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Published on Friday, 31 July 2015

“Urgent” research needed in fluorine chemistry

Written by John Mowbray

LONDON – New research suggests there is an urgent need for further research and increased industry and government collaboration on the issue of long-chain polyfluorinated chemicals (PFAS), a class of chemicals widely used in the textile industry due to their water-resistant properties. The researchers point out that, while PFASs have been listed as very persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic – and are being clamped down on by western authorities – alternative short-chain products simply do not perform as well.


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