An absence of moving parts and ceramic reactor plates minimize maintenance needs and reduce the likelihood of fouling with Bioionix’s electrochemical disinfection technology. Source: Bioionix Inc.

Ajit K. Chowdhury, senior development manager, BioIonix Inc., McFarland, WI

FE: Other electrochemical processes are being applied to treat water in food plants. How does electro-ionization differ from the electrolyzed oxidative process?

FE: Early versions of the electroionic process generated hydrogen peroxide; now the system produces hydroxyl radicals and other oxidizers. What technical change did this require?

FE: Since joining the firm, on what issues have you focused?

FE: What disinfectants are created in the reactor?

FE: Are the parallel catalytic plates an example of technology transfer from other applications?

FE: What is the expected useful life of the plates?

FE: Are there any worker-safety issues surrounding the catalyzer?

FE: What impact do the oxidants have on the food they contact?

FE: What affect do water temperature and other variables have on chemical generation?

FE: What testing has been done to quantify the system’s effectiveness?