|Systematic name||Strontium difluoride|
|Other names||Strontium fluoride, Strontium (II) fluoride|
|Molar mass||125.902419 g/mol|
colorless crystal or whitish powder;
|Density and phase||Density::4.24 g/cm3, solid|
|Solubility in water||0.012g/100g water at 27°C|
|Crystal structure||cubic, cF12|
|MSDS||Material safety data sheet|
highly poisonous if ingested or inhaled;
|R/S statement|| R: 36/37/38 |
|Other anions|| Strontium chloride,|
|Other cations|| Barium fluoride,|
|Related compounds||Strontium, Hydrofluoric acid|
| Except where noted otherwise, data are given for|
materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Disclaimer and references
Strontium fluoride is an inorganic, man-made compound consisting of two fluorine atoms and one strontium atom at a 120° bent shape. This insoluable compound is highly toxic and should not be ingested or inhaled. Those who handle strontium fluoride should take caution with eye protection and gloves. Strontium fluoride has high boiling and melting points and is not flammable. It can be made through electrosynthesis using fluorine gas combined with strontium chlorides or hydrofluoric acid. Strontium fluoride is used to coat lenses to transmit infrared waves and ultraviolet waves. This application is used with glasses, prism, windows, and other lenses. The element strontium was discovered in 1787 by William Cruickshank and Adair Crawford as strontium chloride and finally isolated in 1808 by Humphry Davy. The element fluorine was discovered in 1529 by Georgius Agricola and isolated in 1886 by Henri Moissan.
Strontium fluoride occurs as a white powder or a brittle, colorless crystal. It is not easily soluble, meaning it cannot dissolve in water, at 0.012 grams per 100 grams water at 27°C under normal conditions. It is poisonous if inhaled or ingested and can cause irritation to skin and eyes. Gloves and protective eyewear should always be worn when handling strontium fluoride. This compound has high boiling and melting point, at 2460°C (4460°F) and 1450°C (2642°F), respectively.  
SrCl2(s) + F2(g) → SrF2(s)
Strontium fluoride is mainly used in the optical field, most commonly coated onto lenses, including lenses used for glasses because of its ability to transmit ultraviolet and infrared waves. It is also used to make prisms and windows also for its transmittance abilities. Strontium fluoride is able to carry strontium-90 radioisotopes to radioisotope thermoelectric generators because of its superionic conductivity. As with most fluoride compounds, strontium fluoride is utilized when refining oil and producing pharmaceuticals.  
Strontium was discovered in Strontian (meaning strong man), Scotland as strontianite (SrCO3) in 1787 by William Cruickshank and Adair Crawford in a lead mine. Its first name was strontianite, after the mineral, then switched to strontites by Thomas Charles Hope. During the reveal of its isolation in 1808, Humphry Davy renamed it strontium, to match the other alkaline metals. During the 1950s and 1960s, strontium-90 was used for nuclear weapon testing. 
Fluorine was discovered in 1529 by Georgius Agricola to be used during smelting. Fluorite, its original name, consisted of calcium fluoride. The Latin word fluores, means to flow, and the Greek phthorios means destructive. Through electrolysis, Henri Moissan isolated fluorine in 1886.
About the history of strontium
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