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Toxicity and Biodegradability of Solvents: A Comparative Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 18 December 2016 / Approved: 19 December 2016 / Online: 19 December 2016 (11:18:39 CET)

How to cite: Sadeghi, A. Toxicity and Biodegradability of Solvents: A Comparative Analysis. Preprints 2016, 2016120101 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0101.v1). Sadeghi, A. Toxicity and Biodegradability of Solvents: A Comparative Analysis. Preprints 2016, 2016120101 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0101.v1).

Abstract

Solvents are widely-used in all aspects of chemical sciences. One of the disadvantages of conventional solvents is attributed to the adverse impacts they pose on human health and ecological systems. Emerging class of solvents such as ionic liquids have been proposed to alleviate this problem. In this study, aquatic toxicity and biodegradability of two common industrial solvents are compared to those of two ionic liquids. Results from this study highlight the importance of solvent selection considering the information on the toxicity, biodegradability and fate and transport properties of selected solvents altogether.

Subject Areas

toxicity; biodegradability; industrial solvents; ionic liquids; freshwater organisms

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