by Guillermo Daniel Zappi
New applications for fluorinated compounds are continuously being found. In areas such as agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals, the enhanced activity of compounds in which one or more hydrogen atoms have been replaced by fluorine is the subject of a large body of research in universities and companies around the world.
It is estimated that between 40 and 45% of all new agrochemicals being developed contain fluorine. The physical, chemical and biological properties of chemical compounds, including boiling points, surface energies, polarity, acidity and reactivity can be greatly altered by substitution with one or more fluorine atoms.