Chlorine in Food
Chlorine chemistry helps grow and keep our food safe
Chlorine chemistry in the form of bleach solutions provides an effective way to help make restaurant and home kitchens safe for food preparation by destroying foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli (read more about chlorine benefits in water here). But even before food gets to the kitchen, crop protectants produced using chlorine chemistry help control pests so crops can thrive.
Chlorine chemistry: Hard at work in food applications
Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, food and food-contact surface sanitizers
Chlorine chemistry up close
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Chlorine In The News
November 20, 2019
A new gel based on cellulose – which is derived using sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), a co-product of chlorine in the chlor-alkali process – holds promise as a carrier for flame retardants in wildfire-prone areas
Indoor light-activated titanium dioxide coating – made using chlorine chemistry – has antimicrobial properties
May 22, 2019
High-touch hospital surfaces such as doorknobs and faucet handles “are the secret network germs use to spread infections in hospitals. A new coating for stainless steel could stop them in their tracks,” suggests a new study.
April 5, 2019
Avoiding detection by thermal cameras, known as infrared stealth, is vital for the military. Yet, effectively hiding targets is a major challenge, since neither camouflage nor darkness can hide heat-releasing objects from thermal cameras. Kevlar® – made using chlorine chemistry – has been used in a strong, lightweight and foldable cloak that can make objects invisible to infrared cameras.
December 14, 2018
A new, highly conductive nanomaterial has been developed by a team at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Department of Mechanical Engineering. The novel nanostructure, made by inserting carbon nanotubes and graphene into a titanium dioxide (TiO2), composite nanofiber, results in “superb conductivity.”
Combined Chlorine-based and UV Radiation method holds promise in treatment of wastewater for potable reuse
August 31, 2018
Purdue University researchers have developed an innovative method to detoxify water – using chlorine and UV radiation – offering new hope for water-stressed areas and helping enable greater reuse of wastewater.
August 8, 2018
Liquid bandages, found in most drug stores, offer an alternative to conventional bandages to protect minor wounds from infection, writes TheHealthAisle.ca.
June 7, 2018
The chlorine-based antibacterial compound, triclosan, has potential to combat life-threatening infections in people with diseases such as cystic fibrosis when combined with a tobramycin, an antibiotic, according to a paper in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (June 2018).
April 6, 2018
Hypochlorous acid, the active ingredient in chlorine bleach is the main ingredient in a toxic cocktail produced by the human immune system to destroy bacteria, according to a new study by researchers from two German universities, published in eLife journal.
Nanomaterials use chlorine chemistry to improve solar power plants, camera and virtual reality optics
March 8, 2018
In two recent developments, titanium dioxide is driving advances in solar power generation and cameras and optical devices for virtual and augmented reality.
January 24, 2018
Cisplatin, a chlorine-containing anticancer therapy, is highly effective at combating testicular cancer, notes an American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) article (November 16).
October 27, 2017
PVC is used in a prize-winning head and neck support system for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a rare group of degenerative neurological diseases that affect the brain and spinal cord.
August 18, 2017
A new electric car will charge up using solar panels – made using chlorine chemistry – in its bodywork.