Accession Number:

ADA101632

Title:

The Biodegradation of Hexahydro-1,3,5-Trinitro-1,3,5-Triazine (RDX)

Descriptive Note:

Interim technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER MA

Report Date:

1981-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

Biodegradation of the explosive hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5- triazine RDX occurs under anaerobic conditions to yield a number of products including hexahydro-1-nitroso-3,5-dinitro-1,3,5-triazine, hexahydro-1,3- dinitroso-5-nitro-1,3,5-triazine, hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitroso-1,3,5-triazine, hydrazine, 1,1-dimethylhydrazine, 1,2-dimethylhydrazine, formaldehyde, and methanol. A scheme for the biodegradation is proposed which proceeds via successive reduction of the nitro groups to a point where destabilization and fragmentation of the ring occurs. The non-cyclic degradation products arise via subsequent reduction and rearrangement reactions of the fragments.

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE