Accession Number:

ADA113686

Title:

Biodegradation of Hexahydro-1,3,5-Trinitro-1,3,5-Triazine

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS MA

Report Date:

1981-04-16

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. Th non-cyclic degradation products arise via subsequent reduction and rearrangement reactions of the fragments.

Subject Categories:

  • Microbiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE