Author: Jan Scholten
The name Fluor is derived from ‘fluo’, stream. It was discovered in 1771. It is the most reactive of all the non-metallic elements and it affects every substance it comes in contact with, even metals like Platinum.
There are only a few noble gases that are not affected by its aggressive action.
Fluor is the main active component in enamel, the protective coating on our teeth. This enamel is hard, smooth and shiny. This same smooth hardness is the reason why it is so useful for anti-stick coatings on saucepans. We can separate Uranium isotopes out of uranium fluoride, UF6.
Fluor is rather special in that it isn’t easy to potentise. If we were to dissolve it in water it would immediately react with the water to form Fluoric acid. Other solvents would give similar problems, so it won’t be easy to find a suitable medium to potentise Fluor in its pure elemental form.