Argonne News 2006 Articles
Argonne News is the Argonne weekly employee newsletter. This page contains Argonne News articles that focus on the APS.
APS X-rays reveal the real chemistry behind mercury mixed in mustard agent (Jan. 13)
The U.S government's effort to dispose of mustard agent from the 1940s by incinerating it was halted when workers discovered that hundreds of containers of the agent were contaminated with mercury. Researchers at Argonne and the University of Chicago used the Advanced Photon Source to determine how mercury behaves in simulant agent, a chemical that structurally resembles mustard but lacks its toxic properties. The goal is to find disposal methods that do not release toxic mercury to the environment. .