Decreased Stability of Bisphenol A by Photosensitization

감광제 광산화에 의한 Bisphenol A 안정성 감소

  • Park, Chan-Uk (Department of Food Science and Technology, Seoul National University of Technology) ;
  • Lee, Jae-Hwan (Department of Food Science and Technology, Seoul National University of Technology)
  • 박찬억 (서울산업대학교 식품공학과) ;
  • 이재환 (서울산업대학교 식품공학과)
  • Received : 2009.11.04
  • Accepted : 2009.12.19
  • Published : 2010.06.30


Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor frequently used in food containers, including epoxy resin and polycarbonates. BPA concentrations were monitored by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) under photosensitization of riboflavin (RF), methylene blue (MB), rose bengal (RB), or titanium dioxide ($TiO_2$) and the involvement of singlet oxygen was determined using sodium azide ($NaN_3$). The stability of BPA decreased significantly in the order of RF, RB, and MB photosensitization (p<0.05), while the concentration of BPA in samples with $TiO_2$ was not significantly different from that of control samples without photosensitizers under light (p>0.05). The stability of BPA decreased in an MB concentration-dependent manner and increased as the concentration of added $NaN_3$ increased, implying that singlet oxygen was involved in the photodegradation of BPA during MB photosensitization. The results of this study may help control the BPA content in foods or the environments using photosensitized oxidation and visible light irradiation.


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