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The environmental photolysis of perfluorooctanesulfonate, perfluorooctanoate, and related fluorochemicals.
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PMID:  23084591     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A field study on the photolysis of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) was conducted at high altitudes in Mt. Mauna Kea (Hawaii, USA; 4200m) and Mt. Tateyama (Toyama, Japan; 2500m). Results of photolysis of PFASs in the field were further confirmed in laboratory studies. Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS), which is perceived as a non-degradable chemical in the environment, can undergo photolysis. Long chain PFASs can be successively dealkylated to short chain compounds such as perfluorobutyric acid (PFBA) and perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS), but the short chain compounds were relatively more resistant to photodegradation. These results suggest that environmental levels of short chain PFASs would increase both due to their formation from photolysis of long chain PFASs and from direct releases. Earlier studies on photolysis of PFASs were focused on the formation of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) and perfluorosulfonic acids (PFSAs) from precursor compounds (such as fluorotelomer alcohols) under laboratory conditions. Our study suggests that PFSAs and PFCAs themselves can undergo photodegradation in the environment.
Sachi Taniyasu; Nobuyoshi Yamashita; Eriko Yamazaki; Gert Petrick; Kurunthachalam Kannan
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chemosphere     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1298     ISO Abbreviation:  Chemosphere     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0320657     Medline TA:  Chemosphere     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 16-1 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
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