Fluorine
A Paradoxical Element

Progress in Fluorine Science Series, Vol. 5

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Fluorine: A Paradoxical Element deals with the links - sometimes complex - between fluorine, humanity, and the environment. This unique resource is divided into three main sections: i) the history of the element Fluorine and stages of the development of fluorinated products

Section 1 - History and milestones of fluorine and fluorinated products 1. The true nature of the imperial murrhina through a critical lecture of Pliny’s “Naturalis Historia” 2. Uses of fluorinated minerals through centuries 3. Georgius Agricola, a humanist mineralogist and creator of the word "fluoride" 4. In search of the missing halogen, from the Renaissance to the end of XIXth century 5. The isolation of fluorine on June 1886 by a pharmacist and chemist: Henri Moissan 6. Developmental milestones of fluorinated products

Section 2 - Presence of fluorine and fluorinated compounds in our environment 7. Genesis and cosmo-chemistry of fluorine 8. Fluorine and our atmosphere 9. Fluorine and the lithosphere

Section 3 - Fluorine, impact on mankind 10. Contributions of fluorinated molecules and products in medicine, pharmacy and biotechnologies 11. Fluorine, inpact on human health 12. Fluorosis and physiological effects of fluorides on living organisms 13. Improving the quality of drinking water by defluoridation

Section 4 - Conclusion 14. What future for fluorine and fluorine products?

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Alain Tressaud is Emeritus Research Director at ICMCB-CNRS, Bordeaux University. He is President of the European Academy of Science in Brussels and member of several European academies. He founded and chaired the French Network on Fluorine Chemistry, sponsored by CNRS, until 2008. He has received several awards, including the CEA Award of French Academy of Sciences (2008), the Fluorine Award of the American Chemical Society (2011), and the International Henri Moissan Prize (2013). His scientific interest covers various fields, including synthesis, physical chemical characterizations, applications in fluorine chemistry, solid state chemistry, and materials sciences. His work also deals with surface modification of materials and intercalation chemistry. Professor Tressaud’s scientific production includes more than 360 papers in international journals, 20 book chapter contributions, and 12 internationalized patents. He has also edited several books in his role as editor-in-chief of the series “Advances in Fluorine Science” (2006) and “Progress in Fluorine Science” (2016) with Elsevier.