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Production of Ferrate(VI) One Step Closer to Reality
February 5, 2008

Battelle and Ferratec, LLC, recently announced what could be an historical agreement that may finally result in a commercially viable means to produce potassium ferrate(VI). Under the terms of the agreement, Battelle and Ferratec will conduct a scalability review to determine preliminary output levels for this highly anticipated and powerful oxidant.

Battelle’s recent and award winning Ferrate(VI) Production Process has made this breakthrough possible with the discovery of a new chemical process to produce ferrate. Using inexpensive and readily available raw materials, Battelle’s process is based on fundamental electrochemical, general chemistry, and engineering economic principles. While current technologies have only been able to produce minimal amounts of ferrate with purity rates reaching only 35%, Battelle has made strides in this field by producing ferrate at a purity exceeding 95%.

One of ferrate’s greatest potential uses lies within water treatment. Unlike traditional chlorine or permanganate reagents, ferrate(VI) is a unique oxidizing agent because it is virtually impossible to administer an overdose when treating water. Additionally, its use produces no harmful by-products making ferrate a “green” alternative for treating water.

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