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Old 05-13-2001, 08:04 PM
DAVEW0071 DAVEW0071 is offline
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I belong to an internet humor writer's group (The NetWits). I just got an e-mail from one of the members asking a two part chemistry question.

Does anyone

a) Know how to synthesize methylphosphonyl difluoride easily


b) Know of a commercial use for it?

He says he's serious about wanting to know this, but he doesn't say why. Quite possibly for a humor column he's writing. Since I don't know anything about chemistry I don't even know if this stuff is leagal or not, but if you could help me out in helping him out, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 05-13-2001, 08:21 PM
Shiva Shiva is offline
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A) No.
B) Mass murder.

Thank you, please drive through.
Old 05-13-2001, 08:55 PM
Dr. Lao Dr. Lao is offline
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Methylphosphonyl difluoride appears to be a relatively harmless chemical that is an immeadiate precursor to Sarin (also known as GB) nerve gas.

I didn't find any syntheses online, but if I did you'll forgive me for not telling. There is something about posting information about how to make weapons of mass destruction that makes me anxious.
Old 05-13-2001, 09:13 PM
yabob yabob is offline
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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in a fact sheet entitled "Chemical Warfare in the Iran-Iraq War" lists it in a short list of controlled vhemicals, and notes:
Except for methylphosphonyl difluoride, all of the controlled chemicals have significant civil applications.
That's one cite that it's not useful for anything else.


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