Polytetrafluoroethylene

PolytretrafluorethylenePTFE Is Used in a Variety of Applications

Polytretrafluorethylene, also known as PTFE plastic, or Teflon, as it is widely known by its brand name, is a very high molecular weight fluoropolymer and thermoplastic that cannot be penetrated by water or water containing substances. Polytretrafluorethylene is made of up carbon and fluorine and is primarily hydrophobic as fluorocarbons have a high electronegativity and mitigate London dispersion forces. Polytretrafluorethylene is most widely known for being used as a coating on non-stock pans and other bakeware, however it has many other uses as a coating, including coating catheters, which it helps to mitigate bacterial infections.

How is Polytretrafluorethylene created?

By the free radical polymerization of tetrafluoroethylene. Tetrafluoroethylene can be explosive so special tools are required for this polymerization process to ensure that no dangerous reactions occur during the process. Prior to the free radical polymerization of tetrafluoroethylene process, persulfate is applied to homolyze and create sulfate radicals.

At room temperature, PTFE thermoplastic has a density of about 2200 kg/m3  . It maintains its properties of being strong, tough, and self-lubricating at very low temperatures (5 K), and features excellent flexibility capability at temps above 194 K. It gains its properties because of the collective effects of the carbon fluorine bonds.

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