Silicones bring unique performances and properties that make them the material of choice for countless essential applications in our day-to-day lives. They can make materials that do not want to stick together adhere. They are thermally stable meaning they retain their properties under high thermal stress (which means severe temperature changes). They help cool systems down, insulate, lubricate, protect and much more!
Silicones have specific properties that allow for biocompatibility and biodurability in a variety of applications. In medicine, silicones have been key in different treatments and applications for over 60 years. The low glass-transition temperatures of silicone elastomers and their ability to withstand different temperatures enable them to resist conditions that range from steam sterilisation to low temperature storage. Therefore, silicones are used in syringe coatings, tubing or medicine containers.
The increased permeability to different drugs and gases makes silicones a key material in wound care and transdermic application of medicine. Silicones are also stable in various chemical conditions and have a low surface tension. This is why silicones can be found in 3-D printed organs and prostheses. Silicones’ biocompatibility also makes them a good addition in the kitchen where they are used in food appliances, food contact materials, and utensils.
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