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Phenolic resin (PF)

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Phenolic resin (PF)

Phenolic resin (PF)

Polymer Type: Thermoset

Key Properties

  • Excellent thermal stability
  • Good flame retardance
  • High mechanical strength and rigidity
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Good electrical insulating properties


  • Laminates and countertops: Countertops, tabletops, wall panels, flooring.
  • Adhesives: Woodworking, furniture, construction, bonding high-temperature materials.
  • Friction materials: Brake pads, clutch linings, due to heat resistance and wear resistance.
  • Molding compounds: Electrical components, automotive parts, high-temperature components.
  • Pipe linings and coatings: Chemical-resistant coatings, protective linings for pipes and tanks.

Additional Information

Phenolic resin (PF), also known as phenol-formaldehyde resin, is a thermosetting polymer formed by the reaction of phenol and formaldehyde. This polymer has excellent thermal stability, flame retardance, and mechanical strength.

PF enjoys widespread use in diverse applications. Its high-temperature resistance makes it ideal for laminates, countertops, and industrial components. Its flame retardance benefits applications like building materials and electrical components. Its chemical resistance allows it to withstand harsh environments in adhesives, coatings, and pipe linings. Additionally, its good mechanical properties make it suitable for demanding molding applications.

However, PF resins can be brittle and susceptible to cracking. Additionally, they may release formaldehyde during curing, requiring proper ventilation. Furthermore, specific applications might require modifications to address limitations such as brittleness through additives or fillers.

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