Fluorination

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Definition

Fluorination is the chemical process of adding the element fluorine into a molecule. Fluorine has atomic number 9 and is in group 17, the halogens. Fluorination is a kind of halogenation. This periodic table is from wikimedia commons and shows Fluorine's position at the top of the Halogens (group 17).

Applications

  • Fluorinating a surface or applying a fluorinated coating lowers the surface energy and makes the surface more hydrophobic. Desbief et. al. [reference] discuss this idea in terms of polymer coatings, "introduction of fluorine atoms substantially reduces the surface energy of the polymer film."
  • Pharmaceuticals

References

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halogenation

[2] http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluorination