Chlorinated aromatic biocide
Triclosan is a biocide widely used in disinfectants, soaps and deodorants. It is found in cosmetics as preservatives and is used for antimicrobial treatment of textiles.
Because of its broad use there is some concern about the development of resistant and cross-resistant bacterial strains. Triclosan may be transformed into polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans upon exposure to UV light. The environmental relevance of this process is not clear.
Triclosan is toxic to aquatic organisms, especially to algae.
Recommended analysis examples
|Methyl-triclosan||Product of methylation of triclosan|
|Bream||Bioindicator in rivers and lakes|
|Saarländischer Verdichtungsraum||Important, old-industrialised conurbation in Germany.|
|Bornhöveder Seengebiet||Main water divide between the North- and Baltic Sea|
|Rhein||Longest river in Germany|
|Elbe||Fourth largest river area in Central Europe.|
|Dübener Heide||Region in the chemical triangle of Central Germany.|
|Donau||Second largest river in Europe.|
1994 - 2008
Links to external information and legislation
Retrospective study of triclosan and methyl-triclosan residues in fish and suspended particulate matter: Results from the German Environmental Specimen Bank
Rüdel, Heinz; Böhmer, Walter; Müller, Martin; Fliedner, Annette; Ricking, Mathias; Teubner, Diana; Schröter-Kermani, Christa
Chemosphere 91 (2013), 11, 1517-1524, 2013
Retrospective Monitoring of Triclosan and Methyl-triclosan in Fish: Results from the German Environmental Specimen Bank
Böhmer, Walter; Rüdel, Heinz; Wenzel, Andrea; Schröter-Kermani, Christa
Organohalogen Compounds 66 (2004), 1516 - 1521, 2004
Retrospektives Monitoring von Triclosan und Methyltriclosan in Brassenmuskulaturproben der Umweltprobenbank (German)
Böhmer, Walter; Bernhardt, Thorsten; Rüdel, Heinz; Müller, Martin; Wenzel, Andrea
Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie, 2005