On This Day In Chemistry

February 4th

American chemist Roy Plunkett patented Teflon on this day in 1941

Teflon is the brand name for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a fluorinated plastic. It is used as a non-stick coating for pans because of its inertness and extreme slipperiness. It is the only known material to which gecko’s feet cannot stick!

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