, chemical plants, etc.. Environmental compartments, like soil, water, air, and crop from areas of geologic resource extraction contamination, especially from Hg mining regions, exhibit elevated values of total-Hg and MMHg. Risk assessments indicate that the consumption of rice, which has a high bioaccumulation of MMHg, has become the dominant pathway of MMHg exposure of inhabitants living in Hg mining areas. Low concentrations less than 5ngl(-1) in total-Hg can be observed in rivers from remote areas, however, high concentrations that reached 1600ngl(-1) in total-Hg can be found in rivers from industrial and urban areas. The studies of hydropower reservoirs of southwest China indicated the old reservoirs act as net sinks for total-Hg and net sources of MMHg, while newly established ones act as net sinks for both total-Hg and MMHg, which is in sharp contrast to the evolution of biomethylation in reservoirs established in the boreal belt of North America and Eurasia. Fish from those reservoirs have relatively low levels of total-Hg, which do not exceed the maximum total-Hg limit of 0.5mgkg(-1) recommended by WHO. Currently, however, there is still a large data gap regarding Hg even in the areas mentioned above in China, which results in poor understanding of its environmental biogeochemistry. Moreover, for a better understanding of human and environmental health effects caused by the fast growing economy, long-term Hg monitoring campaigns are

  3. Mechanism of Hg-C protonolysis in the organomercurial lyase MerB.

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    Parks, Jerry M; Guo, Hong; Momany, Cory; Liang, Liyuan; Miller, Susan M; Summers, Anne O; Smith, Jeremy C

    2009-09-23

    Demethylation is a key reaction in global mercury cycling. The bacterial organomercurial lyase, MerB, catalyzes the demethylation of a wide range of organomercurials via Hg-C protonolysis. Two strictly conserved cysteine residues in the active site are required for catalysis, but the source of the catalytic proton and the detailed reaction mechanism have not been determined. Here, the two major proposed reaction mechanisms of MerB are investigated and compared using hybrid density functional theory calculations. A model of the active site was constructed from an X-ray crystal structure of the Hg(II)-bound MerB product complex. Stationary point structures and energies characterized for the Hg-C protonolysis of methylmercury rule out the direct protonation mechanism in which a cysteine residue delivers the catalytic proton directly to the organic leaving group. Instead, the calculations support a two-step mechanism in which Cys96 or Cys159 first donates a proton to Asp99, enabling coordination of two thiolates with R-Hg(II). At the rate-limiting transition state, Asp99 protonates the nascent carbanion in a trigonal planar, bis thiol-ligated R-Hg(II) species to cleave the Hg-C bond and release the hydrocarbon product. Reactions with two other substrates, vinylmercury and cis-2-butenyl-2-mercury, were also modeled, and the computed activation barriers for all three organomercurial substrates reproduce the trend in the experimentally observed enzymatic reaction rates. Analysis of atomic charges in the rate-limiting transition state structure using Natural Population Analysis shows that MerB lowers the activation free energy in the Hg-C protonolysis reaction by redistributing electron density into the leaving group and away from the catalytic proton.

  4. Speciation, characterization, and mobility of As, Se, and Hg in flue gas desulphurization residues.

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    Al-Abed, Souhail R; Jegadeesan, Gautham; Scheckel, Kirk G; Tolaymat, Thabet

    2008-03-01

    Flue gas from coal combustion contains significant amounts of volatile toxic trace elements such as arsenic (As), selenium (Se), and mercury (Hg). The capture of these elements in the flue gas desulphurization (FGD) scrubber unit has resulted in generation of a metal-laden residue. With increasing reuse of the FGD residues in beneficial applications, it is important to determine metal speciation and mobilityto understand the environmental impact of its reuse. In this paper, we report the solid phase speciation of As, Se, and Hg in FGD residues using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), and sequential chemical extraction (SCE) techniques. The SCE results combined with XRF data indicated a strong possibility of As association with iron oxides, whereas Se was distributed among all geochemical phases. Hg appeared to be mainly distributed in the strong-complexed phase. XRF images also suggested a strong association of Hg with Fe oxide materials within FGD residues. XAS analysis indicated that As existed in its oxidized state (As(V)), whereas Se and Hg was observed in primarily reduced states as selenite (Se(IV)) and Hg(I), respectively. The results from the SCE and variable pH leaching tests indicated that the labile fractions of As, Se, and Hg were fairly low and thus suggestive of their stability in the FGD residues. However, the presence of a fine fraction enriched in metal content in the FGD residue suggested that size fractionation is important in assessing the environmental risks associated with their reuse.

  5. Mechanism of Hg-C Protonolysis in the Organomercurial Lyase MerB

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    Parks, Jerry M; Guo, Hong; Liang, Liyuan; Miller, Susan M; Summers, Anne O; Smith, Jeremy C

    2009-01-01

    Demethylation is a key reaction in global mercury cycling. The bacterial organomercurial lyase, MerB, catalyzes the demethylation of a wide range of organomercurials via Hg-C protonolysis. Two strictly conserved cysteine residues in the active site are required for catalysis, but the source of the catalytic proton and the detailed reaction mechanism have not been determined. Here, the two major proposed reaction mechanisms of MerB are investigated and compared using hybrid density functional theory calculations. A model of the active site was constructed from an X-ray crystal structure of the Hg(II)-bound MerB product complex. Stationary point structures and energies characterized for the Hg-C protonolysis of methylmercury rule out the direct protonation mechanism in which a cysteine residue delivers the catalytic proton directly to the organic leaving group. Instead, the calculations support a two-step mechanism in which Cys96 or Cys159 first donates a proton to Asp99, enabling coordination of two thiolates with R-Hg(II). At the rate-limiting transition state, Asp99 protonates the nascent carbanion in a trigonal planar, bis thiol-ligated R-Hg(II) species to cleave the Hg-C bond and release the hydrocarbon product. Reactions with two other substrates, vinylmercury and cis-2-butenyl-2-mercury, were also modeled, and the computed activation barriers for all three organomercurial substrates reproduce the trend in the experimentally observed enzymatic reaction rates. Analysis of atomic charges in the rate-limiting transition state structure using Natural Population Analysis shows that MerB lowers the activation free energy in the Hg-C protonolysis reaction by redistributing electron density into the leaving group and away from the catalytic proton.

  6. A Quantum Dot Fluorescence Sensor System Design for Hg²⁺ Trace Detection.

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    Luo, Wei; Zeng, Xin-hua; Li, Miao; Zheng, Shou-guo; Li, Hua-long; Weng, Shi-zhuang; Wang, Shao-qi

    2015-11-01

    The detection of Hg²⁺ ions usually requires large laboratory equipment, which encounters difficulties for rapid field test in most applications. In this paper, we design a reflective sensor for trace Hg²⁺ analysis based on the fluorescent quenching of Quantum dots, which contains two major modules, i. e. the fluorescent sensing module and the signal processing module. The fluorescence sensing module is composed of a laser source, a light collimated system and a photo-detector, which enables the realization of the fluorescence excitation as well as its detection. The signal processing module realized the further amplification of the detected signal and hereafter the filtering of noises. Furthermore, the Hg²⁺ concentration will displayed on the QT interface using a Linux embedded system. The sensor system is low cost and small, which makes it available for rapid field test or portable applications. Experimental results show that the sensor has a good linear relationship for the Hg²⁺ concentration range from 15.0 x 10⁻⁹ to 1.8 x 10⁻⁶ mol · L⁻¹. The regression equation is V₀/V = 1.309 13 + 3.37c, where c is Hg²⁺ concentration, and V₀ is the voltage value for the blank case. In our work, the linearity is determined as 0. 989 26. The experiments exhibit that Ca²⁺, Mn²⁺ and Pb²⁺ ions have small influence on the Hg²⁺ detection, and the interfere of other common ions can be neglected, which indicates a good selectivity of the sensor. Finally, it shows that our sensor has a rapid response time of 35 s and a good repeatability, thus it is potential for field test of trace Hg²⁺. PMID:26978943

  7. Speciation, characterization, and mobility of As, Se, and Hg in flue gas desulphurization residues

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    Souhail R. Al-Abed; Gautham Jegadeesan; Kirk G. Scheckel; Thabet Tolaymat

    2008-03-01

    Flue gas from coal combustion contains significant amounts of volatile toxic trace elements such as arsenic (As), selenium (Se), and mercury (Hg). The capture of these elements in the flue gas desulphurization (FGD) scrubber unit has resulted in generation of a metal-laden residue. With increasing reuse of the FGD residues in beneficial applications, it is important to determine metal speciation and mobility to understand the environmental impact of its reuse. In this paper, we report the solid phase speciation of As, Se, and Hg in FGD residues using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), and sequential chemical extraction (SCE) techniques. The SCE results combined with XRF data indicated a strong possibility of As association with iron oxides, whereas Se was distributed among all geochemical phases. Hg appeared to be mainly distributed in the strong-complexed phase. XRF images also suggested a strong association of Hg with Fe oxide materials within FGD residues. XAS analysis indicated that As existed in its oxidized state (As(V)), whereas Se and Hg was observed in primarily reduced states as selenite (Se(IV)) and Hg(I), respectively. The results from the SCE and variable pH leaching tests indicated that the labile fractions of As, Se, and Hg were fairly low and thus suggestive of their stability in the FGD residues. However, the presence of a fine fraction enriched in metal content in the FGD residue suggested that size fractionation is important in assessing the environmental risks associated with their reuse. 34 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  8. Speciation, Characterization and Mobility of As, Se and Hg in Flue Gas Desulphurization Residues

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    Al-Abed, S.R.; Jegadeesan, G.; Scheckel, K.G.; Tolaymat, T.

    2008-06-23

    Flue gas from coal combustion contains significant amounts of volatile toxic trace elements such as arsenic (As), selenium (Se), and mercury (Hg). The capture of these elements in the flue gas desulphurization (FGD) scrubber unit has resulted in generation of a metal-laden residue. With increasing reuse of the FGD residues in beneficial applications, it is important to determine metal speciation and mobility to understand the environmental impact of its reuse. In this paper, we report the solid phase speciation of As, Se, and Hg in FGD residues using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), and sequential chemical extraction (SCE) techniques. The SCE results combined with XRF data indicated a strong possibility of As association with iron oxides, whereas Se was distributed among all geochemical phases. Hg appeared to be mainly distributed in the strong-complexed phase. XRF images also suggested a strong association of Hg with Fe oxide materials within FGD residues. XAS analysis indicated that As existed in its oxidized state (As(V)), whereas Se and Hg was observed in primarily reduced states as selenite (Se(IV)) and Hg(I), respectively. The results from the SCE and variable pH leaching tests indicated that the labile fractions of As, Se, and Hg were fairly low and thus suggestive of their stability in the FGD residues. However, the presence of a fine fraction enriched in metal content in the FGD residue suggested that size fractionation is important in assessing the environmental risks associated with their reuse.

  9. Orbitally selective chemical reaction in Hg-H2 van der Waals complexes

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    Breckenridge, W. H.; Jouvet, Christophe; Soep, Benoit

    1986-02-01

    A new technique is described for probing the reaction dynamics of ``half-collisions'' in systems where ``full-collision'' chemical dynamics can also be studied. By selective laser excitation of an atom-molecule van der Waals complex, an electronically excited atom can be created at a known distance from, and with a known orbital symmetry with respect to, the reactive molecule. From spectra of the complex and from detection of nascent products in a state-resolved fashion, not only can a great deal be learned about the dynamics of the half-collision, but comparison can also be made with analogous full-collision dynamical information. Reported here are initial results involving the HgṡH2 van der Waals complex. When the Hg (6s 1S0)ṡH2 ground-state complex is excited to the Hg(6p 3P1)ṡH2 complex with frequencies near that of the Hg(6 1S0-6 3P1) free atom transition, the molecular product HgH(X 2Σ+) is readily detected. No fluorescence of the Hg(6p 3P1)ṡH2 complex is observed, nor is Hg(6p 3P0) detected as a major product. The two electronic configurations of the excited Hg(6p 3P1)ṡH2 complex, 3Σ and 3Π (which correspond approximately to axial and perpendicular orientation, respectively, of the p orbital with respect to the freely rotating H2 molecule) exhibit different behavior. The reaction to form HgH (X 2Σ+) via the 3Π complex is ``direct,'' i.e., occurs within 0.1 ps, since the HgH(X 2Σ+) action spectrum for 3Π excitation is continuous. In contrast, there is rovibrational structure in the HgH (X2 Σ+) action spectrum for 3Σ excitation, showing that HgH(X 2Σ+) formation in this case is ``indirect,'' i.e., occurs on a time scale between 2 ps and 1 ns. Furthermore, the HgH (X 2Σ+, v=0) rotational quantum-state distribution from 3Σ complex excitation is bimodal, with a major component quite similar to that resulting from excitation of the 3Π complex, but with a minor component present at low N. Possible explanations of these results, which

  10. The new barium zinc mercurides Ba{sub 3}ZnHg{sub 10} and BaZn{sub 0.6}Hg{sub 3.4} - Synthesis, crystal and electronic structure

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    Schwarz, Michael; Wendorff, Marco; Roehr, Caroline

    2012-12-15

    The title compounds Ba{sub 3}ZnHg{sub 10} and BaZn{sub 0.6}Hg{sub 3.4} were synthesized from stoichiometric ratios of the elements in Ta crucibles. Their crystal structures, which both represent new structure types, have been determined using single crystal X-ray data. The structure of Ba{sub 3}ZnHg{sub 10} (orthorhombic, oP28, space group Pmmn, a=701.2(3), b=1706.9(8), c=627.3(3)pm, Z=2, R1=0.0657) contains folded 4{sup 4} Hg nets, where the meshes form the bases of flat rectangular pyramids resembling the structure of BaAl{sub 4}. The flat pyramids are connected via Hg-Zn/Hg bonds, leaving large channels at the folds, in which Ba(1) and Hg(2) atoms alternate. Whereas the remaining Hg/Zn atoms form a covalent 3D network of three- to five-bonded atoms with short M-M distances (273-301 pm; CN 9-11), the Hg(2) atoms in the channels adopt a comparatively large coordination number of 12 and increased distances (317-348 pm) to their Zn/Hg neighbours. In the structure of BaZn{sub 0.6}Hg{sub 3.4} (cubic, cI320, space group I4{sup Macron }3d, a=2025.50(7) pm, Z=64, R1=0.0440), with a chemical composition not much different from that of Ba{sub 3}ZnHg{sub 10}, the Zn/Hg atoms of the mixed positions M(1/2) are arranged in an slightly distorted primitive cubic lattice with a 4 Multiplication-Sign 4 Multiplication-Sign 4 subcell relation to the unit cell. The 24 of the originating 64 cubes contain planar cis tetramers Hg(5,6){sub 4} with Hg in a nearly trigonal planar or tetrahedral coordination. In another 24 of the small cubes, two opposing faces are decorated by Hg(3,4){sub 2} dumbbells, two by Ba(2) atoms respectively. The third type of small cubes are centered by Ba(1) atoms only. The complex 3D polyanionic Hg/Zn network thus formed is compared with the Hg partial structure in Rb{sub 3}Hg{sub 20} applying a group-subgroup relation. Despite their different overall structures, the connectivity of the negatively charged Hg atoms, the rather metallic Zn bonding characteristic

  11. Influence of humic acid on adsorption of Hg(II) by vermiculite.

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    do Nascimento, Fernando Henrique; Masini, Jorge Cesar

    2014-10-01

    Geochemical mobility of Hg(II) species is strongly affected by the interactions of these compounds with naturally occurring adsorbents such as humic acids, clay minerals, oxides, etc. Interactions among these sorbents affect their affinity for Hg(II) and a full understanding of these processes is still lacking. The present work describes the influence of a humic acid (HA) sample on the adsorption of Hg(II) by vermiculite (VT). Adsorption isotherms were constructed to evaluate the affinity of Hg(II) by VT, HA, VT modified with humic acid (VT-HA), and VT-HA in presence of soluble humic acid (VT-HA + HA). All experiments were made at pH 6.0 ± 0.1 in 0.02 M NaNO3 and 25.0 ± 0.5 °C for initial Hg(II) concentrations from 1.0 to 100 μM. Determinations of Hg(II) were made by square wave voltammetry automated by sequential injection analysis, an approach that enables the determination of the free plus labile fractions of Hg(II) in HA suspensions without the need for laborious separation steps. The adsorption isotherms were fitted to Langmuir and Freundlich equations, showing that HA was the material with the higher adsorption capacity (537 ± 30 μmol g(-1)) in comparison with VT and VT-HA (44 ± 3 and 51 ± 11 μmol g(-1), respectively). Adsorption order was HA > VT-HA + HA > VT = VT-HA. At pH 6.0 the interaction of HA with VT is weak and only 14% of C initially added to the suspension was effectively retained by the mineral. Desorption of Hg(II) in acidic medium (0.05 M HCl) was higher in binary (VT-HA) and ternary (VT-HA + HA) systems in comparison with that of VT and HA alone, suggesting that interactions between VT and HA are facilitated in acidic medium, weakening the binding to Hg(II).

  12. Search for entrance-channel dependence in the population of superdeformed bands in {sup 191}Hg

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    Soramel, F.; Khoo, T.L.; Janssens, R.V.F.

    1995-08-01

    The population intensity of some SD bands in the mass 150 region were observed to depend on the mass symmetry of the entrance channel in the fusion reaction. The authors raised the possibility that the population of SD bands had a memory of the entrance channel. To check this interesting possibility, we made measurements of the population intensities of superdeformed (SD) bands in the {sup 160}Gd({sup 36}S,5n){sup 191}Hg and {sup 130}Te({sup 64}Ni,3n){sup 191}Hg reactions. To ensure that any observed effect was not due to a simple angular momentum difference in the entrance channels, we also measured the average entry points and spin distributions of normal and SD states in {sup 191}Hg in the two reactions. The entry points and spin distributions for {sup 191}Hg are the same and, indeed, so are the SD intensities in the two reactions. Hence, no entrance-channel effect is observed in the population of the SD band in {sup 191}Hg, in contrast with data for SD bands in the mass 150 regions. We suggest that the effect observed previously in the mass 150 region is due to an angular momentum effect. A letter reporting our results was submitted for publication.

