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ALL MOLECULAR GRAPHICS: HALOCARBONS: CFCs: chlorotrifluoromethane

chlorotrifluoromethane molecule #1

(above) chlorotrifluoromethane (CClF3) image. This image is 500 x 500 pixels; the original image is 4096 x 4096 pixels.

chlorotrifluoromethane, CClF3: consists of a centrally placed carbon atom (shown in black) with one chlorine atom (shown in green) and three fluorine atoms (shown in purple) arranged approximately (the bond lengths are different) at the points of a tetrahedron around it. Chlorotrifluoromethane or monochlorotrifluoromethane is a greenhouse gas and ozone depleter.

CFCs or ChloroFluoroCarbons: are very important greenhouse gases and ozone depleters. They contain only carbon, chlorine and fluorine atoms.

Haloalkanes are formed when a halide atom (Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, or Iodine) is bonded to carbon in an alkane. An alkane is a compound made fron carbon and hydrogen (i.e. it is a hydrocarbon) with no multiple bonds (i.e. it is saturated). Examples include methane (CH4) ethane (C2H6), propane (C3H8), and butane (C4H10).

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