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ALL MOLECULAR GRAPHICS: HALOCARBONS: FLUOROCARBONS: tetrafluoromethane

tetrafluoromethane molecule #1

(above) tetrafluoromethane (CF4) image #1. This image is 500 x 500 pixels; the original image is 4096 x 4096 pixels.

tetrafluoromethane molecule #2

(above) tetrafluoromethane (CF4) image #2. This image is 500 x 500 pixels; the original image is 4096 x 4096 pixels.

tetrafluoromethane or carbon tetrafluoride CF4: consists of a centrally placed carbon atom with four fluorine atoms arranged at the points of a regular tetrahedron around it. It is the simplest fluorocarbon and very stable.

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).

Fluorocarbons are a series of molecules that consist of Carbon (C, shown here in black) and Fluorine (F, shown here in purple). Very unreactive and useful as refrigerants they are also extremely potent greenhouse gases.

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