Sodium Oxalate from Rhubarb
Name: Arnel A.
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2002
If some other Scientists have found out that Sodium
Oxalate from Rhubarb plant can turn ozone depleting substance into
ordinary salts, is there already an existing research project in wider
scale regarding this?
If there is, I want to know where, when and who are they?
A search of www.google.com yielded the following:
Anthony R. Brach
The article I have read reporting on this work is: Burdeniuc, Juan, and
Robert H. Crabtree. "Mineralization of Chlorofluorocarbons and Aromatization
of Saturated Fluorocarbons by a Convenient Thermal Process." Science 271
(1996): 340-41. The article is on the web at
however, you need a subscription to the journal to view it.
Robert Crabtree is a professor in the Chemistry Department at Yale
University. His web site is at http://ursula.chem.yale.edu/~crabtree/. His
research group investigates many areas of inorganic chemistry, one of which
is the chemistry of fluorocarbons. These are ordinarily some of the most
degradation-resistant carbon-containing compounds known. Since publishing
the article on the degradation of fluorocarbons by contact with hot sodium
oxalate, they have published several other articles on degrading
fluorocarbons using light and different catalysts.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
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