Henry John Horstman Fenton

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Henry John Horstman Fenton (18 February 1854 – 13 January 1929) was a British chemist who, in the 1890s invented Fenton's reagent,[1] a solution of hydrogen peroxide and an iron catalyst that is used to oxidize contaminants or waste waters. Fenton's reagent can be used to destroy organic compounds such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE).

Born in London, Henry Fenton was educated at Magdalen College School, King's College London and Christ's College, Cambridge.[2] He became the university demonstrator in Chemistry at Cambridge in 1878, and was University Lecturer in Chemistry from 1904 to 1924.


  • Outlines of Chemistry
  • Notes on Qualitative Analysis

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  1. ^ Fenton's Reagent Definition Page at toxics.usgs.gov
  2. ^ "Fenton, Henry John Horstman (FNTN875HJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.