Peracetic Acid (PAA) is an organic peroxide compound with the formula CH3CO3H. It is environmentally friendly as it hydrolyzes to acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide in water. It is a broad-spectrum biocide with a fast reaction time in minutes and leaves no harmful by-products.
Peracetic acid is a strong oxidant and disinfectant with oxidation potential higher than that of chlorine or chlorine dioxide. PAA is available in the form of equilibrium mixture which also contains hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid (vinegar) and water as shown by the following equation…