RSC "Applied Chemistry" creates production of films based on fluoropolymers

The project production of fluoropolymer pellicles is in line with the product diversification strategy aimed at increasing the output of high-tech civilian products and bringing it to 68% by 2025.

One of the promising directions of the project is the development of a wide film of tetrafluoroethylene copolymer with ethylene, known in the world as ETFE, and in Russia as fluoroplast-40. Nowadays architectural elements of buildings — the roofs of stadiums and cultural centers, facades, dome structures and canopies made of light fluoropolymer alternatives to glass-are in increasing demand.

Significant advantages of ETFE films over other types of coatings in greenhouse and greenhouse farms are expressed in a greater range of light transmission, including UV, in the absence of noticeable aging for up to 20 — 30 years, self-cleaning and exceptional strength and determine the growth of the use of films in this purpose worldwide.

Apart from this, ETFE films are actively used as a protective barrier for photovoltaic cells, OLED screens, when protected from the aggressive external influences of many other working surfaces. In Europe, state-funded architectural projects of "intelligent buildings" have been successfully implemented recently, in which the flexible electronics of solar cells and light sources are sealed in the anti-glare film-based ETFE, which provides an automatic reaction of the "smart" building to changing environmental conditions, creates comfortable conditions and low power consumption of living quarters.

The production of films from a wide range of thermoplastic fluoropolymers, including ion exchange membranes of fuel cells, films with special properties or piezoelectric materials, is in demand at various science-intensive enterprises of the country, including the military-space complex, which is also taken into account by the project.