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A thermosetting plastic with a high softening point (327°C) prepared by the polymerization of tetrafluoroethene under pressure (45–50 atmospheres). The reaction requires an initiator, ammonium peroxosulphate. The polymer has a low coefficient of friction and its ‘anti-stick’ properties are probably due to its helical structure with the fluorine atoms on the surface of an inner ring of carbon atoms. It is used for coating cooking utensils and nonlubricated bearings.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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