Identification of Photolytical Transformation Products of Pentachlorophenol in Water
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The photodegradation of pentachlorophenol in water was examined with a high-pressure mercury lamp. A number of photodegradation products of pentachlorophenol, such as less-chlorinated phenols through reductive dechlorination, and catechol and trihydroxylated products via the addition of hydroxyl radicals, were observed as major products. Moreover, polychlorinated biphenylethers, hydroxylated polychlorobiphenylethers and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins as minor products were also formed by dimerization process during the photolysis of pentachlorophenol. These compounds were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The degradation rate of PCP in water was measured against the UV-irradiation time. After the irradiation for 15 min, 75% of PCP was converted into a number of products through reductive dechlorination and oxidation. On the basis of the identified products, the photodegradation pathways of PCP under UV irradiation were proposed.
- Analytical Sciences
Analytical Sciences 16(6), 621-626, 2000-06-10
The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry