Printer Friendly

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.
COPYRIGHT 2009 Chemical Institute of Canada
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Nov 1, 2009
Previous Article:Graphene was also making news this fall out of Rutgers.
Next Article:Scientists in the UK are reacting with concern.

Related Articles
Cheese source of dietary anticancer agent.
Can graphite nanofibers store hydrogen?
Avril Lavigne confirms split with Deryck Whibley.
Scientists solve problem of building carbon nanotubes with right structure.
Nanotubes can boost plant growth.
Nanotubes can boost plant growth.
Amazon's low salt content keeps CO2 emissions at bay.
New climate treaty could save some species, but increase risk to others.
CO2 could soon become green fuel feedstock, say Brit scientists.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters