The Horrors of Chlorine Trifluoride

By Anupum Pant

Chlorine Trifluoride has to be one of the nastiest substances known to man. It has a nasty, explosive reaction with almost every substance known to us. Glass, sand, asbestos, rust, concrete, people, pyrex, cloth are just some of the things that would start burning vigorously if a drop of it were to drop on them.

One substance, probably one of the only known ones, however that doesn’t react with chlorine trifluoride is your average candle wax.

Also, this substance is very easy to produce but thanks to how hard it is to handle it, no one wants to do it. So, while its price should be about a dollar for 1 kg, it now costs 400 dollars for a 50 gram vial – I’m not sure what the vial is made of.

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