What makes my cooking pans “nonstick”?

Polymers in and Around You Read more from
Chapter Polymer Chemistry

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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