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Mixed oxidant

Mixed oxidant solution is a kind of Disinfection which is used for disinfecting, sterilization and eliminating pathogenic microorganisms in water and in many other applications. Using Mixed oxidant solution for water disinfection, compared to other methods, such as sodium hypochlorite, Calcium hypochlorite, chlorine gas and ozonation has various benefits such as higher disinfecting power, stable residual chlorine in water, improved taste and odor, elimination of biofilm and safety. Mixed oxidant solution is produced from electrolysis of sodium chloride brine (sodium chloride) and it’s a mixture of disinfecting compounds. The main component of this product is chlorine and its derivatives (ClO, HClO and Cl2 solution). It also contains high amounts of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) solution, dissolved ozone, hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) and oxygen. This is the reason for calling this solution mixed oxidant.



Mixed oxidant solution is produced by electrolysis on site. The concentration of disinfectant output is proportional to the concentration of salt in the input, voltage, temperature, current and electrolysis time. A mixed oxidant solution production system contains corrosion-resistant electrodes or dimensionally-stable anodes (DSA) and is made so that different voltages for electrolysis are applied simultaneously to different parts. In this way, different reactions occur at the anode and cathode poles, and therefore, various oxidizing substances are produced.

In this process, the chloride ions at the anode are converted to chlorine gas. After reducing the concentration of chloride ions, in the presence of ClO and Cl2 (aq) compounds in the solution and applying the required condition, ClO2 is produced and the final solution is stored.

For generating ozone, first the conditions for water electrolysis reactions must be provided. In this case, the following half reactions take place, and hydrogen gas is produced at the cathode and oxygen gas at the anode. By increasing the voltage, the anode half reaction is changed and ozone is produced.

These phenomena can be effected from other principles and applied conditions in electrolysis. In this process and during the production of ozone, a penetrating smell of ozone in the region of the reactor outlet is clear. By continuing this process and maintaining stable conditions, production of ozone can be continued up to the maximum dissolution of ozone in water. The solubility of ozone in 20˚C water is 570 mg per liter and 1050 mg per liter in water at zero degree Celsius. In the next stage, with little change in reaction conditions and the voltage and potential level, hydrogen peroxide is produced. It should be noted that for producing ozone and hydrogen peroxide, there are different half reactions with different levels of reduction potential and in practice each of them may occur.

Imposing various conditions, including changes in voltage, current, concentration, pH, temperature, flow and pressure will relatively change the standard reduction potential and as a result, the tendency of reactions of various substances. However, the extent of the electrodes in the reactor, creating multiple layers of electrolyte and unequal conditions on the electrodes surfaces, will cause major changes in the standard modes of the half reactions.

Production Cell

The basis of the Mixed oxidants production cell is electrolysis of a water solution of sodium chloride. In the process anions and cations move toward the anode and cathode respectively and related reactions are carried out. For producing a Mixed oxidants solution, different types of electrolysis cell such as a membrane cell and a membraneless cell (unipolar and bipolar) are used. The following description is given for each of these cells.

Membrane cell

This cell consists of anode and cathode electrodes with an ion exchange membrane between them. This membrane lets cations pass through it and leads them to the cathode. This cell has two inputs and two outputs for water. One pair of them is located at the cathode side and the other pair is located at the anode side.

There are membrane cells with different membrane models. In some of them an ion exchange membrane is used which is able to move the cations and anions from one side to the other side. In this type of cell brine solution enters from one side and water from the other side.

The half reaction in the cathode chamber is as follows:

2NaCl + 2H2O + 2e→ 2NaOH + 2Cl+ H2

At the anode side, part of the chloride ions are oxidized and dissolved in the passing water in the forms of Cl2, HOCl and small amounts of ClO2. Also, due to the electrolysis of water, small amounts of O3 and O2 are produced at the anode side. The main half reaction at the anode side is:

2Cl→ 2e+ Cl2 Cl+ H2O → HClO + H++ 2e

Chlorine and its compounds have been dissolved in the water passing through the anode chamber and by injecting the required amount of this solution into water, it can be disinfected. It should be noted that the output solution of the anode chamber in the membrane reactors is acidic and its pH is about 2-3. For this type of electrolysis cell, fixed titanium electrodes can be used to ensure no corrosion at the anode side. In order to increase the efficiency and enhance capacity, several membrane cells can be used in parallel.

Membraneless cell

The structure of the cell without a membrane is similar to a membrane cell, except that it has one brine solution input and one output for the products. In this case, the anode and cathode products are mixed and go to the cell output. Since the pH of the produced solution is about 8 to 9, using this solution for disinfection may increase the pH; that can be reduced by adding acid. This type of cell can be unipolar or bipolar. The structure of the Cell is described below.

Types of cell connections

Electrolysis cells with more than one anode and cathode pair have two types of arrangement, including both unipolar and bipolar.

Unipolar arrangement: in this case the cells are arranged in parallel and therefore have the same potential difference between the anode-cathode pair. The total current flow is equal to the sum of each pair current and the voltage is equal to one pair’s voltage. In this case the whole system voltage is low and its current is high.

