Johnson Matthey Acquires MIOX

The acquisition broadens Johnson Matthey’s portfolio of water purification products and services

Johnson Matthey announces that on April 1, 2016 it acquired MIOX as a key technology within Johnson Matthey’s Water Technologies business, which is part of the company’s New Businesses Division.  The acquisition of the MIOX electrochemical generation business broadens Johnson Matthey’s portfolio of water purification products and services.

MIOX is a leading manufacturer of electrochemical technology used for water treatment in the industrial, food and beverage, oil and gas and municipal sectors. The company develops and builds systems that produce unique chemistries on-site for customers seeking to deploy sustainable water treatment technologies and lower costs at the same time.

The acquisition of MIOX complements Johnson Matthey’s expertise in advanced materials, precious metals coatings and electrode development. Access to the global network of Johnson Matthey research and technology centers will enable MIOX to continue to expand its in-situ disinfection technology platform and deliver higher performing products and a more diverse product range to its customers.  In addition, MIOX will benefit from Johnson Matthey’s long-standing global customer relationships in growth markets around the world.

“We [Johnson Matthey] are excited to have the MIOX team join the company. The people and technology are a great addition to our Water Technologies business,” says Mohammed Kahn, Director, Johnson Matthey New Businesses Division. “We look forward to supporting the growth potential of the MIOX business and expand our ability to meet the needs of our customers with clean and efficient chemistry solutions.”

Johnson Matthey is committed to retaining and developing the highly-skilled MIOX workforce who have successfully grown the technology into a world-renowned water disinfection product line. The experienced MIOX team will continue to drive the business from its headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About MIOX
MIOX Corporation is the industry leader in electrochemical generators for water disinfection. With over 3,000 equipment installations in over 50 countries, MIOX equipment is safely and cost-effectively disinfecting over 8 billion gallons of water every day.

About Johnson Matthey
Johnson Matthey is an international specialty chemicals company and a leader in sustainable technologies. The company was established nearly 200 years ago and today, many of the group’s products enhance the quality of life of millions around the world through their beneficial impact on the environment, human health and well-being.


MIOX honored with Water Management Company of the Year at Oil and Gas Awards

On October 16, 2015 we were thrilled to receive the award for Water Management Company of the Year at  the Southwest and Midcontinent Oil & Gas Awards. The annual Southwest and Midcontinent gala ceremony was held in Dallas, TX, where hundreds of oil and gas executives gathered together to celebrate Operational Excellence, Innovation, Health & Safety and Environmental Leadership.

Here’s a video of Charles Mowrey accepting the beautiful oil drum trophy:

The Water Management Company of the Year Award recognizes companies who have demonstrated reliability and gone the extra mile to exceed customer expectations with their solutions. MIOX scored highest in the category with such remarks from the judges as:

“Low cost solution with broad application to resource development.”

“MIOX presented a practical, cost-effective solution for treating produced and flowback water using an adaptation of established technologies utilized in their Mixed Oxidant Solution process. They provided case studies that support the application of the technology. Additionally, the process is much safer to use in the field compared to other processes.”

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Solving the Challenge of Treating Variable Produced and Flowback Waters in Oil and Gas

One of the most challenging aspects of disinfecting produced and flowback waters is that the composition of these waters is often highly variable, especially when they are reused for additional production operations. Inspired by the chemistry that occurs when produced or flowback waters are treated with chlorine-based disinfectants, MIOX’s product development team has come up with a new electrolytically-produced (generated on site) disinfection chemistry specifically designed to effectively disinfect these challenging waters.

I will be presenting a talk chronicling the development and early stage testing of this technology titled “Electrochemically Generated Stabilized Chlorine for Disinfecting Produced and Flowback Waters” at the Shale Water Expo in Houston on October 13, 2015. I hope to see you there, but if you cannot make it to Houston and would like to learn more about this exciting development, feel free to send me a message.

Produced Water Treatment for recycle in oil and gas

Produced Water Treatment for recycle in oil and gas

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Legionella prevention starts with biofilm removal

As we have recently seen in the news, in New York there have been more 10 deaths with more than 100 people infected with Legionnaire’s disease. Even though most of the water treatment for cooling towers are treated with certain biocides for legionella prevention, why do we still see roughly 24,000 cases of Legionnaire’s disease every year across the globe?  The answer:  Conventional water treatment solutions are not sufficient because they do not remove biofilm. Hence, inactivating Legionella is easy with Chlorine when it does not hide behind the biofilm.  Meaning long term Legionella prevention is only possible with biofilm removal, water disinfection, and prevention of future biofilm growth.

Biofilm is a breeding ground for Legionella.  Complete removal of biofilm and on-going treatment of legionella in water systems is the only way to eliminate the deadly bacteria.

Legionella is a ubiquitous aquatic organism that thrives in warm environments (32°C to 45°C) and causes more than 90% of Legionnaires disease cases.  The Legionella pneumophilia organism hides beneath the polysaccharide biopolymer films that protected biofilm from many commonly used water disinfectants. As water circulates during normal operation, biofilm debris is eroded and dispersed throughout the system and aerosolized, increasing the risk of passerby inhaling a sufficient number of the airborne bacteria thatcauses Legionnaire’s’ disease.

