December 6, 2012

USC Scientists Turn a Harmful Greenhouse Gas Into a Tool for Making Life-Saving Pharmaceuticals

New technique finds a use for ozone-destroying chemical waste product

A team of chemists at USC has developed a way to transform a hitherto useless ozone-destroying greenhouse gas that is the byproduct of Teflon manufacture and transform it into reagents for producing pharmaceuticals.

The team will publish their discovery in a paper entitled "Taming of Fluoroform (CF3H): Direct Nucleophilic Trifluoromethylation of Si, B, S and C Centers," in the Dec. 7 issue of Science.
The method is also being patented.