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Description of key information

Log Koc is exspected to be in the range of 1.

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Additional information

The substance has not been tested as a study is scientifically not justified.


The substance is a high molecular weight complex, self-assembled via organized network of hydrogen bonds and aromatic ring stacking. The molecules of melamine and cyanuric acid are strongly bound in the crystal lattice and require considerable energy to remove them. The absence of a melting point, the high decomposition temperature and the poor solubility in any solvent is a consequence of this complexation behaviour. The substance is only defined through the solid state. In such a case, water solubility is the composition of the aqueous solution formed at equilibrium under a defined set of conditions. Due to the measurement of solubility, the composition consists of dissolved melamine and dissolved cyanuric acid. Thus, under environmental conditions and at predicted concentrations in the aqueous environment, the substance is expected to dissociate into the two components melamine and cyanuric acid. Therefore read-across it is justified from the supporting substances melamine or cyanuric acid.


For the component 108 -78 -1(melamine):

The QSAR-estimated logKoc is low, i.e. in the range of 1.1 to 1.5, depending on the 2 methods used. A relevant adsorption of melamine to soil is therefore not expected.