  13. In-beam conversion-electron spectroscopy of {sup 180}Hg

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    Page, R. D.; Wiseman, D. R.; Butler, P. A.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Jones, G. D.; Joss, D. T.; Keenan, A.; Rainovski, G. I.; Andreyev, A. N.; Grahn, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jones, P. M.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Kankaanpaeae, H.; Kettunen, H.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Muikku, M.; Nieminen, P.

    2011-09-15

    Excited states in {sup 180}Hg were populated using the {sup 147}Sm({sup 36}Ar,3n){sup 180}Hg reaction and studied by in-beam conversion-electron spectroscopy. Conversion electrons emitted at the target position were measured using the Silicon Array for Conversion Electron Detection (SACRED) spectrometer and tagged through the characteristic {alpha} decays of {sup 180}Hg detected in a position-sensitive silicon strip detector located at the focal plane of the gas-filled recoil separator Recoil Ion Transport Unit (RITU). Electron conversion of transitions previously assigned to {sup 180}Hg through in-beam {gamma}-ray spectroscopy studies was identified up to the 10{sup +}{yields}8{sup +} transition and the intensities of the conversion-electron transitions were found to be consistent with the previous multipolarity assignments. Evidence was also found for two highly converted transitions in {sup 180}Hg: a 167 keV transition is interpreted as the transition from the newly identified 2{sub 2}{sup +} state at 601 keV to the 2{sub 1}{sup +} state at 434 keV, while a 420 keV transition is assigned as the E0 decay from the 0{sup +} bandhead of the prolate-deformed configuration to the weakly deformed ground state.

  14. Aptamer-functionalized porous phospholipid nanoshells for direct measurement of Hg(2+) in urine.

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    Li, Zhen; Muhandiramlage, Thusitha P; Keogh, John P; Hall, Henry K; Aspinwall, Craig A

    2015-01-01

    A porous phospholipid nanoshell (PPN) sensor functionalized with a specific aptamer sensor agent was prepared for rapid detection of Hg(2+) in human urine with minimal sample preparation. Aptamer sensors provide an important class of optical transducers that can be readily and reproducibly synthesized. A key limitation of aptamer sensors, and many other optical sensors, is the potential of biofouling or biodegradation when used in complex biological matrices such as serum or urine, particularly when high levels of nucleases are present. We prepared Hg(2+)-responsive, PPN-encapsulated aptamer sensors that overcome these limitations. PPNs provide a protective barrier to encapsulate the aptamer sensor in an aqueous environment free of diffusional restrictions encountered with many polymer nanomaterials. The unique porous properties of the PPN membrane enable ready and rapid transfer of small molecular weight ions and molecules into the sensor interior while minimizing the macromolecular interactions between the transducer and degradants or interferents in the exterior milieu. Using Hg(2+)-responsive, PPN-encapsulated aptamer sensors, we were able to detect sub-100 ppb (chronic threshold limit from urine test) Hg(2+) in human urine with no sample preparation, whereas free aptamer sensors yielded inaccurate results due to interferences from the matrix. The PPN architecture provides a new platform for construction of aptamer-functionalized sensors that target low molecular weight species in complex matrices, beyond the Hg(2+) demonstrated here.

  15. Renal tubular handling of /sup 203/Hg/sup 2 +/ in the dog: a microinjection study

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    Cikrt, M.; Heller, J.

    1980-04-01

    /sup 203/HgCl/sub 2/ in trace amounts was injected together with (methoxy-/sup 3/H)inulin into the proximal convoluted tubules of the dog kidney superficial nephrons. Of the injected inulin, 97.3 +- 5.7% was recovered in the urine from the injected kidney. From the injected /sup 203/Hg only 8.2 +- 1.0% was recovered in the urine from the injected kidney and 0.4 +- 0.7% from the contralateral kidney. These results were not significantly influenced by intrarterial infusion of KCN, ouabain, or 2,4-dinitrophenol, indicating that there occurred no active tubular reabsorption of mercury. Of the injected /sup 203/Hg, 88.2 to 93.5% was recovered in the kidney whose tubules were punctured. When /sup 203/Hg was injected into peritubular capillary, only 1.2 +- 0.7% was recovered in the urine from the injected and 0.91 +- 0.2% from the contralateral kidney, this difference being not significant. Results are interpreted as lacking evidence for active transport mechanism of Hg/sup 2 +/ in the dog kidney under conditions of microinjection experiment.

  16. Aptamer-functionalized porous phospholipid nanoshells for direct measurement of Hg(2+) in urine.

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    Li, Zhen; Muhandiramlage, Thusitha P; Keogh, John P; Hall, Henry K; Aspinwall, Craig A

    2015-01-01

    A porous phospholipid nanoshell (PPN) sensor functionalized with a specific aptamer sensor agent was prepared for rapid detection of Hg(2+) in human urine with minimal sample preparation. Aptamer sensors provide an important class of optical transducers that can be readily and reproducibly synthesized. A key limitation of aptamer sensors, and many other optical sensors, is the potential of biofouling or biodegradation when used in complex biological matrices such as serum or urine, particularly when high levels of nucleases are present. We prepared Hg(2+)-responsive, PPN-encapsulated aptamer sensors that overcome these limitations. PPNs provide a protective barrier to encapsulate the aptamer sensor in an aqueous environment free of diffusional restrictions encountered with many polymer nanomaterials. The unique porous properties of the PPN membrane enable ready and rapid transfer of small molecular weight ions and molecules into the sensor interior while minimizing the macromolecular interactions between the transducer and degradants or interferents in the exterior milieu. Using Hg(2+)-responsive, PPN-encapsulated aptamer sensors, we were able to detect sub-100 ppb (chronic threshold limit from urine test) Hg(2+) in human urine with no sample preparation, whereas free aptamer sensors yielded inaccurate results due to interferences from the matrix. The PPN architecture provides a new platform for construction of aptamer-functionalized sensors that target low molecular weight species in complex matrices, beyond the Hg(2+) demonstrated here. PMID:25326888

  17. Shedding light on the mercury mass discrepancy by weighing Hg 52+ ions in a Penning trap

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    Fritioff, T.; Bluhme, H.; Schuch, R.; Bergström, I.; Björkhage, M.

    2003-07-01

    In their nuclear tables Audi and Wapstra have pointed out a serious mass discrepancy between their extrapolated values for the mercury isotopes and those from a direct measurement by the Manitoba group. The values deviate by as much as 85 ppb from each other with claimed uncertainties of about 16 and 7 ppb, respectively. In order to decide which values are correct the masses of the 198Hg and 204Hg isotopes have been measured in the Stockholm Penning trap mass spectrometer SMILETRAP using 52+ ions. This charge state corresponds to a filled Ni electron configuration for which the electron binding energy can be accurately calculated. The mass values obtained are 197.966 768 44(43) u for 198Hg and 203.973 494 10(39) u for 204Hg. These values agree with those measured by the Manitoba group, with a 3 times lower uncertainty. This measurement was made possible through the implementation of a cooling technique of the highly charged mercury ions during charge breeding in the electron beam ion source used for producing the Hg 52+ ions.

  18. Investigation of linear-mode photon-counting HgCdTe APDs for astronomical observations

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    Bryan, Marta L.; Chapman, George; Hall, Donald N. B.; Jack, Michael D.; Jacobson, Shane M.; Wehner, Justin

    2012-07-01

    The unique linear avalanche properties of HgCdTe preserve the Poisson statistics of the incoming photons, opening up new opportunities for GHz bandwidth LADAR and space communications applications. Raytheon has developed and previously reported (1) unique linear mode photon counting arrays based on combining advanced HgCdTe linear mode APDs with their high gain SB415B readout. Their use of HgCdTe APDs preserves the Poisson statistics of the incoming photons, enabling (noiseless) photon counting. This technology is of great potential interest to infrared astronomy but requires extension of noiseless linear HgCdTe avalanching down to much lower bandwidths (100 to 0.001 Hz) with corresponding reductions in dark count rate. We have hybridized the SB415B readout to SWIR HgCdTe APDs optimized for low dark count rate and have characterized their photon counting properties at bandwidths down to 1 KHz. As bandwidth is reduced, the performance becomes limited by the intrinsic properties of the SB415B readout, particularly readout glow, stability and 1/f noise. We report the results of these measurements and the status of hybrid arrays utilizing a newly developed readout which draws on Raytheon’s astronomical readout heritage, specifically the Virgo charge integrating source follower, as a path to much lower dark count rate photon counting operation.

  19. Simultaneous control of Hg0, SO2, and NOx by novel oxidized calcium-based sorbents.

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    Ghorishi, S Behrooz; Singer, Carl F; Jozewicz, Wojciech S; Sedman, Charles B; Srivastava, Ravi K

    2002-03-01

    Efforts to develop multipollutant control strategies have demonstrated that adding certain oxidants to different classes of Ca-based sorbents leads to a significant improvement in elemental Hg vapor (Hg0), SO2, and NOx removal from simulated flue gases. In the study presented here, two classes of Ca-based sorbents (hydrated limes and silicate compounds) were investigated. A number of oxidizing additives at different concentrations were used in the Ca-based sorbent production process. The Hg0, SO2, and NOx capture capacities of these oxidant-enriched sorbents were evaluated and compared to those of a commercially available activated carbon in bench-scale, fixed-bed, and fluid-bed systems. Calcium-based sorbents prepared with two oxidants, designated C and M, exhibited Hg0 sorption capacities (approximately 100 microg/g) comparable to that of the activated carbon; they showed far superior SO2 and NOx sorption capacities. Preliminary cost estimates for the process utilizing these novel sorbents indicate potential for substantial lowering of control costs, as compared with other processes currently used or considered for control of Hg0, SO2, and NOx emissions from coal-fired boilers. The implications of these findings toward development of multipollutant control technologies and planned pilot and field evaluations of more promising multipollutant sorbents are summarily discussed.

  20. Highly sensitive colorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) detection based on cationic polymer/DNA interaction.

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    Zhu, Yingyue; Cai, Yilin; Zhu, Yibo; Zheng, Lixue; Ding, Jianying; Quan, Ying; Wang, Limei; Qi, Bin

    2015-07-15

    The detection of ultralow concentrations of mercury is a currently significant challenge. Here, a novel strategy is proposed: the colorimetric detection of Hg(2+) based on the aggregation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) driven by a cationic polymer. In this three-component system, DNA combines electrostatically with phthalic diglycol diacrylate (PDDA) in a solution of AuNPs. In the presence of Hg(2+), thymine (T)-Hg(2+)-T induced hairpin turns are formed in the DNA strands, which then do not interact with PDDA, enabling the freed PDDA to subsequently facilitate aggregation of the AuNPs. Thus, according to the change in color from wine-red to blue-purple upon AuNPs aggregation, a colorimetric sensor is established to detect Hg(2+). Under optimal conditions, the color change is clearly seen with the naked eye. A linear range of 0.25-500nM was obtained by absorption spectroscopy with a detection limit of approximately 0.15nM. Additionally, the proposed method shows high selectivity toward Hg(2+) in the presence of other heavy metal ions. Real sample analysis was evaluated with the use of lake water and the results suggest good potential for practical application.

  1. Electrical characterization of HgTe nanowires using conductive atomic force microscopy

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    Gundersen, P.; Kongshaug, K. O.; Selvig, E.; Haakenaasen, R.

    2010-12-01

    Self-organized HgTe nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) have been characterized using conductive atomic force microscopy. As HgTe will degrade or evaporate at normal baking temperatures for electron beam lithography (EBL) resists, an alternative method was developed. Using low temperature optical lithography processes, large Au contacts were deposited on a sample covered with randomly oriented, lateral HgTe nanowires. Nanowires partly covered by the large electrodes were identified with a scanning electron microscope and then localized in the atomic force microscope (AFM). The conductive tip of the AFM was then used as a movable electrode to measure current-voltage curves at several locations on HgTe nanowires. The measurements revealed that polycrystalline nanowires had diffusive electron transport, with resistivities two orders of magnitude larger than that of an MBE-grown HgTe film. The difference can be explained by scattering at the rough surface walls and at the grain boundaries in the wires. The method can be a solution when EBL is not available or requires too high temperature, or when measurements at several positions along a wire are required.

  2. Crystal structure of HgGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} under compression

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    Gomis, Oscar; Vilaplana, Rosario; Manjón, Francisco Javier; Santamaría-Pérez, David [Departamento de Química Física I, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, MALTA Consolider Team, Avenida Complutense s Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, MALTA Consolider Team, Universidad de Valencia, Edificio de Investigación, C Errandonea, Daniel [Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, MALTA Consolider Team, Universidad de Valencia, Edificio de Investigación, C and others

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Single crystals of HgGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} with defect-chalcopyrite structure were synthesized. ► HgGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} exhibits a phase transition to a disordered rock salt structure at 17 GPa. ► HgGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} undergoes a phase transition below 2.1 GPa to a disordered zinc blende. - Abstract: We report on high-pressure x-ray diffraction measurements up to 17.2 GPa in mercury digallium selenide (HgGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4}). The equation of state and the axial compressibilities for the low-pressure tetragonal phase have been determined and compared to related compounds. HgGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} exhibits a phase transition on upstroke toward a disordered rock-salt structure beyond 17 GPa, while on downstroke it undergoes a phase transition below 2.1 GPa to a phase that could be assigned to a metastable zinc-blende structure with a total cation-vacancy disorder. Thermal annealing at low- and high-pressure shows that kinetics plays an important role on pressure-driven transitions.

  3. Gold nanoflowers based colorimetric detection of Hg2+ and Pb2+ ions

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    Nalawade, Pradnya; Kapoor, Sudhir

    2013-12-01

    An optical detection method based on the interaction of gold nanoflowers with Hg2+ and Pb2+ has been described. After interaction, gold nanoflowers change the color from violet to wine red. The nanoflowers are capable of determining Hg2+ and Pb2+ over a dynamic range of 1.0 × 10-6 and 1.0 × 10-5 M, respectively. The response time of nanoflowers depends on the concentration of ions. The presence of both Hg2+ and Pb2+ ions in the mixture having Au nanoflowers induced color changes of the solution within several seconds even at 1.0 × 10-6 M. Common metal ions were chosen to investigate their interference in Hg2+ and Pb2+ detection, and the concentration of each metal ion studied was 1.0 × 10-5 M. Other metallic ions could not induce color change even at 1.0 × 10-5 M. The feasibility of our method to detect Hg2+ and Pb2+ ions at high concentration in real water samples was verified. Water samples were from our own laboratory and no pretreatment was made. As the particles are stable they can be used for more than 3 months without observing any major deviation.

  4. Ionization processes in fluorescent lamps: evaluation of the Hg chemi-ionization rate coefficients.

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    Sheverev, Valery A; Lister, Graeme G; Stepaniuk, Vadim

    2005-05-01

    Chemi-ionization by two mercury atoms to produce mercury atomic and molecular ions has been considered an important process in fluorescent lamps (FLs) for a quarter of a century. Despite the absence of reliable data, these processes have been included in a number of numerical models to help explain some of the experimental observations. These models have shown that the most important process is the Penning ionization of two Hg metastable atoms Hg(6(3)P2)+Hg(6(3)P2) --> Hg(+)+Hg(6(1)S0)+e. Although there is no experimental measurement of this cross section, modelers have typically used values implied from measurements of other chemi-ionization cross sections, or values obtained by fitting parameters to numerical models to obtain agreement with experiment. Recent theoretical investigations have indicated that the cross sections for the important processes may not be as large as previously thought. The aim of the present paper is to critically review the historical development of studies of chemi-ionization in fluorescent lamps and to present new experimental evidence which is consistent with the theoretical calculations and contradicts the conclusions from previously published experiments.

  5. Ionization processes in fluorescent lamps: Evaluation of the Hg chemi-ionization rate coefficients

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    Sheverev, Valery A.; Stepaniuk, Vadim; Lister, Graeme G.

    2005-05-01

    Chemi-ionization by two mercury atoms to produce mercury atomic and molecular ions has been considered an important process in fluorescent lamps (FLs) for a quarter of a century. Despite the absence of reliable data, these processes have been included in a number of numerical models to help explain some of the experimental observations. These models have shown that the most important process is the Penning ionization of two Hg metastable atoms Hg(6 {sup 3}P{sub 2})+Hg(6 {sup 3}P{sub 2}){yields}Hg{sup +}+Hg(6 {sup 1}S{sub 0})+e. Although there is no experimental measurement of this cross section, modelers have typically used values implied from measurements of other chemi-ionization cross sections, or values obtained by fitting parameters to numerical models to obtain agreement with experiment. Recent theoretical investigations have indicated that the cross sections for the important processes may not be as large as previously thought. The aim of the present paper is to critically review the historical development of studies of chemi-ionization in fluorescent lamps and to present new experimental evidence which is consistent with the theoretical calculations and contradicts the conclusions from previously published experiments.

  6. Highly sensitive colorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) detection based on cationic polymer/DNA interaction.

