The Fascination of Chemistry

WACKER'S AUDIO MAGAZINE

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

Chewing gum in any shape

Jul 17, 2019 | 5:23 min

Chewing gum in the shape of a heart? We can do that! Until now, however, chewing gum has undergone an elaborate mixing process using gum base, which limits the variety of shapes. Now that’s all going to change: With CAPIVA® C03, WACKER has developed a new gum base that melts completely so that the popular confectionery can now also be molded - into any shape. Manufacturers also have an advantage: Their equipment can be easily cleaned after production.

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Renewed Splendor for Flooring in Budapest Train Station

May 15, 2019 | 5:53 min

Terrazzo flooring looks well - but not for long. Coffee and chewing gum render it unsightly with time. A protective coating based on a silane-modified polymer from WACKER has come to the rescue. Only one component needs to be applied – entirely without solvents. And the floor can be walked on after 48 hours. Experts have demonstrated this on several buildings around the world. Among them Budapest’s Western train station, built by Gustave Eiffel.

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Just the Right Amount of Foam

Mar 19, 2019 | 6:08 min

In many countries around the globe, washing is still done by hand. People believe it ought to foam properly – because that’s supposed to be a sign of effective cleaning. Yet this foaming is a problem, since after washing, laundry has to be rinsed out many times until all of the foam disappears. This is why researchers at WACKER have developed a defoaming agent that only begins to take effect during rinsing, halving the amount of water used.

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Say Goodbye to Bites

Jan 16, 2019 | 5:05 min

Insect bites are painful and itchy. They can even transmit diseases. Although there are a few substances that protect us from these bites, they soon evaporate, which means that they have no real effect. Thanks to WACKER’s cyclodextrins, however, it is possible to considerably increase the time that these substances remain effective. For instance, tests showed that they lasted for nine instead of six hours.

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Mouthwateringly Good

Jun 29, 2018 | 5:59 min

Chewing gum and chewy candy used to be two different worlds. Now, as part of the “Candy to Gum” project, WACKER is launching CAPIVA® C03, a ready-to-use compound for candy manufacturers. It allows manufacturers to offer a new candy treat that behaves like chewy candy in the mouth at first, but after a while an aromatic gum base provides a longer lasting sensation.

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Ripe Mangoes Get a Protective Coating

Sep 17, 2018 | 5:51 min

Mangoes are sensitive. At least a fifth of them spoil before they reach consumers in Europe or the US. That’s why the Dutch company Liquidseal has developed a protective coating for such fruit. A VAE dispersion is sprayed on the mangoes immediately after they’ve been picked. This soon dries to form an ultrathin film that prevents the fruit from spoiling so quickly.

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Graffiti Defense

May 02, 2018 | 8:52 min

Graffiti and stickers are a real headache for municipalities and railway operators. WACKER has now developed the first silicone-based product that protects bridges, underpasses and utility boxes from this kind of damage for a long time to come. Tests under real-life circumstances have shown that tough times are ahead for these wannabe artists.

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From Stone Age to High Tech

Mar 08, 2018 | 8:31 min

The Lascaux Cave - this richly painted World Heritage Site - is threatened with destruction due to visitors. For display in a new museum, the cave was therefore faithfully copied by a French company and painted by artists true to the Stone Age original. ELASTOSIL® M silicone from WACKER was used to make the molds.

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Expanding the Bounds of Bioplastics

Jan 17, 2018 | 7:28 min

Crude oil is a finite resource. This is one of the reasons why the chemical industry is looking for new raw materials. Plastics can also be manufactured from plants, for example. However, these only become attractive when additives from WACKER’s VINNEX® product range are added. Only then are the properties of bioplastics as good as those of crude-oil-based materials. Processing problems can also be solved thanks to these additives.

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Marriage of Wood and Plastic

Dec 06, 2017 | 7:28 min

They actually don’t like each other: wood is polar, while polymers such as polypropylene are non-polar. In order to process them into a homogeneous composite, they need a matchmaker: GENIOPLAST® from WACKER. Wood plastic composites are used to make interior trim for cars, for example. And Pinuform uses them to produce durable, easy-care decking boards, among other things.

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