Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1207–1217, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1207–1217, 2019

Research article 26 Feb 2019

Research article | 26 Feb 2019

Evaluation of cation exchange membrane performance under exposure to high Hg0 and HgBr2 concentrations

Matthieu B. Miller et al.

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This study was undertaken to demonstrate that a cation exchange membrane (CEM) material used for sampling reactive mercury (RM) does not possess an inherent tendency to collect gaseous elemental mercury (GEM). Using a custom-built mercury vapor permeation system, we found that the CEM material has a very small GEM uptake of approximately 0.004 %, too small to create a significant artifact. We also found that a representative RM compound was collected by the CEM material with high efficiency.