The Plasma Science Behind the Technology
Binary Ionization Technology (BIT), a patented two-step process that activates and ionizes a 7.8% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) sole active ingredient based solution into a fine mist/fog known as ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP). Unlike many of TOMI's competitors, Hydrogen Peroxide is not the efficient kill, instead the proper application and decontamination of iHP contains a high concentration of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), consisting mostly of hydroxyl radicals (OH) is the killing agent. OH are one of the most powerful oxidizing agents in nature, and during TOMI’s iHP process, kills bacteria and fungal spores and inactivates viral cells by destroying their proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. This leads to the cellular disruption and/or dysfunction allowing for the quick decontamination of targeted areas, objects and large spaces.
The uniqueness of TOMI's Plasma Science technology is that it takes an OH, previously known to only live milliseconds and transfers it from "point A to point B" in the area or space expecting an efficient decontamination. Keeping the OH active, resulting in the destruction of the cell wall of bacterial spores within seconds.
The atmospheric cold plasma arc converts the H2O2 molecules into ROS, mainly the OH. While a large percentage of the H2O2 is converted, some escapes the arc and is present in the ambient air. The small escaping amount of H2O2 in the ambient environment being treated with SteraMist makes it possible to “smell the clean”, but the plasma science behind the TOMI SteraMist technology and sprayers may allow for a six log kill to the area/space being decontaminated- innovating for a safer world.