Fluorocarbons, while contributing to improving our quality of life, are environmentally persistent and damaging. For example, CFCs contributed to a hole in the ozone layer, while HFCs are potent contributors to global warming. HFOs have been billed as next generation refrigerants, but their long term impact on the environment is unknown.
We are studying catalysts and reagents that transform fluorocarbons into reactive molecules containing carbon-element bonds (element = B, Si, Al, Zn, Mg, Fe). We hope the approach will allow the synthetic diversification and recycling of waste fluorocarbons such as HFOs and HFCs.