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DDT: participation in ultraviolet-detectable, charge-transfer complexation.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Volume
171
Issue
3967
Pages
180–182
Identifiers
PMID: 5538828
Source
Medline

Abstract

The chlorophenyl groups of DDT and several of its metabolites are capable of participating in a charge-transfer interaction with tetracyanoethylene detectable in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum. In addition, during a change of state DDT undergoes ultraviolet spectral alterations that closely resemble those previously claimed to support the hypothesis suggesting charge-transfer interaction between this pesticide and a component of insect nerve tissue. The pesticide DDT possesses structural characteristics that would permit it to participate in several types of molecular association.

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