Frédéric Swarts

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Frédéric Swarts (2 September 1866 – 6 September 1940) was a Belgian chemist who prepared the first chlorofluorocarbon, CF2Cl2 (Freon-12) as well as several other related compounds. He was a professor in the civil engineering at the University of Ghent. In addition to his work on organofluorine chemistry, he authored the textbook "Cours de Chimie Organique."[1] He was a son of Theodore Swarts (chemist, *1839 Belgium; †1911 USA) and a colleague of Leo Baekeland.


  1. ^ Frédéric Swarts “Cours de Chimie Organique” Librairie Scientifique, A. Hermann (Paris), 1908.
  • Armstrong, E. F.; Simonsen, J. L.; Roy, S. C.; Gibson, C. S.; Barkla, D. G.; Timmermans, Jean (1946). "Obituary notices: Sir Martin Onslow Forster, 1872–1945; Biraj Mohan Gupta, 1890–1945; Alfred Lucas, 1867–1945; Frederic William Robinson, 1889–1946; Frederic Swarts, 1866–1940". Journal of the Chemical Society (Resumed): 550. doi:10.1039/JR9460000550.