Industrial Grade Silicone Emulsions

Silicone emulsions are typically used in the textile, cosmetic, automotive appearance, and household care industries.

General Details

About Industrial Grade Silicone Emulsions

Silicone fluids are often used in the form of aqueous emulsions. As these can be readily diluted with water, small amounts of the substance can be uniformly distributed on substrates.

There are basically two types:

  1. Macroemulsionswith particle sizes from 100 nm to several µm. These are usually opaque, i.e. milky.
  2. Microemulsionswith particle sizes less than 100 nm. These are usually clear or opalescent.

To provide a stable silicone emulsion, the surfaces of the fluid droplets are covered with surfactants (emulsifiers). The lipophilic – oil-loving – ends of the emulsifier are oriented toward the oil droplet. The hydrophilic – water-loving – centers provide the solubility in water.

As components of shampoos and conditioner, silicone emulsions lend hair a silky softness, making it easy to comb after washing. Silicone emulsions are also used as water-repellent agents for protecting textiles or building and insulation materials against water and damp. The high refractive index, near that of glass, of the active silicone fluid in the emulsions provide outstanding gloss to auto and furniture polishes as well as for hair care products.

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