Science and Technology of Fluoropolymers - 1 Day Course

December 11 - 11, 2017

Fluoropolymers are defined as a family of thermoplastic resins and elastomers in which some or all of the hydrogen atoms attached to the carbon chain are replaced by fluorine or fluorinated alkyl groups. In some cases, other halogens such as chlorine are also part of the molecule.

The chemistry of the majority of fluoropolymers is derived from compounds used in the refrigeration industry. The most common monomers used for the preparation of the known fluoropolymers are shown below. These can be combined to yield typically homopolymer, copolymers and terpolymers. The resulting products are thermoplastic resins or elastomers with unique properties not readily achievable by other polymeric materials such as chemical inertness, resistance to elevated temperatures, resistance to ultraviolet radiation, excellent weather resistance, excellent dielectric properties, flame resistance, hydrophobicity, and low coefficients of friction.      

In general, some material properties are strictly depending on the chemical substance under investigation; others depend on the processing operation, which determines the shape, dimensions and orientation within the material. Therefore the properties of individual polymers are essentially distinguished as physical, mechanical, thermal, and electrical. There are some other attributes that are important for specific polymers or classes of polymers, which may be optical properties, chemical properties, response to radiation, barrier properties, solubility, and thermal stability.

Akron Polymer Training Center
Akron, OH United States of America