skip to main content


Title: XANES study of elemental mercury oxidation over RuO 2/TiO 2 and selective catalytic reduction catalysts for mercury emissions control

Linear combination fitting of the X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) was used to quantify oxidized mercury species over RuO 2/TiO 2 and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) catalysts under different simulated flue gas conditions. Halogen gases play a major role in mercury oxidation. In the absence of halogen gas, elemental mercury can react with sulfur that is contained in both the RuO2/TiO2 and SCR catalysts to form HgS and HgSO 4. In the presence of HCl or HBr gas, HgCl 2 or HgBr 2 is the main oxidized mercury species. When both HCl and HBr gases are present, HgBr2 is the preferred oxidation product and no HgCl 2 can be found. The formation of HgO and HgS cannot be neglected with or without halogen gas. Other simulated flue gas components such as NO, NH 3, SO 2 and CO 2 do not have significant effect on oxidized mercury speciation when halogen gas is present.
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ; ORCiD logo [1] ;  [2]
  1. Univ. of Cincinnati, OH (United States). Chemical Engineering Program, Dept. of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS), X-ray Science Division
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; 1151017
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Fuel Processing Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 153; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0378-3820
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Scientific User Facilities Division; National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; SCR; linear combination fitting; mercury oxidation; XANES; ruthenium oxide
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1430542