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Silicon Chemistry Tutorial

Silicone Product Forms and Functions.

Silicones are available in a variety of forms and have been designed to perform a host of functions.

Forms and properties:


FluidsLinear, not crosslinked - Liquid at low molecular weights -Solid at high molecular weights
ElastomersCrosslinked solids - Silica filler in the structure
ResinsCrosslinked solids or fluids - Usually do not contain silica fillers


Typical functions:

  • Adhesives
  • Antifoams
  • Coatings
  • Coolants
  • Coupling agents
  • Encapsulants
  • Hydrophobic treatments
  • Lubricants
  • Polymer melt additives
  • Process aids
  • Release agents
  • Softeners
  • Sealants
  • Surfactants
  • Water repellents
  • Wetting agents


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