PTFE is produced by free radical polymerization of tetrafluoroethylene, it has numerous applications.
It has some unique properties that make it a useful material in a wide range of applications. For example:
- Very high melting point: With a melting point of around 327°C, there are very few situations where PTFE would be damaged by heat.
- Hydrophobic: It’s resistance to water means it never gets wet, making it useful in cooking, wound dressings and more.
- Chemically inert: The majority of solvents and chemicals will not damage PTFE.
- Low coefficient of friction: The coefficient of friction of PTFE is one of the lowest of any solid in existence, meaning nothing will stick to it.
- High flexural strength: It’s ability to bend and flex, even at low temperatures, means it can be easily applied to a variety of surfaces without losing its integrity.