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Teflon Non-stick Cookware's New "Eco-Friendly" Avatar

by Tanya Thomas on August 30, 2008 at 3:37 PM
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Teflon Non-stick Cookware's New

Teflon, which is the brand name for DuPont's non-stick cookware, may soon become much more eco-friendly than before. After numerous pioneering studies, scientists have discovered a catalyst that is capable of breaking the C-F bond in the cookware and converting it into a more eco-friendly carbon-hydrogen bond.

Though the strength of the C-F bond makes it useful in so many applications apart from Teflon cookware, it also gives a formidable greenhouse gas effects that persists in nature.

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"The C-F bond is difficult to transform into other bonds under mild conditions because it is inert and unreactive; it's a challenge to chemists," said lead author chemist Oleg Ozerov, who conducted the research with postdoc Christos Douvris.

"But, we found a way to take a C-F bond that you can do very little with and break it and convert it cleanly into something else at room temperature," he added.
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With research support from the Department of Energy, Sloan Foundation, and Research Corporation, Ozerov identified a new catalytic process for a class of carborane-silylium compounds that causes the bonds in representative HFCs to react at room temperature, swapping their carbon-fluorine bonds for carbon-hydrogen bonds.

The silylium catalyst performs the critical task of breaking the C-F bond by abstracting the fluoride from the fluorocarbon and attaching it to a silicon atom.

The end product is a compound with a silicon-fluorine bond, which is no longer a greenhouse threat.

This finding could eventually lead to large-scale reactions to convert environmental pollutants that contain C-F bonds into products that could be reused or destroyed without special equipment.

"Conversion of PFCs remains a challenge, and our research efforts are directed at designing even more active catalysts, capable of PFC activation," said Ozerov.

Source: ANI
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