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Phototransformation in air

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The half-life of 4,4'-MDI in the atmosphere has been estimated using the AOPWIN (TM) (v1.92) model and was 0.92 days (Pemberton and Tury, 2008).

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Half-life in air:
1 d

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There are no measured phototransformation data in air for the test substance. According to Pemberton and Tury (2008), the estimated dissipation half-life has been rounded off to 1 day. The exactly calculated value is 0.92 days.

This result was corroborated with a phototransformation analysis of a structural analogue 4-tolylisocyanate (PTI) (Carter et al., 1999). The phototransformation was determined using the relative rate method where the rates of consumption of PTI relative to a reference compound with a known OH radical rate constant were measured in the presence of OH radical source. The environmental chamber system employed was the Dividable Teflon Chamber. This gave a phototransformation half-life of 0.89 days.