High-Reflectance PTFE Sheets


  • Omnidirectional, Diffusely Reflective PTFE Ideal for UV Sterilization
  • >93% Average Reflectance from 250 to 400 nm
  • Usable at Temperatures up to 260 ­°C
  • Hydrophobic and Chemically Inert

PMR10P1

33 cm x 33 cm Sheet with
Adhesive Backing

PMR10R2

33 cm x 13.2 m Sheet

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Specifications
Item # PMR10P1 PMR10R1 PMR10R2
PTFE
Dimensions
Thickness 0.75 mm
Width 33 cm
Length 33 cm 13.2 m ± 1.5 m
Adhesive Backing 3M 93020 Tape w/
300LSE Adhesive,
0.20 mm Thicka
None
Average Reflectance
(Click for Graph; Raw Data)
>93% (250 - 400 nm)
>92% (400 - 800 nm)
Dielectric Constant 1.7
Operating Temperature -40 to 260 °C
UL Rating 5VA V-0 (UL 94), f1 (UL 746C)
  • With Protective Liner Removed
PTFE UV Reflectance
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PMR10 Series PTFE Sheet Reflectance Compared to Common Metals

Features

  • Porous, Sintered PTFE for High Omnidirectional Tensile Strength
  • Nearly Lambertian Reflectance
  • Ravg > 93% (250 - 400 nm)
  • Skived (Shaved) for Precise Thickness Control
  • Naturally Hydrophobic Material (IP-Rated)
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    • Different Sizes
    • With or Without Adhesive Backing

These polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) sheets provide highly efficient and uniform diffuse reflection of UV light, making them ideal for applications such as UV irradiation and sterilization of objects. Their average reflectance of >93% from 250 to 400 nm provides better performance than polished aluminum or stainless steel (see the graph to the right). PTFE is also chemically inert and UV resistant, traits not found in common polymers such as polyethylene, polycarbonate, and nylon.

Sintering & Skiving
These sheets are produced by first sintering PTFE particles, where the particles are fused together using heat and pressure to produce a cohesive porous solid. This technique allows for precise control of the output material properties, including pore size and pore volume. The material is then skived, a process in which thin layers of material are cut from the bulk, to produce precisely 0.75 mm thick sheets.

Comparison with Molded PTFE and Extended PTFE (ePTFE)
Sintered and skived PTFE material offers many benefits, such as low flex fatigue, omnidirectional diffuse reflectance, and compatibility with heat and vibrational welding. Testing also shows that PTFE samples that have been sintered and then skived exhibited a lower and more consistent median pore diameter (roughly 1 to 7 µm) than those that were sintered and then molded (roughly 7 to 27 µm). The robust pore structure also makes it safe to handle during assembly and it can be easily mounted inside or outside of an enclosure. This is in contrast with extended PTFE (ePTFE), made by heating and stretching extruded PTFE, which is fragile and requires a supporting layer due to the low strength of the nodes and fibrils that comprise it; ePTFE membranes are also sensitive to temperature and pressure.

† Porex Corporation. Ultraviolet Reflectance of Microporous PTFE [White Paper].


Posted Comments:
user  (posted 2021-08-19 05:18:06.637)
Hello, I would like to ask if these sheets are fluorescent, i.e., if UV illumination causes reemission at different wavelengths. If yes, are there any additional measured data available that would show the Stokes shift, etc.? Thank you very much!
cdolbashian  (posted 2021-09-10 11:06:25.0)
Thank you for contacting us here at Thorlabs! There is no evidence that these PTFE sheets are fluorescent, they are simply highly reflective within the UV spectra.

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