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Ionization and Ozone Emission

  1. Apr 10, 2009 #1

    So I'm preparing to run an experiment involving Ionization. Unfortunately during my research, I've found out that when air is ionized (much like a lightning strike) it produces ozone. I learned that ozone molecules are unstable and usually dissipate back into O2 molecules in about 20 minutes, depending on temperature. Is there anything else I should know? I'm trying to do more research but detailed information is proving a challenge to find.

    [Edit] Oh, and I also know about the respiratory problems it can cause, and that if it is created in an environment of a high temperature, it can explode because it is so unstable. But additional info would be greatly appreciated
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
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  3. Apr 10, 2009 #2

    Dale

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    Ozone can really aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2009 #3
    Ozone also has a weird smell, you'll know when you make it.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2009 #4

    Lok

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    The smell is the one you feel near a working photocopier (xerox) as it basically produces ozone.
    It can explode although not a very powerful explosion, because it can expand it's volume only about 3 times in laboratory condistions (not much chance of that). It is much more flamable than oxygen and more reacting. So it might oxidize some metals that are considered stainless.
     
  6. Apr 11, 2009 #5

    Dale

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  7. Apr 12, 2009 #6

    Borek

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    This is half life most likely.
     
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