Fluorine - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128129906

Fluorine, Volume 5

1st Edition

A Paradoxical Element

Authors: Alain Tressaud
Paperback ISBN: 9780128129906
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 425
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Table of Contents

Section 1 - History and milestones of fluorine and fluorinated products
1. The true nature of the imperial murrhina through a critical lecture of Pliny’s “Naturalis Historia”
2. Uses of fluorinated minerals through centuries
3. Georgius Agricola, a humanist mineralogist and creator of the word "fluoride"
4. In search of the missing halogen, from the Renaissance to the end of XIXth century
5. The isolation of fluorine on June 1886 by a pharmacist and chemist: Henri Moissan
6. Developmental milestones of fluorinated products

Section 2 - Presence of fluorine and fluorinated compounds in our environment
7. Genesis and cosmo-chemistry of fluorine
8. Fluorine and our atmosphere
9. Fluorine and the lithosphere

Section 3 - Fluorine, impact on mankind
10. Contributions of fluorinated molecules and products in medicine, pharmacy and biotechnologies
11. Fluorine, inpact on human health
12. Fluorosis and physiological effects of fluorides on living organisms
13. Improving the quality of drinking water by defluoridation

Section 4 - Conclusion
14. What future for fluorine and fluorine products?


Fluorine: A Paradoxical Element deals with the links - sometimes complex - between fluorine, humanity, and the environment. This unique resource is divided into three main sections: i) the history of the element Fluorine and stages of the development of fluorinated products; ii) awareness of the importance and issues of this element in our environment (both in the atmosphere and lithosphere); and iii) finally, recent contributions of fluoride products in medicine, pharmacy and in our daily lives.

Made engaging through interesting figures and accessible language, and written by leading expert in the field, Professor Tressaud, Fluorine: A Paradoxical Element supports the work of chemists and related scientists working in materials, toxicology, and environmental science. It complements the author’s edited series covering advances in the field, Progress in Fluorine Science.

Key Features

  • Describes background and contextual information regarding the history, development of understanding, and applications of this important element
  • Explores the impacts of fluorine, both positive and negative, in the environment and in biological systems
  • Includes applied, real-world information from agencies such as CNRS, NASA, HWS and DOH


Chemists, and scientists working in related areas: materials science, environmental science, toxicology, public health, pharmacology


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About the Authors

Alain Tressaud Author

Alain Tressaud is Emeritus Research Director at ICMCB-CNRS, Bordeaux University. He is President of the European Academy of Science in Brussels and member of several European academies. He founded and chaired the French Network on Fluorine Chemistry, sponsored by CNRS, until 2008. He has received several awards, including the CEA Award of French Academy of Sciences (2008), the Fluorine Award of the American Chemical Society (2011), and the International Henri Moissan Prize (2013). His scientific interest covers various fields, including synthesis, physical chemical characterizations, applications in fluorine chemistry, solid state chemistry, and materials sciences. His work also deals with surface modification of materials and intercalation chemistry. Professor Tressaud’s scientific production includes more than 360 papers in international journals, 20 book chapter contributions, and 12 internationalized patents. He has also edited several books in his role as editor-in-chief of the series “Advances in Fluorine Science” (2006) and “Progress in Fluorine Science” (2016) with Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

ICMCB-CNRS University of Bordeaux, Pessac Cedex, France