WACKER - The Fascination of Chemistry

  1. Episode 83 – POWERSIL® – Heat-Resistant up to 220 Degrees Celsius2023/11/30
    Molded plastic parts with electrically insulating properties that can withstand high mechanical and thermal stresses – up to 220 degrees Celsius, can now be produced by using innovative silicone resin binders in the injection molding process. WACKER is thus breaking new ground and providing the industry with an answer to the growing demand for high-temperature [...]
  2. Episode 82 – Reliable Thanks to Silicone Resins2023/07/20
    “Silicone-based impregnation provides an electric motor with extremely high temperature resistance and a long lifetime.” Now, WACKER has launched SILRES® H60, which – by curing extremely rapidly – is suitable for mass automotive production, among other applications.
  3. Episode 81 – A Better Life for Patients with Chronic Wounds2023/02/01
    Silicone-based wound dressings made with SILPURAN® from WACKER SILICONES are a much gentler alternative for treating chronic wounds, especially in older people. Thanks to their unique properties, these bandages prevent the dressing from sticking to the wound, allowing them to be removed with significantly less pain. Plus, they also ensure ideal conditions for healing wounds.
  4. Episode 80 – Brilliant Images2022/11/24
    Whether it’s a mobile phone, tablet or ticket machine: We operate a wide variety of devices in everyday life by pressing on the surface. „Optical bonding“ is the name of the method that connects this surface with the underlying display. WACKER SILICONES has developed the high-performance silicone LUMISIL for this purpose, which enables particularly brilliant [...]
  5. Episode 79 – The Sun Is Heating Things Up in Industry2022/06/29
    Industry needs almost three-quarters of its energy in the form of process heat. But so far, very little has been generated from renewable sources. Solar thermal power plants offer the best prerequisites for this – provided they can operate as reliably at temperatures below freezing as they can at high temperatures. Silicone fluids from WACKER [...]
  6. Episode 78 – Superpower for Superfood2022/05/05
    Turmeric is considered an absolute superfood. But there is a problem: the plant substance is not water-soluble – and is poorly absorbed by the body. WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS has succeeded in increasing the bioavailability of the biologically active substance curcumin by a factor of 40: with CAVACURMIN. Entrepreneur and pharmacist Natalie Vladi is thrilled.
  7. Episode 77 – Anti-Graffiti Coating for Smooth Surfaces2022/02/18
    An anti-graffiti coating from WACKER protects bricks and plaster for longer. WACKER has now developed a primer that makes it possible to apply the protective coating to smooth surfaces as well. Glass, plastic, marble, metal and even artistically valuable graffiti can now be protected against unwanted vandalism.
  8. Episode 75: Custom-designed building protection2021/10/13
    Bitumen coatings prevent water from entering the foundation or the roof of a building. When you add polymers from WACKER’s VINNEVA® product range to the bitumen emulsion, the mass adheres better to the substrate, yet at the same time, it’s less sticky. Also, it repels water more effectively than other products. Since the composition of [...]
  9. Episode 76 – Latte Art – Milk Foam for the Senses2021/10/07
    Every self-respecting barista wants to achieve perfect latte art – works of art created in the foam of milk or milk substitutes. WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS developed CAVAMAX W6 especially for premium barista products. It makes creative artwork possible that not only looks perfect, but also keeps its shape for even longer, while enhancing flavor.
  10. Episode 74: Low-emission paints2020/09/29
    An unpleasant odor often lingers in the room after the walls have been painted. This is caused by the volatile organic compounds in the paint. WACKER chemists have succeeded in developing a binder for paints that only emits minimal amounts of such undesirable substances. VINNAPAS® EP 3560 even meets the Scandinavian ecolabel’s stringent requirements – [...]
  11. Episode 73: Standing Up to Damp2019/11/14
    Waterproofing membranes are indispensable in protecting the building fabric against damp. But until now, it was not possible to use a toothed applicator to apply them, the tool of choice among workman in this country. The mass simply wasn’t firm enough, and the ridges merged. That’s why WACKER developed the polymer VINNAPAS® 7150 E, which [...]
  12. Episode 72 – Polymer Concrete for Olympic Buildings2019/09/27
    The architecture of the Olympic venues in Munich is in a class of its own. What few people know is that the buildings were among the first to have a polymer-modified mortar blended in with their concrete. Polymers like VAE from WACKER make concrete more flexible and improve its adhesion. The ability to mix them [...]
