[Linde Specialty Gases division of Union Carbide] A registered trademark for a fumigant and disinfectant composed of ethylene oxide (10%) diluted with carbon dioxide (90%). Both gases are colorless and odorless. Ethylene oxide acts to kill insects, pests, bacteria, mold, and fungi. Carbon dioxide primarily serves as a diluent to decrease the fire risk of the ethylene oxide. In addition, it provides an anoxic factor.
Hazards and Safety
Ethylene oxide is toxic and a carcinogen.
F.H. Hengemihle, N. Weberg, C.J. Shahani, "Desorption of Residual Ethylene Oxide from Fumigated Library Materials" Preservation Research and Testing Series No. 9502, Library of Congress. Link
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Website address 1 Comment: lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/rt/fumigate/fume_2.html