Fluorinated polymers are high-performance, long-lived materials that exhibit outstanding properties and are essential to a great variety of demanding applications. They are produced by conventional homogeneous solution (e.g., in CFCs) and heterogeneous suspension and emulsion (e.g., in aqueous media) polymerization processes. The use of traditional solvents (e.g., CFSs) has prompted considerable worldwide environmental concern that provides the principal driving force for the development of scCO2 based polymerization technologies. Polymer synthesis in scCO2 can offer significant benefits in terms of process efficiency and product quality. When the environmental advantages of CO2 are combined with its ability to be used as a dispersing medium for a wide variety of fluoropolymers, it becomes clear that CO2 may be the solvent of the future for the fluoropolymer industry.
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