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.

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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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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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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Preserving Wood with Silicone Resin

Nov 25, 2015 | 7:27 min

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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Bonding Instead of Clamping

Oct 16, 2015 | 5:54 min

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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Water Protection for Gypsum

Sep 16, 2015 | 6:49 min

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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Foam Jackets for Steel Columns

Jul 19, 2013 | 6:07 min

In theory, a fire could break out in any type of building. For buildings with a steel frame, a specialty coating is now available which can save lives in case of a fire. The protective layer’s sophisticated composition includes a binder from WACKER.

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