Fluoropolymers 2


  • Gareth Hougham
  • Patrick E. Cassidy
  • Ken Johns
  • Theodore Davidson

Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Processing, Structure, and Properties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Theodore Davidson, Raj N. Gounder, David K. Weber, Sheldon M. Wecker
      Pages 3-23
    3. C. R. Davis, F. D. Egitto, S. V. Babu
      Pages 69-110
    4. Shiow-Ching Lin, Karol Argasinski
      Pages 121-136
    5. Stefano Turri, Massimo Scicchitano, Roberta Marchetti, Aldo Sancuineti, Stefano Radice
      Pages 145-169
  3. Modeling and Simulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. David B. Holt, Barry L. Farmer, Ronald K. Eby
      Pages 173-190
    3. Jeffrey D. Carbeck, Gregory C. Rutledge
      Pages 191-211
  4. Fluorine-containing Polyimides

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Gareth Hougham
      Pages 233-276
    3. Shinji Ando, Tohru Matsuura, Shigekuni Sasaki
      Pages 277-303
    4. Tohru Matsuura, Shinji Ando, Shigekuni Sasaki
      Pages 305-350
    5. Frank W. Harris, Fuming Li, Stephen Z. D. Cheng
      Pages 351-370
    6. Carrington D. Smith, Régis Merçier, Huges Waton, Bernard Sillion
      Pages 371-399
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 401-408

About this book


The fluorine atom, by virtue of its electronegativity, size, and bond strength with carbon, can be used to create compounds with remarkable properties. Small molecules containing fluorine have many positive impacts on everyday life of which blood substitutes, pharmaceuticals, and surface modifiers are only a few examples. Fluoropolymers, too, while traditionally associated with extreme high performance applications have found their way into our homes, our clothing, and even our language. A recent American president was often likened to the tribology of PTFE. Since the serendipitous discovery of Teflon at the DuPont Jackson Laboratory in 1938, fluoropolymers have grown steadily in technological and marketplace importance. New synthetic fluorine chemistry, new processes, and new apprecia tion of the mechanisms by which fluorine imparts exceptional properties all contribute to accelerating growth in fluoropolymers. There are many stories of harrowing close calls in the fluorine chemistry lab, especially from the early years, and synthetic challenges at times remain daunting. But, fortunately, modem techniques and facilities have enabled significant strides toward taming both the hazards and synthetic uncertainties, In contrast to past environmental problems associated with fluorocarbon refrigerants, the exceptional properties of fluorine in polymers have great environmental value. Some fluoropolymers are enabling green technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells for automobiles and oxygen selective membranes for cleaner diesel combustion.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gareth Hougham
    • 1
  • Patrick E. Cassidy
    • 2
  • Ken Johns
    • 3
  • Theodore Davidson
    • 4
  1. 1.IBM T. J. Watson Research CenterYorktown Heights
  2. 2.Southwest Texas State UniversitySan Marcos
  3. 3.Chemical and PolymerWindleshamEngland
  4. 4.Princeton

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