Highly concentrated, high-purity hydrogen peroxide is used as a rocket fuel and as an oxidizer for turbo pumps in propellant pumps.
In aseptic food packaging, hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid offer an excellent sterility assurance level that meet the safety needs for food and beverage packaging materials.
Cosmetics and Personal Care
High purity and cosmetic grade hydrogen peroxide is used as antibacterial agent in cosmetic creams and emulsions or to improve teeth whitening. Persulfates are ideal oxidizing agents for hair coloring and bleaching. Food grade calcium peroxide is used for teeth bleaching.
Hydrogen peroxide is used for the pickling of metal surfaces as well as for the cleaning of silicon discs in the production of printed circuit boards. The oxidation power of persulfates allows ideal cleaning and microetching of a wide variety of printed circuit board substrates.
Peroxides act as oxidizing agents in water and wastewater treatment processes and in air pollution control. Hydrogen peroxide and persulfates are used to remove contaminants from soil and groundwater.
Fruit and Vegetable Processing
Biocides based on peracetic acid are used for disinfection in the food industry, in water systems and in institutional and industrial cleaning of food contact surfaces and beverage plant equipment. They act against pathogens like staphyloccus, E.coli, salmonella, and listeria.
In the mining industry, hydrogen peroxide is used as an oxidizer that removes the remaining cyanides from waste streams. In gold mining, it promotes deeper leaching. To achieve economic uranium recovery, oxidation with hydrogen peroxide to the much more soluble hexavalent state is of great importance.
Pharmaceuticals and Health Care
Hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid are used for dental and wound disinfection, hand and surface disinfection, decontamination of medical instruments, as a chemisterilizing agent, for the treatment of contact lenses and as active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Peracetic acid reduces pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and E.coli in poultry parts, carcasses and organs, raw and ready-to-eat products and is effective against bacterial contamination in poultry processing waters.
Textile and Laundry
Hydrogen peroxide is the bleaching agent for the treatment of natural and synthetic fibers. Peracetic acid is used for chemothermal disinfection of laundry.