Posts by Sebastian Riedel and Patrick Pröhm

Sebastian Riedel was born in Groß-Gerau, Germany, in 1975 and was trained as a chemistry laboratory technician at Siemens and Degussa in Hanau-Wolfgang. He then studied chemistry at the Universities of Siegen and Würzburg and obtained his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry. As a Humboldt-postdoctoral fellow, he joined the groups of Markku Räsänen and Pekka Pyykkö (Helsinki) and afterward carried out a second postdoctoral stay in the group of Gary J. Schrobilgen (University of Hamilton, Canada). Having finished his habilitation at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg in 2013, he became a full professor of inorganic chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin in the same year.

Patrick Pröhm was born in Kassel, Germany, in 1993. He studied chemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany and at the Freie Universität in Berlin with a research stay at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Since 2017 he is a PhD student in the group of Prof. Riedel at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany with a focus on chlorine fluorine interhalides.

Science & Technology

Fluorine: The most reactive and indispensable element in our daily lives

Fluorine (atomic symbol: F) is the 13th most common element in the earth crust and the lightest member of the halogen group, which is also called group 17 in the Periodic System of Elements. Under standard conditions, fluorine is a diatomic gas with a shade of yellow colour. It exhibits a distinct odour significantly different from that of the other halogens; chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br) and iodine (I).

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