Elemental Fluorine Find Turns Previous Theory Upside-Down
Fluorine is the most reactive chemical element. That is why it is not found in nature in its elemental form, but only in compounds, such as fluorite– that was the accepted scientific doctrine so far.
A special fluorite, the “fetid fluorite” or “antozonite,” has been the subject of discussions for nearly 200 years. This mineral emits an intensive odor when crushed. Now, for the first time, scientists from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the Ludwig Maximilian Univ.-Munich (LMU) have successfully identified natural elemental fluorine in this fluorspar. They report their results in the international edition of the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie.
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