Photolysis of mixtures of UV filters octocrylene and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate leads to formation of mixed transformation products and different kinetics

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The treatment with ultraviolet (UV) light is a well-known technique for water disinfection. Photodegradation by UV light is in discussion as measure for advanced water treatment that could provide a potential removal option for micropollutants. Micropollutants such as ingredients from personal care products are also present in grey water. Grey water gets increasingly attention as a source for water reuse. For that purpose it has to be treated. UV-treatment is an option. However, the knowledge on the fate of micropollutants within such a treatment is little. Therefore, we investigated the fate of the UV filters ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (EHMC), and octocrylene (OCR) as for both UV filters the presence in grey water was reported. OCR as a single compound was investigated with regard to its degradation kinetics and possible photo-transformation products (photo-TPs). These results were compared with those of EHMC previously reported in literature. The mixture of the two UV filters was also investigated to reveal if mixture effects occur regarding the elimination of the UV filters and the formation of TPs. A medium pressure mercury vapor lamp (200–400 nm) was employed for photolysis. This study shows that OCR itself was eliminated below the limit of detection after 256 min and that photo-TPs were formed. The photolysis of the mixture demonstrated alterations of the degradation rates and patterns. Additional TPs were formed by the reaction of the UV filters or TPs with each other. The study shows that more attention should be paid to mixture-effects and mixture-TPs that may cause further follow-up effects.

ZeitschriftScience of the Total Environment
Anzahl der Seiten9
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 20.12.2019