Degradation of methyl and ethyl mercury by singlet oxygen generated from sea water exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light

@article{Suda1993DegradationOM,
  title={Degradation of methyl and ethyl mercury by singlet oxygen generated from sea water exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light},
  author={Ikuo Suda and Mari Suda and Kimiko Hirayama},
  journal={Archives of Toxicology},
  year={1993},
  volume={67},
  pages={365-368}
}
Photodegradation of methyl mercury (MeHg) and ethyl Hg (EtHg) in sea water was studied by sunlight or ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, and by determining inorganic Hg produced by degradation. Sea water containing 1 μM MeHg or EtHg was exposed to sunlight or UV light. N-Acetyl-l-cysteine was added to the solution for preventing Hg loss during the light exposure. MeHg and EtHg in sea water were degraded by sunlight (>280 nm), UV light A (320–400 nm) and UV light B (280–320 nm), though the amounts… CONTINUE READING

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