Sunscreens as a source of hydrogen peroxide production in coastal waters.

@article{SnchezQuiles2014SunscreensAA,
  title={Sunscreens as a source of hydrogen peroxide production in coastal waters.},
  author={David S{\'a}nchez-Quiles and Antonio Tovar-S{\'a}nchez},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2014},
  volume={48 16},
  pages={
          9037-42
        }
}
Sunscreens have been shown to give the most effective protection for human skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Chemicals from sunscreens (i.e., UV filters) accumulate in the sea and have toxic effects on marine organisms. In this report, we demonstrate that photoexcitation of inorganic UV filters (i.e., TiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles) under solar radiation produces significant amounts of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a strong oxidizing agent that generates high levels of stress on marine… CONTINUE READING
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