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TECHNOLOGY

What is Hydroxyl Radicals(OH)?
OH radical, a natural cleansing material, is made in two processes. The first takes place in the stratosphere where high temperatures, high UV energy, and high ozone work together. In this case, a high concentration of OH radicals is created and it disinfects various natural pollutants on earth.

Second, it occurs when vegetable oil (terpene) discharged from natural plants meets a little amount of ozone present in nature; this is one of the reasons why you feel refreshed in a forest.

OH radical is a natural purifying material, has a strong oxidation power, and purifies the atmosphere by itself. In the case of multicellular organisms, it is difficult for OH radicals to enter their systems due to the enzyme mechanism, and for this reason, it is harmless to the human body. The OH radical density in the general atmosphere is 200,000 - 8,000,000 pieces/cc.
OH Radical Technology of Wellis
Wellis Air Purifier is a 'Indoor Air Quality Solution' is completely different from the existing filter type air purifier. Wellis' natural air purification method was used as a military defense technology in Europe and has been commercialized in European hospitals since the 1990s. It is the world's only air sterilization technology that generates OH radicals by reacting a little amount of ozone (O3) with terpene oil in the cartridge.

전자공고
Oxidizing Agent Electrochemical
Oxidation
Potential. (EOP)V
EOP Relative to
Chlorine
Flourine. 3.06 2.25
Hydroxyl Radical 2.80 2.05
Oxygen(Atomic) 2.42 1.78
Ozone 2.08 1.52
Hydrogen Peroxide 1.78 1.30
Hypochlorite 1.49 1.10
Chlorine 1.36 1.00
Chlorine Dioxide 1.27 0.93
Oxygen(Molecular) 1.23 0.90

- Sources : University of Southern California]

OH Radical Technology of Wellis
A mechanism is required to successfully sterilize bacteria and viruses. The OH radicals are highly reactive, therefore they combine quickly with bacteria and viruses, and at the same time, they take away the H atoms and incapacitate them in the process of binding. Along with OH radicals, F (fluorine), O3 (ozone), and H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) have such reactions, but these possess toxic substances. On the other hand, OH radicals are harmless yet still have high reactivity. In the case of noxious gases such as VOC, OH radicals remove these gases through a series of reactions, whereas bacteria and viruses are neutralized through a single reaction. The oxidation reaction of OH radicals is 1 billion times faster and more than 13 times more effective than that of ozone.
The Mechanism of Disinfection
The OH radicals steal hydrogen (H) from proteins on the bacteria’s surface, breaking down the proteins. The combining of an OH radical with hydrogen (H) creates water (H2O), which returns to the air. Therefore, a key notion in this disinfection technology is creating naturally formed OH radicals artificially.