How-To: Detecting mercury in light bulbs

Energy & Sustainability Science
How-To: Detecting mercury in light bulbs

I thought this chemistry video by Jen K was really interesting. You may not be able to perform this particular experiment at home since you need access to an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. However, the video does give an interesting look at how they perform this experiment in the lab.

Mercury is detected in light bulbs by adding various oxidizing reagents to break down organic complexes into mercuric ion. The AAS instrument is then used to give a mercury concentration value.

How to: Detecting mercury in light bulbs

In the Maker Shed:


In the Maker Shed: Chemistry Experiment Kit 3000

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!


Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 - Mare Island, CA

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).