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Environmental Organic Chemistry for Engineers by James G. Speight

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Chapter 7

Chemical Transformations in the Environment

Abstract

The major groups of organic pollutants, the principal reactions for their degradation or transformation require (1) the knowledge of the type of pollutants and (2) the reactivity of the pollutants so that the design of the relevant method to remove the pollutants from the environment can be achieved. Although much emphasis has been, and continue to be, placed on biotic reactions carried out by the various biota (such as bacteria), important transformation reactions of the pollutants in the environment must not be omitted. Some of these chemical reactions will be beneficial—in terms of pollutant removal—while other chemical reactions may have adverse effects on pollutant removal ...

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