Silicone and silicon are often mistaken for one another, not only because of the similarities in their names, but because silicon is indeed one ingredient in the silicone process.
What is important to remember is that silicon is a naturally occurring chemical element that is combined with carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and other chemical elements to create the polymer we know as silicone.
It is an inert, synthetic compound with a strength sufficient to bond glass plates together capable of holding many thousands of gallons of water for uses such as aquariums.
It is the various properties of silicone that make it so popular in a modern world environment.
Because it is non-stick; a good electrical insulator; water, oxygen, UV, and ozone resistant; thermally stable; has low chemical reactivity and does not support microbiological growth, it is the material of choice for dozens of industries worldwide and there are many major companies throughout the world who have built global businesses through the manufacture of some of the many hundreds of silicone containing products that are in daily use both in industry and in the home. We may all be familiar with silicone sealant, but there are so many more varied uses and applications for this wonderful product.
Throughout this site we will explore and examine some of the most common uses and applications of silicone materials from silicon solar applications to silicone on the moon, and we’ll also delve a bit further into silicone’s history and roots.
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Silicones are fascinating and important compounds which have an enormous array of uses and applications for their unique properties.
Quite often people mistake silicone and silicon for the same thing.
In reality, silicone is an entirely man-made product which is so flexible in it’s uses that it appears in everything from the automotive industry and cookware, manufacturing to medicine, fire prevention equipment, plumbing, and even toys. There is an almost endless list of applications and uses for silicone’s unique chemical properties.
Modern silicones are the offspring of pioneering chemist Frederick S. Kipping’s work.
It was Frederick who was the first to achieve synthesis of silicone compounds in the 1940’s, and he even coined the word “silicone” itself.