All About Ozone
Ozone (O3) is a naturally occurring gas. It is an unstable molecule made up of three oxygen atoms. In nature, ozone is made when lightning or ultraviolet rays split apart oxygen gas (O2) molecules high in the atmosphere. At the surface of the earth, ozone is usually unnoticeable at its normal concentration of 0.01-0.05 parts per million (ppm). You only become aware of ozone in the air at higher concentrations, such as after a thunderstorm—that fresh, clean, somewhat zingy smell.
O3 is the most reactive substance known, save only free fluoride ions. This high re-activity means that O3 doesn’t last long; it immediately transfers that pesky third oxygen atom to any organic compound it touches and returns to stable oxygen. In the process, that organic compound is oxidized—chemically changed, as in burned. This means that ozone instantly annihilates enzymes, microbial membranes and unpleasant taste- and odor-causing compounds. Ozone destroys on contact all known bacteria, virus, molds, spores, yeast, mildew, microscopic fungi and bio films (toughened colonies of microorganisms on surfaces).
Ozone kills microbes much faster than weaker oxidizers like chlorine. O3 will kill microbes up to 5,000 times faster. But unlike chlorine, O3 oxidation leaves no harmful or foul byproducts and the only residue is oxygen. Further, microorganisms can’t build up a tolerance to ozone as they can to less reactive chemicals like chlorine. Because it’s highly reactive and unstable, ozone doesn’t persist—any ozone not instantly consumed by contact oxidation of organics quickly reverts to oxygen.
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