Degradation of Selected Types of Cyclic Siloxanes as Potential Sources of Environmental Pollution

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T. Mackuľak, A. Takáčová, M. Smolinská, J. Prousek, I. Bodík, and M. Drtil

Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava


The current studies show that some types of siloxanes have a significant impact on environment. They are penetrating into the environment mainly as components of various preparations. The review is focused on the identification and possible degradation of selected cyclosiloxane types – octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5). In GC-MS of hexamethylcyclo¬trisiloxane (D3) and hexamethyldisiloxane (L2) degradation products have been identified. The efficiency of degradation of D4 and D5 was 99.8 % and 99.5 %, respectively. The results suggest biodegradation of cyclic siloxanes using the Fenton reaction under aerobic or anaerobic conditions in the environment.


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