(above) trichlorofluoromethane (CCl3F) image. This image is 500 x 500 pixels; the original image is 4096 x 4096 pixels.
trichlorofluoromethane, CCl3F: consists of a centrally placed carbon atom (shown in black) with three chlorine atoms (shown in green) and one fluorine atom (shown in purple) arranged approximately (the bond lengths are different) at the points of a tetrahedron around it. Trichlorofluoromethane is a greenhouse gas and ozone depleter.
CFCs or ChloroFluoroCarbons: are very important greenhouse gases and ozone depleters. They contain only carbon, chlorine and fluorine atoms.
Haloalkanes are formed when a halide atom (Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, or Iodine) is bonded to carbon in an alkane. An alkane is a compound made fron carbon and hydrogen (i.e. it is a hydrocarbon) with no multiple bonds (i.e. it is saturated). Examples include methane (CH4) ethane (C2H6), propane (C3H8), and butane (C4H10).