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Title: Determination of mercury distribution inside spent compact fluorescent lamps by atomic absorption spectrometry

Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New treatments for CFL are required considering the aim of Directive 202/96/CE. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It is shown that most of the mercury introduced into a CFL is in the phosphor powder. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental conditions for microwave-assisted sample digestion followed by AAS measurements are described. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer By washing the glass it is possible to reduce the concentration below legal limits. - Abstract: In this study, spent compact fluorescent lamps were characterized to determine the distribution of mercury. The procedure used in this research allowed mercury to be extracted in the vapor phase, from the phosphor powder, and the glass matrix. Mercury concentration in the three phases was determined by the method known as cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry. Median values obtained in the study showed that a compact fluorescent lamp contained 24.52 {+-} 0.4 ppb of mercury in the vapor phase, 204.16 {+-} 8.9 ppb of mercury in the phosphor powder, and 18.74 {+-} 0.5 ppb of mercury in the glass matrix. There are differences in mercury concentration between the lamps since the year of manufacture or the hours of operation affect both mercury content and its distribution. The 85.76% of the mercury introduced into a compact fluorescent lamp becomesmore » a component of the phosphor powder, while more than 13.66% is diffused through the glass matrix. By washing and eliminating all phosphor powder attached to the glass surface it is possible to classified the glass as a non-hazardous waste.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica y Construccion, Universitat Jaume I de Castellon, Av. de Vicent Sos Baynat s/n, 12071 Castellon de la Plana, Espana (Spain)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21612972
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Waste Management; Journal Volume: 32; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2011.12.001; PII: S0956-053X(11)00538-1; Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY; DIGESTION; FLUORESCENT LAMPS; GLASS; LEGAL ASPECTS; MERCURY; MICROWAVE RADIATION; PHOSPHORUS; POWDERS; VAPORS; WASHING; WASTES CLEANING; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; ELEMENTS; FLUIDS; GASES; LIGHT BULBS; METALS; NONMETALS; RADIATIONS; SPECTROSCOPY