Similar term(s): TBT.
The tributyltin compounds are a subgroup of the trialkyl organotin family of
compounds. They are the main active ingredients in biocides used to control a
broad spectrum of organisms. Uses include wood treatment and preservation,
antifouling of boats (in marine paints), antifungal action in textiles and
industrial water systems, such as cooling tower and refrigeration water systems,
wood pulp and paper mill systems, and breweries. It is also used for control of
shistosomiasis in various parts of the world. Tributyltin compounds are present
in varying proportions in commercial products; ready-to-use wood preservatives
typically contain as little as 0.3% TBT, but some products used only in
manufacturing may contain as much as 48%.
Español: Tributil estaño