Sometimes the most obvious questions are the ones that need to be asked. In chemistry professor David Atwood’s case, that question came in 1994 when a postdoc student working in his lab realized that there was no industrial chelator that worked with mercury.
Fast forward 20 years and 50 compounds later, and Atwood is providing answers that have some far-reaching benefits.
Discoverer: David Atwood, department of chemistry, University of Kentucky
Discovery: Highly effective mercury chelator
Years in development: Six
Biological application: Antioxidant, under development as a mercury poisoning therapy
Environmental application: Under development in water filtration
Sales to date: $1.5 million, as a nutritional supplement
>>Read the full article in Chemical & Engineering News here.