Hydrofluoric acid (HF) is a building block for almost all fluorine compounds. HF can be produced directly from the mineral Fluorite, but also as a by-product of phosphoric acid.
HF is primarily used in oil refining, as well as steel and aluminum production making oil&gas and construction key industries.Refineries use it as a catalyst to create high-octane fuel.
Up Stream Materials/Building Blocks:
Apatite (phosphate mineral containing fluorine)
Fluorosilicic acid (co-product)
Down Stream Materials Consuming Hydrofluoric Acid:
Buffered Oxide Etchants (BOE)
Potassium Fluoride (toothpaste)
Sodium Fluoride (toothpaste)