The Fascination of Chemistry


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

Ideal Marriage of Cohesion and Adhesion

Jul 13, 2011 | 5:57 min

Whether PVC, linoleum, or carpeting, many floor coverings are bonded directly to the concrete floor of a house. The adhesive used has to fulfill a series of demands. A new, low-emission binder from WACKER’s VINNAPAS® product line is a big help.

The Best of Both Worlds

Jul 07, 2011 | 7:50 min

A new technology for the composite dispersions in the VINNAPAS® product range combine the advantages of organic and inorganic substances. This allows the plaster to remain intact for many years despite the sun and weathering.

Taking the Heat off Cold Steel

Mar 16, 2011 | 9:09 min

Skyscrapers are often built on a steel framework. However, because steel can loose its stability at certain levels of heat, additional fire protection is needed for this kind of structure. Intumescent coatings based on WACKER's VAE copolymer dispersions can protect the steel framework against fire ...

Warm-Touch Stone

Jan 26, 2011 | 8:16 min

Stone flooring is attractive, but can be chilly underfoot. Cork flooring feels warm to the feet, but is less durable. Now there is a new type of floor covering that combines the advantages of both materials. The crucial difference in its manufacture is VINNEX® powder binders from WACKER ...

Long-Lasting Adhesives

Dec 13, 2010 | 6:48 min

Packaging made of corrugated cardboard can be found everywhere in the foodstuff industry. That's a good enough reason to take a closer look at how corrugated cardboard adhesive is manufactured. VINNAPAS® XD 05 from WACKER is an ideal starting material for formulating this kind of adhesive ...

Silicones for Safe Power Distribution

Aug 10, 2010 | 7:31 min

Electricity generated from sun and wind is fed into the grid usually via underground or undersea cables. These are complicated and expensive to lay. For this reason, the cables need to work perfectly for decades on end. Electrically-conducting silicone elastomers from the POWERSIL® product line play a key role here.

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Protection for St. Gotthard

May 20, 2010 | 9:07 min

Tens of thousands of vehicles pass through the Gotthard road tunnel every day. In winter, they splash a large amount of water and road salts onto the tunnel walls. In a single night, the tunnel was treated with special water-repellent silanes from WACKER to prevent the salt water from penetrating into the concrete and damaging it.

Solar Power Moves into the Fast Lane

Mar 02, 2010 | 10:47 min

If you’ve ever done a presentation with an overhead projector, you will have come into contact with a Fresnel lens. What this is, why such lenses have potential to significantly improve solar technology, and what this has got to do with WACKER, will be revealed in this episode of our podcast.

Youthful Skin

Jan 08, 2010 | 8:16 min

Retinol is the parent compound of vitamin A and a key active ingredient in anti-aging preparations. For it to develop its full effect, it must be protected from external influences. Listen to this episode and find out how WACKER’s cyclodextrins “smuggle” the precious but sensitive substance safely under the surface of the skin.

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