Chemistry, Department of


Organic peroxides (and ozone): Safety-oriented overview

Patrick Dussault, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Copyright (c) 2014 Pat Dussault.


The following is a brief introduction to organic peroxide safety from the viewpoint of synthetic chemistry. Topics include classes of peroxides and hydroperoxides, reactivity of organic peroxides, hazard identification (including the concept of active oxygen content), hazard minimization, reaction monitoring using peroxide-sensitive strips and TLC dips, and references to further reading on peroxide safety.