The efficacy of chlorine dioxide as an aggressive oxidizing agent capable of destroying a wide range of compounds, including microorganisms and sulfur compounds, is well documented. CDG Environmental has focused its efforts on making this difficult-to-handle molecule available to users through a simple production device and as a pure dilute solution.
The analytical chemistry of chlorine dioxide, especially in solution, is complicated by chlorine dioxide’s volatility, by its sensitivity to light and instability over time, and by interference from related redox species. Various analytical methods are in use, or have been proposed, with varying degrees of success.
Chlorine dioxide is a relatively small, volatile and highly energetic molecule. Chlorine dioxide is never transported as a compressed gas because of its instability; rather, it is typically generated as needed, at the point of use. Before CDG invented Solution 3000 the literature stated that chlorine dioxide could not be shipped or stored of any extended periods of time.
Chlorine dioxide is an extremely effective disinfectant, which rapidly inactivates bacteria, viruses parasites such as Giardia and to some extent, even the highly resistant encysted parasite Cryptosporidium. Chlorine dioxide’s combination of power and selectivity enable it to penetrate biofilms and destroy the resident microorganisms.
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