Zn dust mediated reductive debromination of tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)

Guo Bin Liu, Hong Yun Zhao, Thies Thiemann

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Zinc dust/sodium hydroxide/ammonium formate system is highly effective for the debromination of the ubiquitous pollutant tetrabromobisphenol A (TBPPA) to bisphenol A (BPA). Treatment of pure TBPPA with NaOH or with another alkali hydroxide in the presence of ammonium formate in an alcohol at elevated temperatures (78-116 °C) leads to a successful debromination. An almost quantitative removal of TBBPA can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1150-1153
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 30 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Debromination
  • Tetrabromobisphenol-A
  • Zinc dust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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