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Why are CFCs chemically very stable?

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Asked by Pbarton, Last updated: Feb 14, 2020

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N. Kingsley

N. Kingsley, Writer, Columbus

Answered Sep 14, 2018

CFC's or chlorofluorocarbons are fully halogenated paraffin hydrocarbons that contain only carbon, chlorine, and fluorine. They are made as a volatile derivative of methane, ethane, and propane, also known by the Dupont brand name Freon. CFC's are used in a variety of applications because of their low toxicity, reactivity, and flammability.

Every permutation of fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen-based methane and ethane have been examined, and most have been commercialized. Uses include refrigerants, blowing agents, propellants in medicinal applications and degreasing solvents. Their decreased volatility is attributed to the molecular polarity induced by the halides, which induces intermolecular interactions.

 

Anika Nicole

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Anika Nicole, Wordsmith, PG In Journalism, New York

Answered Sep 10, 2018

CFCs (stand for Chlorofluorocarbon ) are chemically very stable because they contain no Hydrogen.

These are colorless hydrocarbons that contain only carbon (C), chlorine (Cl) and fluorine (F). They don't contain a single Hydrogen and are the biggest contributors of ozone layer depletion. They are damaging the stratospheric ozone layer.

CFCs are also called Freons and are non-flammable, tasteless and odorless, and chemically very stable. These are widely used in refrigerants, propellants, and solvents.

 

John Adney

John Adney

Answered Feb 09, 2017

1- Hydrogen
 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Jan 30, 2017

Hydrogen
 

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