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Dear Prof Kevin

Are there elements in Group 15 of Periodic table to red phosphorus for matches production?

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Prashant

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Hi Prashant,

In a word. No.

There are many other mixtures that can be ignited by friction(cf thermite etc.) but few are as good or safe as the safety match. I understand that match prduction has been badly affected by cheap gas lighters with wheeled steel/flint igniters.

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Kevin  

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Thermodynamics, chemistry, chemical reactions, kinetics, chemical reaction safety, dust explosion technology, static electricity. General science.

Experience

Over 40 years experience as a practicing thermochemist in industry. Head of the fire and explosion laboratory of a major European chemical company (Ciba-Geigy). Now retired.

Organizations
Institute of Chemical Engineers. Royal Society of Chemistry.

Education/Credentials
Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem MRSC). Msc Sheffield.

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