Synthesis of tetrachloro-, pentachloro-, and hexachlorodibenzofurans from the pyrolysis of polychlorinated biphenyls

D. F. Groce, C. C. Alley, D. G. Patterson

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We have used a pyrolysis procedure described by Mazer et al. and reaction routes described by Buser and Rappe to synthesize and characterize the 38-Tetrachlorodibenzofurans, 28-Pentachlorodibenzofurans, and 16-Hexachlorodibenzofurans. By using quantitative aliquots of the reaction product mixtures and a quantitative internal standard we were able to semiquantitatively assess the relative importance of various reaction pathways. We propose a number of general mechanistic rules concerning polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pyrolysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
Issue number1-6
Publication statusPublished - 1989


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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