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Intro to Teflon

April 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments ·

Intro to Teflon, Serendipitous Discovery, Chemical Properties, Production, Changing History, Conclusion

Teflon or polytetraflouroethylene (PTFE) is a synthetic flouropolymer that has many uses. It was created and popularized under the brand Dupont, who then dubbed PTFE Teflon. It is undoubtedly most well know for the anti-stick and inert properties. Teflon is essentially inert to all chemicals and often considered the slickest material in the world. Teflon has greatly influenced areas such as: aero-space, electronics, fabrics, communications, along with many industrial processes. Teflon’s first significant use was in the Manhattan Project, where it was used to contain highly reactive uranium hexafluoride.

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