Perfluoroalkoxy or PFA is a type of fluoropolymer with properties similar to polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It differs from the PTFE resins in that it is melt-processable using conventional injection molding and screw extrusion techniques.
PFA was invented by DuPont and is sold under the brandname Teflon PFA. Teflon is better known as the trade name for PTFE. Other brandnames for granules are Neoflon PFA from Daikin or Hyflon PFA from Solvay Solexis.
PFA is very similar in composition to the fluoropolymers PTFE and FEP (fluorinated ethylene-propylene). PFA and FEP both share PTFE’s useful properties of low coefficient of friction and non-reactivity, but are more easily formable. PFA is softer than PTFE and melts at 305 °C.
Another version of polytetrafluoroethylene perfluoro methylvinylether, with a different ratio of PTFE and MVE monomers from PFA, is MFA
- Extreme resistance to chemical attack
- Optical transparency