Guide To Mining Exploration Companies
Boron trifluoride BF3 can be obtained by combustion of boron in a fluorine atmosphere; it is a gas that is used as a catalyst in condensation reactions. An important use of fluorine is in the preparation of uranium hexafluoride (UF6), on which isotope separates to obtain uranium-235 for nuclear reactors. Fluorine is also used as propellant for missiles and in the preparation of fluorinated polymers and elastomers, which are used as lubricants in aerospace industries and Mining Exploration Companies.
Since it is the most electronegative element of the periodic table, its production is large difficulty due to its extreme reactivity. Currently fluorine is obtained by electrochemical reduction of fluorides.
At the industrial level the method used is that of Moissan, which consists of the electrolysis of anhydrous hydrogen fluoride added to potassium fluoride. The cells, generally in special steel and with insulating walls in polytetrafluoroethylene, use non-graphitic carbon anodes and steel cathodes.