Halocarbons undergo catalytic destruction and mineralization with silver and gold nanoparticles in solution forming metal halides and amorphous carbon. The reaction, studied for several halocarbons and one chlorofluorocarbon, is efficient and complete destruction occurs within several hours at room temperature. The methodology can be applied for detection, destruction and removal of halocarbons with complete recovery of the products, implying possible applications.
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