There are a few good options for biofilm removal in cooling tower water treatment systems or potable water treatment systems including chlorine dioxide and Mixed Oxidant Solution.

More Resources:
VIDEO: MIOX vs. Chlorine Dioxide
VIDEO: How MIOX Works for Cooling Tower Water Treatment
Article: Safe and Green Legionella Prevention


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Chlorine Gas – the Chemical Weapon in our own backyard

Do you want to see the very same poisonous gas ISIS uses as a chemical weapon in YOUR neighborhood?  Too late, it’s already there.

Sorry for a harsh attention gathering title here. The fact of the matter is that chlorine gas is used as a chemical weapon these days in Middle East primarily because it’s the most abundant method to treat water, and can very easily be stolen and “weaponized”.  Even more frightening, many water treatment plants in the United States use chlorine gas in great abundance with thousands of tons stored on location at all times.

Article Dangerous chemicals stored near Texas schools
Article U.S. Is Investigating That Islamic State Used Chlorine Gas
Video The Dangers of Chlorine Gas and a Safer Alternative

Furthermore if you run a News Search on Google for chlorine gas, a plethora of recent events would welcome you:

This is obviously not falling on deaf ears. We are already seeing the shift from chlorine gas to more sustainable disinfection methods, such as on-site sodium hypochlorite generators. However, the shift is still very slow and the challenges are all very common:

  1. Resistance to Change
    Changing the status quo is typically undesirable.  By nature, many people are resistant to change.
  1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
    If everything is running well today, why change it?
  1. Money Talks
    Plus, chlorine gas is still the cheapest disinfectant you can find in the market place.

So, how do we convince people to change? 

I believe it would quite help provide additional incentives and education to the water treatment plant owners and operators so that we can completely get rid of this chemical weapon in our neighborhoods.

It is time to do something different.

Please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas at

Chlorine gas is used as chemical warfare agent

Chlorine gas is used as chemical warfare agent

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SPE Presentation on Produced Water Treatment using Chloramines

MIOX presented Chloramine: An Effective Biocide for Produced Waters at the 2015 SPE Produced Water Handling and Management Symposium on May 21 in Galveston, TX.  The presentation by Dr. Andrew Boal focused on produced water treatment studies in Arkansas, California and Colorado using chloramines generated in situ through the reaction of electrochemically generated hypochlorite with ammonia.

Download the presentation for full details on the Methods, Procedures, Processes, Results, Observations, Conclusions of this study including but not limited to:

  • Chloramines produced in situ processes are very effective at inactivating SRB and ABP bacteria in produced water
  • Emerging technology will provide stabilized chlorine chemistry which will enable the more efficient use of biocides for disinfecting produced water


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Does Your Produced Water Have Hidden Treatment Powers?

Produced and Frac Water Treatment for RecycleMIOX is exhibiting and presenting a new technical paper at the SPE Produced Water Handling and Management Symposium on May 20-21 in Galveston, TX.  Our technical presentation by Dr. Andrew Boal focuses on produced water treatment using MIOX sodium hypochlorite generators to generate chloramines in situ through the reaction of hypochlorite with ammonia.

TitleChloramine: An Effective Biocide for Produced Waters

Objective/Scope: Produced waters containing high levels of oxidant demanding chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, iron, and manganese are often thought to be difficult to disinfect using oxidizing biocides such as hypochlorite. It is the goal of this paper to present evidence that chloramines generated in situ through the reaction of ammonia present in produced water with hypochlorite added as a disinfectant can effectively control microbial populations in produced water.

Methods, Procedures, Processes: Testing was accomplished by treating produced waters being held in retention ponds with a hypochlorite-based disinfectant solution produced at the pond location using a mobile on-site generation (OSG) system. OSG in this treatment scenario involves the electrolysis of sodium chloride brines to yield a hypochlorite-based oxidizing biocide solution. This solution is then injected into the produced water at a rate to ensure that the Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) of the treated water is around 450 mV. Samples of both the raw and treated water were analyzed for both chemical composition as well as microbial populations.

Results, Observations, Conclusions: Raw water in this study was found to consistently have relatively high ammonia content in the range of 58 to 68 mg/L along with an ORP in the range of -87 to 190 mV. Populations of Acid Producing Bacteria (APB) and Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB) were found to be 1010 and 1011 MPN/mL, respectively. Treatment also resulted in a clear visual difference in the produced water, with the raw water being black in color with the treated water having a muddy brown coloration. On site analysis of the treated water fond that the ORP after oxidant injection was between 464-543 mV, a value consistent with the presence of chloramines and not free chlorine which is supported by the measurement of a free chlorine residual of only 1.1 mg/L but a total chlorine residual of 55 mg/L. Populations of APBs and SRBs in the treated water were found to be 1 and 10 MPN/mL, respectively, representing substantial reductions in the initial populations. Overall, this data clearly demonstrates that chloramines generated in situ through the treatment of high ammonia waters with OSG produced hypochlorite can effectively control the populations of key microbes in produced waters.

Novel/Additive Information: Effectively controlling microbial populations using chloramines generated in situ through the reaction of hypochlorite with ammonia often present in produced water offers the ability to achieve required disinfection with oxidizing biocides without meeting the total oxidant demand of the water being treated.