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.

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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And the Stain is Gone

Apr 19, 2017 | 6:06min

Fork lift trucks in the industrial warehouse, hospital beds in patient wards – these have a considerable effect on concrete floors. In addition to mechanical stress, over time the accumulating dirt also becomes a problem. WACKER now has a solution to both of these issues: the PRIMIS® SAF 9000 series, aqueous acrylate-based dispersions. They make flooring more resilient and dirt repellent and are also ideal additives to make washable wall paints.

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Soft, Gentle and Absorbent

Jan 17, 2017 | 6:04min

When you step out of the shower in the morning, you want to wrap yourself in a towel that is comfortably soft and that dries you off quickly. Treating the fabric with a new WACKER auxiliary is what makes that possible. When developing this product, researchers had to combine two conflicting requirements in a single product: while silicone fluids may make a fabric soft and fluffy, they are also water repellent. Listen to the solution that the developers came up with.

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Building with VINNAPAS

Oct 06, 2016 | 6:42 min

Sand, cement and water: for a long time, that was all that a mortar needed. But expectations are rising. As a result, polymeric binders are now added to the dry-mix mortar blends used in many applications.These binders include VINNAPAS®, a dispersible polymer powder from WACKER. VINNAPAS® makes mortar more pliable yet stronger, so that construction workers do not have to use as much of it – a welcome development, especially in places where construction is booming. Like India.

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Guilt-Free Indulgence

Sep 07, 2016 | 6:36 min

Cream fillings without unhealthy solid fats? Or baked goods with a reduced egg content? That’s possible. Thanks to cyclodextrins from WACKER. They have excellent emulsifying properties, stabilize sugar foam and creams, and can replace hardened fats. This makes them beneficial for a slim figure and cholesterol levels – and all that entirely without animal constituents, as cyclodextrins are derived from corn starch. With this synergy between biotechnology and chemistry, WACKER supports innovative small businesses in the food industry.

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Invisible Fire Safety

Jul 27, 2016 | 5:37 min

Aluminum composite panels can increasingly be found on building exteriors. In order to keep the thermoplastics used here from compromising the fire safety, manufacturers incorporate fire-retardant fillers.Developed by WACKER, GENIOPLAST® Pellet S is a silicone additive that is suitable for a diverse range of thermoplastic polymer blends. It makes such flame-resistant blends easier to manufacture, even when added at a concentration of only one percent.

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Protection for Skin & Hair

Jun 08, 2016 | 5:46 min

Everywhere, people want to be beautiful, but Brazil, in particular, is the third-largest market for beauty products worldwide. WACKER presented a new ingredient for the cosmetics and personal-care industries there – nature-identical hydroxytyrosol, or HTEssence®. This is a highly effective antioxidant that can help to maintain the beauty of skin and hair for longer.

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