Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces
ORNL Mercury Science Focus Area (SFA)

Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces

ORNL Mercury Science Focus Area (SFA)

Ecosystem Features

Biogeochemical Mechanisms

Microbial Community Functions

Molecular Structure,
Dynamics, and
Mechanisms

Progress to Date

News Archive

  • News Release: Newly Identified Microbial Process Could Reduce Toxic Methylmercury Levels
    A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk assessments. (May 31, 2017)
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  • Baohua Gu has been selected by the Geological Society of America (GSA) Council as a GSA Fellow, an honor bestowed annually in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences. Baohua was chosen for seminal work on elucidating key molecular-scale mechanisms that govern biogeochemical cycling of contaminants, trace metals, and natural organic matter that have made significant contributions to our understanding of soil organic and metal cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and contaminated sites.
  • Mercury Science Focus Area (SFA) Annual Report: July 2015-June 2016 PDF
  • ORNL scientists solve the mystery of mercury. ORNL Review 49(1):16-17 (2016).
  • BBC series "Horizon" spotlights ORNL mercury research view (Feb 14, 2016)

 

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The ORNL Mercury SFA is sponsored by the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) program within the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research.