Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous)

The Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous) is a microporous polymer made from sulfur and renewable plant oils, and is useful tool for mercury capture and mercury remediation studies.


  • Porosity allows for capture of mercury metal, mercury vapour, inorganic mercury, inorganic mercury bound to organic matter, and alkylmercury compounds
  • Effective in removing mercury from fluids, soils, and air
  • Removes up to 75% of mercury within 2 minutes, and 98% after 24 hours
  • Mercury binding results in colour change

The Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous) was generated using a water soluble porogen (sodium chloride) during the synthesis. Subsequent removal of the porogen in water results provides a high surface area polysulfide material with 100-300 micron pores. The material is approximately 50 wt% sulfur. This porous polymer has been demonstrated to capture diverse forms of mercury from solutions, solid mixtures and gases. After binding or reacting with mercury, the surface of the polymer changes color from brown to gray or black. This material can be used as a research tool for mercury capture and mercury remediation studies.

From the laboratory of Justin M. Chalker, PhD, University of Flinders.

Catalog Number Product Size AVAILABILITY Price Qty
Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous), 10g
10g In stock
Price: $150.00
Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous), 100g
100g In stock
Price: $300.00
Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous), 500g
500g In stock
Price: $600.00
Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous), 1kg
1kg In stock
Price: $1,000.00
Product Type: Small Molecule
Name: Polysulfide Polymer Mercury Sorbent (Porous)
Molecular Weight: Not determined (insoluble highly cross-linked network polymer)
Format: Sponge-like rubber, brown (0.1-10 mm diameter)
Purity: 10-15 wt.% free sulfur (Method: Thermogravimetric analysis)
Solubility: Insoluble in water, acetonitrile, and alcohols; Slightly soluble in THF and dichloromethane
Spectral Information: IR: 2924 and 2854 cm-1 (C-H), 1743 cm-1 (C=O) Raman: 434 cm-1 and 471 cm-1 (S-S)
Comments: Pore size: 100-300 microns (SEM)
Glass transition temperature: -9 C (Method: Tan delta, dynamic mechanical analysis)
Thermal gravimetric analysis: Two major mass losses at 230 C and 340 C
Optimal operating temperature: 4 to 75 C
Shipped: Room temperature
From the laboratory of Justin M. Chalker, PhD, University of Flinder.
In a typical experiment, 1.0 g of the polymer was added to a 10 mL aqueous solution of 2-methoxyethylmercuric chloride (0.15 g/L). After 24 hours of incubation at room temperature, more than 98% of the mercury was removed from solution (ICP-MS).
  1. Max J. H. Worthington, Renata L. Kucera, Inês S. Albuquerque, Christopher T. Gibson, Alexander Sibley, Ashley D. Slattery, Jonathan A. Campbell, Salah F. K. Alboaiji, Katherine A. Muller, Jason Young, Nick Adamson, Jason R. Gascooke, Deshetti Jampaiah, Ylias M. Sabri, Suresh K. Bhargava, Samuel J. Ippolito, David A. Lewis, Jamie S. Quinton, Amanda V. Ellis, Alexander Johs, Gonçalo J. L. Bernardes, Justin M. Chalker. Laying Waste to Mercury: Inexpensive Sorbents Made from Sulfur and Recycled Cooking Oils. Chemistry – A European Journal. 2017; (Accepted).

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