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Inventors of the process, Method for the preparation of reactive compositions containing superoxide ion, were Drs. Inas M. AlNashef and Saeed M. Al-Zahrani, members of KSU's Department of Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Khalid Al-Saleh, the Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing (IPTL) program, explained that the invention is vital in forming superoxide ions in fluids, an environmentally appropriate process no matter if the superoxide is configured by electric reduction of oxygen that is molten in fluids or by dissolving superoxide directly in fluids.
The invention has a vast array of advantages, particularly for industries that must eliminate chemical waste without imposing a threat to the environment, chemicals such as carbohydrate substances that contain chlorine and sulfur. Conversely, the superoxide can be used to help in the transfer of alcohol to aldehydes and ketones used in many major industries.
In addition, the superoxide can be applied to form scarce components vital in the elimination of certain forms of cancer or to break many substances used in chemical weapons, transferring sulfur gas to compounds that are not harmful to the environment.