Magnesium peroxide is a fine, odorless and tasteless, white powder. Similar to Calcium Peroxide, it is another kind of oxygen release agent which slowly decompose to generate oxygen at a "controlled" rate when in contact of hydrous media. Decomposition occurs in a similar way when the product is suspended in water. It is of the most temperature stable inorganic peroxides. Except for its stable oxygen releasing capability, magnesium peroxide has similar fu nctions of other peroxides e.g. bleaching, disinfecting, deodorizing.
Because of its stable oxygen release rate and environmentally benign character, Magnesium peroxide is widely used in agricultural, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. It is primarily used as the main oxygen source for in-situ bioremediation. The addition of oxygen releasing compounds to groundwater can be an effective treatment technology capable of reducing the levels of contaminants in groundwater. MgO2 is applied to aid in the remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons and other similar contaminants found in groundwater. This chemical is very effective for the bioremediation of contaminated soils and improvement of soil quality for plant growth and metabolism.
Typical environmental remediation applications: soil remediation, groundwater remediation, site remediation, in situ bioremediation (or bio remediation and biological remediation), aquaculture bioremediation.
In the field of Oil/gas drill fluid Industry, magnesium peroxide is also used as polymer breaker, when breaking the viscosity created by polymer like xanthan gum etc, this kind of new type of polymer breaker should be considered, and it have a signficant effect on viscosity with short time for de-polymerization. Magnesium peroxide is introduced for chemicals used hydranlic fracturing as breaker and it will not taint the groundwater.