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Fascinating Silicone™ Chemistry Corner – Methylchloride Production

How methylchloride is produced

Methylchloride is produced by condensing methanol with hydrochloric acid:

Formula for condensing methanol with hydrochloric acid to produce methylchloride

Two methyl groups (CH3) must attach to each silicon atom to produce one molecule of dimethyldichlorosilane – the basic silicone building block.

Methanol is a major ingredient in the manufacture of silicone.

 

Did you know ... methanol required for silicone
production can be produced in a variety of sustainable
ways (including the gasification of wood, agricultural
products, and even municipal waste)!

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