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After more than 60 years of silicone exploration, we know one thing – there is virtually no limit to what this fascinating material can be and do.

 

Did you know ... Even Dr. Frederick S. Kipping, father of organosilicon chemistry, never envisioned the infinite
commercial possibilities
of his "sticky messes."
 

What is Silicone?


Expand your understanding

When we think of silicones, many of us think of sealants or rubber. But few of us understand how many amazingly different things silicones can be engineered to do.

You know silicones are ...
Hydrophobic
Liquids
Antifoams or Defoamers
Clear
Resist Heat
Durable Films
Insulate
Release Agents
Lubricious
Nonvolatile
Incompatible with Organics
Glossy or Shiny
Flexible Cured Films
Thin Films
Linear Molecular Structures
Non-Polar
Soft, Smooth, Silky
Alcohol Insoluble
Gas Permeable
Soluble in Aliphatic Hydrocarbons
Industrial Grade
But did you know they can also be ...
Hydrophilic
Solids
Foam Stabilizers or Pro-Foamers
Pigmented
Conduct Heat
Transient Films
Conduct Electricity
Adhesives
Tacky
Volatile
Compatible with Organics
Dull
Rigid Cured Films
Thick Films
Branched or Three-Dimensional Structures
Polar
Hard, Rough, Tacky
Alcohol Soluble
Gas Impermeable
Insoluble, Solvent Resistant
Food-Grade and Medical Grade
 Did you know ... by changing the size or structure of the silicone molecule or by adding different compounds to it, you can enhance
or change the way it behaves!
 

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