Publication of a report on PFOS substitution in surface treatment

Edited on 05/16/2022
The German Environment Agency (Umwelt Bundesamt, UBA) has published a report describing the best available techniques in Germany for phasing out the use of PFOS for chromium plating of metals and plastics and for etching of plastics

PFOS is used as mist suppressant agent in the surface treatment industry for several applications: functional and decorative chrome plating of metals, etching and chrome plating of plastics.

Chemical and physical alternatives to PFOS (existing and under development) for these surface treatments are detailed in a report published by the German Federal Environmental Agency (Umwelt Bundesamt, UBA). Potential barriers to switching to these alternatives are also described in the report.

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