When a synthetic chemical is released into the environment it may be degraded by abiotic and biotic processes. These degradation processes usually involve a cascade of reactions resulting in the formation of a number of transformation products. While we usually know a great deal about the environmental properties, fate and effects of parent synthetic chemicals, our understanding of the impacts of transformation products is much less developed. As such, this volume brings together chapters from leading researchers in the field of transformation products in the environment and describes how these products are formed, how they move through the environment, and their environmental effects. The book also presents modelling and analytical approaches for understanding the occurrence, fate and effects of transformation products in the environment. It is of interest to scientists in academia, the chemicals industry and regulators, as well as graduate students in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology.
Part I Formation, Detection and Occurrence of Transformation Products Mechanisms of degradation of synthetic chemicals (Wackett) Predicting the Persistence of Organic Compounds (Howard) Analysing transformation products of synthetic chemicals (Perez) Occurrence of Transformation Products in the Environment (Kolpin) Part II Exposure of Transformation Products Fate of Transformation Products of Synthetic Chemicals (Hu) Modeling environmental exposure to transformation products of organic chemicals (Fenner) Treatment of Transformation Products (Adams) Part III Effects of Transformation Products Ecotoxicity of Transformation Products (Sinclair) Predicting the Ecotoxicological Effects of Transformation Products (Escher)