A method to efficiently remove a variety of toxic compounds from waste streams at low cost through converting the halogenated hydrocarbons into a non-halogenated materials.

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Opportunity

Halogenated hydrocarbons are widely used in flame retardants, electronics, pharmaceuticals and solvents. The presence of these materials in waste streams continues to be a significant environmental problem. Traditional treatment methods require extensive energy, create toxic by-products or are incompatible with air or water.

Researchers at the University of Guelph have developed a novel method to efficiently remove a variety of these of toxic compounds from waste streams at low cost through converting the halogenated hydrocarbons into a non-halogenated materials.

Applications and Advantages

• Solution-based treatment that is compatible with air, water and organic solvents
• Reducing agent produces salt for easy removal
• Reducing agent is cost effective and easy to manufacture
• Solution-based reducing agent facilitates easy handling and transportation
• Reaction occurs at or slightly above 20oC • Demonstrated to be effective for treatment of bromobenzene, chlorobenzene, 1-bromo butane, CCl4, CBr4, and dichloromethane

Patent Status

Provisional application filed (US 62299217)

License Status

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