Removal of halocarbons from atmosphere


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A possible means of destruction of halocarbons by sunlight in the lower atmosphere has been demonstrated for the first time in laboratory experiments conducted at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

NBS chemists Pierre J. Ausloos and Richard E. Rebbert report that solar radiation of wavelengths which reach the earth's lower atmosphere (troposphere) can break down fluorocarbon 11 (CFC13), fluorocarbon 12 (CF2C12), and carbon tetrachloride (CC14) if the chemicals are first adsorbed (physically bound) onto sand or quartz.