Silicones

Synopsis
Silicones can be tailored at the molecular level for a diversity of applications, including moulded silicone-based materials, adhesives, sealants, coatings and lubricants that are used in motor cars, in medicine and for glazing. The first step in the production of silicones is the processing of quartz (silicon dioxide) to produce silicon, the stages of which are shown at a plant in the French Alps. At Dow Corning plant in Wales, silicon power is reacted with chloromethane to produce dimethyldichlorosilane, which is then hydrolysed to produce polysiloxanes. Polysiloxane chains can then be converted into useful silicone material by cross-linking the chains in different ways and by introducing various functional groups into the siloxane backbone. Shows silicone products used in a racing car; silicone-based materials, particularly tubing, used with radio isotopes in the diagnosis of kidney malfunction; and silicone balloons for stretching skin in plastic surgery.
Series
S343 Videocassette 2
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 30 min.
Year of production
1989
Availability
Sale; 1997 sale: £95.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Chemistry
Keywords
adhesives; inorganic chemistry; plastic surgery; quartz; radioisotopes; silicones

Credits

Producer
Andrew Crilly; Jack Koumi
Cast
Barry Paine 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Name

Dow Corning Europe

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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