Published: December 17, 2015
Total Running Time: 00:24:31
Furiously reactive, fluorine has a ferocious appetite for attracting electrons from other elements and a fearsome habit of killing chemists. Due to the strength of its bonds, fluorine is found almost exclusively in compounds such as the colorful mineral fluorite. Early attempts to isolate the element were met with injury and death from explosions, corrosive burns, and poisonous fumes. In 1886, the treacherous gas was at last isolated by Henri Moissan, whose innovative processes are still in use today.