Bipolar arrangement: In this case, the cells are connected in series. In industry, bipolar ordering is done in various ways. In one case central electrodes on one side act as the anode and on the other side act as the cathode. In other cases, part of the electrode plate on both sides is the anode and the other part is the cathode.

Advantages of Mixed oxidant solution compared to other disinfecting methods

Application of Mixed oxidant solution for disinfecting water has several advantages compared to other methods, such as sodium hypochlorite and Calcium hypochlorite. Disinfecting effect of Mixed oxidant is higher than other methods such as chlorination and in comparison to other methods such as ozonation and using ultraviolet ray, contains residual chlorine in the water. Moreover, it is much safer and cause fewer risks. A summary of the comparison between the disinfection methods is provided in the table below.

Also In the next table effectiveness of Mixed oxidant and Bleach in terms of deactivating bacteria and Viruses has been compared. In almost all cases Mixed oxidant is a more effective solution.

Comparison of the membrane cell and membraneless cell

Mixed oxidant production cell, generally works either with or without membrane. Each of these structures has advantages and disadvantages that should be considered. The membraneless cell output, contains sodium ions which increases the pH, therefore it affects the composition of the output products. To keep the pH in the neutral range, the required amount of hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid must be added to the disinfected water. It should be noted that in this kind of cells, the main product is sodium hypochlorite. One the other hand in cells with membrane, the anode output (anolyte) is acidic and the cathode output (catholyte) is basic. The anolyte (acidic solution) contains more than four kinds of oxidants, that can make disinfecting more effective. However, in some cases alkaline solution can be added to neutralize the disinfected water. The output components of this two different cells is different which are compared in table below.

It should be noted that in PH higher than 5 most of the hypochlorous acid turn into hypochlorite ion which is a weaker oxidant compared to hypochlorous acid. Moreover, in a membrane cell other powerful oxidants such as ozone, chlorine dioxide and hydrogen peroxide can be produced which are very effective for killing bacteria and omitting biofilms in water distribution system and containers.

Today, membrane cell systems are one of the most promising and fast-developing techniques for producing Chlor-alkali and it will undoubtedly replace other techniques. This can be deduced from the fact that since 1987 practically all new Chlor-alkali plants world-wide, apply the membrane system. However, due to the long lifetime and high replacement costs, replacing the existing mercury and diaphragm cells, with membrane cells is taking place at a very slow rate. Right now in most developed countries by understanding the advantages of membrane systems, manufacturing technology have changed in this direction. MIOX is one of these companies which has been developed this technology in more than 40 countries and has widely taken advantages of it.


Mixed Oxidant Solution for water treatment, improves safety, lowers general corrosion rates, increases performance, and saves money. Mixed oxidant solution is more effective than bleach and can be used for a variety of applications. Some of these applications are cited below.

Cooling water treatment: Mixed Oxidant Solution for industrial cooling water treatment and disinfection improves safety and thermal efficiency, lowers general corrosion rates, increases performance, and saves money. Resulting in a reduction of downtime, maintenance, and expense. Additionally improve workplace safety by eliminating the handling and storage of hazardous chemicals while maintaining steady microbiological control.

Industrial process water and wastewater treatment: Mixed Oxidant is the lowest cost supplier of chlorine for disinfection and oxidation of process water and wastewater prior to discharge. Mixed Oxidant Solution chemistry is more effective at biofilm control, Biochemical and Chemical oxygen demand removal, breakpoint chlorination of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide removal.

Cooling tower water treatment: Mixed Oxidant delivers smarter cooling tower water treatment solutions to improve cooling tower efficiency and safety, all at a lower cost than conventional biocide treatment methods For legionella prevention, biofilm removal, and inactivation of other performance-inhibiting waterborne organisms.

Aquatics: Mixed Oxidant Solution for swimming pool water disinfection improves safety, increases performance, reduces maintenance time, and lowers operating costs. With minimal maintenance. It eliminates the harsh qualities of traditional chlorine treatment to create a noticeably improved swimming experience.

Drinking water & beverage facilities: Multi Oxidant is a proven disinfectant for improving the quality and safety of drinking water with significant economic savings. For providing clean, safe drinking water ranges from rural communities to large cities. Also providing clean, safe water at food and beverage facilities. It's Ideally suited for carbonated soft drinks bottling, Brewing, Dairy Farms and Dairy and Food Processing applications.

Municipal wastewater: As one of the world's most precious natural resources, the reuse of water is becoming increasingly important. Mixed Oxidant is both the most cost-effective solution and the preferred technology for disinfection and oxidation of wastewater for reuse or reintroduction into the environment eliminating many of the negative problems associated with traditional chlorine disinfection.

Farm applications: such as Livestock Watering, Drinking Water Disinfection, Dairy, Milking Operations, Pre- and Post-Teat Dip, CIP Sanitizer, Poultry Cooling & Humidification Pad Treatment, Irrigation & Drip Line Cleaning, Iron and Manganese Removal from Water Supply.

Oil & Gas water management: Enhanced Oil Recovery almost always involves some kind of water treatment processes. The water treatment technology in the oil and gas industry include disinfection treatment for produced water, frac water, disposal well sites, enhanced oil recovery, and hydrogen sulfide removal.


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