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Environmental fate & pathways

Phototransformation in air

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The atmospheric half life of benzene is calculated to be 13.4 days based on a measured rate constant of 1.20 x 10-12 cm3molecule-1sec-1 + 0.15 , and a hydroxyl radical concentration of 5.0E5 recommended by the TGD (2003)

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Half-life in air:
13.4 d

Additional information

Information on the atmospheric degradation of benzene was taken from Perry (1977). The absolute rate constants for the reaction of OH radicals with a series of aromatic hydrocarbons in the gas phase over the temperature range 296-473 K was determined using flash photolysis-resonance fluorescence technique. Measured data from the author were used to develop rate constants for the reaction of different chemical with hydroxyl radicals. The rate constant has been used to calculate the atmospheric half life of benzene.