Reducing Mercury Pollution from Kjeldahl Determination of Total Nitrogen1
- H. M. Worsham and
- B. G. Blackmon2
Mercury as a digestion catalyst in Kjeldahl determination of nitrogen in soil and plant tissue is a potential pollutant if washed into laboratory drains. In an effort to reduce this pollution hazard, a study was conducted to develop a means of freeing Kjeldahl waste solutions of mercury. By using an inexpensive polyethylene trap, developed in our laboratory, and increasing the quantity of zinc in the distillation phase of the Kjeldahl procedure, more than 90% of the mercury was recovered and retained in the laboratory.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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