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Please find below basic information about peracetic acid

Peracetic acid has outstanding disinfectant properties and acts as a potent antimicrobial agent, even at low concentration. Additionally, strong oxidative power, determine the chemical use of peracetic acid in industrial preparation of various important intermediate products.
The reason for the excellent and rapid antimicrobial effects of peracetic acid is the specific capability to penetrate through the cell membrane. In the cell, peracetic acid irreversibly disrupts the enzyme system, which in turn leads to destruction of the microorganism. It is effective against bacteria, yeasts, molds and virus. Our products have shown superior disinfectant properties in relevant efficacy tests. Nowadays, products based on peracetic acid are used as highly effective biocides in a wide range of applications.
For chemical applications peracetic acid is frequently used for the synthesis of organic S-oxides in the pharmaceutical industry and in the manufacture of cephalosporins-antibiotics from penicilinis. Peracetic acid is also used in a wide range of other oxidation reactions.

TECHNICAL DATA

CAS number
79-21-0
CAS name
Peracetic acid 

Formula

C2H4O3

Markets 
Agriculture
Environment & Utilities
Food, Feed & Beverages
Personal Care
Pharma & Healthcare
Plastics
Pulp, Paper & Packaging
Effects

Bleaching agent
Disinfectant
Oxidizer

EINECS
201-186-8
REACH

pregistered

TSCA
8 (b)
Status

Biocidal product according 98/8/EC

Code / Product Brands

PERACLEAN®
SPECTRUM®
BLITZ®
VIGOROX®
OXYPURE®

Synonyms

PERACETIC ACID
PEROXYETHANOIC ACID
ACETYL HYDROPEROXIDE
ETHANEPEROXOIC ACID
PEROXYACETIC ACID
PAA
PERACETICACID

Molecular weight
76.05 g/mol
Purity
0.4 - 40 %
Delivery form
can, drum, tote, bulk
Comments
Peracetic acid is an equilibrium mixture of peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid and water. Various grades are available.