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    Zhu, Yingyue; Cai, Yilin; Zhu, Yibo; Zheng, Lixue; Ding, Jianying; Quan, Ying; Wang, Limei; Qi, Bin

    2015-07-15

    The detection of ultralow concentrations of mercury is a currently significant challenge. Here, a novel strategy is proposed: the colorimetric detection of Hg(2+) based on the aggregation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) driven by a cationic polymer. In this three-component system, DNA combines electrostatically with phthalic diglycol diacrylate (PDDA) in a solution of AuNPs. In the presence of Hg(2+), thymine (T)-Hg(2+)-T induced hairpin turns are formed in the DNA strands, which then do not interact with PDDA, enabling the freed PDDA to subsequently facilitate aggregation of the AuNPs. Thus, according to the change in color from wine-red to blue-purple upon AuNPs aggregation, a colorimetric sensor is established to detect Hg(2+). Under optimal conditions, the color change is clearly seen with the naked eye. A linear range of 0.25-500nM was obtained by absorption spectroscopy with a detection limit of approximately 0.15nM. Additionally, the proposed method shows high selectivity toward Hg(2+) in the presence of other heavy metal ions. Real sample analysis was evaluated with the use of lake water and the results suggest good potential for practical application. PMID:25727033

  7. Ultra-sensitive and selective Hg{sup 2+} detection based on fluorescent carbon dots

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    Liu, Ruihua; Li, Haitao; Kong, Weiqian; Liu, Juan; Liu, Yang; Tong, Cuiyan; Zhang, Xing; Kang, Zhenhui

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Fluorescent carbon dots were efficiently synthesized by one-step sodium hydroxide-assisted reflux method from PEG and demonstrated to show high selectivity toward Hg2+ ions detection. - Highlights: • FCDs were synthesized by one-step sodium hydroxide-assisted reflux method from PEG. • The FCDs emit blue photoluminescence and have upconversion fluorescent property. • The FCDs show ultra-sensitive detective ability for Hg{sup 2+} ions. - Abstract: Fluorescent carbon dots (FCDs) were efficiently synthesized by one-step sodium hydroxide-assisted reflux method from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). The obtained FCDs exhibit excellent water-solubility and high stability. Under the UV irradiation, the FCDs could emit bright blue photoluminescence, and also they were found to show excellent up-conversion fluorescence. It was further demonstrated that such FCDs can serve as effective fluorescent sensing platform for Hg{sup 2+} ions detection with ultra-sensitivity and selectivity. The sensing system achieved a limit of detection as low as 1 fM, which is much lower than all the previous reported sensing systems for Hg{sup 2+} ions detection. This FCDs sensing system has been successfully applied for the analysis of Hg{sup 2+} ions in water samples from river, lake, and tap water, showing good practical feasibility.

  8. Helium Pressure Shift of the Hyperfine Clock Transition in Hg-201(+)

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    Larigani, S. Taghavi; Burt, E. A.; Tjoelker, R. L.

    2010-01-01

    There are two stable odd isotopes of mercury with singly ionized hyperfine structure suitable for a microwave atomic clock: Hg-199(+) and Hg-201(+). We are investigating the viability of a trapped ion clock based on Hg-201(+) in a configuration that uses a buffer gas to increase ion loading efficiency and counter ion heating from rf trapping fields. Traditionally, either helium or neon is used as the buffer gas at approx. 10(exp -5) torr to confine mercury ions near room temperature. In addition to the buffer gas, other residual background gasses such as H2O, N2, O2, CO, CO2, and CH2 may be present in trace quantities. Collisions between trapped ions and buffer gas or background gas atoms/molecules produce a momentary shift of the ion clock transition frequency and constitute one of the largest systematic effects in this type of clock. Here we report an initial measurement of the He pressure shift in Hg-201(+) and compare this to Hg-199(+).

  9. Spin texture and mirror Chern number in Hg-based chalcogenides

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    Wang, Qing-Ze; Wu, Shu-Chun; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2015-04-01

    One important feature of surface states in topological insulators is the so-called "spin-momentum locking," which means that electron spin is oriented along a fixed direction for a given momentum and forms a texture in the momentum space. In this work, we study spin textures of two typical topological insulators in Hg-based chalcogenides, namely, HgTe and HgS, based on both the first-principles calculation and the eight-band Kane model. We find opposite helicities of spin textures between these two materials, originating from the opposite signs of spin-orbit couplings. Based on the effective Kane model, we present a physical picture to understand opposite spin textures in these two materials with the help of the relationship between spin textures and mirror Chern numbers. We also reveal the existence of gapless states at the interface between HgTe and HgS due to the opposite spin textures and opposite mirror Chern numbers.

  10. Folic acid functionalized silver nanoparticles with sensitivity and selectivity colorimetric and fluorescent detection for Hg2+ and efficient catalysis

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    Su, Dongyue; Yang, Xin; Xia, Qingdong; Zhang, Qi; Chai, Fang; Wang, Chungang; Qu, Fengyu

    2014-09-01

    In this research, folic acid functionalized silver nanoparticles (FA-AgNPs) were selected as a colorimetric and a ‘turn on’ fluorescent sensor for detecting Hg2+. After being added into Hg2+, AgNPs can emit stable fluorescence at 440 nm when the excitation wavelength is selected at 275 nm. The absorbance and fluorescence of the FA-AgNPs could reflect the concentration of the Hg2+ ions. Thus, we developed a simple, sensitive analytical method to detect Hg2+ based on the colorimetric and fluorescence enhancement of FA-AgNPs. The sensor exhibits two linear response ranges between absorbance and fluorescence intensity with Hg2+ concentration, respectively. Meanwhile, a detection limit of 1 nM is estimated based on the linear relationship between responses with a concentration of Hg2+. The high specificity of Hg2+ with FA-AgNPs interactions provided the excellent selectivity towards detecting Hg2+ over other metal ions (Pb2+, Mg2+, Zn2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Co2+, Ca2+, Mn2+, Fe2+, Cd2+, Ba2+, Cr6+ and Cr3+). This will provide a simple, effective and multifunctional colorimetric and fluorescent sensor for on-site and real-time Hg2+ ion detection. The proposed method can be applied to the analysis of trace Hg2+ in lake water. Additionally, the FA-AgNPs can be used as efficient catalyst for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol and potassium hexacyanoferrate (III).

  11. Mercury methylation in rice paddies and its possible controlling factors in the Hg mining area, Guizhou province, Southwest China.

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    Zhao, Lei; Qiu, Guangle; Anderson, Christopher W N; Meng, Bo; Wang, Dingyong; Shang, Lihai; Yan, Haiyu; Feng, Xinbin

    2016-08-01

    Understanding mercury (Hg) methylation/demethylation processes and the factors controlling methylmercury (MeHg) production within the rice paddy ecosystem of Hg mining areas is critical to assess the risk of MeHg contamination in rice grain. Two typical Hg-contaminated mining sites, a current-day artisanal site (Gouxi) and an abandoned site (Wukeng), were chosen in this study. We qualified the in situ specific methylation/demethylation rate constants in rice paddy soil during a complete rice-growing season. Our results demonstrate that MeHg levels in rice paddy soil were a function of both methylation and demethylation processes and the net methylation potential in the rice paddy soil reflected the measured MeHg production at any time point. Sulfate stimulating the activity of sulfate-reducing bacteria was a potentially important metabolic pathway for Hg methylation in rice paddies. We suggest that bioavailable Hg derived from new atmospheric deposition appears to be the primary factor regulating net MeHg production in rice paddies. PMID:27176759

  12. Characterization of Hg-phytochelatins complexes in vines (Vitis vinifera cv Malbec) as defense mechanism against metal stress.

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    Spisso, Adrian A; Cerutti, Soledad; Silva, Fernanda; Pacheco, Pablo H; Martinez, Luis D

    2014-06-01

    An approach to understand vines (Vitis vinifera) defense mechanism against heavy metal stress by isolation and determination of Hg-phytochelatins (PCs) complexes was performed. PCs are important molecules involved in the control of metal concentration in plants. PCs complex toxic metals through -SH groups and stores them inside cells vacuole avoiding any toxic effect of free metals in the cytosol. The Hg-PCs identification was achieved by determination of Hg and S as hetero-tagged atoms. A method involving two-dimensional chromatographic analysis coupled to atomic spectrometry and confirmation by tandem mass spectrometry is proposed. An approach involving size exclusion chromatography coupled to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry on roots, stems, and leaves extracts describing Hg distribution according to molecular weight and sulfur associations is proposed for the first time. Medium-low molecular weight Hg-S associations of 29-100 kDa were found, suggesting PCs presence. A second approach employing reversed-phase chromatography coupled to atomic fluorescence spectrometry analysis allowed the determination of Hg-PCs complexes within the mentioned fractions. Chromatograms showed Hg-PC2, Hg-PC3 and Hg-PC4 presence only in roots. Hg-PCs presence in roots was confirmed by ESI-MS/MS analysis. PMID:24715273

  13. Characterization of Hg-phytochelatins complexes in vines (Vitis vinifera cv Malbec) as defense mechanism against metal stress.

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    Spisso, Adrian A; Cerutti, Soledad; Silva, Fernanda; Pacheco, Pablo H; Martinez, Luis D

    2014-06-01

    An approach to understand vines (Vitis vinifera) defense mechanism against heavy metal stress by isolation and determination of Hg-phytochelatins (PCs) complexes was performed. PCs are important molecules involved in the control of metal concentration in plants. PCs complex toxic metals through -SH groups and stores them inside cells vacuole avoiding any toxic effect of free metals in the cytosol. The Hg-PCs identification was achieved by determination of Hg and S as hetero-tagged atoms. A method involving two-dimensional chromatographic analysis coupled to atomic spectrometry and confirmation by tandem mass spectrometry is proposed. An approach involving size exclusion chromatography coupled to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry on roots, stems, and leaves extracts describing Hg distribution according to molecular weight and sulfur associations is proposed for the first time. Medium-low molecular weight Hg-S associations of 29-100 kDa were found, suggesting PCs presence. A second approach employing reversed-phase chromatography coupled to atomic fluorescence spectrometry analysis allowed the determination of Hg-PCs complexes within the mentioned fractions. Chromatograms showed Hg-PC2, Hg-PC3 and Hg-PC4 presence only in roots. Hg-PCs presence in roots was confirmed by ESI-MS/MS analysis.

  14. Atmospheric Hg emissions from preindustrial gold and silver extraction in the Americas: a reevaluation from lake-sediment archives.

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    Engstrom, Daniel R; Fitzgerald, William F; Cooke, Colin A; Lamborg, Carl H; Drevnick, Paul E; Swain, Edward B; Balogh, Steven J; Balcom, Prentiss H

    2014-06-17

    Human activities over the last several centuries have transferred vast quantities of mercury (Hg) from deep geologic stores to actively cycling earth-surface reservoirs, increasing atmospheric Hg deposition worldwide. Understanding the magnitude and fate of these releases is critical to predicting how rates of atmospheric Hg deposition will respond to future emission reductions. The most recently compiled global inventories of integrated (all-time) anthropogenic Hg releases are dominated by atmospheric emissions from preindustrial gold/silver mining in the Americas. However, the geophysical evidence for such large early emissions is equivocal, because most reconstructions of past Hg-deposition have been based on lake-sediment records that cover only the industrial period (1850-present). Here we evaluate historical changes in atmospheric Hg deposition over the last millennium from a suite of lake-sediment cores collected from remote regions of the globe. Along with recent measurements of Hg in the deep ocean, these archives indicate that atmospheric Hg emissions from early mining were modest as compared to more recent industrial-era emissions. Although large quantities of Hg were used to extract New World gold and silver beginning in the 16th century, a reevaluation of historical metallurgical methods indicates that most of the Hg employed was not volatilized, but rather was immobilized in mining waste.

  15. Atmospheric Hg emissions from preindustrial gold and silver extraction in the Americas: a reevaluation from lake-sediment archives.

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    Engstrom, Daniel R; Fitzgerald, William F; Cooke, Colin A; Lamborg, Carl H; Drevnick, Paul E; Swain, Edward B; Balogh, Steven J; Balcom, Prentiss H

    2014-06-17

    Human activities over the last several centuries have transferred vast quantities of mercury (Hg) from deep geologic stores to actively cycling earth-surface reservoirs, increasing atmospheric Hg deposition worldwide. Understanding the magnitude and fate of these releases is critical to predicting how rates of atmospheric Hg deposition will respond to future emission reductions. The most recently compiled global inventories of integrated (all-time) anthropogenic Hg releases are dominated by atmospheric emissions from preindustrial gold/silver mining in the Americas. However, the geophysical evidence for such large early emissions is equivocal, because most reconstructions of past Hg-deposition have been based on lake-sediment records that cover only the industrial period (1850-present). Here we evaluate historical changes in atmospheric Hg deposition over the last millennium from a suite of lake-sediment cores collected from remote regions of the globe. Along with recent measurements of Hg in the deep ocean, these archives indicate that atmospheric Hg emissions from early mining were modest as compared to more recent industrial-era emissions. Although large quantities of Hg were used to extract New World gold and silver beginning in the 16th century, a reevaluation of historical metallurgical methods indicates that most of the Hg employed was not volatilized, but rather was immobilized in mining waste. PMID:24819278

  16. Experimental study on Hg0 removal from flue gas over columnar MnOx-CeO2/activated coke

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    Xie, Yine; Li, Caiting; Zhao, Lingkui; Zhang, Jie; Zeng, Guangming; Zhang, Xunan; Zhang, Wei; Tao, Shasha

    2015-04-01

    Mn-Ce mixed oxides supported on commercial columnar activated coke (MnCe/AC) were employed to remove elemental mercury (Hg0) at low temperatures (100-250 °C) without the assistance of HCl in flue gas. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). Effects of some factors, including Mn-Ce loading values, active component, reaction temperatures and flue gas components (O2, SO2, NO, H2O), on Hg0 removal efficiency were investigated. Results indicated that the optimal Mn-Ce loading value and reaction temperature were 6% and 190 °C, respectively. Considerable high Hg0 removal efficiency (>90%) can be obtained over MnCe6/AC under both N2/O2 atmosphere and simulated flue gas atmosphere at 190 °C. Besides, it was observed that O2 and NO exerted a promotional effect on Hg0 removal, H2O exhibited a suppressive effect, and SO2 hindered Hg0 removal seriously when in the absence of O2. Furthermore, the XPS spectra of Hg 4f and Hg-TPD results showed that the captured mercury were existed as Hg0 and HgO on the MnCe6/AC, and HgO was the major species, which illustrated that adsorption and catalytic oxidation process were included for Hg0 removal over MnCe6/AC, and catalytic oxidation played the critical role. What's more, both lattice oxygen and chemisorbed oxygen or OH groups on MnCe6/AC contributed to Hg0 oxidation. MnCe6/AC, which exhibited excellent performance on Hg0 removal in the absence of HCl, appeared to be promising in industrial application, especially for low-rank coal fired flue gas.

  17. Stable isotope (N, C, Hg) study of methylmercury sources and trophic transfer in the northern gulf of Mexico.

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    Senn, David B; Chesney, Edward J; Blum, Joel D; Bank, Michael S; Maage, Amund; Shine, James P

    2010-03-01

    We combined N, C, and Hg stable isotope measurements to identify the most important factors that influence MeHg accumulation in fish from the northern Gulf of Mexico (nGOM), and to determine if coastal species residing in the Mississippi River (MR) plume and migratory oceanic species derive their MeHg from the same, or different, sources. In six coastal species and two oceanic species (blackfin and yellowfin tuna), trophic position as measured by delta(15)N explained most of the variance in log[MeHg] (r(2) approximately 0.8), but coastal species and tuna fell along distinct, nearly parallel lines with significantly different intercepts. The tuna also had significantly higher delta(202)Hg (0.2-0.5 per thousand) and Delta(201)Hg ( approximately 1.5 per thousand) than the coastal fish (delta(202)Hg = 0 to -1.0 per thousand; Delta(201)Hg approximately 0.4 per thousand). The observations can be best explained by largely disconnected food webs rooted in different baseline delta(15)N signatures (MR-plume vs oceanic) and isotopically distinct MeHg sources, with oceanic MeHg having undergone substantial photodegradation ( approximately 50%) before entering the base of the food web. Given the MR's large, productive footprint in the nGOM and the potential for exporting prey and MeHg to the adjacent oligotrophic GOM, the disconnected food webs and different MeHg sources are consistent with recent evidence in other systems of important oceanic MeHg sources. PMID:20104887

  18. Effect of additives on Hg2+ reduction and precipitation inhibited by sodium dithiocarbamate in simulated flue gas desulfurization solutions.

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    Lu, Rongjie; Hou, Jiaai; Xu, Jiang; Tang, Tingmei; Xu, Xinhua

    2011-11-30

    Mercury (II) (Hg(2+)) ion can be reduced by aqueous S(IV) (sulfite and/or bisulfite) species, which leads to elemental mercury (Hg(0)) emissions in wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems. Numerous reports have demonstrated the high trapping efficiency of sodium dithiocarbamate over heavy metals. In this paper, a novel sodium dithiocarbamate, DTCR, was utilized as a precipitator to control Hg(2+) reduction and Hg(0) emission against S(IV) in FGD solutions. Results indicated that Hg(2+) reduction efficiency decreased dramatically while precipitation rate peaked at around 91.0% in consistence with the increment of DTCR dosage. Initial pH and temperature had great inhibitory effects on Hg(2+) reduction: the Hg(2+) removal rate gradually increased and reached a plateau along with the increment of temperature and initial pH value. Chloride played a key role in Hg(2+) reduction and precipitation reactions. When Cl(-) concentration increased from 0 to 150 mM, Hg(2+) removal rate dropped from 93.84% to 86.05%, and the Hg(2+) reduction rate remained at a low level (<7.8%). SO(4)(2-), NO(3)(-) and other common metal ions would affect the efficiency of Hg(2+) reduction and precipitation reactions in the simulated desulfurization solutions: Hg(2+) removal rate could always be above 90%, while Hg(2+) reduction rate was maintained at below 10%. The predominance of DTCR over aqueous S(IV), indicated by the results above, has wide industrial applications in FGD systems.

  19. Identification of contamination in a lake sediment core using Hg and Pb isotopic compositions, Lake Ballinger, Washington, USA

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    Gray, John E.; Pribil, Michael J.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Borrok, David M.; Thapalia, Anita

    2013-01-01

    Concentrations and isotopic compositions of Hg and Pb were measured in a sediment core collected from Lake Ballinger, near Seattle, Washington, USA. Lake Ballinger has been affected by input of metal contaminants emitted from the Tacoma smelter, which operated from 1887 to 1986 and was located about 53 km south of the lake. Concentrations and loadings of Hg and Pb in Lake Ballinger increased by as much as three orders of magnitude during the period of smelting as compared to the pre-smelting period. Concentrations and loadings of Hg and Pb then decreased by about 55% and 75%, respectively, after smelting ended. Isotopic compositions of Hg changed considerably during the period of smelting (δ202Hg = −2.29‰ to −0.38‰, mean −1.23‰, n = 9) compared to the pre-smelting period (δ202Hg = −2.91‰ to −2.50‰, mean −2.75‰, n = 4). Variations were also observed in 206Pb/207Pb and 208Pb/207Pb isotopic compositions during these periods. Data for Δ199Hg and Δ201Hg indicate mass independent fractionation (MIF) of Hg isotopes in Lake Ballinger sediment during the smelting and post-smelting period and suggest MIF in the ore smelted, during the smelting process, or chemical modification at some point in the past. Negative values for Δ199Hg and Δ201Hg for the pre-smelting period are similar to those previously reported for soil, peat, and lichen, likely suggesting some component of atmospheric Hg. Variations in the concentrations and isotopic compositions of Hg and Pb were useful in tracing contaminant sources and the understanding of the depositional history of sedimentation in Lake Ballinger.

