SCHÖNBEIN's discovery of ozone dates back to 1840. The first generator was manufactured by VON SIEMENS in Berlin.
For 30 years, ozone applications have been steadily advancing since the discovery of trihalomethane (THM) as a harmful by-product of chlorine disinfection. Not to mention the highlighting of organic micropollutants in surface water.
Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein envelope into the nucleic acid core, where it damages viral RNA. At certain concentrations, ozone destroys the outer protein envelope of the virus, which affects the structures of the DNA or RNA.
Ozone, registered as a biocide N° CAS 1028-15-6 at INRS, is recognized for its oxidizing power like chlorine. It destroys the cell wall of the microorganism, causing the cellular components to leak outside the cell. Ozone causes the protoplasmic destruction of the cell, damaging the nucleic acid constituents, and breaks the carbon-nitrogen bonds, leading to depolymerization. In the process, ozone divides into oxygen and an ozone atom, which is lost in the reaction with the microorganism's cell fluids.
Ozone is formed naturally in the atmosphere by photochemical reaction, either by solar radiation (UV) or by lightning. Our industrial processes use electrical discharge generators.
Once generated, ozone can be used in aqueous or gaseous form, depending on the application.
water + air + surfaces
The specific use of ozone therefore extends to the treatment of water, indoor atmospheres, surfaces and in the cleaning of equipment requiring food or contact safety.