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Analysis of Flame Retardants (FRs)

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Flame Retardants (FRs) are used to reduce the flammability of materials and to avoid or retard a fire.

Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) act as radical traps, i.e. that the flammable gases developing in case of fire are retarded in their reaction with atmospheric oxygen by halogen radicals. BFRs are mainly used in plastics and resins as for example in computers, household appliances, insulation materials etc.

Quite a number of BFRs are considered to be persistent and bioaccumulative, i.e. they accumulate in the food chain as they are easily soluble in fat. Especially the low brominated flame retardants have been found in mothers' milk. Thus, the use of some BFRs has already been banned while the use of others is still controversially discussed.

Most Important Parameters for the Analysis of Flame Retardants (FRs)

  • tetrabrombisphenol A (TBBP A)
  • polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
  • hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
  • polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  • further parameters on request

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