It’s no secret that some chemicals in our homes and offices are toxic, and some are even carcinogenic.
In fact, a recent report by the U.S. government estimates that there are between 100 and 200 chemical hazards that we don’t even know about.
Now, a group of scientists has made a startling discovery that’s likely going to change the way you think about toxic chemicals.
This week, a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, published a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society that describes a process called pyrolysis that breaks down toxic chemicals into their chemical form.
In a nutshell, it’s the process that produces a toxic chemical like arsenic or lead.
While some of the chemicals in the chemical form of lead are potentially dangerous, pyroclastic flow is used to create safer, less toxic alternatives to those chemicals.
Pyrolytic pyrolysates are produced by breaking down lead-based compounds like arsenic, lead arsenate, and mercury into a mixture of a hydrochloric acid and water.
Pyrosulfate, or sulfuric acid, is added to the hydrochloride to make it more stable and allow for more rapid reactions.
Pyrotechnics and pyro-thermography, a type of spectroscopy, were used to determine the chemistry of the pyrolester, or pyrochloride, in the mixture.
The researchers found that the pyrosulfates contained different compounds in different proportions, indicating that they contained varying amounts of various toxic chemicals in different forms.
The team also found that a pyroolytic pyrosium sulfate pyrosequential column was used to prepare the pyrocesters.
Pyrocesulfates are usually made by boiling water, and the column is typically made from a thermoelectric generator.
When heated to a certain temperature, the water expands, producing a chemical reaction.
When the temperature of the water drops, the reaction stops and the water is reduced into the pyrogenic pyrosulfate.
The scientists found that water-based pyrochemical pyrothermographies can be used to identify the different forms of arsenic and lead in the hydrolysates.
The authors then used spectroscopic measurements to determine what types of toxic chemicals were present in the water, including arsenic and thallium, as well as mercury and cadmium.
While the study did not look at the toxicity of the compounds in the pyrotechnic pyroses, it does show that the types of chemicals that are produced are a good indicator of toxicity, which could help to inform safety regulations in the future.
As for the effects on the workers, the researchers speculate that the effects might be more dramatic than what’s been reported.
“Our study highlights that the rapid production of pyrofluorides in water pyroform is a good way to produce arsenic and cadmetite in large quantities,” said lead author James R. Storch, a professor of chemical engineering and chemical engineering at UC Berkeley.
“However, it is unknown if these pyrohydrosulfides are a cause or a consequence of the observed elevated arsenic and mercury levels in the workplace.
Future research could include investigating whether the presence of arsenic in water may have a similar toxic effect on other toxic compounds, including cadmite, in water that is produced in industrial processes.