University of Leicester eBulletin

The Secret Life of Fluorine

August 2002
No 174

Think fluorine canít possibly have anything to do with you?

Think again.   If you cook, use a fridge, wear clothes, ever need an operation, or spray your garden  - or if youíre an atomic scientist - then you might have come into contact with one of the applications of fluorine.

The University of Leicester houses one of the UKís foremost centres for excellence in green chemistry and at the BA Festival of Science to be held at the University between 9-13 September 2002 experts from the Department of Chemistry and elsewhere will reveal some of the wide-ranging secrets of fluorine.

Quality of life is this yearís theme for the BA Festival, which is the UKís biggest science festival, held annually at different universities throughout the country.    This yearís event will attract 400 top international scientists and science communicators and reveal the latest developments in research.  

A total of 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at the University, as well as thousands of students of all ages and members of the public interested in science.

The Festival returns to the University of Leicester for the third time since 1921, during a year in which the University is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

To find out more about the BA Festival of Science and how to book to come and take part, see the website: or contact 0207 973 3052.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from the BA website,, or from the University of Leicester Press Office, telephone 0116 252 2415, facsimile 0116 252 2485, email

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