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Structure of the perborate dimer

Perborates (short for peroxoborates ) are borates in which one oxygen atom has been replaced by a dioxygen group.

Perborates, which are usually readily soluble in water, are used as bleaching agents (including in detergents in the past ) and also as disinfectants . The frequently used sodium perborate is mostly biodegradable, but sometimes with extremely long degradation times. The decline in the use of detergents and detergents has led to a reduction in boron concentrations in wastewater .

The syllable Per in perborate is part of the brand name Persil .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ G. Metzner, G. Lind, L. Nitschke: Survey of boron levels in aquatic environments in Germany . In: Tenside, Surfactants, Detergents . 36 (6), 1999, 364-378