Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 16(4), 365 (2000).

The Efficiency of Disinfection of Acidic Electrolyzed Water in the Presence of Organic Materials
Toshihiro OOMORI, Takumi OKA, Tooru INUTA, and Yoji ARATA
Water Research Institute, Sengen 2-1-6, Tsukuba 305-0047, Japan
Acidic electrolyzed water (acidic EW), which is prepared by the electrolysis of an aqueous NaCl solution, has recently become of great importance for disinfection in a variety of fields, including medicine, the food industry and agriculture. In a previous paper we showed that: 1) acidic EW is a mixture of hypocholorite ion, hypochlorous acid and chlorine, depending upon the pH; 2) hypochlorous acid is primarily responsible for disinfection in the case of Escherichia coli K12 and Bacillus subtilis PCI219, both in clean culture media. In practice, however, the use of acidic EW is in many casesseverely hampered due to the presence of a variety of non-selective reducing agents. In view of the salient nature of acidic EW, it is therefore strongly urged to establish an optimum way to use acidic EW in a variety of systems. The present paper is the first report on our attempt along this line in order to characterize the nature of the chemical changes that the bactericidal activity of the acidic EW deteriorates in the presence of organic materials, which include amino acidsand proteins.