From: "Aloise, Allen" <aloise**At_Symbol_Here**CHEMISTRY.HARVARD.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Question on trifluoracetic acid & emergencies
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 13:14:40 +0000
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Hi Kim,

The fluorines on trifluoroacetic acid are bound to carbon and are not labile.  They do not readily dissociate or ionize, thus TFA is not a source of fluoride.  

I don't believe HF emergency kits are necessary or appropriate for this particular substance.  


Allen Aloise, Ph.D.
Director of Laboratories
Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB)
Harvard University
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Cambridge, MA  02138
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From: Kim Gates <kim.gates**At_Symbol_Here**STONYBROOK.EDU>
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Question on trifluoracetic acid & emergencies

One of the labs on campus asked about having an HF emergency kit for trifluoracetic acid use. 

I need the collective wisdom of his group - yes? no? references? (the SDS doesn't mention anything about this)


Kim Gates
Laboratory Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6200
FAX: 631-632-9683
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