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Localized surface plasmon resonance mercury detection system and methods

United States Patent

March 22, 2016
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A mercury detection system that includes a flow cell having a mercury sensor, a light source and a light detector is provided. The mercury sensor includes a transparent substrate and a submonolayer of mercury absorbing nanoparticles, e.g., gold nanoparticles, on a surface of the substrate. Methods of determining whether mercury is present in a sample using the mercury sensors are also provided. The subject mercury detection systems and methods find use in a variety of different applications, including mercury detecting applications.
James; Jay (Berkeley, CA), Lucas; Donald (Moraga, CA), Crosby; Jeffrey Scott (Berkeley, CA), Koshland; Catherine P. (Atherton, CA)
14/ 368,499
January 10, 2013
REFERENCE TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, grant number ES04705 and under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.