Identifying chlorhexidine and sodium hypochlorite reaction products and the environmental implications of its interaction with cotton fibers

dc.contributor.advisorBeatty, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSalazar, Gustavo
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLin, Shiru
dc.creatorHuynh, Stacy 1997-
dc.creator.orcid0009-0002-3811-468X
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-08T21:07:05Z
dc.date.available2024-02-08T21:07:05Z
dc.date.created2023-12
dc.date.issuedDec-23
dc.date.submittedDec-23
dc.date.updated2024-02-08T21:07:06Z
dc.description.abstractChlorhexidine is heavily used in the medical and dental field and is prescribed for multiple uses related to healthcare. When in contact with sodium hypochlorite, chlorhexidine breaks down into several toxic compounds that are not fully understood, and these compounds have impacts on the environment and human health, due to its heavy use in the medical field. Chlorhexidine breaks down into compounds that permanently adhere to and damage the cellulose fibers found in cotton fabrics and alter the visible quality of fabric, which leads to re-washing of fabrics or outright disposal of fabric due to the staining and damage. Chlorhexidine is also used in conjunction with sodium hypochlorite in dental procedures, such as root canals, and the toxic nature of this interaction is not fully understood. Previous studies have identified several products of this reaction, one being para-chloroaniline, suggesting that chlorhexidine should not be used in conjunction with chemical oxidizers like bleach until the toxic products are further studied and identified. Understanding how chlorhexidine interacts with textile fibers like cellulose will save water and cotton fabric from being prematurely disposed of and negatively impacting the environment. This project will work to understand the reaction between chlorhexidine and sodium hypochlorite, the toxic products that result from this reaction, and its interactions with cotton fiber textiles to reduce its impact on health and the environment.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11274/15727
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.subjectChemistry, Analytical
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subject.otherSodium Hypochlorite
dc.subject.otherCellulose fibers
dc.subject.otherEnvironmental impact
dc.subject.otherCotton
dc.subject.otherTextiles
dc.subject.otherPara-chloroaniline
dc.subject.otherEnvironmental chemistry
dc.subject.otherAnalytical chemistry
dc.subject.otherChlorhexidine
dc.titleIdentifying chlorhexidine and sodium hypochlorite reaction products and the environmental implications of its interaction with cotton fibers
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentSchool of the Sciences
thesis.degree.disciplineChemistry
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Woman's University
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
thesis.degree.programACS 3rd edition
thesis.degree.schoolTexas Woman's University

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