Nonionic Surfactants in Perspective

M. M. Varma
Dakshesh Patel

DOI: 10.2190/CD7R-PKW1-8VM8-LAVF


The emergence of hard synthetic organic compounds in water has added a new dimension to public health-related problems. During the last thirty years, the chemical industry has demonstrated a gradual and steady growth. Industrial growth has generated nondegradable and slowly degradable chemicals. Tracing the fate of hard chemicals in a stream of water is sometimes difficult because of their identification and quantification, because the techniques for their identification are not fully developed, and/or their concentration may be extremely low, making it rather difficult to measure. Some of these compounds when disseminated into the environment as waste cause a variety of health effects including carcinogenicity.

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