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Stability: thermal, sunlight, metals

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Decomposition of peracetic acid  can be initiated by high temperatures, high pH and contamination with metal catalysts such as copper, iron and chromium.

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Decomposition of peracetic acid is strongly exothermic, liberating large volumes of oxygen gas. 5% and 15% peracetic acid products were not explosive: they exhibited no mechanical or thermal sensitivity. In literature, it is reported that peracetic acid is insensitive to impact, but explodes violently when heated to 110 °C (highly concentrated peracetic acid; no concentration figure provided in publication). For practical reason it is therefore impossible to obtain pure peracetic acid.

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