Thermolysis of fluoropolymers as a potential source of halogenated organic acids in the environment

@article{Ellis2001ThermolysisOF,
  title={Thermolysis of fluoropolymers as a potential source of halogenated organic acids in the environment},
  author={David A Ellis and Scott A. Mabury and Jonathan W Martin and Derek C G Muir},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={412},
  pages={321-324}
}
Following the introduction of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) gases as replacements for the ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), it has been discovered that HCFCs/HFCs can degrade in the atmosphere to produce trifluoroacetic acid, a compound with no known loss mechanisms in the environment, and higher concentrations in natural waters have been shown to be mildly phytotoxic. Present environmental levels of trifluooracetic acid are not accounted by HCFC/HFC… CONTINUE READING

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