The catalytic activity of activated carbon (AC) and activated carbon supported potassium for the decomposition of CHF₃ was investigated at temperatures between 873 and 1173 K and at a space velocity of 4300 h⁻¹. It is found that activated carbon supported potassium shows high and relatively stable activity during the pyrolysis of CHF₃ under the conditions studied. Compared with the gas phase reaction, the conversion of CHF₃ increases by up to 10 times between 873 and 1123 K, with the major products being C₂F₄ and C₃F₆. Selectivities as high as 55% to C₂F₄ and 35% to C₃F₆ are achieved under optimum conditions. The main byproduct HF readily reacts with K₂O in the catalyst, converting the catalyst from K₂O/AC into KF/AC. Selectivity to the major products remains relatively constant following this transformation.
Journal of Fluorine Chemistry Vol. 131, Issue 6, p. 698-703