Polymer Chemistry

Polymers in and Around You

What makes my cooking pans “nonstick”?

The coating that is placed on cookware is usually polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), marketed as Teflon® by DuPont®. The strength of the C-F bond, and its reluctance to interact with just about anything else, makes Teflon® very heat-resistant and slippery stuff. Aside from coating cookware, it’s used to make gears and bearings, and it’s a key component of Gore-Tex (the material your waterproof jacket is made of).


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