Fluoropolymers play a critical role in the storage, freezing, and shipping of critical bioprocess fluids. Not all fluoropolymers are ideally suited for all applications, so it is important to understand the characteristics of each and the benefit of using one over another for your specific application.
Most Common Fluoropolymer Materials
Fluoropolymers have more commonalities than differences. Such characteristics include:
- Extremely high purity compared with other plastics
used in bioprocessing, including very low or no measurable
leachables or extractables
- Inert and nonreactivity with nearly every chemical used
in life science applications
- Relatively low coefficients of friction (meaning no
adhesion to biological materials), inherent resistance to
bioburden and biofilm, and ease of cleaning
- Very high thermal stability, leading to an extensive
service temperature range to temperatures as high at
200Â°C and as low as liquid nitrogen (â€“196 Â°C)
- Unmatched durability and are virtually unbreakable
during use â€“ even at blast freeze temperatures.
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