  13. Episode 71 – Chewing gum in any shape2019/07/17
    Chewing gum in the shape of a heart? We can do that! Until now, however, chewing gum has undergone an elaborate mixing process using gum base, which limits the variety of shapes. Now that’s all going to change: With CAPIVA C03, WACKER has developed a new gum base that melts completely so that the popular [...]
  14. Episode 70 – Renewed Splendor for Flooring in Budapest Train Station2019/05/15
    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 [...]
  15. Episode 69 – Just the Right Amount of Foam2019/03/19
    In many countries around the globe, washing is still done by hand. People believe it ought to foam properly – because that’s supposed to be a sign of effective cleaning. Yet this foaming is a problem, since after washing, laundry has to be rinsed out many times until all of the foam disappears. This is [...]
  16. Episode 68 – Say Goodbye to Bites2019/01/16
    Insect bites are painful and itchy. They can even transmit diseases. Although there are a few substances that protect us from these bites, they soon evaporate, which means that they have no real effect. Thanks to WACKER’s cyclodextrins, however, it is possible to considerably increase the time that these substances remain effective. For instance, tests [...]
  17. Episode 67 – Ripe Mangoes Get a Protective Coating2018/09/17
    Mangoes are sensitive. At least a fifth of them spoil before they reach consumers in Europe or the US. That’s why the Dutch company Liquidseal has developed a protective coating for such fruit. A VAE dispersion is sprayed on the mangoes immediately after they’ve been picked. This soon dries to form an ultrathin film that [...]
  18. Episode 66 – Mouthwateringly Good2018/06/29
    Chewing gum and chewy candy used to be two different worlds. Now, as part of the “Candy to Gum” project, WACKER is launching Capiva C03, a ready-to-use compound for candy manufacturers. It allows manufacturers to offer a new candy treat that behaves like chewy candy in the mouth at first, but after a while an [...]
  19. Episode 65 – Graffiti Defense2018/05/02
    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.
  20. Episode 64 – From Stone Age to High Tech2018/03/08
    The Lascaux Cave – this richly painted World Heritage Site – is threatened with destruction due to visitors. For display in a new museum, the cave was therefore faithfully copied by a French company and painted by artists true to the Stone Age original. ELASTOSIL M silicone from WACKER was used to make the molds.
  21. Episode 63 – Expanding the Bounds of Bioplastics – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2018/01/10
    Crude oil is a finite resource. This is one of the reasons why the chemical industry is looking for new raw materials. Plastics can also be manufactured from plants, for example. However, these only become attractive when additives from WACKER’s VINNEX® product range are added. Only then are the properties of bioplastics as good as [...]
  22. Episode 62 – Marriage of Wood and Plastic – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2017/12/06
    They actually don’t like each other: wood is polar, while polymers such as polypropylene are non-polar. In order to process them into a homogeneous composite, they need a matchmaker: GENIOPLAST® from WACKER. Wood plastic composites are used to make interior trim for cars, for example. And Pinuform uses them to produce durable, easy-care decking boards, [...]
  23. Episode 60 – Building with VINNAPAS – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2017/01/17
    Sand, cement and water: for a long time, that was all that a mortar needed. But expectations are rising. As a result, polymeric binders are now added to the dry-mix mortar blends used in many applications. These binders include VINNAPAS®, a dispersible polymer powder from WACKER. VINNAPAS® makes mortar more pliable yet stronger, so that [...]
  24. Episode 59 – Soft, Gentle and Absorbent – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2016/10/06
    When you step out of the shower in the morning, you want to wrap yourself in a towel that is comfortably soft and that dries you off quickly. Treating the fabric with a new WACKER auxiliary is what makes that possible. When developing this product, researchers had to combine two conflicting requirements in a single [...]
  25. Podcast 58 – Guilt-Free Indulgence – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2016/09/07
    Cream fillings without unhealthy solid fats? Or baked goods with a reduced egg content? That’s possible. Thanks to cyclodextrins from WACKER. They have excellent emulsifying properties, stabilize sugar foam and creams, and can replace hardened fats. This makes them beneficial for a slim figure and cholesterol levels – and all that entirely without animal constituents, [...]
