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Development of viable technologies and monitoring systems for the remediation/detection of mercury in southamerican waters. design of chelators with therapeutical properties.

Objective

Mercury contamination in water due to mining, forest burning and industrial activities is a serious threat to aquatic and human life in South America. Typical examples are the Amazon Basin in Brazil (mercury levels in human hair reach up to 170 pip while at critical levels of 50 pip, first intoxication symptoms appear), the Manu and the Chilli rivers in Peru and several areas in Argentina. Mercury contamination in water is also found in Europe (several regions of Spain). Water treatments are almost non-existent in South America. On the other hand, existing technologies for mercury removal lack efficiency due to poor selectivity of materials used. Therefore the main aim of this proposal is to design selective, recyclable and low cost receptors for
i) 'on site' monitoring of mercury in water,
ii)developing of a viable technology for mercury removal to be tested against phytoremediation agents based on natural resources of the region, and
iii) exploring their potential for therapeutic use. Results expected are
i) a new method for mercury detection,
ii) novel receptors for mercury removal from water, and
iii) background information required for a more efficient treatment for mercury intoxication in humans.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address

GU2 5XH Guildford
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF SANTA MARIA
Peru
Address
Urb. San Jose S/n Umacollo
1350 Arequipa
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL SUR
Argentina
Address
Avenida Alem 1253
8000 Bahia Blanca
UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
Address
Avenida Trabalhador Saocarlense 400 - Centro
13566-590 San Carlos
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Avinguda Diagonal 645
08028 Barcelona