Concrete and sand are highly unreactive to most of the chemical attacks. But chlorine triflouride is so dangerous that it will ignite concrete, sand and other fire retarding substances. Which property does ClF3 possess to cause this ignition and why?
Concrete, sand, and asbestos are all, in large part, silicon dioxide (SiO₂). It's energetically favorable for available fluorine to take the place of oxygen, producing SiF₄. This occurs even in weak solutions of hydrogen fluoride, and it's why HF solutions are used for etching glass.
ClF₃ has a much greater amount of potential bond energy than HF or even F₂. This means that, when it decomposes, such as upon contact with silicon dioxide, it gives off a lot of energy, which is released as fire.