  20. [Dissolution, absorption and bioaccumulation in gastrointestinal tract of mercury in HgS-containing traditional medicines Cinnabar and Zuotai].

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    Zheng, Zhi-yuan; Li, Cen; Zhang, Ming; Yang, Hong-xia; Geng, Lu-jing; Li, Lin-shuai; Du, Yu-zhi; Wei, Li-xin

    2015-06-01

    α-HgS is the main component of traditional Chinese medicine cinnabar, while β-HgS is the main component of Tibetan medicine Zuotai. However, there was no comparative study on the dissolution and absorption in gastrointestinal tract and bioaccumulation in organs of mercury in Cinnabar, Zuotai, α-HgS and β-HgS. In this study, the dissolution process of the four compounds in the human gastrointestinal tract was simulated to determine the mercury dissolutions and compare the mercury dissolution of different medicines and the dissolution-promoting capacity of different solutions. To explore the absorption and bioaccumulation of cinnabar and Zuotai in organisms, mice were orally administered with clinical equivalent doses cinnabar and Zuotai. Meanwhile, a group of mice was given α-HgS and β-HgS with the equivalent mercury with cinnabar, while another group was given β-HgS and HgCl2 with the equivalent mercury with Zuotai. The mercury absorption and bioaccumulation capacities of different medicines in mice and their mercury bioaccumulation in different tissues and organs were compared. The experimental results showed a high mercury dissolutions of Zuotai in artificial gastrointestinal fluid, which was followed by β-HgS, cinnabar and α-HgS. As for the mercury absorption and bioaccumulation in mice, HgCl2 was the highest, β-HgS was the next, and a-HgS was slightly higher than cinnabar. The organs with the mercury bioaccumulation from high to low were kidney, liver and brain. This study is close to clinical practices and can provide reference for the clinical safe medication as well as a study model for the safety evaluation on heavy metal-containing medicines by observing the mercury dissolution, absorption, distribution and accumulation of mercury-containing medicines cinnabar and zuotai. PMID:26591542

  1. Effect of additives on Hg2+ reduction and precipitation inhibited by sodium dithiocarbamate in simulated flue gas desulfurization solutions.

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    Lu, Rongjie; Hou, Jiaai; Xu, Jiang; Tang, Tingmei; Xu, Xinhua

    2011-11-30

    Mercury (II) (Hg(2+)) ion can be reduced by aqueous S(IV) (sulfite and/or bisulfite) species, which leads to elemental mercury (Hg(0)) emissions in wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems. Numerous reports have demonstrated the high trapping efficiency of sodium dithiocarbamate over heavy metals. In this paper, a novel sodium dithiocarbamate, DTCR, was utilized as a precipitator to control Hg(2+) reduction and Hg(0) emission against S(IV) in FGD solutions. Results indicated that Hg(2+) reduction efficiency decreased dramatically while precipitation rate peaked at around 91.0% in consistence with the increment of DTCR dosage. Initial pH and temperature had great inhibitory effects on Hg(2+) reduction: the Hg(2+) removal rate gradually increased and reached a plateau along with the increment of temperature and initial pH value. Chloride played a key role in Hg(2+) reduction and precipitation reactions. When Cl(-) concentration increased from 0 to 150 mM, Hg(2+) removal rate dropped from 93.84% to 86.05%, and the Hg(2+) reduction rate remained at a low level (<7.8%). SO(4)(2-), NO(3)(-) and other common metal ions would affect the efficiency of Hg(2+) reduction and precipitation reactions in the simulated desulfurization solutions: Hg(2+) removal rate could always be above 90%, while Hg(2+) reduction rate was maintained at below 10%. The predominance of DTCR over aqueous S(IV), indicated by the results above, has wide industrial applications in FGD systems. PMID:21955657

  2. Magnetic field effects on edge and bulk states in topological insulators based on HgTe/CdHgTe quantum wells with strong natural interface inversion asymmetry

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    Durnev, M. V.; Tarasenko, S. A.

    2016-02-01

    We present a theory of the electron structure and the Zeeman effect for the helical edge states emerging in two-dimensional topological insulators based on HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells with strong natural interface inversion asymmetry. The interface inversion asymmetry, reflecting the real atomistic structure of the quantum well, drastically modifies both bulk and edge states. For the in-plane magnetic field, this asymmetry leads to a strong anisotropy of the edge-state effective g factor, which becomes dependent on the edge orientation. The interface inversion asymmetry also couples the counterpropagating edge states in the out-of-plane magnetic field leading to the opening of the gap in the edge-state spectrum by arbitrary small fields.

  3. Assessment of modified matrix solid-phase dispersion as sample preparation for the determination of CH3Hg+ and Hg2+ in fish.

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    Duarte, Fabio A; Soares, Bruno M; Vieira, Augusto A; Pereira, Ederson R; Maciel, Juliana V; Caldas, Sergiane S; Primel, Ednei G

    2013-05-21

    This paper reports, for the first time, the development of an analytical method employing modified matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) for the extraction of CH3Hg(+) and Hg(2+) species from fish samples. Separation and determination of mercury species were performed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Important MSPD parameters, such as sample mass, type and mass of solid support, concentration of extraction solution (HCl and NaCl), and stirring time, were investigated by the response surface methodology. The derivatization step and the separation of mercury species were also evaluated for the determination by GC/MS. Quantitative recoveries were obtained with 0.2 g of fish sample, 0.5 g of SiO2 as the solid support, 0.5 mol L(-1) NaCl and 4.2 mol L(-1) HCl as the extraction solution, and 1 min stirring time. The MSPD method showed to be suitable for the extraction and determination of mercury species in certified reference materials of dogfish liver (DOLT-3) and dogfish muscle (DORM-2). It had good agreement (about 99%) with the certified values, and the relative standard deviation was lower than 9.5%. The limits of detection were 0.06 and 0.12 μg g(-1), for CH3Hg(+) and Hg(2+), respectively. A matrix effect was observed, and the quantification was carried out by the matrix-matched calibration. The method was applied to tuna fish ( Thunnus thynnus ), angel shark ( Squatina squatina ), and guitarfish ( Rhinobatos percellens ) samples. The results of the mercury speciation by MPSD and GC/MS were compared to the total mercury concentration determined by flow injection cold vapor generation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, after microwave-assisted digestion. Agreement ranged from 102% to 105%. PMID:23614538

  4. Novel Hg2+-Induced Nephropathy in Rats and Mice Lacking Mrp2: Evidence of Axial Heterogeneity in the Handling of Hg2+ Along the Proximal Tubule

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    Zalups, Rudolfs K.; Joshee, Lucy; Bridges, Christy C.

    2014-01-01

    The role of the multi-resistance protein 2 (Mrp2) in the nephropathy induced by inorganic mercuric mercury (Hg2+) was studied in rats (TR−) and mice (Mrp2−/−), which lack functional Mrp2, and control animals. Animals were exposed to nephrotoxic doses of HgCl2. Forty-eight or 24 hours after exposure, tissues were harvested and analyzed for Hg content and markers of injury. Histological analyses revealed that the proximal tubular segments affected pathologically by Hg2+ were significantly different between Mrp2-deficient animals and controls. In the absence of Mrp2, cellular injury localized almost exclusively in proximal tubular segments in the subcapsular (S1) to midcortical regions (early S2) of the kidney. In control animals, cellular death occurred mainly in the proximal tubular segments in the inner cortex (late S2) and outer stripe of the outer medulla (S3). These differences in renal pathology indicate that axial heterogeneity exists along the proximal tubule with respect to how mercuric ions are handled. Total renal and hepatic accumulation of mercury was also greater in animals lacking Mrp2 than in controls, indicating that Mrp2 normally plays a significant role in eliminating mercuric ions from within proximal tubular cells and hepatocytes. Analyses of plasma creatinine, BUN, and renal expression of Kim-1 and Ngal tend to support the severity of the nephropathies detected histologically. Collectively, our findings indicate that a fraction of mercuric ions is normally secreted by Mrp2 in early portions of proximal tubules into the lumen and then is absorbed downstream in straight portions, where mercuric species typically induce toxic effects. PMID:25145654

  5. Hydrogen sensor based on Au and YSZ/HgO/Hg electrode for in situ measurement of dissolved H2 in high-temperature and -pressure fluids.

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    Zhang, R H; Hu, S M; Zhang, X T; Wang, Y

    2008-11-15

    Gold as a hydrogen-sensing electrode for in situ measurement of dissolved H2 in aqueous solutions under extreme conditions is reported. The dissolved H2 sensor, constructed with a Au-based sensing element and coupled with a YSZ/HgO/Hg electrode, is well suited for determining dissolved H2 concentrations of aqueous fluids at elevated temperatures and pressures. The Au electrode is made of Au wire mounted in a quartz bar, which can be pressurized and heated in the high-pressure and -temperature conditions. The Au-YSZ sensor has been tested for its potential response to the concentrations of dissolved H2 in fluids by using a flow-through reactor at high temperatures up to 400 degrees C and pressures to 38 MPa. Good sensitivity and linear response between the hydrogen concentrations in the fluids and the H2 sensor potentials are reported for hydrogen gas in the concentration range of 0.1-0.001 M H2 in aqueous fluids at temperatures up to 340 degrees C and 30 MPa. Nernstian response of the cell potential to dissolved H2 in fluids was determined at 340 degrees C and 30 MPa, described as follows: DeltaE = 0.9444 + 0. 0603 log m H2 The experimental results indicate that the Au-YSZ/HgO/Hg cell can be used to measure the solubility of H2 in aqueous fluid at temperatures and pressures near to the critical state of water. Thus, this type of Au hydrogen sensor could be easily used for in situ measurement of H2 in hydrothermal fluids in a high-pressure vessel, or at midocean ridge, due to its structure of compression resistance.

  6. Chemical stabilization and high pressure synthesis of Ba-free Hg-based superconductors, (Hg,M)Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub n-1}Cu{sub n}O{sub y}(N=1{approximately}3)

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    Kishio, K. |; Shimoyama, J.; Hahakura, S.

    1994-12-31

    A homologous series of new Hg-based HTSC compounds, (Hg,M)Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub n-1}Cu{sub n}O{sub y} with n=1 to 3, have been synthesized. The stabilization of the pure phases have been accomplished by chemical doping of third elements such as M=Cr, Mo and Re. While the Hg1201(n=1) phase was readily obtained in this way, it was necessary to simultaneously dope Y into the Ca site to stabilize the Hg1212(n=2) phase. On the other hand, single-phase Y-free Hg1212(n=2) and Hg1223(n=3) samples were synthesized only under a high pressure of 6 GPa. In sharp contrast to the Ba-containing compounds, all the samples prepared in the present study have been quite stable during the synthesis and no deterioration in air has been observed after the preparation.

  7. Selectable Ultrasensitive Detection of Hg2+ with Rhodamine 6G-Modified Nanoporous Gold Optical Sensor

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    Wang, Zheng; Yang, Min; Chen, Chao; Zhang, Ling; Zeng, Heping

    2016-01-01

    An extremely sensitive fluorescence sensor has been developed for selectively detection of mercury ions based on metallophilic Hg2+-Au+ interactions, which results in an effective release of pre-adsorbed rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules from the nanoporous gold substrate, associated with a significant decrease of fluorescence intensity. The optical sensor has a detection sensitivity down to 0.6 pM for Hg2+ and CH3Hg+ ions, in particular a superior selectivity in a complex aqueous system containing 13 different types of metal ions, meanwhile maintaining a long-term stability after 10 cycles. Such a fluorescence sensor combining multiple advantages therefore present promising potentials in various applications. PMID:27403721

  8. Sensing behavior and logic operation of a colorimetric fluorescence sensor for Hg2 +/Cu2 + ions

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    He, Tian; Lin, Cuiling; Gu, Zhengye; Xu, Luonan; Yang, Anle; Liu, Yuanyuan; Fang, Huajun; Qiu, Huayu; Zhang, Jing; Yin, Shouchun

    2016-10-01

    A BODIPY-based 1 as a colorimetric fluorescence sensor was synthesized, and its metal sensing property was investigated. 1 displayed high selectivity and sensitivity towards Hg2 + and Cu2 + ions among 15 different metal cations. The addition of Hg2 + and Cu2 + ions into 1 in CH3CN resulted in a significant bathochromic shift of the UV absorption spectra from 533 nm to 560 nm and 593 nm, respectively, changing the corresponding colors from pink to purple and blue. When excited at 530 nm, the fluorescence intensity of 1 was quenched over 75% upon addition of Hg2 + ions, while 1 with Cu2 + ions exhibited significant fluorescence enhancement with a 23 nm red-shift. Based on these results, three logic gates (OR, IMPLICATION, and INHIBIT) were obtained by controlling the chemical inputs.

  9. The Distribution Tail of LWIR HgCdTe-on-Si FPAs: a Hypothetical Physical Mechanism

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    Bubulac, L. O.; Benson, J. D.; Jacobs, R. N.; Stoltz, A. J.; Jaime-Vasquez, M.; Almeida, L. A.; Wang, A.; Wang, L.; Hellmer, R.; Golding, T.; Dinan, J. H.; Carmody, M.; Wijewarnasuriya, P. S.; Lee, M. F.; Vilela, M. F.; Peterson, J.; Johnson, S. M.; Lofgreen, D. F.; Rhiger, D.

    2011-03-01

    A model is proposed to explain disparities found in the operability values and histograms for long-wavelength infrared HgCdTe focal-plane arrays fabricated on Si substrates compared with those fabricated on CdZnTe. The starting point for the model is the close agreement between the aerial density of discrete species (particles, contamination spots, crystalline defects on Si surface) in various interfaces in the HgCdTe/CdTe/Si structure and the density of failed pixels in the array. The density of discrete species is acquired by applying a newly developed variation of the secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) depth-profiling technique to samples that have been deuterated to enhance detection. A mechanism of selective activation of threading dislocations in a HgCdTe layer on Si is proposed to link discrete species with failed detector pixels.

  10. Mercury (Hg) exposure and its effects on Saudi breastfed infant's neurodevelopment.

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    Al-Saleh, Iman; Nester, Michael; Abduljabbar, Mai; Al-Rouqi, Reem; Eltabache, Chafica; Al-Rajudi, Tahreer; Elkhatib, Rola

    2016-01-01

    This cross-sectional study analyzed mercury (Hg) levels in healthy Saudi mothers and their infants (age 3-12 months) and examined the influence of Hg on the infants' neurodevelopment using screening tools, such as the Denver Developmental Screening Test II (DDST-II) and Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS). A total of 944 mothers and their 944 infants were recruited from 57 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) in Riyadh. The total Hg (THg) levels were measured in the mothers' and infants' urine (UTHg-M and UTHg-I) and hair (HTHg-M and HTHg-I) samples and in the breast milk and mothers' blood. Methylmercury (MeHg) levels were determined in hair samples from the mothers (MeHg-M) and infants (MeHg-I). Only 40.1% of the infants were breast-fed when enrolled, and 59.9% had stopped breastfeeding. Only 1.8% of the mothers and 0.3% of the infants had MeHg levels above the Environmental Proection Agency (EPA) reference dose (1 μg/g), with low medians of 0.132 and 0.091 μg/g dw, respectively, but the MeHg levels were significantly associated with infant DDST-II performance. The levels of corrected UTHg-M for creatinine (Cr), HTHg-M, HTHg-I, and HMeHg-M, however, displayed an association with infant PEDS performance. The medians and percentage of the tested population that exceeded the recommended limits for Hg in urine and hair set by the World Health Organization (5 μg/g Cr) and EPA (1 μg/g) were 0.695 μg/g Cr and 3% UTHg, 0.118 μg/g dw and 4.1% HTHg-M, 0.101 μg/g dw and 2.8% HTHg-I, and 0.132 μg/g dw and 1.8% HMeHg-M. Our study provides evidence of an association between some Hg measures and delays in infant neurodevelopment, despite their low levels and regardless of the infant's breastfeeding status. The results are of potential concern, because delayed psychomotor or mental performance in infants could be an indicator of later neurocognitive development in children, which may persist into adulthood, as shown in other studies. The absence of local

  11. Sensing behavior and logic operation of a colorimetric fluorescence sensor for Hg(2+)/Cu(2+) ions.

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    He, Tian; Lin, Cuiling; Gu, Zhengye; Xu, Luonan; Yang, Anle; Liu, Yuanyuan; Fang, Huajun; Qiu, Huayu; Zhang, Jing; Yin, Shouchun

    2016-10-01

    A BODIPY-based 1 as a colorimetric fluorescence sensor was synthesized, and its metal sensing property was investigated. 1 displayed high selectivity and sensitivity towards Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions among 15 different metal cations. The addition of Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions into 1 in CH3CN resulted in a significant bathochromic shift of the UV absorption spectra from 533nm to 560nm and 593nm, respectively, changing the corresponding colors from pink to purple and blue. When excited at 530nm, the fluorescence intensity of 1 was quenched over 75% upon addition of Hg(2+) ions, while 1 with Cu(2+) ions exhibited significant fluorescence enhancement with a 23nm red-shift. Based on these results, three logic gates (OR, IMPLICATION, and INHIBIT) were obtained by controlling the chemical inputs. PMID:27239948

  12. Selectable Ultrasensitive Detection of Hg2+ with Rhodamine 6G-Modified Nanoporous Gold Optical Sensor

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    Wang, Zheng; Yang, Min; Chen, Chao; Zhang, Ling; Zeng, Heping

    2016-07-01

    An extremely sensitive fluorescence sensor has been developed for selectively detection of mercury ions based on metallophilic Hg2+-Au+ interactions, which results in an effective release of pre-adsorbed rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules from the nanoporous gold substrate, associated with a significant decrease of fluorescence intensity. The optical sensor has a detection sensitivity down to 0.6 pM for Hg2+ and CH3Hg+ ions, in particular a superior selectivity in a complex aqueous system containing 13 different types of metal ions, meanwhile maintaining a long-term stability after 10 cycles. Such a fluorescence sensor combining multiple advantages therefore present promising potentials in various applications.

