This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. The overarching goal of the proposed research is to determine the mechanisms of photodegradation of the natural estrogens and the effect of solvent environment on that photodegradation. Steady-state and time resolved spectroscopy and computational chemistry will be used to elucidate the photochemistry and the underlying photophysics of the estrogens. Natural estrogens are potent endocrine disruptors in surface waters, and are known to photodegrade naturally, but the mechanisms are poorly understood. Understanding how they are photodegraded in the environment may also lead to better removal strategies for the estrogens in the waste stream. The effects of solvent on the excited states of estrogens will first be determined by steady-state spectroscopy and computational chemistry. The time-dependent population of these excited states will then be determined by time-resolved spectroscopy, with guidance from computation of the excited state properties. Finally, the solvent and wavelength depedence of the photodegradation will be carried out, with product assignments being guided by infrared spectroscopy and computational modeling of likely product structures. Determining how solvent and excitation wavelength affect the population of the estrogen excited states that lead to photochemistry will allow better modeling of photodegradation in surface waters and may lead to more efficient removal strategies for the estrogens in municipal waste streams.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
5P20RR016481-11
Application #
8360120
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-4 (01))
Project Start
2011-05-01
Project End
2012-04-30
Budget Start
2011-05-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
11
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$33,223
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Louisville
Department
Anatomy/Cell Biology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
057588857
City
Louisville
State
KY
Country
United States
Zip Code
40292
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