High energy radiation grafting of fluoropolymers

Dargaville, T. R., George, G. A., Hill, D. J. T. and Whittaker, A. K. (2003) High energy radiation grafting of fluoropolymers. Progress In Polymer Science, 28 9: 1355-1376. doi:10.1016/S0079-6700(03)00047-9

Author Dargaville, T. R.
George, G. A.
Hill, D. J. T.
Whittaker, A. K.
Title High energy radiation grafting of fluoropolymers
Journal name Progress In Polymer Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0079-6700
Publication date 2003-01-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/S0079-6700(03)00047-9
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 28
Issue 9
Start page 1355
End page 1376
Total pages 22
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Pergamon-Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
250502 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
780103 Chemical sciences
Abstract Fluoropolymers are known as chemically inert materials with good high temperature resistance, so they are often the materials of choice for harsh chemical environments. These properties arise because the carbon-fluorine bond is the strongest of all bonds between other elements and carbon, and, because of their large size, fluorine atoms can protect the carbon backbone of polymers such as poly(tetrafluoroethylene), PTFE, from chemical attack. However, while the carbon-fluorine bond is much stronger than the carbon hydrogen bond, the G values for radical formation on high energy radiolysis of fluoropolymers are roughly comparable to those of their protonated counterparts. Thus, efficient high energy radiation grafting of fluoropolymers is practical, and this process can be used to modify either the surface or bulk properties of a fluoropolymer. Indeed, radiation grafted fluoropolymers are currently being used as separation membranes for fuel cells, hydrophilic filtration membranes and matrix substrate materials for use in combinatorial chemistry. Herein we present a review of recent studies of the high energy radiation grafting of fluoropolymers and of the analytical methods available to characterize the grafts. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Polymer Science
Radiation Grafting
Grafting Mechanisms
Fluorine-containing Polymers
Ion-exchange Membranes
Teflon-fep Films
Linked Polytetrafluoroethylene Ptfe
Ray Photoelectron-spectroscopy
Pfa Copolymer Films
Poly(vinylidene Fluoride)
Surface Modification
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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