Electrolyzed water generated using a circulating reactor


Ding, T., Xuan, X.T., Liu, D.H., Ye, X.Q., Shi, J., Warriner, K., Xue, S., Jones, C.L. (2015). Electrolyzed water generated using a circulating reactor. International Journal of Food Engineering, [online] 11(1), 79-84. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ijfe-2014-0217


Electrolyzed water offers several advantages over other sanitizers for sanitation of both food contact and non-contact surfaces. However, current electrolyzed water-generating process has low fluid output. To overcome such limitations, a circulating electrolyzed water-generating system has been developed in this study. The effects of NaCl/HCl concentration and electrolysis time were investigated. The free chlorine form (HClO and ClO-) of circulating electrolyzed water, and NaClO with the available chlorine concentrations of 50, 100, 200 mg/L were analyzed by using an ultraviolet spectrophotometer. The results show that the main chlorine form was HClO when the pH of solution was 6.44-6.53. The only ClO- in NaClO solutions when the pH of solution is 11.90. With the dilution of circulating electrolyzed water, the HClO concentration decreased while its proportion account for total available chlorine concentration increased (from 56.99% to 74.29%). The results indicated the potential application of diluted circulating electrolyzed water with high available chlorine concentration. The developed circulating electrolyzed water system in this study could be considered as a potential sanitizer due to its high stability, strong antimicrobial activity with high concentration of HClO and minimized equipment requirements for production.

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