Definition - What does Dichlorodifluoromethane mean?

Dichlorodifluoromethane is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CCl2F2 that is composed of two parts chlorine and two parts fluorine linked to a central carbon atom via single molecular bonds. It is form by the reaction of carbon tetrachloride and hydrogen fluoride.

Corrosionpedia explains Dichlorodifluoromethane

Dichlorodifluoromethane is a cooling or freezing agent for consumer use. It exists in the form of a colorless gas and has an odor that is faint and ethereal. It is used as a refrigerant and aerosol spray propellant, sold under the name Freon-12. It belongs to the family of organochlorides and is a chlorofluorocarbon halomethane (CFC). Several coating compounds used to prevent corrosion come in the form of aerosol substances that are sprayed onto metal surfaces requiring protection.

CFCs have been empirically studied and proven to be carcinogenic. As such, extreme care should be given when dealing with such products. Strict adherence to all handling procedures, guidelines and standards should be encouraged.

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