Chemist develops method for breaking chemical bonds at room temperature


Bonds between the chemical elements carbon and fluorine produce the wonder-substance Scotchgard™ and many other products that make human existence more convenient, but they also form the framework for potent greenhouse gases that harm the ozone layer. Texas A&M University chemist Oleg V. Ozerov and his research team have found a way to break that bond at room temperature, a breakthrough with potential significance for a greener environment.

“If our research is successful and it’s economically viable, we could ultimately design processes that are practical for minimizing our global warming footprint in the world,” said Ozerov, a professor in the Department of Chemistry since 2009.

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