Don’t Waste Waste Chemicals

  • Author: Brigitte Osterath
  • Published Date: 02 January 2011
  • Source / Publisher: ChemSusChem/Wiley-VCH
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
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What may seem useless waste to some, is a precious source of useful chemicals to others: from food and green refuse, Italian researchers have isolated a substance that degrades organic pollutants. The substance, named AC8, forms when a mixture of bio-waste is composted for 110 days. It consists of several high-molecular weight organic groups, remnants of the refuse matter, and generates reactive radicals and oxygen species.

These were able to degrade hazardous pollutants like 4-chlorophenol, Alessandra Bianco Prevot and her co-workers at University of Turin showed. The types of reactive species formed, depends on the concentration of AC8 used in the experiment.

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