have uses in the manufacturing of an abundance of plastic products and have
been found to pose serious threats to environmental health. In the past, bisphenol A (BPA) was the
primary commercially used bisphenol, but widespread awareness of the ecological
and human health impacts of this compound contributed to its phase-out. This led to the emerging use of BPF and BPS
in industry, the prevalence and behavior of which are not well understood.
We hope to gain insight into the possible
negative environmental effects that BPF and BPS may have by investigating the
rates at which they undergo sunlight-catalyzed degradation. Laboratory research on the reaction kinetics
of these compounds will allow us to determine the lifespan of these compounds
and their fate in natural waters.