Effect of bromide on the transformation and genotoxicity of octyl-dimethyl-p-aminobenzoic acid during chlorination

Qiwan Chai, Shujuan Zhang, Xiaomao Wang, Hongwei Yang, Yuefeng F. Xie

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Octyl-dimethyl-p-aminobenzoic acid (ODPABA), one of the most commonly used organic UV filters, can undergo considerable transformation in water when entering into the disinfection process. The impacts of bromide on degradation kinetics, formation and speciation of transformation products, regulated disinfection by-products (DBPs) as well as genotoxicity changes during ODPABA chlorination were investigated in this study. Results indicated that the reaction of ODPABA with chlorine followed pseudo-first-order and second-order kinetics. Adding bromide noticeably enhanced the degradation rate of ODPABA, but reduced the impact of chlorine dose. Four halogenated transformation products (Cl-ODPABA, Br-ODPABA, Cl-Br-ODPABA and Br2-ODPABA) were detected by LC–MS/MS. Mono-halogenated products were stable during 24-h chlorination, while di-halogenated products constantly increased. The total yields of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) were both low, but predominated by bromine substitution at high levels of bromide. In addition, SOS/umu tests showed that genotoxicity was generated after ODPABA chlorination, which was increased at least 1.5 times in the presence of bromine. Whereas, no significant genotoxicity variation was observed following bromide concentration change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-633
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
StatePublished - Feb 15 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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