  26. Episode 57 – Invisible Fire Safety – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2016/07/26
    Aluminum composite panels can increasingly be found on building exteriors. In order to keep the thermoplastics used here from compromising the fire safety, manufacturers incorporate fire-retardant fillers. Developed by WACKER, GENIOPLAST Pellet S is a silicone additive that is suitable for a diverse range of thermoplastic polymer blends. It makes such flame-resistant blends easier to [...]
  27. Episode 56 – Protection for Skin & Hair – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2016/06/07
    Everywhere, people want to be beautiful, but Brazil, in particular, is the third-largest market for beauty products worldwide. WACKER presented a new ingredient for the cosmetics and personal-care industries there – nature-identical hydroxytyrosol, or HTEssence. This is a highly effective antioxidant that can help to maintain the beauty of skin and hair for longer.
  28. Episode 55 – Smart Textiles – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2016/05/10
    Everybody is familiar with functional clothing for sports nowadays. However, future clothing will be able to do much more: smart textiles will be able to notify us if we’re moving the wrong way or point out how we can exercise even more efficiently. Sensors that are designed with the aid of WACKER’s ELASTOSIL Film make [...]
  29. Episode 54 – Bond & Peel – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2016/04/06
    Whether jam jars or fabric-softener bottles – countless everyday products bear labels. They are not applied by hand, of course, but with labeling machines. These can manage up to 18,000 labels in an hour. For this to work at such rapid speeds, WACKER has developed DEHESIVE SFX silicone coatings. They ensure that the label reliably [...]
  30. Episode 52 – Preserving Wood with Silicone Resin – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/11/25
    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 [...]
  31. Episode 51 – Bonding Instead of Clamping – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/10/15
    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 [...]
  32. Episode 50 – Water Protection for Gypsum – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/10/14
    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 [...]
  33. Episode 49 – Silicone Fluids for Soft-to-the-Touch Laundry – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/09/02
    Fabric softeners not only make laundry super soft but also make ironing easier.Fabric softeners are designed to make textiles more comfortable and give them a fresh smell. Modern silicone fluid emulsions from WACKER can do much more.
  34. Episode 48 – Scratch-Free Car Interiors – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/07/29
    Automotive interiors are expected to have an attractive, high-quality finish. The interiors of lower-priced and smaller car models often feature talc-filled polypropylene rather than high-end foamed plastics. WACKER has developed GENIOPLAST Pellet S, an additive that stops plastic surfaces from looking scratched and worn even after years of use.
  35. Episode 47 – Antioxidants for Cosmetics & Energy Bars – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/07/01
    Hydroxytyrosol is an olive-based active ingredient intended to prevent a great many diseases, boost the immune system and inhibit inflammatory processes. It is therefore used in skin creams and functional foods. WACKER has now found a way to make this active ingredient synthetically. Manufacturers are thus less dependent on the availability of olives and can [...]
  36. Episode 46 – Enhanced Displays with Reduced Reflection – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/05/13
    A combination of high resolution and bright colors is an essential feature of state-of-the art displays. But these displays have a weakness: they are almost completely unreadable in sunlight. In collaboration with VIA optronics – a supplier of enhanced displays – WACKER has developed a silicone gel which, when combined with a special production technology, [...]
  37. Episode 45 – Smart Silicone Composite Hollow-Core Insulators – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/04/08
    The “Smart Grid” is the power network of the future. Each part of this grid always knows exactly what the other parts are doing. Silicone composite hollow-core insulators fitted with integrated measuring instruments are one possible component of this grid. As a result, you get lower installation and maintenance costs, fewer malfunctions and, consequently, a [...]
  38. Episode 44 – Skin Protection for Endurance Athletes – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/02/23
    The Ironman is one of the greatest sporting challenges in the world: contestants swim 4 kilometers, cycle 180 kilometers and then run 42 kilometers (i.e. a marathon). This event puts an athlete’s entire body under enormous strain. Irritated or damaged skin is unavoidable, but help is on hand with WACKER’s wafer-thin SILPURAN brand silicone film.
  39. Episode 43 – New Materials for More Efficient Wave Parks – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2015/01/16
    Wave power plants might be able to produce more energy than people currently consume. One of the biggest problems facing such wave parks is that they must be made of materials that can withstand huge forces during storms – and only a very few materials can do so. WACKER’s ultrathin ELASTOSIL silicone film is an [...]
  40. Episode 42 – Odorless Carpets Offer a Great Many Benefits – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2014/10/29
    Everyone is familiar with the smell of new carpeting. That might soon change, thanks to a new process based on VINNAPAS brand VAE dispersions. This process is more stable than previous ones and produces higher quality. What is more: carpets made with these dispersions release hardly any volatile substances – which means the carpeting is [...]
