Essay on The Halogen Bromine and Swimming Pools
The Halogen Bromine (Atomic number: 35, Atomic weight: 79.9) is the only non-metallic element that’s state is liquid at room temperature . Bromine, produced firstly by Carl Lowig, was not associated with him as even though he was believed to have first created the element his student life took priority giving Antoine-Jérôme Balard another chemist, enough time to discover Bromine for himself and publish a paper in 1826 discussing his findings. It was Balard who was credited with the discovery and thus named the chemical Bromos, “stench” in Greek.
The reddish-brown element (also giving of a very strong odour not dissimilar to that of chlorine) is obtained from sea water …show more content…
Moreover the most common use for bromine, would be that of water disinfectants. This is because Bromine is bleach, and it can be easily dissolved in water (35 g per litre of water) . However, when bromine is added to water, it forms hypobromous acid. It is these acids, which protect against the growth of algae, microorganisms and bacterial life in an outdoor pool . This method first became popular in the United States (1936) to treat swimming water. As in World War II, the amount of chlorine was threatened and many swimming pools started to use bromine for disinfection instead of the much more standard chlorine choice. When bromine is applied in it’s fluid form into