How does ozone work ? June 27 2017, 0 Comments

How Does Ozone Work? – A2Z Ozone, Inc.

What is it?

  1. Simply speaking, ozone is just another form of the oxygen that we breathe every day. However, instead of two atoms, ozone possesses an unstable third oxygen atom. This extra atom can oxidize any organic material, making ozone one of the most powerful oxidants in the world. Because of its oxidizing power, ozone is frequently used to eliminate contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and odors.

Ozone (trioxygen, O3) molecule, chemical structure..



How is it Produced?

Ozone can be produced both naturally and scientifically. In nature, ozone is created when ultraviolet rays from the sun split oxygen (O2) molecules into two unstable atoms: O2 and O1. The loose O1 atoms that is being oxidized then bonds with other oxygen (O2) molecules to form ozone (O3). Another natural way ozone is formed is through the high energy contained within electrical discharges. Have you ever noticed the clean, sweet smell after a thunderstorm? That refreshing smell is the result of ozone that is produced by the electrical discharges from lightning.  In additional to its natural occurrences, ozone can also be reproduced scientifically in controlled quantities through corona discharge. By applying high voltage to a metallic grid sandwiched between two dielectrics, ozone generators can produce safe amounts of ozone that can be used to eliminate contaminants.



How Does It Work?

As mentioned, ozone contains a highly unstable third oxygen atom. When ozone gas is introduced to an environment with any organic contaminants, it gives off its third oxygen atom to oxidize them. This atom attaches to the contaminants and eliminates everything in the air, leaving only oxygen molecules. This is the major reason why ozone is preferred as an oxidant to other chemicals, because it does not leave any type of residual chemical. The only byproduct of ozone oxidation is clean, fresh air!