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The Fascination of Chemistry

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Once a month, our "Fascination of Chemistry" podcast shows you how chemistry ensures perfectly functioning products in all areas of life.

Everybody is familiar with functional clothing for sports nowadays. However, future clothing will be able to do much more: smart textiles will be able to notify us if we’re moving the wrong way or point out how we can exercise even more efficiently. Sensors that are designed with the aid of WACKER’s ELASTOSIL® Film make this possible.

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Electrics & Electronics Textiles, Leather & Nonwovens

Whether jam jars or fabric-softener bottles – countless everyday products bear labels. They are not applied by hand, of course, but with labeling machines. These can manage up to 18,000 labels in an hour. For this to work at such rapid speeds, WACKER has developed DEHESIVE® SFX silicone coatings. They ensure that the label reliably bonds to the backing material, but easily peels off when needed.

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Elastomers & Plastics Adhesives & Sealants

Wood is one of the oldest building materials known to humans – and remains very popular to this day. A coating is used to provide wood with long-term protection against weathering. With SILRES® WH, WACKER has developed a wood preservative which is perfectly suited to this role. SILRES® WH is a silicone resin which covers the surface of the wood with a flexible, elastic film. This means that no moisture can penetrate the wood, even after years of exposure to sunlight and rain.

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Coatings & Paints Construction

Bonding has several advantages over clamping, riveting, and screwing. Whether in a car or on a patio: bonds need to be flexible, but at the same time resistant to tearing or shearing. GENIOSIL® XT - a new product range which does not require organotin catalysts or the addition of solvents - helps to meet these requirements.

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Coatings & Paints Construction

Gypsum construction elements and materials have many advantages: they are environmentally friendly to manufacture and can be rapidly and inexpensively processed. But, when used in damp locations, gypsum must be made water repellent.
In SILRES® BS Powder S, WACKER now has an active substance which achieves this water repellency more efficiently and reliably than those previously used.

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Coatings & Paints Construction Sustainability

Fabric softeners not only make laundry super soft but also make ironing easier. Fabric softeners are designed to make textiles more comfortable and give them a fresh smell. Modern silicone fluid emulsions from WACKER can do much more.

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Textiles, Leather & Nonwovens

Automotive interiors are expected to have an attractive, high-quality finish. The interiors of lower-priced and smaller car models often feature talc-filled polypropylene rather than high-end foamed plastics. WACKER has developed GENIOPLAST® Pellet S, an additive that stops plastic surfaces from looking scratched and worn even after years of use.

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Automotive & Transport Electrics & Electronics Adhesives & Sealants

Hydroxytyrosol is an olive-based active ingredient intended to prevent a great many diseases, boost the immune system and inhibit inflammatory processes. It is therefore used in skin creams and functional foods. WACKER has now found a way to make this active ingredient synthetically. Manufacturers are thus less dependent on the availability of olives and can use the substance in a highly pure form.

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Food Life Science Health

A combination of high resolution and bright colors is an essential feature of state-of-the art displays. But these displays have a weakness: they are almost completely unreadable in sunlight. In collaboration with VIA optronics – a supplier of enhanced displays – WACKER has developed a silicone gel which, when combined with a special production technology, ensures that displays are perfectly with hardly any reflections, no matter how strong the background light.

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Life Science Electrics & Electronics