4-Nonylphenol

IUPAC Name: 4-nonylphenol

Source: Environmental pollutant resulting from degradation of alkylphenol ethoxylates.

Water Treatment: https://tdb.epa.gov/tdb/contaminant?id=10220

Summary: 4-nonylphenol is a product of sewage degradation of nonionic surfactants. These surfactants have uses in cleaning, cosmetics, and as spermicides in contraceptives. It also has applications in pesticides, plastics, food packaging, and industrial manufacturing. It has very low solubility in water and is less dense than water at 0.950 g/mL at 20 C. The nonylphenol family are compounds of phenol with 9 carbon chain tails. 4-nonylphenol will not degrade by photolysis in the environment, and with a Koc value ranging from 6900-53,300 it will have low mobility within soil. Biodegradation is expected to help remove 4-nonylphenol from soil and water.

GHS Hazard Statement: H302, H314, H315, H318, H319, H361, H361fd, H400, H410, H411, GHS05, GHS07, GHS08, GHS09