What is F?
A small atom with a huge ego!
Although my existence as an element was suspected in the early 19th century, it was only 100 years later that the French chemist, Henri Moissan, won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for discovering me in my elemental state in 1886. In Latin, my name means flow.
The most reactive, electronegative and oxidizing element in the periodic table, I am the first member of the halogen family. I am a toxic and inflammable gas, naturally present in the Earth's crust where I am chiefly found in mineral form.
I easily bond with other elements and consequently boast a host of applications: plastics, refrigerants as well as lithium salts for batteries. I’m very popular, and people use me morning and night to brush their teeth. I am the main active ingredient in most toothpastes and help prevent cavities.
I am Fluorine.
A unique expertise in fluorine chemistry
Fluorine is a key element in our daily lives. Thanks to its long-term experience in fluorine chemistry and presence in strategic locations, Solvay serves customers with fluorine products worldwide. As a leader, it provides rapid responses to the demands of various markets (e.g. electronics, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, energy, etc.) and uses its outstanding knowledge for high-end applications such as heat exchangers and Lithium-ion batteries. Solvay’s fluorinated polymer Solef® PVDF is used to manufacture battery components (binders and separators). The fluorine in the compound makes it fire-resistant, improving battery safety dramatically when compared with other polymers.