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Battelle Ferrate Technology Proven in Pilot Scale Test

Posted on Oct 2, 2009

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COLUMBUS, OH. 2 October, 2009—The wait is over.  Ferratec and R&D partner Electrosynthesis have successfully scaled up Battelle’s ferrate process technology, which means the powerful chemical oxidizer that was once nearly impossible to get in large quantities is now available by the kilogram.  Battelle had shown the material, valuable to chemists the world over, could be produced in bench-scale quantities with their process.  Ferratec licensed the process and now, with partner Electrosynthesis, has successfully completed pilot-scale trials and is ready to move to full-scale production.

“Based on this initial pilot-scale work, we are ready to continue scale-up so that ferrate can be manufactured in commercial quantities,” said Andy Wolter, principle partner of Ferratec.  “We’re eager to see broad adoption of Ferratec brand ferrate in the marketplace.”

Potassium ferrate(VI) (K2FeO4) has many applications, including as a biocide, as a powerful oxidizer in organic synthesis and as a water treatment compound.  Until now, potassium ferrate’s use has been much desired but extremely limited because it was impossible to obtain in large, stable quantities at a practical price.  Discovered 300 years ago, potassium ferrate has been known as a powerful oxidizing agent but there has not been a cost-effective and high-yield manufacturing process—until now.

Unlike other potassium ferrate sources, typically created in liquid or slurry forms and only in bench scale quantities, Ferratec brand ferrate is 95 percent pure, contains no chlorides or other halogen impurities and is shelf stable.  An additional attraction of ferrate is that it is environmentally friendly because its decomposition byproduct basically is rust.  Because ferrate now can be manufactured in kilogram quantities, Ferratec (a subsidiary of The Incubation Factory,) expects to sell the product well below current market pricing. 

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or masseytr@battelle.org.

Media Contacts


Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208
Email: delaneyk@battelle.org 


T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544 
Email: masseytr@battelle.org