What You Need To Know About Ozone Sterilization

History of Ozone Sterilization

The first experiments and studies of ozone sterilization were conducted in Berlin by Von Siemens, who wrote a book about ozone application in water. Thanks to Von Siemens’s research, many other projects took place, one of which was conducted by the French chemist Marius Paul Otto. This chemist received a doctorate at the French University.

What is Ozone?

Ozone is a gas formed by molecules made of 3 oxygen atoms (O3) and has the characteristic of being a powerful oxidizing agent. Thanks to this property, it has proven to kill bacteria, fungi, molds, and inactivate viruses.

Does Ozone Sterilization work?

Ozone can be used to treat potentially contaminated surfaces such as water and ambient air thanks to its powerful germicidal effect on a broad spectrum of microorganisms. Recent reports show that ozone treatment could also be an excellent sterilization method for personal protective equipment (PPE) for both healthcare workers and patients for safe reuse in times of shortage.

Ozone devices, such as ozone generators, can reach every corner of the environment of a single room or a larger space, depending on the device, without leaving any poisonous residue. The effectiveness of Ozone in treating microorganisms, especially bacteria and viruses, is related to various factors, i.e., ozone concentration, the temperature of the environment, humidity of the environment, and exposure time.

How does Ozone Sanitize?

Ozone, being a gas, spreads into the environment, starting from its emission source and penetrating tissues. Thanks to its remarkable oxidizing capacity, ozone “destroys” the cells it attacks and eliminates bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi, and pathogenic and infectious agents.