Fluorine Chemistry

Who we are - what we do

Like no other element, fluorine plays an outstanding role in many areas of chemistry, life sciences, technology, industry and modern life. Fluorine reacts with almost every element, and in principle fluorine atoms can be built into every organic molecule, so that fluorine can form the most compounds of all elements. When replacing H or OH with F in organic molecules, the bond energies and bond polarizations and thus also the properties change considerably. Synthetic fluoro-organic substances are of increasing importance in pharmaceuticals, pesticides, lubricants and anti-corrosion agents, dyes, liquid crystals, surfactants, ionic liquids, blood substitutes, etc. The most thermally and chemically stable polymers are fluoropolymers and their derivatives. Ionomers such as B. Nafion are of great importance in fuel cells and electrolytes. On a scale of millions of tons, low-molecular CHF compounds are also produced as substitutes for CFRPs and used as refrigerants, propellants, fire protection agents and solvents. Modern high-voltage and energy technology would be inconceivable without SF 6 as an insulating gas; Even semiconductor chips cannot be manufactured without high-purity hydrofluoric acid and fluorine-containing plasma etching gases. Graphite fluoride and electrolytes with fluorinated anions are important components in electrochemical energy storage devices.

As the above examples show, Fluorine Chemistry is an interdisciplinary science with links to existing specialist groups at the GDCh. So there are intersections z. B. with applied Electrochemistry (electrofluorination, electrochemical energy storage), magnetic resonance spectroscopy ( 19 F-NMR Spectroscopy), solid-state chemistry and Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Research (complex fluorides, fluorine glasses) and medical chemistry (fluorinated substances, 18 F-positron emission tomography) , to name just a few.

For this reason, in 2008 the GDCh board approved the formation of a Fluorine Chemistry working group under the umbrella of the GDCh. Details are contained in the rules of procedure.

Board of Directors 2019-2020 - extended until 2022


The term of office of the board of directors will be extended by two years until December 31, 2022 due to the canceled 2020 general meeting.

Prof. Dr. Maik Finze, University of Würzburg (Chairman)

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel, FU Berlin (deputy)

Dr. Michael Rack, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (Treasurer)

Prof. Dr. Florian Kraus, University of Marburg (Secretary)

Fluorine Chemistry Publication Prize

The Fluorine Chemistry Working Group of the German Chemical Society awards the " Fluorine Chemistry Publication Prize" every two years. The prize is usually awarded on the occasion of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry. more

GDCh Science
forum chemistry 2021 - online

Symposium "Highlights from Fluorine Chemistry", Tuesday, August 31, 10.50 a.m. - 12.50 p.m. more


19th German Fluortag 2021, POSTPONED to 2022 (19th - 21st September, Schmitten / Taunus) more


Fluorine Chemistry Publication Prize


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