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Electrolysis of Water

Fumio Okada

Kogakuin University


Hydrogen Electrode Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Ozone Water Oxygen-enriched Water Hydrogen-peroxide Electrolysis for Purification Pulp drainage Semiconductor Food Processing Medical Treatment Detoxification

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Water electrolysis has a longer history than 200 years and the technology is expected to be applied in various fields, such as the realization of a hydrogen society, environmental conservation, sterilization and cleaning, and water purification. When water is electrolyzed, dozens of kinds of ions and radicals are formed, but the stable molecules formed by electrolysis are only four: hydrogen, oxygen, ozone, and hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen gas is the key energy source for hydrogen-based society. Ozone dissolved water is expected as the sterilization and cleaning agent that can comply with the new law enacted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act” requires sterilization and washing of foods to prevent food poisoning and has a strict provision that vegetables, meat, and fish must be washed with non-chlorine cleaning agents to make E. coli adhering to food down to “zero”. If ozone dissolved water could be successively applied in this field, electrochemistry would make a significant contribution to society.

Oxygen-enriched water is said to promote the growth of farmed fish. Hydrogen dissolved water is said to be able to efficiently remove minute dust on the silicon wafer when used in combination with ultrasonic irradiation.
At present researches on direct water electrolysis have shown significant progress. For example, boron-doped diamonds and complex metal oxides are widely used as an electrode, and the interposing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) between electrodes has become one of the major processes of water electrolysis.

The purpose of this book is to show the latest water electrolysis technology and the future of society applying it.

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Fumio Okada

Kogakuin University

Dr. Fumio Okada received BE from the University of Tokyo in 1978, MS from the University of California at Irvine in 1989, and Dr. Eng. from the University of Tokyo in 1994. He entered Nippon Mining Co. Ltd in 1978 and worked as an engineer and as a researcher until 2002. After retiring the company, he became a Prof. in the Department of Chemical System Engineering, the University of Tokyo. He moved to the Department of Environmental Chemistry, Kogakuin University in 2012. There he teaches Reaction Engineering, Heat Transfer Engineering, and Physical Chemistry for undergraduate students and Environmental System Engineering for graduate students. His research is now focused on the electrochemical production of functional water, such as ozone dissolved water, hydrogen dissolved water, and advanced oxidation water which comprises of ozone and hydrogen peroxide dissolved in water. He also developed a highly efficient gas-liquid mixer which enables the production of ozone dissolved water without ozone gas emission. In that process, all of the ozone gas formed in water electrolysis is dissolved into water by passing it in the mixer. He was an amateur boxer when he was a student in the University of Tokyo, won the Championship of Tokyo in the lightweight, and became a candidate for the Olympic Games in Moscow. His record was 17 wins (14 KO) and 4 losses. His nickname was the “Rocky of the Red Gate (The Red Gate is the symbol of the University of Tokyo)”. He still coaches boxing to the students in Kogakuin University.

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