The Role of Chemistry in History

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April 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments ·

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




Structurally there are three different types of Teflon. However, the most popular and applicable form of Teflon is PTFE; a polymer with repeating chains of CF2-CF2. The properties listed below are what makes Teflon useful in many different ways:

1. Teflon has a friction coefficient of 0.1, explaining the anti-stick properties. (Lowest friction of any known solid)

2. Teflon has a melting point of 327 degrees centigrade.

3. No water absorption.

4. Weatherability is outstanding.

5. Flame resistance LOI is 95%.

6. Resistance to chemical attack is excellent.

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