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One of the materials that foments the most discussion in science is Teflon. This plastic polymer is in fact widely used in various areas, but, in addition to Teflon, we clearly use many technopolymers in our daily lives.
In this article, we will explain how Teflon is composed and what the areas of application of this very special material are.

TEFLON: A TECHNOPOLYMER PLASTIC

Teflon is also called polytetrafluoroethylene. Teflon’s composition consists of carbon and fluorine and, for this reason, it possesses a very high molecular weight and a completely solid consistency to the touch.
The other characteristics of this material, which explain its numerous uses, are related to its great hydrophobic capacity: the high electronegativity of fluorine makes it indispensable in the non-stick assembly of many pans.
Since Teflon does not involve any type of reaction at the corrosive level, it is also used for the production of pipes and containers inside which chemical corrosive agents pass.
Another important feature is the lack of friction: any product made with a Teflon coating is very smooth to the touch and allows liquids to slide even inside industrial machines, minimising energy costs.

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Another very important element that is produced by Teflon is thermo-hydraulics: the gasket.
This allows several components fitted together to have a better grip on each other and prevent liquids from leaking or screws and bolts from coming loose.
Again, the characteristics of Teflon are surprisingly well suited to this function, minimising the risk of breakage due to wear on both stationary and moving components.
Teflon is also used within the electrical insulation of systems that include it.

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