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Oxidizing agent

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An oxidizing agent is a substance used that oxidizes another substance in electrochemistry or redox chemical reactions in general. In doing so, the oxidizing agent, sometimes called an oxidizer, becomes reduced. Because the oxidizing agent receives electrons it is also known as an electron acceptor.

Common oxidizing agents

Bleach is probably the most common household oxidizer


Common oxidizing agents and their products
Agent Product
O2 oxygen Various including oxides, H2O, or CO2
O3 ozone Various including ketones and aldehydes, see ozonolysis
F2 fluorine F
Cl2 chlorine Cl
Br2 bromine Br
I2 iodine I
ClO hypochlorite Cl
ClO3 chlorate Cl
HNO3 nitric acid NO nitric oxide, NO2 nitrogen dioxide
Hexavalent chromium Cr3+
MnO4 permanganate Mn2+ (acidic) or MnO2 (basic)
H2O2, other peroxides Various including oxides, H2O

There are many other oxidizing agents too numerous to list here.

See also

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