  13. A sugar-aza-crown ether-based fluorescent sensor for Hg(2+) and Cu(2+).

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    Hsieh, Yu-Chi; Chir, Jiun-Ly; Wu, Hsiu-Han; Chang, Po-Sheng; Wu, An-Tai

    2009-11-01

    A fluorescent sensor, 5, based upon the sugar-aza-crown ether structure with two anthracenetriazolymethyl groups was prepared and its fluoroionophoric properties toward transition metal ions were investigated. In methanol, the sensor exhibits highly selective recognition of Cu(2+) and Hg(2+) ions among a series of tested metal ions. The association constant for 5.Cu(2+) and 5.Hg(2+) in methanol was calculated to be 4.0 x 10(5)M(-1) and 1.1 x 10(5)M(-1), respectively. The detection limits for the sensing of Cu(2+) and Hg(2+) ions were 1.39 x 10(-6)M and 1.39 x 10(-5) M, respectively.

  14. Frequency Ratio of (199)Hg and (87)Sr Optical Lattice Clocks beyond the SI Limit.

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    Yamanaka, Kazuhiro; Ohmae, Noriaki; Ushijima, Ichiro; Takamoto, Masao; Katori, Hidetoshi

    2015-06-12

    We report on a frequency ratio measurement of a (199)Hg-based optical lattice clock referencing a (87)Sr-based clock. Evaluations of lattice light shift, including atomic-motion-dependent shift, enable us to achieve a total systematic uncertainty of 7.2×10(-17) for the Hg clock. The frequency ratio is measured to be νHg/νSr=2.629 314 209 898 909 60(22) with a fractional uncertainty of 8.4×10(-17), which is smaller than the uncertainty of the realization of the International System of Units (SI) second, i.e., the SI limit.

  15. Nonlinear terahertz response of HgTe/CdTe quantum wells

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    Chen, Qinjun; Sanderson, Matthew; Zhang, Chao

    2015-08-24

    Without breaking the topological order, HgTe/CdTe quantum wells can have two types of bulk band structure: direct gap type (type I) and indirect gap type (type II). We report that the strong nonlinear optical responses exist in both types of bulk states under a moderate electric field in the terahertz regime. Interestingly, for the type II band structure, the third order conductivity changes sign when chemical potentials lies below 10 meV due to the significant response of the hole excitation close to the bottom of conduction band. Negative nonlinear conductivities suggest that HgTe/CdTe quantum wells can find application in the gain medium of a laser for terahertz radiation. The thermal influences on nonlinear optical responses of HgTe/CdTe quantum wells are also studied.

  16. Surface characterization of amalgam made with Hg-In liquid alloy.

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    Nakajima, H; Akaiwa, Y; Hashimoto, H; Ferracane, J L; Okabe, T

    1997-01-01

    When amalgam was triturated with Hg-In liquid alloys instead of pure mercury, the resultant amalgams released a significantly smaller amount of mercury vapor during setting. To understand the mechanisms responsible for the drastic decrease in mercury evaporation from the In-containing amalgam, we used Auger Electron Spectroscopy to examine surface oxide films on amalgams made with Hg-10 wt% In or pure mercury. The surface of the In-containing amalgam was rapidly covered with both indium and tin oxide films. Greater amounts of oxygen were found on the gamma 1 Ag-Hg matrix in the In-containing amalgam than in the amalgam without indium. The rapid formation of the oxide film contributes to a reduction in the mercury release from the In-containing amalgam by forming an effective barrier to evaporation. PMID:9042085

  17. Characteristics of HgS nanoparticles formed in hair by a chemical reaction

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    Patriarche, G.; Walter, P.; Van Elslande, E.; Ayache, J.; Castaing, J.

    2013-01-01

    A chemical reaction, derived from an ancient recipe for hair dyeing, is used to precipitate nanoparticles of mercury sulphide in hair by the simple process of immersion in a water solution of Ca(OH)2 and HgO. After several days, HgS nanoparticles appear throughout the hair and are particularly numerous in the various interfaces. The formation of these nanoparticles has been studied by analytical and atomic resolution electron microscopy. High resolution quantitative analysis allowed the determination of two varieties of HgS precipitate crystal structures formed: a hexagonal cinnabar and a cubic metacinnabar structure. This very simple process of a chemical reaction in hair is a particularly inexpensive way to fabricate semiconductor sulphide nanoparticles with specific properties.

  18. Complexation of Hg (II) ions with humic acids of tundra soils

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    Vasilevich, Roman

    2013-04-01

    Humic acids (HA) play an important role in processes of heavy metals migration, controlling their geochemical streams in environment. Accumulative and detoxification abilities of HA to heavy metals are realized by means of formation of steady complexes salycylate and pyrocatechin types. Modern researches show that HA of the Arctic and Subarctic areas are poorly enriched by aromatic frames, so and metalbinding centres. The work purpose is to study interaction mechanisms of Hg (II) ions with HA and to define tread possibilities of a tundra soils humic acids. It is established that binding ability of Hg (II) ions depends on concentration of an element, on quantity of functional groups in peripheral and nuclear parts of HA molecule as well as on a solution pH. coomplexation proceeds at pH 2.5-3.5 efficiently. On the basis of kinetic models it is shown that HA interaction with Hg (II) ions, at microconcentration of a pollutant (0.025-5.0 mkmol/dm3), has a zero order of reaction. Rate of a reaction does not depend on initial components concentration and is defined by process of Hg (II) ions diffusion to organic ligands. High correlation of a HA sorption capacity to Hg (II) ions is observed: with the nitrogen content and maintenance of amino groups (according to a 13C-NMR, element composition) and negative correlation - with degree of HA aromaticity. It testifies to primary binding of Hg (II) ions by amino-acid fragments of a HA molecule peripheral part. When concentration of Hg (II) ions increases, binding proceeds on carboxylic and phenolic groups of a molecule nuclear part. Higher order of kinetic models reaction and FTIR spectroscopy data testify to it. Comparison of FTIR spectra of HA preparations and mercury humates, shows that Hg (II) ions binding in humate complexes is carried out mainly by -COOH. Reduction of a spectral line intensity not ionized -COOH at 1700-1720 sm-1 and intensity increases of dissymetric valency vibration at 1610-1650 sm-1 diagnose increase

  19. Selectable Ultrasensitive Detection of Hg(2+) with Rhodamine 6G-Modified Nanoporous Gold Optical Sensor.

    PubMed

    Wang, Zheng; Yang, Min; Chen, Chao; Zhang, Ling; Zeng, Heping

    2016-01-01

    An extremely sensitive fluorescence sensor has been developed for selectively detection of mercury ions based on metallophilic Hg(2+)-Au(+) interactions, which results in an effective release of pre-adsorbed rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules from the nanoporous gold substrate, associated with a significant decrease of fluorescence intensity. The optical sensor has a detection sensitivity down to 0.6 pM for Hg(2+) and CH3Hg(+) ions, in particular a superior selectivity in a complex aqueous system containing 13 different types of metal ions, meanwhile maintaining a long-term stability after 10 cycles. Such a fluorescence sensor combining multiple advantages therefore present promising potentials in various applications. PMID:27403721

  20. HgCdTe long-wavelength infrared photovoltaic detectors formed by reactive ion etching

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    Nguyen, Tam T.; Dell, John M.; Musca, Charles A.; Antoszewski, Jarek; Faraone, Lorenzo

    2002-12-01

    Reactive ion etching (RIE) is known to type convert p-type HgCdTe to n-type, thus providing a method for p-n junction formation for photodiode fabrication. Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) n-on-p photodiodes fabricated using RIE induced p-to-n type conversion have already been demonstrated and show excellent performance. This paper will report on the successful application of RIE junction formation technology for long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) HgCdTe photodiodes, and compares the device performance of photodiodes fabricated on vacancy and extrinsically doped p-type HgCdTe. The diode current versus bias voltage (I-V) characteristic of these devices have also been measured as a function of temperature in the range 20K to 200K with various junction areas. These results are compared in the light of detailed Hall measurement data obtained from type converted materials.

  1. Inductively coupled plasma etching of HgCdTe IRFPAs detectors at cryogenic temperature

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    Chen, Y. Y.; Ye, Z. H.; Sun, C. H.; Zhang, S.; Hu, X. N.; Ding, R. J.; He, L.

    2016-05-01

    To fabricate various advanced structures with HgCdTe material, the Inductively Coupled Plasma enhanced Reactive Ion Etching system is indispensable. However, due to low damage threshold and complicated behaviors of mercury in HgCdTe, the lattice damage and induced electrical conversion is very common. According to the diffusion model during etching period, the mercury interstitials, however, may not diffuse deep into the material at cryogenic temperature. In this report, ICP etching of HgCdTe at cryogenic temperature was implemented. The etching system with cryogenic assembly is provided by Oxford Instrument. The sample table was cooled down to 123K with liquid nitrogen. The mask of SiO2 with a contact layer of ZnS functioned well at this temperature. The selectivity and etching velocity maintained the same as reported in the etching of room temperature. Smooth and clean surfaces and profiles were achieved with an optimized recipe.

  2. Frequency Ratio of (199)Hg and (87)Sr Optical Lattice Clocks beyond the SI Limit.

    PubMed

    Yamanaka, Kazuhiro; Ohmae, Noriaki; Ushijima, Ichiro; Takamoto, Masao; Katori, Hidetoshi

    2015-06-12

    We report on a frequency ratio measurement of a (199)Hg-based optical lattice clock referencing a (87)Sr-based clock. Evaluations of lattice light shift, including atomic-motion-dependent shift, enable us to achieve a total systematic uncertainty of 7.2×10(-17) for the Hg clock. The frequency ratio is measured to be νHg/νSr=2.629 314 209 898 909 60(22) with a fractional uncertainty of 8.4×10(-17), which is smaller than the uncertainty of the realization of the International System of Units (SI) second, i.e., the SI limit. PMID:26196788

  3. Ab initio investigation of the structural and electronic properties of amorphous HgTe.

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    Zhao, Huxian; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Lu, Jianping; Shu, Haibo; Lu, Wei

    2014-01-29

    We present the structure and electronic properties of amorphous mercury telluride obtained from first-principle calculations. The initial configuration of amorphous mercury telluride is created by computation alchemy. According to different exchange–correlation functions in our calculations, we establish two 256-atom models. The topology of both models is analyzed in terms of radial and bond angle distributions. It is found that both the Te and the Hg atoms tend to be fourfold, but with a wrong bond rate of about 10%. The fraction of threefold and fivefold atoms also shows that there are a significant number of dangling and floating bonds in our models. The electronic properties are also obtained. It is indicated that there is a bandgap in amorphous HgTe, in contrast to the zero bandgap for crystalline HgTe. The structures of the band tail and defect states are also discussed. PMID:24592480

  4. Ultrastructural response of rat lung to 90 days' exposure to oxygen at 450 mm Hg

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    Harrison, G. A.

    1974-01-01

    Young Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 100% oxygen at 450 mm Hg in constant environment capsules for 90 days. Lung tissue examined by electron microscopy revealed a number of changes, many similar to those observed after exposure to oxygen at 760 mm Hg for shorter periods of time. Alterations in vesicle size and number and in mitochondrial matrix and cristae appear in both the endothelial and epithelial cells. Blebbing and rarefication of cytoplasm occur in both cell layers of the alveolo-capillary wall. Also seen are fluid in the basement membrane, platelets in the capillaries, and alveolar fluid and debris. All of these alterations occur at 1 atm exposure. However, after exposure to 450 mm Hg the changes are not as widespread nor as destructive as they are at the higher pressure.

  5. Manifold and method of batch measurement of Hg-196 concentration using a mass spectrometer

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    Grossman, Mark W.; Evans, Roger

    1991-01-01

    A sample manifold and method of its use has been developed so that milligram quantities of mercury can be analyzed mass spectroscopically to determine the .sup.196 Hg concentration to less than 0.02 atomic percent. Using natural mercury as a standard, accuracy of .+-.0.002 atomic percent can be obtained. The mass spectrometer preferably used is a commercially available GC/MS manufactured by Hewlett Packard. A novel sample manifold is contained within an oven allowing flow rate control of Hg into the MS. Another part of the manifold connects to an auxiliary pumping system which facilitates rapid clean up of residual Hg in the manifold. Sample cycle time is about 1 hour.

  6. Manifold and method of batch measurement of Hg-196 concentration using a mass spectrometer

    DOEpatents

    Grossman, M.W.; Evans, R.

    1991-11-26

    A sample manifold and method of its use has been developed so that milligram quantities of mercury can be analyzed mass spectroscopically to determine the [sup 196]Hg concentration to less than 0.02 atomic percent. Using natural mercury as a standard, accuracy of [+-]0.002 atomic percent can be obtained. The mass spectrometer preferably used is a commercially available GC/MS manufactured by Hewlett Packard. A novel sample manifold is contained within an oven allowing flow rate control of Hg into the MS. Another part of the manifold connects to an auxiliary pumping system which facilitates rapid clean up of residual Hg in the manifold. Sample cycle time is about 1 hour. 8 figures.

  7. HgCdTe: Recent Trends in the Ultimate IR Semiconductor

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    Kinch, Michael A.

    2010-07-01

    Since its introduction in the early 1970s, HgCdTe has become the general workhorse of the global infrared (IR) industry. Despite a significant lack of investment in the basic science of this materials system since 1990, huge advances have been made in HgCdTe focal-plane array (FPA) technology, resulting in the current availability of a wide variety of large-area FPAs, for all IR spectral bands, both monocolor and multicolor, with the capability for both passive and active imaging. The current status of the many technologies relevant to the continued good health of HgCdTe is discussed herein, with regard to both their present limitations and possible opportunities for improvement.

  8. High-performance acousto-optic materials - Hg2Cl2 and PbBr2

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    Gottlieb, Milton; Goutzoulis, Anastasios P.; Singh, N. B.

    1992-01-01

    New results achieved with recently grown Hg2Cl2 and PbBr2 crystals are described. With an optimized crystal growth technique Hg2Cl2 crystals were grown that show a significantly reduced acoustic attenuation compared to prior crystals, from 13.4 to 8 dB/microsec-GHz-squared. These crystals allow the development of Hg2Cl2 Bragg cells with time-bandwidth product figures in the 5100 to 6900 range, frequency operation as high as that for TeO2, and resolution about 25 percent higher than TeO2 for similar crystal lengths. PbBr2 crystals were also grown that exhibit a large figure of merit (M2 = 550) with an attenuation coefficient of 12 dB/microsec-GHz-squared. This material may be the choice for infrared devices where large diffraction efficiencies are needed.

  9. Pressurizing the HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} spinel at room temperature

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    Efthimiopoulos, Ilias; Wang, Yuejian; Yaresko, Alexander; Tsurkan, Vladimir; Deisenhofer, Joachim; Loidl, Alois; Park, Changyong

    2014-01-06

    The cubic HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} spinel undergoes two structural transitions upon pressure increase. Initially, the ambient-pressure Fd-3m phase transforms into a tetragonal I4{sub 1}/amd structure above 15 GPa. We speculate that this Fd-3m-I4{sub 1}/amd transition is accompanied by an insulator-to-metal transition, resulting in the vanishing of the Raman signal after the structural transformation. Further compression of HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} leads to structural disorder beyond 21 GPa. Our spin-resolved band structure calculations reveal significant changes in the electronic structure of HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} after the Fd-3m-I4{sub 1}/amd transition, whereas the ferromagnetic interactions are found to dominate in both structures.

  10. Distribution of the surface potential of epitaxial HgCdTe

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    Novikov, V. A. Grigoryev, D. V.; Bezrodnyy, D. A.; Dvoretsky, S. A.

    2014-09-08

    We studied the distribution of surface potential of the Hg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Te epitaxial films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The studies showed that the variation of the spatial distribution of surface potential in the region of the V-defect can be related to the variation of the material composition of epitaxial film. The V-defect is characterized by increased of Hg content with respect to the composition of the solid solution of Hg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Te epitaxial film. In this paper, it was demonstrated that the unformed V-defects can be observed together with the macroscopic V-defects on the epitaxial film surface. These unformed V-defects can allow the creation of a complex surface potential distribution profile due to the redistribution of the solid solution composition.

  11. Detoxification of Hg(II) from aqueous and enzyme media: Pristine vs. tailored calcium alginate hydrogels.

    PubMed

    Sarkar, Kangkana; Ansari, Zarina; Sen, Kamalika

    2016-10-01

    Calcium alginate (CA) hydrogels were tailored using phenolic compounds (PC) like, thymol, morin, catechin, hesperidin, during their preparation. The PC incorporated gels show modified surface features as indicated by scanning electron microscopic images (SEM). The rheological studies show that excepting the hesperidin incorporated gels all the other kinds including calcium alginate pristine have similar mechanical strength. The hesperidine incorporated CA gels had the maximum capacity to adsorb Hg. The Freundlich adsorption isotherms show higher values of adsorption capacity for all PC incorporated CA beads than the pristine CA (PCA). The hesperidin incorporated CA gels were found to show the best adsorption condition at neutral pH and an optimum contact time of 2.5h at 25°C. Considering the possibility of ingested Hg detoxification from human alimentary tract, the hesperidin and morin incorporated CA beads were further modified through incorporation of cod liver oil as the digestion time of fat in stomach is higher. In vitro uptake capacities of Hg in pepsin and pancreatin containing enzyme media were studied with hesperidin and morin incorporated beads and their corresponding fat incorporated beads also. In the pepsin medium, there was no uptake by hesperidin and fat-hesperidin incorporated beads, which is possibly due to the higher acidity of the medium. But in pancreatin medium Hg was taken up by both kinds of beads. Morin and morin-fat incorporated beads were efficient to uptake Hg from both the pepsin and pancreatin medium. The tailored CA beads may therefore serve as efficient scaffolds to rescue Hg ingested individuals. PMID:27208797

  12. Detection of heavy metals (Cu+2, Hg+2) by biosynthesized silver nanoparticles

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    Maiti, Swarnali; Barman, Gadadhar; Konar Laha, Jayasree

    2016-04-01

    Here, we are reporting two methods for detection of Cu+2 ion and Hg+2 ions using biosynthesized silver nanoparticles. The detection of Cu+2 ion was based on changes in absorbance resulting from complex formation of the metal ion. Various concentrations of Cu+2 ion were used to test the linearity and sensitivity of the method. A new peak at around 770 nm, in addition to the peak of the AgNP at 406 nm, was observed in each case (above 20 µM). With the increase of concentration of Cu+2 ion solution, the absorbance at 406 nm peak decreased and that of 770 nm increased gradually. The calibration curve obtained from the ratio of the absorption coefficients of these two peaks (Ex770/406) versus concentration of Cu+2 ions enables one to estimate quantitatively the amount of Cu+2 ions present in water in µM levels. This AgNP was further functionalized with 3-mercapto-1, 2-propanediol (MPD) for detection of Hg+2 present in water by colorimetric method. As soon as Hg+2 solution was added in MPD-functionalized AgNP (MPD-AgNP), a new peak at around 606 nm appeared along with the peak at 404 nm. The new peak might be due to the aggregations occurred by the recognition of heavy metal ion Hg+2 by MPD-AgNP through dipropionate ion. A calibration curve between the ratios of the absorption coefficients of these two peaks (Ex404/606) and concentration of Hg+2 was drawn for quantitative estimation of Hg+2 present in water at µM level.

