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N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl]butylamine and its hydrolysis product 3-(N-butylamino) propylsilanetriol contain no chromophores that would absorb visible or UV radiation, so direct photolysis is not likely to be significant. Indirect photolysis resulting from gas-phase reaction with photochemically-produced hydroxyl radicals may occur. The SRC AOPWIN program (v1.92) has been used to obtain values of the rate constant kOH for reaction of -[3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl]butylamine and its hydrolysis product 3-(N-butylamino) propylsilanetriol with hydroxyl radicals. This prediction method has not been validated to assess applicability to silanes and silanols; therefore, there is uncertainty associated with the calculated values obtained.

The overall half-life in air under default conditions of hydroxyl radical concentration was calculated using the following expressions

kdegair(d-1) = kOH(cm3/molecule. sec) x OH Concair(molecules/cm3) x 24 x 3600

DT50(d) = ln 2/ kdegair(d-1)

Where:

kdegair= total rate constant for degradation in air

kOH= rate constant for reaction with hydroxyl radicals

OH Concair= concentration of hydroxyl radicals in air = 5 x 105OH molecules/ cm3

DT50= half-life

The results are given in table below:

Table4.1.2. Results of photodegradation in air calculations

Parameter

Result,

N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl]butylamine

Result,

3-(N-butylamino) propylsilanetriol

kOH(cm3/molecule. sec)

92.26E-12

100.123E-12

kdegair (d-1)

3.98

4.32

DT50(days)

0.17

0.16