Hi people, I was wondering what method could I use to break down such a bond. Thanks for answering
Dissolving metal reduction like Na/NH3, UV photolysis and thermal come to mind.
Just a warning on this, as better to be safe than sorry. Please be aware that dichlorodifluoromethane decomposes into phosgene gas--a highly toxic and deadly nerve agent--at temperatures above about 1000 deg. F. Also free chlorine gas can be liberated under the right conditions as well. Please be careful!
how does that decompose into phosphine? where would the phosphorus come from?
I think he said phosgene which is O=C(Cl)2, the fully chlorinated analog of formaldehyde.
It could happen in the presence of oxygen.
You got it. Phosgene, the nerve toxin, does not contain phosphorus. See the MSDS here:
It can also break down into hydrochloric and hydroflouric acid, the latter being really bad news--I have personel experience with that from the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Bottom line as I said previously--be careful.
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