Harvest L. Collier
Mercury is a major pollutant in the air today. Some possible chelators that have been used are British anti-Lewisite (BAL) 2,3-dimercaptopropanol, dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). diinercaptopropanesulfonic acid (DMPS). and 1,3-benzenediamidoethanethiolate (BDE'I1. All contain two thiol groups, which 'capture' the heavy mercury element. Due to their structure, they all differ in how well they bind to the mercury atom. BDET is the most recent and efficient chelate used. Statistics show that coal-fired power plants are the nation's largest mercury polluter. Steps have been taken to lower the emission of this toxic metal by the Clean Air Act. However, recently The Bush Administration's Air Pollution Plan undermines the act. It delays the expectations and plans of the Clean Air Act by 10 years [ 1].
Zuchek, Elizabeth and Collier, Harvest L., "Synthesis and characterization of Mercury vapor Coordination Species Using 1,3-Benzenedioethanethiolate (BDET)" (2005). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 184.