  13. Functions, Evolution, and Application of the Supramolecular Machines of Hg Detoxification

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    Miller, Susan M.

    2009-11-27

    The bacterial mercury resistance (mer) operon functions in Hg biogeochemistry and bioremediation by converting reactive inorganic [Hg(II)] and organic [RHg(I)] mercurials to relatively inert monoatomic mercury vapor, Hg(0). Its genes regulate expression (MerR, MerD, MerOP), import Hg(II) (MerT, MerP, and MerC), and demethylate (MerB) and reduce (MerA) mercurials. We focus on how these components interact with each other and with the host cell to allow cells to survive and detoxify Hg compounds. Understanding how this ubiquitous detoxification system fits into the biology and ecology of its bacterial host is essential to guide interventions that support and enhance Hg remediation. At a more basic level, studies of interactions between the metal ion trafficking proteins in this pathway provide insights into general mechanisms used by proteins in pathways involved in trafficking of other metal ions in cells of all types of organisms, including pathways for essential metal ions such as Cu and Zn and other toxic metal ions such as Cd. In this project we focused on investigations of proteins from mer operons found in gamma-proteobacteria with specific objectives to use biophysical and biochemical approaches to detect and define (1) interactions between the structural components of the key detoxifying mer operon enzyme, mercuric ion reductase (MerA), (2) interactions between the components of MerA and the other mer operon enzyme, organomercurial lyase (MerB), and (3) to investigate the structure and interactions of integral membrane transport proteins, MerT and MerC, with MerA.

  14. One-pot synthesis of two-sized clusters for ratiometric sensing of Hg2+.

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    Chen, Tzu-Heng; Lu, Chi-Yu; Tseng, Wei-Lung

    2013-12-15

    This paper presents a discussion of a one-pot approach for preparing lyszoyme type VI (Lys VI) stabilized clusters, including small (Au7Ag and Au8) and large (Au24Ag) clusters, for ratiometric fluorescence sensing of Hg(2+). Our previous study (Chen and Tseng, Small 8 (2012) 1912) showed the formation of intermediate Au8 clusters in the conversion of Au(+)-Lys VI protein complexes to Au25 clusters. The presence of Ag(+) in the precursor solution slowed this conversion, thereby forming two-sized clusters. With an increase in Ag(+) content, a systematic blue shift in the first exciton absorption and fluorescence peaks indicated the formation of Au-Ag bimetallic clusters. The prepared Ag(+)/Au(3+) molar ratio of 2:8 resulted in the formation of two-sized clusters, with dual emission bands centered at 471 and 613 nm. After these clusters are separated by a membrane filter, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry was used to determine the composition of Au24Ag clusters. By monitoring the intensity ratio of the two emission wavelengths, the solution consisting of Hg(2+)-insensitive small clusters (Au7Ag and Au8) and Hg(2+)-sensitive Au24Ag clusters exhibited a ratiometric fluorescence response toward Hg(2+), and provided a built-in correction for photobleaching; the limit of detection at a signal-to-noise ratio of three for Hg(2+) was estimated to be 1 nM. This probe was successfully applied to ratiometric fluorescence sensing of Hg(2+) in tap water. PMID:24209338

  15. Heavy metal tolerance (Cr, Ag AND Hg) in bacteria isolated from sewage

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    Lima de Silva, Agostinho A.; de Carvalho, Márcia A. Ribeiro; de Souza, Sérgio A. L; Dias, Patrícia M. Teixeira; da Silva Filho, Renato G.; de Meirelles Saramago, Carmen S.; de Melo Bento, Cleonice A.; Hofer, Ernesto

    2012-01-01

    Samples of sewage from a university hospital and a chemistry technical school were analysed for the percentage of bacterial tolerance to chromium (Cr), silver (Ag) and mercury (Hg). Additionally, we investigated the effect of these metals on pigmentation and on some enzymatic activities of the metal tolerant strains isolated, as well as antimicrobial resistance in some metal tolerant Enterobacteriaceae strains. Tolerance to Cr was observed mainly in Gram positive bacteria while in the case of Ag and Hg the tolerant bacteria were predominately Gram negative. Hg was the metal for which the percentage of tolerance was significantly higher, especially in samples from the hospital sewage (4.1%). Mercury also had the most discernible effect on color of the colonies. Considering the effect of metals on the respiratory enzymes, one strain of Ag-tolerant Bacillus sp. and one of Hg-tolerant P. aeruginosa were unable to produce oxidase in the presence of Ag and Hg, respectively, while the expression of gelatinase was largely inhibited in various Gram negative strains (66% by Cr). Drug resistance in Hg-tolerant Enterobacteriaceae strains isolated from the university hospital sewage was greater than 80%, with prevalence of multiple resistance, while the Ag-tolerant strains from the same source showed about 34% of resistance, with the predominance of mono-resistance. Our results showed that, despite the ability of metal tolerant strains to survive and grow in the presence of these elements, the interactions with these metals may result in metabolic or phisiological changes in this group of bacteria. PMID:24031994

  16. Graphene-Rhodamine Nanoprobe for Colorimetric and Fluorimetric Hg(2+) Ion Assay.

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    Mohan, Anju; Neeroli Kizhakayil, Renuka

    2016-06-01

    This article reveals the first ever prospective application of Graphene-Rhodamine array (GRH) as a colorimetric and fluorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) ions. The duality of Graphene to undergo π-π and dispersive interactions with Rhodamine as well as to act as a selective adsorbent for Hg(2+) is conceptualized in this study. These interactions lead to decrease in absorbance of the dye in the presence of graphene, which is restored when kept in contact with Hg(2+) ions. The feasibility of the mechanism has been proved using EDTA as the coordinating ligand. It is noteworthy that all the optical variations occurred in the visible scale of the electromagnetic spectrum. The GRH array exhibited higher sensitivity toward the target ion with a limit of detection of 2 ppb. A perfect linear variation of absorbance at 554 nm with Hg(2+) concentration was observed in 0-1000 nM range, enabling the use of the system as a quantitative sensor for the test ion. The commendable selectivity of the array toward Hg(2+) ion has been investigated by observing the optical response in the presence of other environmentally relevant metal ions. A reversible turn off and turn on INHIBIT logic gate has been proposed which extends the scope of the designed array for the development of automated chemical systems. The fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) ability of graphene paves the backbone for the fluorimetric detection. Fluorimetric strategy yielded a much lower limit of detection of 380 ppt using this probe, which makes a significant advance in trace detection of Hg(2+) ions. PMID:27195915

  17. Heavy metal tolerance (Cr, Ag AND Hg) in bacteria isolated from sewage.

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    Lima de Silva, Agostinho A; de Carvalho, Márcia A Ribeiro; de Souza, Sérgio A L; Dias, Patrícia M Teixeira; da Silva Filho, Renato G; de Meirelles Saramago, Carmen S; de Melo Bento, Cleonice A; Hofer, Ernesto

    2012-10-01

    Samples of sewage from a university hospital and a chemistry technical school were analysed for the percentage of bacterial tolerance to chromium (Cr), silver (Ag) and mercury (Hg). Additionally, we investigated the effect of these metals on pigmentation and on some enzymatic activities of the metal tolerant strains isolated, as well as antimicrobial resistance in some metal tolerant Enterobacteriaceae strains. Tolerance to Cr was observed mainly in Gram positive bacteria while in the case of Ag and Hg the tolerant bacteria were predominately Gram negative. Hg was the metal for which the percentage of tolerance was significantly higher, especially in samples from the hospital sewage (4.1%). Mercury also had the most discernible effect on color of the colonies. Considering the effect of metals on the respiratory enzymes, one strain of Ag-tolerant Bacillus sp. and one of Hg-tolerant P. aeruginosa were unable to produce oxidase in the presence of Ag and Hg, respectively, while the expression of gelatinase was largely inhibited in various Gram negative strains (66% by Cr). Drug resistance in Hg-tolerant Enterobacteriaceae strains isolated from the university hospital sewage was greater than 80%, with prevalence of multiple resistance, while the Ag-tolerant strains from the same source showed about 34% of resistance, with the predominance of mono-resistance. Our results showed that, despite the ability of metal tolerant strains to survive and grow in the presence of these elements, the interactions with these metals may result in metabolic or phisiological changes in this group of bacteria.

  18. Electro-physical characteristics of MIS structures with HgTe- based single quantum wells for optoelectronics devices

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    Dzyadukh, S.; Nesmelov, S.; Voitsekhovskii, A.; Gorn, D.

    2016-08-01

    The paper presents brief research results of the admittance of metal-insulator- semiconductor (MIS) structures based on Hg1-xCdxTe grown by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) method including single HgCdTe/HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells (QW) in the surface layer. The thickness of a quantum well was 5.6 nm, and the composition of barrier layers with the thickness of 35 nm was close to 0.65. Measurements were conducted in the range of temperatures from 8 to 200 K. It is shown that for structure with quantum well based on HgTe capacitance and conductance oscillations in the strong inversion are observed. Also it is assumed these oscillations are related with the recharging of quantum levels in HgTe.

  19. The new Hg-rich barium indium mercurides BaIn{sub x}Hg{sub 7−x} (x=3.1) and BaIn{sub x}Hg{sub 11−x} (x=0–2.8)

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    Wendorff, Marco; Schwarz, Michael; Röhr, Caroline

    2013-07-15

    The title compounds BaIn{sub x}Hg{sub 7−x} (x=3.1(1)) and BaIn{sub x}Hg{sub 11−x} (x=0–2.8) were synthesized from stoichiometric ratios of the elements in Ta crucibles. Their crystal structures have been determined using single crystal X-ray data. BaIn{sub x}Hg{sub 7−x} (x=3.1(1)) crystallizes in a new structure type (orthorhombic, oC16, space group Cmmm: a=512.02(1), b=1227.68(3), c=668.61(2) pm, Z=2, R1=0.0311). In the structure, the atoms of the three crystallographically different mixed In/Hg positions form planar nets of four-, six- and eight-membered rings. These nets are shifted against each other such that the four-membered rings form empty distorted cubes. The cubes are connected via common edges, corners and folded ladders, which are also found in BaIn{sub 2}/BaHg{sub 2} (KHg{sub 2} structure type) and BaIn (α-NaHg type). The Ba atoms are centered in the eight-membered rings and exhibit an overall coordination number of 20. The [BaM{sub 20}] polyhedra and twice as many distorted [M{sub 8}] cubes tesselate the space. BaIn{sub 2.8}Hg{sub 8.2} (cubic, cP36, space group Pm3{sup ¯}m, a=961.83(1) pm, Z=3, R1=0.0243) is the border compound of the phase width BaIn{sub x}Hg{sub 11−x} of the rare BaHg{sub 11} structure type. In the structure, ideal [M{sub 8}] cubes (at the corners of the unit cell) and BaM{sub 20} polyhedra (at the edges of the unit cell) represent the building blocks comparable to the other new In mercuride. In accordance with the increased In/Hg content, additional M-pure regions appear: the center of the unit cell contains a huge [Hg(1)M(2){sub 12}M(3,4){sub 32}] polyhedron, a Hg-centered cuboctahedron of In/Hg atoms surrounded by a capped cantellated cube of 32 additional M atoms. For both structure types, the bonding situation and the ‘coloring’, i.e. the In/Hg distribution of the polyanionic network, are discussed considering the different sizes of the atoms and the charge distribution (Bader AIM charges), which have been

  20. Updated measurement of the permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of 199Hg

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    Graner, Brent; Chen, Yi; Lindahl, Eric; Heckel, Blayne

    2016-03-01

    A permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) in an atom or particle would prove that time reversal symmetry is broken. In addition, an atomic EDM may provide evidence of new physics or CP symmetry violation in the strong sector. We have recently completed an improved measurement of the EDM of 199Hg utilizing a set of vapor cells containing isotopically-enriched 199Hg optically pumped and probed with UV laser light. I will discuss the most recent iteration of the experiment, and present unblinded results. This work was supported by NSF Grant 1306743 and DOE Award No. DE-FG02-97ER41020.

  1. Updated measurement of the permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of 199 Hg

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    Graner, Brent; Chen, Yi; Lindahl, Eric; Heckel, Blayne

    2016-05-01

    A permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) in an atom or particle would prove that time reversal symmetry is broken. In addition, an atomic EDM may provide evidence of new physics or CP symmetry violation in the strong sector. We have recently completed an improved measurement of the EDM of 199 Hg utilizing a set of vapor cells containing isotopically-enriched 199 Hg optically pumped and probed with UV laser light. I will discuss the most recent iteration of the experiment, and present unblinded results. This work was supported by NSF Grant 1306743 and DOE Award No. DE-FG02-97ER41020.

  2. Terahertz detection of magnetic field-driven topological phase transition in HgTe-based transistors

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    Kadykov, A. M.; Teppe, F. Consejo, C.; Ruffenach, S.; Marcinkiewicz, M.; Desrat, W.; Dyakonova, N.; Knap, W.; Viti, L.; Vitiello, M. S.; Krishtopenko, S. S.; Morozov, S. V.; Gavrilenko, V. I.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Dvoretsky, S. A.

    2015-10-12

    We report on terahertz photoconductivity under magnetic field up to 16 T of field effect transistor based on HgTe quantum well (QW) with an inverted band structure. We observe pronounced cyclotron resonance and Shubnikov-de Haas-like oscillations, indicating a high mobility electron gas in the transistor channel. We discover that nonlinearity of the transistor channel allows for observation of characteristic features in photoconductivity at critical magnetic field corresponding to the phase transition between topological quantum spin Hall and trivial quantum Hall states in HgTe QW. Our results pave the way towards terahertz topological field effect transistors.

  3. Electronic states of Zn2 - Ab initio calculations of a prototype for Hg2

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    Hay, P. J.; Dunning, T. H., Jr.; Raffenetti, R. C.

    1976-01-01

    The electronic states of Zn2 are investigated by ab initio polarization configuration-interaction calculations. Molecular states dissociating to Zn(1S) + Zn(1S, 3P, 1P) and Zn(3P) + Zn(3P) are treated. Important effects from states arising from Zn(+)(25) + Zn(-)(2P) are found in the potential-energy curves and electronic-transition moments. A model calculation for Hg2 based on the Zn2 curves and including spin-orbit coupling leads to a new interpretation of the emission bands in Hg vapor.

  4. Surface electrons in inverted layers of p-HgCdTe

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    Schacham, Samuel E.; Finkman, Eliezer

    1990-01-01

    Anodic oxide passivation of p-type HgCdTe generates an inversion layer. Extremely high Hall mobility data for electrons in this layer indicated the presence of a two-dimensional electron gas. This is verified by use of the Shubnikov-de Haas effect from 1.45 to 4.15 K. Data are extracted utilizing a numerical second derivative of dc measurement. Three sub-bands are detected. Their relative occupancies are in excellent agreement with theory and with experimental results obtained on anodic oxide as accumulation layers of n-type HgCdTe. The effective mass derived is comparable to what was expected.

  5. Viscosity of Hg(0.84)Zn(0.16)Te Pseudobinary Melt

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    Mazuruk, K.; Su, Ching-Hua; Sha, Yi-Gao; Lehoczky, S. L.

    1996-01-01

    An oscillating-cup viscometer was developed to measure viscosity of molten HgZnTe ternary semiconductor alloys. Data were collected for the pseudobinary Hg(0.84)Zn(0.16)Te melt between 770 and 850 C. The kinematic viscosity was found to vary from approximately 1.1 to 1.4 x 10(sup -3)sq cm/s. A slow relaxation phenomena was also observed for temperatures from the melting point of 770 to approx. 800 C. Possible mechanisms for this effect are discussed.

  6. Thin-Film HgCdTe For Mosaic Focal Planes

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    Krikorian, E.

    1981-02-01

    Hgl-xCdxTe is becoming increasingly important for the preparation of both monolithic and hybrid infrared focal plane arrays. The preparation of such devices utilizing thin film HgCdTe is very attractive due to its cost-effective feature. Based on a study carried out at General Dynamics, sputtering, which minimizes the vapor pressure problems of HgCdTe deposition, promises to be a relatively simple, inexpensive and versatile technique for preparing high quality single crystal Hgl-xCdxTe films with electronic properties suitable for array (large area) fabrication. This paper reports on the initial results of this study which support this claim.

  7. Total Synthesis of (-)-Lepadiformine A Utilizing Hg(OTf)2-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reaction.

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    Nishikawa, Keisuke; Kikuchi, Seiho; Ezaki, Shinnosuke; Koyama, Tomoyuki; Nokubo, Haruka; Kodama, Takeshi; Tachi, Yoshimitsu; Morimoto, Yoshiki

    2015-12-01

    A cytotoxic marine alkaloid (-)-lepadiformine A (1) possesses a unique structure characterized by the trans-1-azadecalin AB ring system fused with the AC spiro-cyclic ring. In this research, we found that a cycloisomerization reaction from amino ynone 2 to a 1-azaspiro[4.5]decane skeleton 3, corresponding to the AC ring system of 1, is promoted by Hg(OTf)(2). Thus, we have accomplished the efficient total synthesis of (-)-lepadiformine A in 28% overall yield by featuring the novel Hg(OTf)(2)-catalyzed cycloisomerization. PMID:26584002

  8. Study of asymmetric fission yield behavior from neutron-deficient Hg isotope

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    Perkasa, Y. S.; Waris, A. Kurniadi, R. Su'ud, Z.

