HycaPure™ Hg is an award-winning technology that targets removal of most mercury species including elemental, inorganic, and organic mercury. The chemistry enables the capture of mercury to form an insoluble and stable form of mercury complex which does not dissolve in the feed stream.
What impact did it make?
A sustainable solution for chemical processing
The QUILL centre at Queen’s University is the first of its kind in the world.
The Ionic liquids or 'super solvents' developed at QUILL are salts that remain liquid at room temperature and do not release hazardous vapours.
Ionic liquids have huge potential to revolutionise how we live and work, and our impact on the environment. They can dissolve almost anything, from elements such as sulfur and phosphorus, which traditionally require nasty solvents, to harmful bacterial biofilms which protect MRSA from attack. They can also be used as lubricants, heat pumps, and compression fluids.
Crucially, they can also be used as non-polluting (green) alternatives to conventional solvents and are revolutionising chemical processes by offering a much more environmentally friendly and sustainable solution than traditional methods.
The impact of this work has been much broader than the large-scale implementation of a single technology. This fast-paced and successful research program into mercury capture cemented the collaboration between PETRONAS and QUILL, which has transformed into a long-term partnership with significant, and ongoing, research and training outcomes.
- QUILL was the first research centre in the world to focus on the development of ionic liquids
- HycaPure™ Hg is a robust, long-life solid-supported ionic liquid mercury removal technology.
- The research developed from concept to commercialisation in less than four years, which is twice as fast as the industry norm.
- QUILL and Petronas have embarked on a new £2,400,000 joint programme on innovative low carbon technologies.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learn more about Queen’s University’s commitment to nurturing a culture of sustainability and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research and education.
- SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy
Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Sustainable energy and manufacturing