October 23, 2017

The Innovative Power of Lubricants

 

Denise Dignam, Global Business Director at The Chemours Company, looks at how the chemistry of lubricants will continue to evolve to meet the demands of the future.



A headshot of Denise Dignam, General Manager, North America, and Global Business Director, Fluoropolymers, at The Chemours Company.

 

We at The Chemours Company try hard to keep business running smoothly. For those of us who work with Krytox™ lubricants, though, that’s not just a metaphor. Our product keeps entropy at bay, in industries ranging from automotive to deep space exploration, from electronics to communications.



Lubricants are the unsung heroes of today’s world. We depend on chemically inert, long-lasting lubricants like Krytox™ to operate in extreme conditions. And, increasingly, these extreme conditions can be found in everyday life.

New, hotter-running fuel-efficient engines depend on “lube for life” perfluoropolyether lubricants to function. Our connected world is crisscrossed by undersea cables carrying electricity, data, and communications. Krytox™, which seals out water, helps maintain the integrity of the cables at the bottom of the ocean.

Krytox™ is also found far from the ocean—in space. Since it doesn’t evaporate or burn up, Krytox™ ensures that crucial actuators move—despite vacuum conditions—and move safely, despite high-oxygen environments.

Since Krytox™ can handle the rigors of space, just imagine the new uses it can be put to here on earth. Silent-running electric vehicles won’t be able to hide squeaks and rattles without the roar of an engine. Enter perfluoropolyether lubrication, which can permanently silence vibrations from interior components (without degrading them), keep switches operating smoothly, and lubricate moving parts throughout the life of a vehicle. Krytox™ even plays a big role in electronics, both through keeping fabrication plants running smoothly and by making consumer products that stand up to daily use.

Daily use. That’s the essence of the story of lubrication. Products like Krytox™ solve problems for engineers, and these solutions make life better for everyone. We have yet to reach the limit of lubrication chemistry. Our chemists and engineers remain committed to finding more solutions—more answers that our customers crave. Fortunately, we all have a passion for keeping progress on a smooth and steady path.

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This content was featured in the Chemical & Engineering News 10/23/17 issue.