Photodecomposition of a Commercial Polybrominated Biphenyl Fire Retardant: High-Resolution Gas Chromatographic Analysis

Larry W. Robertson, Brock Chittim, Stephen H. Safe, Michael D. Mullin, Cynthia M. Pochini, Brock Chittim

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Abstract

The photolytic degradation of fireMaster BP-6, a commerical polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) fire retardant, was investigated by using high-resolution, isomer-specific, fused silica capillary gas chromatography. During photolysis the more highly brominated PBB congeners diminished in concentration, while those possessing three, four, or five bromines per biphenyl increased, consistent with a reductive dehalogenation pathway. Unlike the photolysis of single cogeners, a preferential loss of ortho bromines was not found. Those PBBs which have been identified as the most toxic (i.e., those containing no ortho bromines) did, nevertheless, increase approximately 4-fold, and this increase may explain the enhanced toxicity of photolyzed fireMaster BP-6.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-457
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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