Ozone is a naturally produced chemical and is generated at every occurrence of a lightning strike during a thunderstorm. It is nature’s way of cleaning the air and water, removing germs and other contaminants and ensures that pollutants do not reach excessive levels. You may notice the fresh, clean smell immediately after a thunderstorm- that is the effect of ozone produced. Ozone is also produced as a result of the sun’s ultra-violet rays striking our upper atmosphere producing the ozone layer. This layer acts as a shield, protecting us from harmful ultra-violet radiation.
Ozone is simply a gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is formed when oxygen is exposed to a high-energy field causing some oxygen molecules (O2) to break down to oxygen atoms (O). The oxygen atoms (O) then react with the oxygen molecules (O2) to form ozone (O3). Notice that this is a reversible reaction meaning that ozone can decompose back to oxygen.
Ozone (O3) is a powerful sanitizer that:
- Effectively deodorizes, disinfects and destroys fungi, mold, allergens and bacteria Is made up of three oxygen atoms and is readily found in nature
- Has long been used in water treatment, food sterilization and medical therapies for its remarkable anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties
- Rapidly oxidizes bacteria it comes in contact with, then converts safely back into Oxygen (O2)
Ozone is an extraordinary sanitizing agent that's economically produced and remarkably effective in applications involving oxidation, sanitation and disinfection.
Ozone is naturally formed in the environment from the interaction of UV light and lightning with atmospheric oxygen; commercially produced by passing air or oxygen through high voltage. It is also created as a by-product of human activities such as welding, copy equipment, high voltage equipment, and UV radiation.
As a gas, ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent and highly reactive. Ozone uses include air and water disinfection, microbial control (fungi, yeast, bacteria, etc.), bleaching, and as an oxidizing agent in manufacturing and waste disposal processes.
Ozone Solubility in Water (Saturation) Versus Temperature
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics