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Fluorochemicals: Halocarbon Legacy Thrives in Modern World

7:46 AM MDT | September 2, 2010 | Alex Scott

Robert Ehrenfeld, a pioneering U.S. chemist, played an integral role in the development of fluorine-based materials for the Manhattan Project- the first atomic weapons program - in the 1940s. He then discovered that no company could readily supply the fluorine compounds the project required. By 1950, Ehrenfeld had founded Halocarbon and was manufacturing and supplying the compounds himself-albeit from a garage with equipment purchased using government grants. In the early days of the business Ehrenfeld had so many roles in the firm that he even designed all of...

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