Break It Down: Understanding the Formation of Chemical Byproducts During Water Treatment

SCIENCE BLOG | June 27, 2018

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To improve water treatment, researchers use modeling to understand how chemical byproducts form during the advanced oxidation process. Synthetical chemicals are ever-present in modern life—in our medications, cosmetics, and clothing—but what happens to them when they enter our municipal water supplies? Because these chemicals are out-of-sight, out-of-mind, we assume they cannot harm us after we flush them down the sink. However, most water treatment infrastructures were not designed to remove synthetic organic chemicals like those found in opioids, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals.

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Dura Chemical Corporation was founded in India in 1948 as a supplier of raw materials for the coatings, plastics, rubber, and cosmetics industries. In 1961, the company commenced production of additives for the paint, printing ink, and PVC industries. Over the next five decades, Dura emerged as a leader in the production of metal organics including metal driers, PVC heat stabilizers and additives for the coatings, UPR, polyurethane, lubrication, and fuel industries. In 2006, we acquired the North American metal carboxylate and anti-skinning business of a major supplier; this considerably broadened our production and sales footprint, adding warehouses and offices from Mexico to Canada. Today, Dura has research, development, and manufacturing plants in India, a lab and production arm in the USA, and supply capabilities worldwide. Since 1994, we have been doing business in the USA as Dura Chemicals Inc., based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ultimately, Dura Chemicals distinguishes itself

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Dura Chemical Corporation was founded in India in 1948 as a supplier of raw materials for the coatings, plastics, rubber, and cosmetics industries. In 1961, the company commenced production of additives for the paint, printing ink, and PVC industries. Over the next five decades, Dura emerged as a leader in the production of metal organics including metal driers, PVC heat stabilizers and additives for the coatings, UPR, polyurethane, lubrication, and fuel industries. In 2006, we acquired the North American metal carboxylate and anti-skinning business of a major supplier; this considerably broadened our production and sales footprint, adding warehouses and offices from Mexico to Canada. Today, Dura has research, development, and manufacturing plants in India, a lab and production arm in the USA, and supply capabilities worldwide. Since 1994, we have been doing business in the USA as Dura Chemicals Inc., based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ultimately, Dura Chemicals distinguishes itself

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