Originally Posted by p.giannakis
I have to say that i am no expert in chemistry - but my wife is.
According to her, oxidation does not need oxygen in order to take place. It doesn't need water either. If chemicals react between them and one absorbes electrons as a result of the reaction, that element is 'oxidised'.
That's my 2 cents.
I'm a graduate degreed chemist with just shy of 30 years of industrial experience.
Yes, oxidation can happen in the absence of oxygen. However, if oxygen IS present (which it will be in an HC-110 bottle), then that will be the mechanism of oxidation and so will then be consumed.
Far more likely is that moisture is being added to the bottle as air enters. HC-110 was formulated specifically without water and that is why it is stable.
Oxidized liquids always consume oxygen (if it's there) during the oxidation process. My laboratory bench top shows many bottles showing various signs of being crushed from the outside due to lower pressure inside. HC-110 never shows that phenomena.