University Chemistry ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (10): 2107090.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202107090

Special Issue: 化学科普(2021)

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Interviews with Elements: "Femme Fatale" Mercury

Jingyi Zhao1, Rui Liu1, Yi Lü2,*()   

  1. 1 College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
    2 Analytical & Testing Center, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
  • Received:2021-07-25 Accepted:2021-08-25 Published:2021-09-10
  • Contact: Yi Lü


The article personifies the heavy metal element mercury, which describes its physical and chemical properties through the dialogue between human and mercury. Then it introduces alchemy and some uses of mercury in modern times. In addition, the toxicity of mercury vapor and organic mercury is also discussed.

Key words: Mercury, Liquid metal, Amalgam, Alchemy, Mercury vapor, Methylmercury, Use of mercury


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