Tagged: Fluorine

Element of the Week – Fluorine - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jan 26, 2014

Fluorine is a fascinating element. As a gas consisting of two fluorine atoms bonded to each other it is incredibly reactive, capable of eating into glass and igniting some substances. However, organic compounds (compounds containing carbon) containing fluorine can be incredibly stable, as the carbon fluorine bond is relatively strong. Fluorine is a very small atom compared to most of … Read More

Fantastic Fluorine - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 16, 2013

The recent debate in Hamilton over fluoridation of the water supply has resulted in a lot of misinformation about fluorine and fluoride. Elsewhere, however, fluorine is playing an important role the development of new pharmaceuticals. However, before I get on to discussing the use of fluorine in pharmaceuticals, let’s clarify a few points, particularly about the different between fluorine and … Read More

A tale of two passions - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 06, 2013

(Presenting science in a public debate.) In a discussion following her post about the decision by the Hamilton city council to abandon fluorination of their water, Alison felt that scientists were disadvantaged in not showing passion in presenting their case. She writes from the view of those opposing what is considered sound science, If you’re frightened by something, & those … Read More