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Sulfuryl Fluoride (Vikane): A Review of Its Use as a Fumigant

Michele R. Derrick, Helen D. Burgess, Mary T. Baker and Nancy E. Binnie
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 1990), pp. 77-90
DOI: 10.2307/3179591
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3179591
Page Count: 14
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Sulfuryl Fluoride (Vikane): A Review of Its Use as a Fumigant
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Abstract

Sulfuryl fluoride, sold commercially as a fumigant by Dow Chemical Company under its trademark Vikane, is currently being examined for use in museums and historic structures as a pest control agent. While little to no visible damage to materials is noted when Vikane is properly used, the selection criteria for a museum fumigant must be founded on an in-depth analysis of its possible effect on the physical and chemical properties of exposed artifacts. This article forms a basis for the evaluation of sulfuryl fluoride by providing a comprehensive review on Vikane, including information regarding the uses, chemical reactivity, physical properties, efficacy, and toxicity of sulfuryl fluoride.

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