The Science of Fluoropolymers
Fluoropolymers possess a unique combination of attributes—durability, heat and chemical resistance, and unique dielectric properties—that allow them to perform under the toughest operating conditions.
Fluoropolymers help improve the efficiency and durability of the product and processes in which they’re used. They impart a wide range of characteristics that are vital for the manufacture and performance of medical devices, cell phones and laptops, telecommunications infrastructure and advanced transportation and aerospace applications, among many others. They are essential to the electronic storage and sharing of data, enabling everything from rapid transmission of electronic medical records to instantaneous commercial, banking and financial transactions.
- Fluoropolymers enable sustainable solutions by enhancing energy efficiency, supporting alternative energy, enhancing product durability/longevity, improving industrial process safety, and more.
- Fluoropolymers are a key element of fuel cell and lithium ion battery technologies.
- Fluoropolymer fuel tubes and hoses drastically reduce fugitive emissions and enable automakers to achieve LEV III emissions standards.
- Fluoropolymer release films allow for the manufacture of carbon fiber reinforced composite structural components that provide lighter weight and fuel efficiency for both aerospace and automotive applications.
- Fluoropolymers increase the production efficiency of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.
- Fluoropolymer gaskets and seals are used across industries to prevent leaks and environmental releases.
Uses & Benefits
- Cable Coatings
- Cell Phones
- Semiconductor Equipment
- Data Transmission Cables
- Wind Turbines
- Lithium Ion Batteries
- Fuel Cells
- Fuel Tubes
- Composite Structural Components
Fluoropolymers are a group of plastics with a set of unique characteristics, which make them ideal for a variety of heavy industries, day-to-day applications, and everyday products. With their ability to withstand harsh and aggressive environments, fluoropolymers are readily embraced by numerous global industries.
Fluoropolymers are used in numerous technologies, industrial processes, and everyday applications from aviation, transportation, and energy production to personal electronics and medical and first responder devices and equipment.
They are durable, chemically inert, and mechanically strong in harsh conditions, making them a critical material in many sectors with few, if any, viable alternatives.
Fluoropolymers are part of the broad family of fluorinated chemistries known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. There is much confusion in the news and the public regarding PFAS, as they are often lumped together and not differentiated. Fluoropolymers have well-established safety profiles and do not present a significant concern for human health or the environment.
Fluoropolymers satisfy widely accepted criteria to be considered polymers of low concern, indicating that they do not present a significant risk to human health or the environment. This is the reason why fluoropolymers should be regulated differently than PFOA and PFOS.