© 2002

Fluoropolymers 1: Synthesis

  • 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-xviii
  2. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. V. Sreenivasulu Reddy, Maria Bruma, John Fitch, Patrick Cassidy
      Pages 3-9
    3. Arthur W. Snow, Leonard J. Buckley
      Pages 11-23
    4. Ming-H. Hung, William B. Farnham, Andrew E. Feiring, Shlomo Rozen
      Pages 51-66
    5. Bruno Ameduri, Bernard Boutevin, Gerardo Caporiccio, Francine Guida-Pietrasanta, Abdellatif Manseri, Amédée Ratsimihety
      Pages 67-80
    6. Milton H. Andrus Jr., Robert J. Olsen, Gilbert L. Eian, Richard C. Allen
      Pages 81-90
    7. Boris V. Mislavsky
      Pages 91-110
    8. Frank W. Mercer, Matilda M. Fone, Martin T. McKenzie, Andy A. Goodwin
      Pages 111-125
    9. M. Antonietti, S. Oestreich
      Pages 151-166
    10. Henry S. -W. Hu, James R. Griffith
      Pages 181-189
    11. James P. DeYoung, Timothy J. Romack, Joseph M. DeSimone
      Pages 191-205
  3. Direct Fluorination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Richard J. Lagow, Han-Chao Wei
      Pages 209-221
    3. Georgy Barsamyan, Vladimir B. Sokolov
      Pages 223-240
    4. P. A. B. Carstens, J. A. De Beer, J. P. Le Roux
      Pages 241-259
    5. Marcus O. Weber, Diederich Schilo
      Pages 261-270

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 hi- 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 apprec- 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, modern 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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