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Oxidizing properties (solids)

A substance with oxidizing properties may, when brought into contact with chemically oxidizable organic or inorganic substances, bring about dangerous reactions causing fire, explosion, or the formation of other hazardous substances. Oxidizing properties are not just related to the presence of oxygen in the molecular structure, but to its potential for acting more generally as an oxidant in an oxidation ? reduction reaction. In many cases, specific tests are not necessary to determine whether or not it is oxidizing; examination of its structural formula may provide predictive information. Organic peroxides, for instance, are generally considered as oxidizing, even in the absence of test results. The only doubt is whether they should also be considered as explosive; for this, experimental evidence is needed.


  • Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

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