    2014-09-30

    A study of asymmetric fission yield behavior from a neutron-deficient Hg isotope has been conducted. The fission yield calculation of the neutron-deficient Hg isotope using Brownian Metropolis shape had showed unusual result at decreasing energy. In this paper, this interesting feature will be validated by using nine degree of scission shapes parameterization from Brosa model that had been implemented in TALYS nuclear reaction code. This validation is intended to show agreement between both model and the experiment result. The expected result from these models considered to be different due to dynamical properties that implemented in both models.

  9. Recent progress in LWIR HOT photoconductors based on MOCVD grown (100) HgCdTe

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    Gawron, W.; Kębłowski, A.; Kopytko, M.; Madejczyk, P.; Martyniuk, P.; Pędzińska, M.; Piotrowski, A.; Piotrowski, J.; Rogalski, A.; Romanis, M.; Sosna, A.

    2016-10-01

    Hg1-x Cd x Te photoconductors grown in (100) crystallographic orientation are prone to demonstrating high crystalline quality, which results in a lower number of generation-recombination centers, lower noise and high responsivity. This work presents the optimum growth conditions and results of the characterization both of layers and high operating temperature (HOT) long wavelength infrared (LWIR) photoconductive devices based on them. The (100) HgCdTe photoconductor attains D*(13 μm) equal to 6.5 × 109 cmHz1/2W-1 at 200 K and therefore outperforms its (111)B counterpart.

  10. Bioavailability of Cd, Zn and Hg in Soil to Nine Recombinant Luminescent Metal Sensor Bacteria

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    Bondarenko, Olesja; Rõlova, Taisia; Kahru, Anne; Ivask, Angela

    2008-01-01

    A set of nine recombinant heavy metal-specific luminescent bacterial sensors belonging to Gram-negative (Escherichia and Pseudomonas) and Gram-positive (Staphylococcus and Bacillus) genera and containing various types of recombinant metal-response genetic elements was characterized for heavy metal bioavailability studies. All nine strains were induced by Hg and Cd and five strains also by Zn. As a lowest limit, the sensors were detecting 0.03 μg·L-1 of Hg, 2 μg·L-1 of Cd and 400 μg·L-1 of Zn. Limit of determination of the sensors depended mostly on metal-response element, whereas the toxicity of those metals towards the sensor bacteria was mostly dependent on the type of the host bacterium, with Gram-positive strains being more sensitive than Gram-negative ones. The set of sensors was used to evaluate bioavailability of Hg, Cd and Zn in spiked soils. The bioavailable fraction of Cd and Zn in soil suspension assay (2.6 – 5.1% and 0.32 – 0.61%, of the total Cd and Zn, respectively) was almost comparable for all the sensors, whereas the bioavailability of Hg was about 10-fold higher for Gram-negative sensor cells (30.5% of total Hg), compared to Gram-positive ones (3.2% of the total Hg). For Zn, the bioavailable fraction in soil-water suspensions and respective extracts was comparable (0.37 versus 0.33% of the total Zn). However, in the case of Cd, for all the sensors used and for Hg concerning only Gram-negative sensor strains, the bioavailable fraction in soil-water suspensions exceeded the water-extracted fraction about 14-fold, indicating that upon direct contact, an additional fraction of Cd and Hg was mobilized by those sensor bacteria. Thus, for robust bioavailability studies of heavy metals in soils any type of genetic metal-response elements could be used for the construction of the sensor strains. However, Gram-positive and Gram-negative senor strains should be used in parallel as the bioavailability of heavy metals to those bacterial groups may be

  11. HgCdTe Photoconductive Mixers for 2-8 THz

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    Betz, A. L.; Boreiko, R. T.; Sivananthan, S.; Ashokan, R.

    2001-01-01

    Heterodyne spectroscopy has been taken to wavelengths as short as 63 micrometers with Schottky-diode mixers. Schottkys, however, are relatively insensitive compared to superconducting mixers such as the hot-electron microbolometer (HEB), which has an effective quantum efficiency of 3% at 120 micrometers (2.5 THz). Although HEB sensitivities are bound to improve, there will always be losses associated with antenna coupling of radiation into sub-micron size devices. Another approach to far infrared (FIR) mixer design is to use a photoconductive device which can be made much larger than a wavelength, and thus act as its own antenna. For example, HgCdTe photodiodes have been used as mixers in the lambda = 10 micrometers band for over 25 years, with sensitivities now only a factor of 2 from the quantum-noise-limit. HgCdTe can also be applied at FIR wavelengths, but surprisingly little work has been done to date. The exception is the pioneering work of Spears and Kostiuk and Spears, who developed HgCdTe photomixers for the 20-120 micrometer region. The spectral versatility of the HgCdTe alloy is well recognized for wavelengths as long as 8-20 micrometers. What is not so recognized, however, is that theoretically there is no long wavelength limit for appropriately composited HgCdTe. Although Spears successfully demonstrated a photoconductive response from HgCdTe at 120 micrometers, this initial effort was apparently never followed up, in part because of the difficulty of controlling the HgCdTe alloy composition with liquid-phase-epitaxy (LPE) techniques. With the availability of precise molecular-beam-epitaxy (MBE) since the early 1990's, it is now appropriate to reconsider HgCdTe for detector applications longward of lambda = 20 micrometers. We recently initiated an effort to fabricate detectors and mixers using II-VI materials for FIR wavelengths. Of particular interest are device structures called superlattices, which offer a number of advantages for high sensitivity

  12. Cellular response of E. coli upon Hg2+ exposure--a case study of advanced nuclear analytical approach to metalloproteomics.

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    Gao, Yuxi; Peng, Xiaomin; Zhang, Jinchao; Zhao, Jiating; Li, Yunyun; Li, Yufeng; Li, Bai; Hu, Yi; Chai, Zhifang

    2013-06-01

    The response of E. coli to Hg(2+) exposure was investigated using proteomic and metalloproteomic approaches. E. coli was cultured in the LB medium containing HgCl2 and/or selenomethionine. The growth curve of E. coli was measured to estimate the toxicity of Hg(2+) or selenomethionine. After two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE), distribution of Hg in 2-DE gel was detected with synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence (SRXRF) at 4W1B, Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The proteins with differential expression and those containing Hg were identified with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) and peptide mass fingerprinting analysis. The results showed that Hg(2+) can inhibit the growth of E. coli, while supplement of selenomethionine can shorten the lag period induced by Hg(2+), indicating an antagonistic effect of selenomethionine against Hg(2+) toxicity. Mechanistically, Hg was observed to be able to bind pyruvate kinase, a glycolytic enzyme, and modulate the expression of five other proteins, including down-regulation of outer membrane protein W and up-regulation of transcription termination factor rho, cysteine synthase, transaldolase A and alkyl hydroperoxide reductase subunit C. Therefore, our results indicated that mercury may influence osmosis of plasma membrane, antioxidant defense, and glycometabolism of the microorganism. This study demonstrates the high sensitivity of SRXRF in identifying metal-associated proteins compared to conventional proteomic approaches. PMID:23771180

  13. Hg-contaminated terrestrial spiders pose a potential risk to songbirds at Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana, USA).

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    Gann, Gretchen L; Powell, Cleveland H; Chumchal, Matthew M; Drenner, Ray W

    2015-02-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is an environmental contaminant that can have adverse effects on wildlife. Because MeHg is produced by bacteria in aquatic ecosystems, studies of MeHg contamination of food webs historically have focused on aquatic organisms. However, recent studies have shown that terrestrial organisms such as songbirds can be contaminated with MeHg by feeding on MeHg-contaminated spiders. In the present study, the authors examined the risk that MeHg-contaminated terrestrial long-jawed orb weaver spiders (Tetragnatha sp.) pose to songbirds at Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana, USA). Methylmercury concentrations in spiders were significantly different in river, wetland, and open-water habitats. The authors calculated spider-based wildlife values (the minimum spider MeHg concentrations causing physiologically significant doses in consumers) to assess exposure risks for arachnivorous birds. Methylmercury concentrations in spiders exceeded wildlife values for Carolina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) nestlings, with the highest risk in the river habitat. The present study indicates that MeHg concentrations in terrestrial spiders vary with habitat and can pose a threat to small-bodied nestling birds that consume large amounts of spiders at Caddo Lake. This MeHg threat to songbirds may not be unique to Caddo Lake and may extend throughout the southeastern United States. PMID:25378235

  14. A water-soluble and retrievable ruthenium-based probe for colorimetric recognition of Hg(II) and Cys

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    Cui, Yali; Hao, Yuanqiang; Zhang, Yintang; Liu, Baoxia; Zhu, Xu; Qu, Peng; Li, Deliang; Xu, Maotian

    2016-08-01

    A new ruthenium-based complex 1 [(bis(4,4‧-dimethylphosphonic-2,2‧-bipyridine) dithiocyanato ruthenium (II))] was developed as a colorimetric probe for the detection of Hg(II) and Cys (Cysteine). The obtained compound 1 can give interconversional color changes upon the alternating addition of Hg(II) and Cys in 100% aqueous solution. The specific coordination between NCS groups with Hg(II) can lead to the formation of 1-Hg2 + complex, which can induce a remarkable spectral changes of probe 1. Afterwards the formed 1-Hg2 + complex can act as effective colorimetric sensor for Cys. Owing to the stronger binding affinity of sulfhydryl group to Hg2 +, Cys can extract Hg2 + from 1-Hg2 + complex resulting in the release of 1 and the revival of absorption profile of the probe 1. By introducing the hydrophilic phosphonic acid groups, the proposed probe exhibited excellent water solubility. The limits of detection (LODs) of the assay for Hg2 + and Cys are calculated to be 15 nM and 200 nM, respectively.

  15. Rhodamine-based chemodosimeter for fluorescent determination of Hg(2+) in 100% aqueous solution and in living cells.

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    Li, Dan; Li, Chun-Yan; Li, Yong-Fei; Li, Zhi; Xu, Fen

    2016-08-31

    A rhodamine spirolactam derivative (1) bearing a hydrophilic carboxylic acid group is developed as a fluorescent chemodosimeter for bivalent mercury ions (Hg(2+)) in 100% aqueous solution. It exhibits a highly sensitive "turn-on" fluorescent response toward Hg(2+) with a 42-fold fluorescence intensity enhancement under 1 equiv. of Hg(2+) added. The chemodosimeter can be applied to the quantification of Hg(2+) with a linear range covering from 3.0 × 10(-7) to 1.0 × 10(-5) M and a detection limit of 9.7 × 10(-8) M. Most importantly, the fluorescence changes of the chemodosimeter are remarkably specific for Hg(2+) in the presence of other metal ions, which meet the selective requirements for practical application. Moreover, the experiment results show that the response behavior of 1 towards Hg(2+) is pH independent in neutral condition (pH 5.0-8.0) and the response is fast (response time less than 3 min). Furthermore, the ring-opening mechanism of the rhodamine spirolactam induced by Hg(2+) was supported by NMR, MS, and DFT theoretical calculations. In addition, the proposed chemodosimeter has been used to detect Hg(2+) in water samples and image Hg(2+) in living cells with satisfying results. PMID:27506363

  16. Resonance scattering spectral detection of trace Hg2+ using aptamer-modified nanogold as probe and nanocatalyst.

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    Jiang, Zhiliang; Fan, Yanyan; Chen, Menglin; Liang, Aihui; Liao, Xianjiu; Wen, Guiqing; Shen, Xingcan; He, Xingcun; Pan, Hongchen; Jiang, Hesheng

    2009-07-01

    Single-strand DNA (ssDNA) was used to modify 10 nm nanogold to obtain an aptamer-modified nanogold resonance scattering (RS) probe (AussDNA) for detection of Hg(2+). In the presence of NaCl, Hg(2+) interacts with AussDNA to form very stable double-strand T-Hg(2+)-T mismatches and release nanogold particles that aggregate to large nanogold clusters causing the RS intensity at 540 nm to be enhanced linearly. On those grounds, 1.3-1667 nM Hg(2+) can be detected rapidly by the aptamer-modified nanogold RS assay, with a detection limit of 0.7 nM Hg(2+). If the large nanogold clusters were removed by membrane filtration, the excess AussDNA in the filtrate solution exhibits a catalytic effect on the new Cu(2)O particle reaction between NH(2)OH and Cu(2+)-EDTA complex at 60 degrees C. The excess AussDNA decreased with the addition of Hg(2+), which led the Cu(2)O particle RS intensity at 602 nm to decrease. The decreased RS intensity (DeltaI(602nm)) had a linear response to Hg(2+) concentration in the range of 0.1-400 nM, with a detection limit of 0.03 nM Hg(2+). This aptamer-modified nanogold catalytic RS method was applied for the detection of Hg(2+) in water samples, with sensitivity, selectivity, and simplicity.

  17. Hg-contaminated terrestrial spiders pose a potential risk to songbirds at Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana, USA).

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    Gann, Gretchen L; Powell, Cleveland H; Chumchal, Matthew M; Drenner, Ray W

    2015-02-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is an environmental contaminant that can have adverse effects on wildlife. Because MeHg is produced by bacteria in aquatic ecosystems, studies of MeHg contamination of food webs historically have focused on aquatic organisms. However, recent studies have shown that terrestrial organisms such as songbirds can be contaminated with MeHg by feeding on MeHg-contaminated spiders. In the present study, the authors examined the risk that MeHg-contaminated terrestrial long-jawed orb weaver spiders (Tetragnatha sp.) pose to songbirds at Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana, USA). Methylmercury concentrations in spiders were significantly different in river, wetland, and open-water habitats. The authors calculated spider-based wildlife values (the minimum spider MeHg concentrations causing physiologically significant doses in consumers) to assess exposure risks for arachnivorous birds. Methylmercury concentrations in spiders exceeded wildlife values for Carolina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) nestlings, with the highest risk in the river habitat. The present study indicates that MeHg concentrations in terrestrial spiders vary with habitat and can pose a threat to small-bodied nestling birds that consume large amounts of spiders at Caddo Lake. This MeHg threat to songbirds may not be unique to Caddo Lake and may extend throughout the southeastern United States.

  18. HgNO3 sensitivity of AlGaN/GaN field effect transistors functionalized with phytochelating peptides

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    Rohrbaugh, Nathaniel; Hernandez-Balderrama, Luis; Kaess, Felix; Kirste, Ronny; Collazo, Ramon; Ivanisevic, Albena

    2016-06-01

    This study examined the conductance sensitivity of AlGaN/GaN field effect transistors in response to varying Hg/HNO3 solutions. FET surfaces were covalently functionalized with phytochelatin-5 peptides in order to detect Hg in solution. Results showed a resilience of peptide-AlGaN/GaN bonds in the presence of strong HNO3 aliquots, with significant degradation in FET ID signal. However, devices showed strong and varied response to Hg concentrations of 1, 10, 100, and 1000 ppm. The gathered statistically significant results indicate that peptide terminated AlGaN/GaN devices are capable of differentiating between Hg solutions and demonstrate device sensitivity.

  19. Synthesis of HgBa 2CuO 4+δ under controlled mercury and oxygen pressures

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    Alyoshin, V. A.; Mikhailova, D. A.; Antipov, E. V.

    1996-02-01

    A three-temperature synthesis technique to obtain pure HgBa 2CuO 4+δ under controlled mercury and oxygen partial pressures was developed. Mixtures of Co 3O 4/CoO (or CuO/Cu 2O) oxides and HgBa 2CuO 4+δ/Ba 2CuO 3+ x heated at different temperatures were used to adjust P(O 2) and P(Hg), respectively. At equilibrium conditions for the reaction: HgBa 2CuO 4+ δ ↔ Ba 2CuO 3+ x + Hg(g) + (1 + δ - x)/2 O 2, 0.09 < P(O 2) < 0.62 bar and 1009 < T < 1153 K, the mercury partial pressure was found to vary from 1.7 to 6.5 bar. With these conditions, the lower boundary of HgBa 2CuO 4+δ formation as a function of P(Hg), P(O 2) and T was determined as: log P(Hg) + 6040/ T + 0.266 log P(O 2) > 5.959. It was also found, that slow cooling down to 600°C under fixed oxygen pressure is required to prepare pure HgBa 2CuO 4+δ.

  20. Hg(2+) detection using a phosphorothioate RNA probe adsorbed on graphene oxide and a comparison with thymine-rich DNA.

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    Huang, Po-Jung Jimmy; van Ballegooie, Courtney; Liu, Juewen

    2016-06-01

    Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal and many DNA-based biosensors have been recently developed for Hg(2+) detection in water. Among them, thymine-rich DNA is the most commonly used for designing Hg(2+) sensors. However, the thymine-Hg(2+) interaction is strongly affected by the buffer conditions. We recently reported a molecular beacon containing phosphorothioate (PS)-modified RNA linkages that can be cleaved by Hg(2+). In this work, the fluorescence quenching and DNA adsorption properties of nano-sized graphene oxide (NGO) were used to develop a new sensor using the PS-RNA chemistry. Three DNA probes, containing one, three and five PS-RNA linkages, respectively, were tested. Finally, a fluorophore-labeled poly-A DNA with five PS-RNA linkages was selected and adsorbed by NGO. In the presence of Hg(2+), the fluorophore was released from NGO due to the cleavage reaction, resulting in a fluorescence enhancement. This sensor is highly selective for Hg(2+) with a detection limit of 8.5 nM Hg(2+). For comparison, a fluorophore-labeled poly-T DNA was also tested, which responded to Hg(2+) more slowly and was inhibited by high NaCl concentrations, while the PS-RNA probe was more tolerant to different buffer conditions. This work indicates a new method for interfacing DNA with NGO for Hg(2+) detection. PMID:26580137

  1. Hg2+ interference with the structure of tobacco etch virus protease (TEVp) and its implications for biological engineering

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    Wang, Jing-Zhang; Ren, Si-Yan; Zhu, Guo-Fei; Xi, Lei; Han, Yong-Guang; Luo, Yue; Du, Lin-Fang

    2013-11-01

    Tobacco etch virus protease (TEVp) has specific and highly-conserved enzymatic activity, and is frequently applied in the fields of biology and biotechnology. Hg2+ can be utilized to purify target proteins in metal-chelate affinity chromatography. However, because Hg2+ has special biological toxity, it may endanger the stability of TEVp and hinder the utilization of TEVp in the related research. We determined the effects of Hg2+ on the structure of TEVp by means of intrinsic fluorescence, synchronous fluorescence, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopies. The fluorescence emission and the synchronous fluorescence spectra suggested that Hg2+ induced the increased hydrophobicity around both of the tryptophan and the tyrosine residues in TEVp. Hg2+ mainly quenched the fluorescence of TEVp in a static process, with the possible formation of a complex (approximate molar ratio of 1:1), and the electrostatic force was the main binding force between TEVp and Hg2+. The FTIR and CD spectra suggested that Hg2+ induced the increased content of β-sheet in TEVp, indicating that Hg2+ may bind to the catalytic residues His46 and Cys151 in TEVp and promote TEVp to form a more compact structure. The Hg2+-induced structural changes of TEVp may potentially inhibit the catalytic activity of TEVp. These findings are beneficial for the intensive understanding of the factors that influence the stability of TEVp, and are helpful for the efficient and effective application of TEVp in the fields of biology and biological engineering.

