Question #46365

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Jun 11, 2016

Fluorine is the most reactive element on the Periodic Table.


Fluorine has high nuclear charge, and is the most potent oxidant on the Periodic Table. Fluorine chemistry is a specialized branch of inorganic chemistry, and quite a few of the older fluorine chemists bear the marks of this reactivity: i.e. missing eyes, missing fingers.

I found this video on the interwebz introduced by Prof. Martin Poliakoff, a very distinguished inorganic chemist. Because he too respects the reactivity of fluorine, he lets a a specialist professor (who has all his fingers and eyes) perform the demonstration:

See this site.