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Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2018, 6(1), 15-22
DOI: 10.12691/aees-6-1-3
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Mass Spectrometric Detection and Reductive Degradation of the Anti-cancer Drugs Ifosfamide and Cyclophosphamide

C. Laauser1, G. Habekost2 and A. Habekost1,

1Ludwigsburg University of Education, Department of Chemistry, Reuteallee 46, D-71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany

2University of Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Germany

Pub. Date: January 17, 2018

Cite this paper:
C. Laauser, G. Habekost and A. Habekost. Mass Spectrometric Detection and Reductive Degradation of the Anti-cancer Drugs Ifosfamide and Cyclophosphamide. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2018; 6(1):15-22. doi: 10.12691/aees-6-1-3


A flow tube reactor containing iron or zinc powder in a nitrogen atmosphere is capable of performing >90% anaerobic reductive dehalogenation of the cancer drugs ifosfamide and cyclophosphamide at 400 °C using toluene, alcohol or water as proton donors and iron or zinc as reducing agents. The products are all chlorine-free, as proven by GC-MS. The process is particularly interesting for large-scale industrial applications.

reductive dehalogenation anti-cancer drugs mass spectrometry

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