Photochemical Degradation of Polybrominated Diphenylether BDE209 Under Ultraviolet Irradiation

  • Yassine Agguine
  • Nadjia Laouedj
  • Ahmed Bekka
  • Zohra Bouberka
  • Abdelouahab Nadim
  • Said Eddarir
  • Ulrich Maschke
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 155)


The photodegradation of decabromodiphenylether (BDE209) in Tetrahydrofuran was investigated under UV light, employing a xenon source with 150 W. The degradation reactions obey a first-order rate law. The photolytic chemical reduction of BDE209 in THF under UV irradiation can rapidly degrade BDE209 to form lower bromine substituted diphenylethers. The reductive debromination mechanism of the photolytic degradation of BDE209 can facilitate the design of remediation processes and help to predict their fate in the environment.


Photodegradation Environment Flame retardant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yassine Agguine
    • 3
  • Nadjia Laouedj
    • 1
  • Ahmed Bekka
    • 1
  • Zohra Bouberka
    • 2
  • Abdelouahab Nadim
    • 3
  • Said Eddarir
    • 4
  • Ulrich Maschke
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de synthèse et caractérisation des oxydesUniversité des Sciences et de la Technologie d’Oran «USTO»OranAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratoire physico-chimie des matériaux-catalyse et environnementUniversité des Sciences et de la Technologie d’Oran «USTO»OranAlgeria
  3. 3.Unité Matériaux et Transformations—UMET (UMR CNRS N°8207), Bâtiment C6Université Lille 1—Sciences et TechnologiesVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire de Chimie Bioorganique et Macromoléculaire (LCBM), Faculté des Sciences et TechniquesUniversité Cadi AyyadMarrakechMorocco

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