Steward Advanced Materials Thiol-SAMMS: The Toxin Terminator
This simple-looking white powder can get mercury-contaminated water 100 times as clean as any other method, for about half the cost. Each grain is actually a carefully engineered molecular sponge designed to absorb more than half its weight in mercury.
The product of more than 15 years of research, Thiol-SAMMS is made of silica molecules assembled into a spongelike pattern of holes, packing the surface area of a football field into just one teaspoon. Sulfur atoms, which can bind poisonous mercury, coat each of the minuscule holes. When the powder meets a tainted liquid, mercury seeps inside and bonds with the sulfur to instantly form a stable powder safe for landfills—the first time anyone's been able to send mercury waste to the dump without an expensive separate step to neutralize the toxin.
SAMMS has successfully cleaned wastewater in a variety of settings, including a coal plant, an offshore oil rig and a chemical manufacturer. Four treatment tanks, each with a 10-pound load of the product, can treat about a million gallons of water. Soon SAMMS cartridges might help clean up lakes, streams and sewers. Thiol-SAMMS can also recover precious metals such as copper and gold, and researchers are now switching out the sulfur for other atoms so that it could mop up radioactive waste.
This is impressive
At that price, why aren't all the states who mine coal, oil, and natural gas pounding your door down to get it. To me, that sounds like a lifesaver. Heck, your life insurance should even cover a perscription for a couple of pounds to purfy your water at home.
I'd like to see this adapted to be used in a living organism to reduce the concentration of mercury in the blood and tissue. This same technique could be used as a highly effective detoxification method for people.
Agreed with outlaced. mercury is going to be in water, soil, air, and so one, but the one place where water is doing the most harm is in living tissue. lets find a way to take it out.
Has this been tested for removing Hg out if ocean water?
If so this could be a great deal bigger than just cleaning run off.
I do like the idea of testing this for Chelation therapy, not something you would want to inject but maybe run blood trough it in a Dialysis type process.
I just ran across this article in my husbands issue of Popsci and wondered if this would have any use in removing iron from well water in homes.
hang on- $50-$750 per pound? Why the amazing price variation?