FOOF is not for the Faint of Heart

Things I Won’t Work With: Dioxygen Difluoride

aka FOOF

Sulfur compounds defeated him, because the thermodynamics were just too titanic. Hydrogen sulfide, for example, reacts with four molecules of FOOF to give sulfur hexafluoride, 2 molecules of HF and four oxygens. . .and 433 kcal, which is the kind of every-man-for-himself exotherm that you want to avoid at all cost. The sulfur chemistry of FOOF remains unexplored, so if you feel like whipping up a batch of Satan’s kimchi, go right ahead.

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  1. Thanks for that Swansont. It’s fascinating how that stuff is so dangerous yet it still raises a smile to my face reading about it. From my limited knowledge It seems to make plutonium look quite benign and boring by comparison!

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