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Science and Technology of Fluoropolymers

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Cost: $1,000.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 0.8
Instructor: Mr. Jiri Drobny

Course Overview

Fluoropolymers are defined as a family of thermoplastic resins and elastomers in which some or all of the hydrogen atoms attached to the carbon chain are replaced by fluorine or fluorinated alkyl groups. In some cases, other halogens such as chlorine are also part of the molecule.

The chemistry of the majority of fluoropolymers is derived from compounds used in the refrigeration industry. The most common monomers used for the preparation of the known fluoropolymers are shown below. These can be combined to yield typically homopolymer, copolymers and terpolymers. The resulting products are thermoplastic resins or elastomers with unique properties not readily achievable by other polymeric materials such as chemical inertness, resistance to elevated temperatures, resistance to ultraviolet radiation, excellent weather resistance, excellent dielectric properties, flame resistance, hydrophobicity, and low coefficients of friction.      

In general, some material properties are strictly depending on the chemical substance under investigation; others depend on the processing operation, which determines the shape, dimensions and orientation within the material. Therefore the properties of individual polymers are essentially distinguished as physical, mechanical, thermal, and electrical. There are some other attributes that are important for specific polymers or classes of polymers, which may be optical properties, chemical properties, response to radiation, barrier properties, solubility, and thermal stability.



Ethylene (E)          

H2C =  CH2

Tetrafluoroetylene (TFE

F2C =  CF2

Chlorotrifluoroethylene (CTFE)

F2C =  CFCl

Vinylidene fluoride (VDF or VF2)      

H2C =  CF2

Vinyl fluoride (VF)

H2C =  CHF

Propene (propylene) (P)

H2C =  CH – CH3

Hexafluoropropylene (HFP)

F2C =  CF – CF3

Perfluoromethylvinyl ether (PMVE)

F2C =  CF – O – CF3

Perfluoropropylvinyl ether (PPVE)

F2C =  CF – O – C3F7

Online Course Requirements

We want you to have a great experience participating in our remote (online) courses, and for that, you’ll need the right equipment and internet connection.

Minimum needs are:

  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • A computer (PC or Mac) that can support the latest web browser versions.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
  • A microphone and a speaker.
  • International Students: For virtual (online) courses, an additional fee will be assessed to cover the cost of shipping the professional binder (presentation slides), to your address. The cost of international shipping can be significant.

For more information, visit our Online Course Requirements webpage.

Instructor Biography:

drobnyMr. Drobny is the President of Drobny Polymer Associates, an international consulting service. He was educated at the Prague Technical University in Chemical Engineering (processing of rubber and plastics), University of Akron in Polymer Science (physics and engineering of polymers), and Shippensburg State University in Business Administration (management and finance). He has more than 50 years of industrial experience in senior and executive responsibilities, with particular interest in fluoropolymer science and technology, thermoplastic elastomers, radiation technology, adhesives and coatings and rubber technology. He served as adjunct faculty in the Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and presented lectures at national and international conferences. Mr. Drobny is the author of several books and chapters and coauthor of several US and European patents.

  1. Introduction
  2. Basic Chemistry (monomers, polymerization)
  3. Fluoroplastics (PTFE, PFA/MFA, FEP, PCTFE, ETFE, ECTFE, PVDF, PVF, THV Fluoroplastics, Others), Properties
  4. Fluoroelastomers (FKM, FFKM, Fluorosilicones), Properties
  5. Other Fluoropolymers, Properties
  6. Commercial Fluoroplastics (manufacture, processing, applications)
  7. Commercial Fluoroelastomers (manufacture, processing, applications)
  8. Aqueous Polymeric Systems (processing, applications)
  9. Safety, Hygiene, Recycling, Disposal of Fluoropolymers
  10. Recent Developments and Trends


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


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