Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Saul I. Kreps


Previous work reported in literature, indicates that commercial sunscreen compounds were subject to breakdown on exposure to ultraviolet radiation with consequent change in their functional efficiencies.

These findings ware retested under conditions more closely approximating actual usage.

A new method of evaluation which closely correlates to actual experience in large scale usage, was applied. This method provides, from simple spectral data, a reliable index of physiological efficiency of the sunscreen compound. As a result, twelve commercial sunscreen compounds were exposed to ultraviolet radiation for varying periods. Analysis indicated that, contrary to the previous reports, no significant Changes in physiological efficiency occurred.



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