Mercury monitoring made more accessible

Water quality monitoring has been made more portable with the development of a low cost and compact mercury monitor.

Adelaide University researchers led by Dr Abel Santos have developed a cost-effective mercury monitor “the size of a mobile phone” using a modified nano-filter that measures the concentration of mercury ions in water to trace levels. Previous monitors have been hard to transport and the samples require extra processing before measurement.

Mercury accumulation and its effects on human and environmental health has been a topical issue since the start of industrialisation. This device could allow for a greater access to water quality information and add to the data around the world.

Read more at University of Adelaide

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