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Perfluoropolyether / James Bond Villain 
2014-05-23 19:20
Science
I was looking through the vacuum pump section of the Scientific Instrument Services catalog and saw the solution to two very different problems you might have.  Do you need a very inert fluorinated vacuum pump fluid for use when pumping highly reactive gases?  Are you writing a story with a character like a James Bond villain and you need a suitable name for that character?  Either way, the answer might be FomblinOr alternatively, the competing brand Krytox!
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2014-05-24 09:20 (UTC)
Fomblin sounds like someone with low dexterity.

But the line "For the ultimate solution" on the website is worthy of a James Bond villain, destroying people with a universal solvent.
2014-05-25 01:53 (UTC)
One of my former BBS colleagues had the handle of "Kryt0x". I think he will be amused.
2014-05-25 06:33 (UTC)
Krytox, with his Ultimate Solution, is clearly the superior Bond villain.
2014-05-27 02:46 (UTC)
We have several jugs of fomblin sitting around at work for one of our vacuum pumps, that are in fact lightly used. We can't figure out quite what to do with them.
2014-06-03 01:32 (UTC)
There are apparently companies that buy used Fomblin/Krytox and clean it up to resell (for less than the sky-high price of the new stuff).
2014-06-03 13:59 (UTC)
I'll have to look into this. Thanks!
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