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A QSAR/QSTR Study on the Environmental Health Impact by the Rocket Fuel 1,1-Dimethyl Hydrazine and its Transformation Products

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Environmental Health Insights 2008:1 11-20

Published on 18 Jul 2008


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Lars Carlsen1, Bulat N. Kenessov2 and Svetlana Ye. Batyrbekova2

1Awareness Center, Hyldeholm 4, Veddelev, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark. 2Center of Physico-Chemical Methods of Investigations and Analysis of al-Farabi Kazakh National University, 95A, Karassai batyr str, Almaty 050012, Kazakhstan.

Abstract

QSAR/QSTR modelling constitutes an attractive approach to preliminary assessment of the impact on environmental health by a primary pollutant and the suite of transformation products that may be persistent in and toxic to the environment. The present paper studies the impact on environmental health by residuals of the rocket fuel 1,1-dimethyl hydrazine (heptyl) and its transformation products. The transformation products, comprising a variety of nitrogen containing compounds are suggested all to possess a significant migration potential. In all cases the compounds were found being rapidly biodegradable. However, unexpected low microbial activity may cause significant changes. None of the studied compounds appear to be bioaccumulating. Apart from substances with an intact hydrazine structure or hydrazone structure the transformation products in general display rather low environmental toxicities. Thus, it is concluded that apparently further attention should be given to tri- and tetramethyl hydrazine and 1-formyl 2,2-dimethyl hydrazine as well as to the hydrazones of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde as these five compounds may contribute to the overall environmental toxicity of residual rocket fuel and its transformation products.



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