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September 8, 2003

Lecture series to detail benefits of fluorine chemistry

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Skiers who stay warm and dry, as well as cooks that use non-stick pans, have fluorine molecules to thank, and a joint lecture series by Purdue and Great Lakes Chemical Corp. will provide an opportunity to learn more about this useful element.

Professor Manfred Schlosser of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, will deliver the second in a series of annual lectures on fluorine chemistry at 4:25 p.m. on Thursday (9/11) in Purdue's Wetherill Hall, Room 104. The lecture will be preceded by a reception in Wetherill 201 at 3:45 p.m. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

Schlosser is well known for his work in the field of organophosphorous, organofluorine and organometallic chemistry. He coordinates a network of European laboratories operating in the field of organofluorine compounds and metabolism.

Purdue professor of chemistry P. V. Ramachandran, one of the world's leading experts on fluorine chemistry, has been working with Great Lakes Chemical Corp. to prepare fluorine-containing molecules with beneficial properties. Great Lakes Chemical sponsors this annual lecture series to provide a medium for exchange of ideas and educating the public on the benefits of fluorine chemistry. Each year the company brings one of world's leading fluorine chemists to Purdue for a day of discussions and seminars.

CONTACT: Ramachandran, (765) 494-5303,

Writer: Chad Boutin, (765) 494-2081,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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