Hydrogen peroxide

The hydrogen peroxide, also known as oxygenated water, is a chemical widely used in the disinfection by air.

The following are the main features:

  • discovered in 1818 by Louis Jacque Thenard;
  • contains a combination of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms;
  • presents the chemical formula H2O2 and the following structural formula: H-O-O-H;
  • The bond between the two oxygen atoms, the so-called peroxide bond, is broken while two H-O radicals are formed;
  • widely used for disinfection, sterilization and antisepsis;
  • It is bactericidal, sporicidal, fungicidal, virucidal and is active on biofilms
  • it behaves as an oxidant by producing hydroxyl free radicals (OH) which attack essential cell components, including lipids, proteins, and DNA;
  • It is a clear, colorless liquid that is commercially available in a variety of concentrations ranging from 3 to 90%;
  • It is considered environmentally friendly, because it can rapidly degrade into the innocuous products, water and oxygen.
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Compatibility with the main materials

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Natural rubber
Neoprene
Butyl rubber
Nitrile rubber
Ethylenepropylene rubber
Endoscopic tubes
Polyethylene chlorosulfone
ABS
Polysulphone
Nylon
Polystyrene
Polypropylene
Polytetrafluoroethylene
Polyurethane
PVC
P.V.D.F (Polyvinylidene Fluoride)
Polycarbonate
P.M.M.A (polymethylmethacrylate)
Polybutylene-1
HDPE
Anodised aluminium
Type 62 62, 2011 Aluminium
Aluminium: alloys with minimum purity of 99.5%
classifications: 1060, 1260, 5254, 5652 or 6063
Stainless steel type 304, 304L, 316, 316L
Ni-Cr steel, 1.43301, 1.4401, 1.4571
Leather
Wood
Carton
Fitted carpet
Acrylic paint
Alkyd paint
Lacquers
Laboratory glassware
Ceramics Laboratory 
source: Ricerca bibliografica sui componenti del prodotto Evolyse - Università degli Studi di Cagliari - Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica ed Analitica