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Silicones work two ways – mechanically and chemically – to improve performance and enable innovation.


Did you know ... silicones
have been proving their value for more than 60 years.
Learn about silicone's
history of proven


Understand how silicone materials work

Thanks to their flexible backbone and unique surface activity, silicones can do many things very well. Learn how these common types of silicone products adhere, manage foam, add gloss and shine, lubricate, release, soften and condition, emulsify, and waterproof substrates.

Silicone adhesives
Silicone antifoams & defoamers
Silicone foam stabilizers
Silicone gloss & shine enhancers
Silicone lubricants
Silicone release agents
Silicone softeners & conditioners
Silicone surfactants (emulsifiers)
Silicone water repellents

What happens to silicones after their work is done?

Although polydimethylsiloxane fluids do not biodegrade the way organic fluids do, they break down into naturally occurring materials in the environment. Learn how silicones degrade.

Expand your understanding

Learn about:
Interface & surface applications
Commercial benefits of PDMS
Silicone advantages

Interesting reading:
Why silicones behave funny by Dow Corning Scientist Emeritus Michael J. Owen (PDF Size 751 KB)

Technical articles for chemists and engineers:

Silicones in Industrial Applications
Article reprints from the silicone chapter of Inorganic Polymers, published by Nova Sciences.

Scientific overviews by silicone experts from around the globe.

  • Introduction to silicone chemistry
  • Uses, benefits, and limitations of silicones in various industrial applications

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