Hydrogen peroxide

CAS RN: 7722-84-1

Major Uses

Anti-Infective Agents, Local; Oxidants
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Environmentally friendly oxidant. Bleaching agent in foods, textiles, and personal care products; oxidant in wastewater treatment. Catalyst. Used in analytical chemistry for trace metal analysis. A 90% solution is used in rocket propulsion.
Hydrogen peroxide is used in the manufacture of acetone, antichlor, antiseptics, benzoyl peroxide, buttons, disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, felt hats, plastic foam, rocket fuel, sponge rubber and pesticides. It is also used in bleaching bone, feathers, flour, fruit, fur, gelatin, glue, hair, ivory, silk, soap, straw, textiles, was, and wood pulp, and as an oxygen source in respiratory protective equipment.
Bleaching and deodorizing of textiles, wood pulp, hair, fur, etc.; source of organic and inorganic peroxides; pulp and paper industry; plasticizers; rocket fuel; foam rubber; manufacture of glycerol; antichlor; dyeing; electroplating; antiseptic; laboratory reagent; epoxidation, hydroxylation, oxidation, and reduction; viscosity control for starch and cellulose derivatives; refining and cleaning metals; bleaching and oxidizing agent in foods; neutralizing agent in wine distillation; seed disinfectant; substitute for chlorine in water and sewage treatment.
Removal of organic compounds from wastewater by chemical oxidation with ozone or hydrogen peroxide.
Medication
Sulfuric acid solns of hydrogen peroxide are used for the pickling and chemical polishing of copper, brass, and other copper alloys, as well as for etching and cleaning printed circuit boards.
Highly purified hydrogen peroxide is used in wet chemical processes during the manufacture of silicon semiconductor devices to clean silicon wafers and to remove photoresist layers. It is also used for insitu leaching in underground uranium mining.
Hydrogen peroxide is increasingly used in environmental protection to detoxify effluents containing formaldehyde, phenols, or cyanide (e.g., wastewater from mines and tempering works, galvanizer concentrate, photochemical effluents), and to deodorize sulfur-containing effluents. Smoke and exhaust gases containing sulfur dioxide and even dioxins can be completely detoxified with hydrogen peroxide.
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