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How to break down Dichlorodifluoromethane

  1. Sep 2, 2012 #1
    Hi people, I was wondering what method could I use to break down such a bond. Thanks for answering
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  3. Sep 3, 2012 #2


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    Dissolving metal reduction like Na/NH3, UV photolysis and thermal come to mind.
  4. Sep 5, 2012 #3
    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!
  5. Sep 6, 2012 #4
    how does that decompose into phosphine? where would the phosphorus come from?
  6. Sep 6, 2012 #5
    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.
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