Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, often referred to as PFAS or Fluorotechnology, are a diverse group of chemistries characterized by the strong bond between fluorine and carbon. Because of this strong bond, PFAS provides products with strength, durability, stability and resilience – characteristics critical to many products industry and consumers rely on.
PFAS include a variety of different chemicals with different properties and characteristics. Therefore, the hazard and risk profiles of various PFAS are different.
One key type of PFAS in use today is fluoropolymers, a type of specialty material. Because of their physical characteristics, fluoropolymers are not toxic or water soluble. They provide products with a unique combination of attributes—durability, heat and chemical resistance and superior dielectric properties—that allow them to perform under the toughest conditions.
Another major type of PFAS in use today is C6 fluorotelomers, which are well-studied and meet relevant regulatory standards for the protection of human health and the environment. C6 fluorotelomer-based products are versatile chemistries with wetting and spreading features, as well as unique properties that repel water, oil and stains.