Amine promoted, metal enhanced degradation of Mirex under high temperature conditions

Karim N. Jallad, Bert C. Lynn, Earl G. Alley

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In this study, zero-valent metal dehalogenation of mirex was conducted with amine solvents at high temperatures. Mirex was treated with excess amine in sealed glass tube reactors under nitrogen. The amines used were n-butyl amine (l), ethyl amine (l), dimethyl amine (g), diethyl amine (l), triethyl amine (l), trimethyl amine (g) and ammonia (g). The metals used were copper, zinc, magnesium, aluminum and calcium. The most suitable amine solvent and metal were selected by running a series of reactions with different amines and different zero-valent metals, in order to optimize the conditions under which complete degradation of mirex takes place. These dehalogenation reactions illustrated the role of zero-valent metals as reductants, whereas the amine solvents acted as proton donors. In this study, we report that mirex was completely degraded with diethyl amine (l) in the presence of copper at 100 °C and the hydrogenated products accounted for more than 94 of the degraded mirex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-442
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jul 31 2006


  • Degradation
  • Dehalogenation
  • Mirex
  • Mirex derivatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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