Positive pulsed corona discharge has been applied for the oxidation of gaseous elemental mercury (Hg0) from a simulated flue gas. The oxidation of Hg0 to HgO and HgCl2 can significantly enhance the mercury removal from flue gas. At a gas condition of O2 (10%), H2O (3%), and N2 (balance), Hg0 oxidation efficiency of 84% was achieved at an input energy density of 45 J/l. The presence of NO, however, hinders Hg0 oxidation due to the preferential reaction of NO with O and O3. On the contrary, SO2 shows little effect on Hg0 oxidation due to its preferential reaction with OH. It has been also observed that the HCl in gas stream can be dissociated to Cl and Cl2 and can induce additional Hg0 oxidation to HgCl2.
Ko, Kyung Bo; Byun, Youngchul; Cho, Moohyun; Hamilton, Ian P.; Shin, Dong Nam; Koh, Dong Jun; and Kim, Kyoung Tae, "Pulsed Corona Discharge for Oxidation of Gaseous Elemental Mercury" (2008). Chemistry Faculty Publications. 2.