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Hydrolysis is a reaction in which a water molecule or hydroxide ion substitutes for another atom or group of atoms present in a chemical, resulting in a structural change of that chemical. Potentially hydrolysable groups include alkyl halides, amides, carbamates, carboxylic acid esters and lactones, epoxides, phosphate esters, and sulfonic acid esters. The lack of a suitable leaving group renders compounds resistant to hydrolysis.

Hydrocarbons, C6, n-alkanes, iso-alkanes, cyclics, n-hexane rich consists entirely of carbon and hydrogen and does not contain hydrolyzable groups. As such, it has a very low potential to hydrolyse. Therefore, this degradative process will not contribute to its removal from the environment.