Mike Southon, Technical Manager for Basildon Chemicals, part of the South Korean KCC group, will discuss the history, manufacture and myriad uses of silicone. Silicones were first synthesised in the search for silicon analogues to ketones. Now produced in hundreds of thousands of tonnes per annum, they are relatively cheap and used in all areas of industry. Silicone's unique properties, such as low surface energy, low toxicity, inertness and high purity allow it to be specified in many demanding situations. Silicones are unusual in that their repeating siloxane backbone can be equilibrated under certain conditions. This, coupled with the fact that siloxane groups come with connectivity of one through to four, allows for the design of polymers with specified structures and properties. These aspects will be explored with some practical demonstrations.
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