The phenomenon of singlet oxygen

The phenomenon of singlet oxygen

Please cite as: CHEMIK 2011, 65, 11, 1190-1192

Singlet oxygen has been the subject of intensive research for almost 80 years. Its unusual properties, like high reactivity and oxidizing properties, make it a versatile chemical reagent. Photogeneration is considered as the most effective method of singlet oxygen formation, though it needs to be conducted in situ due to the short lifetime of that form of oxygen. Singlet oxygen has been already applied in the area of medicine and wastewater treatment.

Key words: singlet oxygen, photogeneration, photosensitizer, wastewater treatment

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