25 Jun What is Bromine?
Bromine is chemical element found in the form of inorganic compounds, and in natural organo-bromine compounds in soils, salts, air and seawater. Brominated compounds are mainly used in fire safety. Bromine based flame retardants (BFRs) are naturally resistant to ignition and make furniture and plastics less combustive. Since its discovery, bromine and its compounds have also been used in the manufacturing of high performing products used for water treatment, reduction of mercury emissions, oil drilling, energy storage and generation, manufacture of durable rubber, production of pharmaceuticals, and as catalysts for plastic (PTA).
BFRs contain many different types of chemicals, with widely differing molecular structures, physicochemical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties and chemistries (additives, reactive, polymeric). They also differ from a function/technical perspective depending on the intended material or product application.