Development of low-pollutant distinguishing agents: Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Cologne

PFT pollution: New environmentally friendly extinguishing agents and methods of soil remediation. The network “PerFluSan” is developing a low-pollutant extinguishing agents and processes to rid the soil and waste water of contaminated sites.

The cooperation network “PerFluSan”, includes the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the University of Cologne, which met on 7 November in Cologne for the official kick-off. The network tries to counteract the environmental impact of perfluorinated surfactants (PFT). PFTs are widely used in the industry. These are organic compounds that have high thermal and chemical stability. Because of these special properties, they are used in many ways, for example for the production of textiles or fire-extinguishing agents. However, they are not biodegradable, accumulate in the environment as well as in human and animal tissues.

The network is funded by the Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The University of Cologne plans to play a key role in three areas of the “PerFluSan” network: avoiding the entry of PFT by developing new fluorine-free extinguishing agents, exploring innovative PFT degradation methods instead of high-temperature combustion, and new PFT trace analysis techniques.

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