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Carbon paired with a couple of oxygens is bad news.

Carbon paired with a couple of oxygens is bad news for the atmosphere, but it's when carbon keeps company with a harem of fluorine atoms that things really heat up. So say NASA researchers who have found that molecules containing fluorine atoms are especially effective at trapping heat particularly when several of them bond with a single carbon atom, such as in fluorocarbons. The heat-absorbing properties of the molecules is attributed to the electrical properties of the carbon-fluorine bond. When there are several of these bonds, the effect is compounded, such as in tetrafluoromethane. With four fluorine atoms bonded to a single carbon atom, it is one of the most potent greenhouse gases.
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Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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