Polymers Made by Inverse Vulcanization for Use as Mercury Sorbents

Justin Chalker, Maximilian Mann, Max Worthington, Louisa Esdaile

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Abstract

    Inverse vulcanization is a process in which highly abundant and low-cost elemental sulfur is copolymerized with an unsaturated organic molecule such as a polyene. This process has provided a variety of useful materials with high sulfur content—typically 50% or greater in sulfur by mass. These materials have garnered increasing interest in as sorbents for mercury, due to the high affinity of sulfur for mercury. In this review, the features of mercury sorbents made by inverse vulcanization are presented. Additionally, case studies are provided to illustrate the variety of polymer architectures accessible with this chemistry, the versatility of these materials in mercury remediation, and prospects for industrial use.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    JournalOrganic Materials
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 May 2021

    Keywords

    • Inverse vulcanization
    • sulfur
    • copolymerized
    • polymers

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Polymers Made by Inverse Vulcanization for Use as Mercury Sorbents'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this