Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

Business.com / Industry / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Oxidizing chemicals and reducing agents have a wide range of uses from food preparation to medical research. A general definition of ...

Oxidizing chemicals and reducing agents have a wide range of uses from food preparation to medical research. A general definition of an oxidizing agent is a chemical in which one of the elements has gained an electron. For example, a fire is fueled by organic material mixed with oxygen as the oxidizing agent. Common oxidizing agents include peroxides, chlorates, perchlorates, nitrates, and permanganates.

Chemical reducing agents are generally defined as any chemical in which one of the elements loses an electron. Hydrocarbons and their derivatives which are alcohols, greases, oils and organic acids, metals and many metal salts, ammonia and ammonium salts and carbons can each be considered a common reducing agent. Extreme reactions or even explosions can occur when oxidizing or reducing agents are combined.

There are three main applications for oxidizing and reducing agents:

  1. An oxidizing reducing agent for use in a bakery
  2. A high potential reducing agent for industrial applications
  3. Oxidizing and reducing agents for laboratory or medical research use

Find suppliers of oxidizing agents within the food industry

Dough conditioners are used in the baking industry to improve yeast growth, decrease the amount of time required for dough to rise and increase malleability of the dough for machine use. The ingredients include oxidizing and reducing agents, emulsifiers, and enzymes.

Supply your industrial firm with metal reducing agents or oxidizing chemicals

Oxidizing and reducing agents are used in many different types of industrial processes. Some suppliers specialize in the production directed towards a specific market, others offer a full range of chemicals and services to industry in general.

Locate suppliers to furnish your medical research firm with oxidizing and reducing agents

If you specialize in a specific medical research field, you'll want to focus your search for a supplier who gears their product towards that same field. On the other hand, if your lab simply uses chemicals to perform medical testing for doctors to relay to patients, a general medical chemical supplier should suit your needs.
  • Incompatible oxidizing and reducing agents should never be mixed or even stored together. For example, a common household mistake is mixing ammonia with bleach which results in the production of toxic chloramines. In this chemical reaction, ammonia is the reducing agent and bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is the oxidizing agent.

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