Phenols

Authored by: Leszek Wachowski , Robert Pietrzak

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120047684

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Abstract

The entry describes the origin, structure, chemical composition, physicochemical properties, distribution, transport, and conversion of phenol and its derivatives in the natural environment. It also describes methods of obtaining and practical significance of phenol and its derivatives. This entry also shows problems concerned with environmental exposure to phenolic compounds and their quantification in all elements of the biosphere. Introduced into the natural environment in difficult-to-estimate amounts, phenolic compounds have become a serious ecological problem.

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