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Xenon Difluoride

What Does Xenon Difluoride Mean?

Xenon difluoride is a chemical substance with the formula XeF₂. It is a strong fluorinating agent with good molecular stability. Xenon difluoride may cause pitting corrosion of reinforced steel structures in alkaline solutions due to its fluoride ion.

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Corrosionpedia Explains Xenon Difluoride

Xenon difluoride is a covalent inorganic fluoride that is responsive to moisture because it degenerates on contact with light or water vapor. In terms of its physical properties, the following are most prominent: high density, white in color, crystalline solid structure, nauseating odor and a low vapor pressure.

In the corrosion process of steel, chlorides and fluorides are able to produce pitting of reinforced steel in alkaline media with a high pH. The precipitation of XeF2 lowers the F concentration below the minimum that generates a pitting corrosion response.

Xenon difluoride is used as a gaseous component for silicon to produce microelectromechanical systems. It may potentially be used as a new class of solid fuels.

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