New compounds destroy toxins and pollutants

A research team at the Topology and Systems Dynamics Institute (CNRS-University of Paris VII) has developed decontamination agents for organophosphate and organosulfide compounds. These agents are peroxides of the peroxyacid family available commercially or produced in situ by action of a persalt with an initiator. The newly developed agents possess valuable properties: they react quickly, do not harm the environment, are highly efficient, and have a wide action spectrum against toxics and contaminants. Among the toxics and contaminants included in the work were pesticides such as parathion, paraoxon, diazinon and organic sulfides. This work represents an important technological breakthrough in the destruction of this particular family of pollutants.

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