  2. Hg(2+) detection using a phosphorothioate RNA probe adsorbed on graphene oxide and a comparison with thymine-rich DNA.

    PubMed

    Huang, Po-Jung Jimmy; van Ballegooie, Courtney; Liu, Juewen

    2016-06-01

    Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal and many DNA-based biosensors have been recently developed for Hg(2+) detection in water. Among them, thymine-rich DNA is the most commonly used for designing Hg(2+) sensors. However, the thymine-Hg(2+) interaction is strongly affected by the buffer conditions. We recently reported a molecular beacon containing phosphorothioate (PS)-modified RNA linkages that can be cleaved by Hg(2+). In this work, the fluorescence quenching and DNA adsorption properties of nano-sized graphene oxide (NGO) were used to develop a new sensor using the PS-RNA chemistry. Three DNA probes, containing one, three and five PS-RNA linkages, respectively, were tested. Finally, a fluorophore-labeled poly-A DNA with five PS-RNA linkages was selected and adsorbed by NGO. In the presence of Hg(2+), the fluorophore was released from NGO due to the cleavage reaction, resulting in a fluorescence enhancement. This sensor is highly selective for Hg(2+) with a detection limit of 8.5 nM Hg(2+). For comparison, a fluorophore-labeled poly-T DNA was also tested, which responded to Hg(2+) more slowly and was inhibited by high NaCl concentrations, while the PS-RNA probe was more tolerant to different buffer conditions. This work indicates a new method for interfacing DNA with NGO for Hg(2+) detection.

  3. An anion induced multisignaling probe for Hg(2+) and its application for fish kidney and liver tissue imaging studies.

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    Mandal, Sandip; Banerjee, Arnab; Ghosh, Debasree; Mandal, Dipak Kumar; Safin, Damir A; Babashkina, Maria G; Robeyns, Koen; Mitoraj, Mariusz P; Kubisiak, Piotr; Garcia, Yann; Das, Debasis

    2015-08-01

    3',6'-Bis(diethylamino)-2-(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)spiro[isoindoline-1,9'-xanthen]-3-one () was synthesized for the selective fluorescence and colorimetric recognition of Hg(2+) at pH 6.0. In addition, was useful for imaging Hg(2+) in fish kidney and liver tissues using a fluorescence microscope. Spirolactam ring opening of for Hg(2+) recognition is strongly influenced by the nature of the mercury salt and found to be NO3(-)-induced. Other mercury salts such as HgCl2, Hg(CH3COO)2 and Hg(ClO4)2 failed to induce fluorescence and colorimetric response of under the same experimental conditions. For instance, the former salt does not exhibit spirolactam ring opening but forms a new ionic compound (H3L)2[Hg6Cl18]·2H2O (), whose structure has been elucidated by single crystal X-ray diffraction. This might be explained by (1) the higher covalent nature of Hg(2+) and, hence, the lower acidity of the metal center and its inability to induce the ring opening reaction, and (2) the bulky anion, in the case of Hg(ClO4)2, which is also ionic, faces steric hindrance to accommodate within the N(Et)2 group upon spirolactam ring opening. PMID:26110738

  4. Impacts of crab bioturbation and local pollution on sulfate reduction, Hg distribution and methylation in mangrove sediments, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    Correia, Raquel Rose Silva; Guimarães, Jean Remy Davée

    2016-08-15

    Mercury (Hg) and methylmercury (MeHg) are highly toxic and poorly studied in mangroves. Burrowing Uca crabs change sediment topography and biogeochemistry and thus may affect Hg distribution and MeHg formation. We studied added (203)Hg distribution, Me(203)Hg formation and sulfate reduction rates (SRR) in sediment aquariums containing Uca leptodactyla; and analyzed profiles of Me(203)Hg formation and SRR in sediment cores from two mangroves with distinct environmental impacts. MeHg formation and SRR were higher in the top (≤6cm) sediment and there was no significant difference in Hg methylation in more or less impacted mangroves. In aquariums, crab bioturbation favored Hg retention in the sediment. In the treatment without crabs, Hg volatilization and water Hg concentrations were higher. Hg methylation was higher in bioturbated aquariums but SRR were similar in both treatments. These findings suggest that bioturbating activity favors Hg retention in sediment but also promotes MeHg formation near the surface. PMID:27269386

  5. Identification of in-beam gamma rays in {sup 181}Hg

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    Davids, C.N.; Janssens, R.V.F.; Penttila, H.

    1995-08-01

    The interest in studying the neutron-deficient Hg isotopes stems from the fact that they are located in a region of the nuclear landscape where shape changes occur and where very large deformations were predicted. More specifically, the investigation of odd-A nuclei enables one to identify the orbitals located in the vicinity of the Fermi surface which play a crucial role in determining global properties such as nuclear shapes. Prior to this experiment, the {sup 183}Hg nucleus studied by this collaboration was the lightest odd-A Hg isotope known. From a recent experiment performed at the FMA in conjunction with 10 Compton-suppressed Ge detectors from the Argonne Notre Dame gamma-ray facility, it was possible to identify transitions in {sup 181}Hg following the {sup 144}Sm({sup 40}Ar,3n) reaction at a beam energy of 175 MeV. A level scheme was constructed and the transitions were regrouped into three rotational bands. One of these is proposed to be built on the [521]1/2{sup -} groundstate and the two others are interpreted as signature partner bands built on the [624]9/2{sup +} configuration. The statistics in this experiments were not sufficient to obtain multipolarity information and an additional measurement was proposed.

  6. Evidence for octupole vibration in the superdeformed well of {sup 190}Hg from eurogam

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    Crowell, B.; Carpenter, M.P.; Janssens, R.V.F.

    1995-08-01

    Gammasphere experiments in 1993-94 brought to light the existence of an excited superdeformed (SD) band in {sup 190}Hg with the unusual property of decaying entirely to the lowest (yrast) SD band over 3-4 transitions, rather than to the normally deformed states as is usually the case in the A {approximately} 150 and A {approximately} 190 regions of superdeformation. Although M1 transitions between signature-partner SD bands were previously observed in {sup 193}Hg, no such mechanism was available to explain the situation in the even-even nucleus {sup 190}Hg, whose yrast SD band has no signature partner. The best explanation appears to lie in long-standing theoretical predictions that the SD minimum in the potential energy surface would be quite soft with respect to octupole vibrations. This would lead to enhanced E1 transitions connecting the one-phonon and zero-phonon states. The data and this interpretation were published. A shortcoming of the Gammasphere experiments was that they did not allow the definitive measurement of the energies of the gamma-ray transitions connecting the two bands, due to the very weak population of the excited band ({approximately}0.05% of the {sup 190}Hg channel) and also partly, we believed, to the angular distributions of the transitions, which were peaked near 90 degrees, where Gammasphere had few detectors.

  7. Mobility and trapping time measurements in HgI/sub 2/

    SciTech Connect

    Kusmiss, J.H.; Iwanczyk, J.S.; Barton, J.B.; Dabrowski, A.J.; Seibt, W.

    1983-01-01

    The charge transport parameters of a solid-state radiation detector are of paramount importance in determining its spectrometric performance. In this paper various methods of determining mobilities and trapping times for electrons and holes in mercuric iodide (HgI/sub 2/) are reviewed, including mobility-trapping time products via the Hecht relation, mobility measurements by voltage pulse risetime determination, and mobility and trapping time by current pulse shape analysis. Experimental results for HgI/sub 2/ detectors are presented for the different types of measurements described. Among the experimental results presented are three noteworthy items: (1) trapping times for electrons and holes in a variety of different crystals and detectors were obtained from a combination of ..mu..tau and ..mu.. measurements, (2) a new two-source type of experimental setup was developed which gives both the electron and hole pulse spectra simultaneously, and (3) for a one-centimeter thick HgI/sub 2/ detector studied by means of current pulse shape analysis a value of at least 0.03 cm/sup 2//V was found for the product of electron mobility and trapping time; this is the highest value ever reported for HgI/sub 2/ and indicates the quality of electron charge transport parameters that can be attained for this material. 12 references.

  8. Temperature-driven massless Kane fermions in HgCdTe crystals

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    Teppe, F.; Marcinkiewicz, M.; Krishtopenko, S. S.; Ruffenach, S.; Consejo, C.; Kadykov, A. M.; Desrat, W.; But, D.; Knap, W.; Ludwig, J.; Moon, S.; Smirnov, D.; Orlita, M.; Jiang, Z.; Morozov, S. V.; Gavrilenko, V. I.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Dvoretskii, S. A.

    2016-08-01

    It has recently been shown that electronic states in bulk gapless HgCdTe offer another realization of pseudo-relativistic three-dimensional particles in condensed matter systems. These single valley relativistic states, massless Kane fermions, cannot be described by any other relativistic particles. Furthermore, the HgCdTe band structure can be continuously tailored by modifying cadmium content or temperature. At critical concentration or temperature, the bandgap collapses as the system undergoes a semimetal-to-semiconductor topological phase transition between the inverted and normal alignments. Here, using far-infrared magneto-spectroscopy we explore the continuous evolution of band structure of bulk HgCdTe as temperature is tuned across the topological phase transition. We demonstrate that the rest mass of Kane fermions changes sign at critical temperature, whereas their velocity remains constant. The velocity universal value of (1.07+/-0.05) × 106 m s-1 remains valid in a broad range of temperatures and Cd concentrations, indicating a striking universality of the pseudo-relativistic description of the Kane fermions in HgCdTe.

  9. Structure and conformational dynamics of the metalloregulator MerR upon binding of Hg(II).

    PubMed

    Guo, Hao-Bo; Johs, Alexander; Parks, Jerry M; Olliff, Lyn; Miller, Susan M; Summers, Anne O; Liang, Liyuan; Smith, Jeremy C

    2010-05-14

    The bacterial metalloregulator MerR is the index case of an eponymous family of regulatory proteins, which controls the transcription of a set of genes (the mer operon) conferring mercury resistance in many bacteria. Homodimeric MerR represses transcription in the absence of mercury and activates transcription upon Hg(II) binding. Here, the average structures of the apo and Hg(II)-bound forms of MerR in aqueous solution are examined using small-angle X-ray scattering, indicating an extended conformation of the metal-bound protein and revealing the existence of a novel compact conformation in the absence of Hg(II). Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to characterize the conformational dynamics of the Hg(II)-bound form. In both small-angle X-ray scattering and MD, the average torsional angle between DNA-binding domains is approximately 65 degrees. Furthermore, in MD, interdomain motions on a timescale of approximately 10 ns involving large-amplitude (approximately 20 A) domain opening-and-closing, coupled to approximately 40 degrees variations of interdomain torsional angle, are revealed. This correlated domain motion may propagate allosteric changes from the metal-binding site to the DNA-binding site while maintaining DNA contacts required to initiate DNA underwinding.

  10. Evidence for CVD 103-HgR as an effective single-dose oral cholera vaccine.

    PubMed

    Jackson, Sarah S; Chen, Wilbur H

    2015-01-01

    We propose the ideal oral cholera vaccine (OCV) should be an inexpensive, single, oral dose that rapidly confers immunity for a long duration, and is well tolerated by individuals vulnerable to cholera. Vaccine trials in industrialized countries of a single oral dose of 5 × 10(8) colony forming units (CFU) of the live, attenuated cholera strain CVD 103-HgR have shown 88-97% serum vibriocidal antibody seroconversion rates, a correlate of protection and documented vaccine efficacy of ≥80% using volunteer challenge studies with wild-type cholera. For individuals of developing countries, a 5 × 10(9) CFU dose of CVD 103-HgR is necessary to elicit similar antibody responses. Presently, a reformulation of CVD 103-HgR is in late-stage clinical development for prospective US FDA licensure; making a cholera vaccine for US travelers potentially accessible in 2016. The availability of CVD 103-HgR should be a welcome addition to the currently available OCVs.

  11. Required composition uniformity of Hg1-xCdxTe substrate for focal plane arrays

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    Gopal, Vishnu

    1996-10-01

    This paper presents a comparison of theoretically predicted spatial NETD and mean temporal NETD as a function of the composition uniformity of Hg(subscript 1-x)Cd(subscript x)Te substrate used in the fabrication of IR detector arrays. The prediction of the spatial NETD is based on the residual spatial noise left behind in the FPA after implementing a linear two point nonuniformity compensation algorithm. The effect of using an optical filter on the spatial NETD is also included to show that the specifications on the composition uniformity of the Hg(subscript 1-x)Cd(subscript x)Te substrate can be partially relaxed by using an optical filter whose cut-off wavelength is less than the cutoff wavelength of the photodiodes of mean response. The composition uniformity leading to temporal noise rather than the spatial noise limited performances are suggested to be indicating the required composition uniformity of Hg(subscript 1-x)Cd(subscript x)Te substrate for focal plane arrays (FPA). The results are presented for both MWIR and LWIR HgCdTe hybrid FPAs.

  12. 46 CFR 53.05-3 - Materials (modifies HG-401.2).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

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  17. Influence of photoresist feature geometry on ECR plasma-etched HgCdTe trenches

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    Benson, J. David; Stoltz, Andrew J., Jr.; Kaleczyc, Andrew W.; Martinka, Mike; Almeida, Leo A.; Boyd, Phillip R.; Dinan, John H.

    2002-12-01

    Factors that affect width and aspect ratio in electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) etched HgCdTe trenches are investigated. The ECR etch bias and anisotropy are determined by photoresist feature erosion rate. The physical characteristics of the trenches are attributed to ECR plasma etch chemistry.

  18. The JPL Hg(sup +) Extended Linear Ion Trap Frequency Standard: Status, Stability, and Accuracy Prospects

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Tjoelker, R. L.; Prestage, J. D.; Maleki, L.

    1996-01-01

    Microwave frequency standards based on room temperature (sup 199)Hg(sup +) ions in a Linear Ion Trap (LITS) presently achieve a Signal to Noise and line Q inferred short frequency stability. Long term stability has been measured for averaging intervals up to 5 months with apparent sensitivity to variations in ion number/temperature limiting the flicker floor.

  19. Bioaccumulation of Hg, Cu, and Zn in the Azores triple junction hydrothermal vent fields food web.

    PubMed

    Colaço, A; Bustamante, P; Fouquet, Y; Sarradin, P M; Serrão-Santos, R

    2006-12-01

    In this work, mercury (Hg), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) concentrations and tissue distribution are determined in seven benthic invertebrates species (the key species) from the Mid Atlantic Ridge (MAR) hydrothermal vent fields. The samples were collected from three hydrothermal vent fields--Menez Gwen, 840 m; Lucky Strike, 1700 m and Rainbow, 2300 m--near the Azores Triple Junction. These fields are characterized by different depths, geological context and chemical composition of the hydrothermal fluid, particularly the metal content, which is reflected by the metal concentrations in the organisms. Indeed, our results show that organisms from Menez Gwen presented the highest Hg concentrations, while those from Lucky Strike and Rainbow were richer in Cu and Zn. The potential transfer of these metals through two trophic links are also evaluated and include (1) the mussel Bathymodiolus azoricus and the commensal worm Branchipolynoe seepensis, and (2) three different species of shrimps and the crab Segonzacia mesatlantica. No evidence of Hg biomagnification in either of the vent food chains is clearly observed but an increase in Hg accumulation from prey to predator in the crustacean food chain. The same pattern was observed for Cu and Zn, even though these metals are not known to be generally biomagnified in food chains.

  20. Fluorescent and Magnetic Mesoporous Hybrid Material: A Chemical and Biological Nanosensor for Hg2+ Ions

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    Suresh, Moorthy; Anand, Chokkalingam; Frith, Jessica E.; Dhawale, Dattatray S.; Subramaniam, Vishnu P.; Strounina, Ekaterina; Sathish, Clastinrusselraj I.; Yamaura, Kazunari; Cooper-White, Justin J.; Vinu, Ajayan

    2016-02-01

    We introduce “sense, track and separate” approach for the removal of Hg2+ ion from aqueous media using highly ordered and magnetic mesoporous ferrosilicate nanocages functionalised with rhodamine fluorophore derivative. These functionalised materials offer both fluorescent and magnetic properties in a single system which help not only to selectively sense the Hg2+ ions with a high precision but also adsorb and separate a significant amount of Hg2+ ion in aqueous media. We demonstrate that the magnetic affinity of these materials, generated from the ultrafine γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles present inside the nanochannels of the support, can efficiently be used as a fluorescent tag to sense the Hg2+ ions present in NIH3T3 fibroblasts live cells and to track the movement of the cells by external magnetic field monitored using confocal fluorescence microscopy. This simple approach of introducing multiple functions in the magnetic mesoporous materials raise the prospect of creating new advanced functional materials by fusing organic, inorganic and biomolecules to create advanced hybrid nanoporous materials which have a potential use not only for sensing and the separation of toxic metal ions but also for cell tracking in bio-separation and the drug delivery.