  41. Episode 41 – Silicones against Blackouts – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2014/07/17
    WACKER silicones are helping emerging economic powers such as India ensure their power grid is fit for the future. Silicone rubber is used to manufacture new composite insulators while traditional porcelain insulators are upgraded with silicone coatings.
  42. Episode 40 – Protection for Steel Reinforcement – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2014/04/24
    On the coast of Japan the 340 kilometer long Tomei Highway is set to be relieved by a new expressway running alongside it. So that the concrete pillars remain resistant to to the sea air, grit salt and rain, the concrete is treated with hydrophobic silanes.
  43. Episode 39 – Pushing the Limits of Feasibility – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2014/02/13
    These days, car manufacturers are increasingly making use of supercharged engines with small cylinder capacity – all in the name of downsizing. As a result, the engine compartment becomes hotter. The interior of self-cleaning ovens can also reach such extreme temperatures. WACKER has specially manufactured heat-resistant silicone rubber grades so that valves and seals remain [...]
  44. Episode 38 – New-Generation Drainage Concrete – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2013/09/20
    A road surface that allows rain and melt water to simply disappear? Thanks to a binder from WACKER, this brilliant idea is already put into practice. In Germany, the first autobahns may soon become safer and quieter with this concrete.
  45. Episode 37 – Foam Jackets for Steel Columns – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2013/07/18
    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.
  46. Episode 36 – Ready to Generate – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2013/05/21
    Composite hollow insulators with a silicone shield have a series of advantages over conventional porcelain insulators. These workpieces are produced via low-pressure diecasting, for which silicones from WACKER are the first choice.
  47. Episode 35 – Tribute to a World Statesman – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2013/03/15
    Tom Rucker, a jewelry artist, spent 14 months sculpting a unique bust of Nelson Mandela in platinum wire, porcelain and black diamonds – and silicone moldmaking compounds from WACKER were also used.
  48. Episode 34 – Benefits of a Vacuum – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2013/02/15
    Fiber-reinforced plastics are versatile materials that combine low weight with high stability. To optimize small-scale production in particular, WACKER is partnering with a US company to develop a production technology based on vacuum bags made of silicone.
  49. Episode 33 – Preservation Treatment for Christ the Redeemer – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2012/11/13
    The statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro is famous the world over – and by now over 80 years old. In order to reliably protect the reinforced concrete statue clad in soapstone against environmental influences for a further few decades, a tried-and-tested water repellent from WACKER comes into play.
  50. Episode 32 – Power for Siberian Tundra – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2012/09/25
    In Northern Russia, extreme temperature fluctuations push people and materials to the limit. That’s why the extension of the power grid is relying on highly durable silicone elastomers from WACKER, used in bushings, for example.
  51. Episode 31 – Constructive Alternative – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2012/08/22
    Modern assembly adhesives make for extremely high-strength yet flexible bonds. WACKER’s award-winning alpha-silane technology helps manufacturers to formulate innovative adhesives without additional catalysts.
  52. Episode 30 – Polymers from the Southern Capital – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2012/07/13
    China is WACKER’s most important growth market. This is reflected at the Nanjing site, where the company is investing €40 million up to 2013 in two new production plants for vinyl acetate-ethylene dispersions and polyvinyl acetate solid resins.
  53. Episode 29 – Inspired by Water, Created with Concrete – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2012/05/30
    How does one construct a building whose form resembles flowing water? The blueprints drawn up by the renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, presented enormous material as well as engineering challenges. Special composite concretes formulated with a binder from WACKER solved these problems.
  54. Episode 28 – Innovation in the Cowshed – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2012/04/17
    Both animals and humans benefit from modern dairy equipment. Because of their durability and resistance to bacterial contamination, silicones from WACKER are ideal for teat cup liners.
  55. Episode 27 – Clever Adhesives for High-Quality Woods – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2012/02/29
    Wood veneers beautify a wide variety of objects, from bookshelves to car dashboards. A new adhesive dispersion from WACKER does away with additives. These can lead to unsightly discoloring of some veneer types.
  56. Episode 26 – A Garden for Eternity – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2011/11/28
    A rock garden in Kyoto, Japan has fascinated visitors for over 500 years. Over five centuries of exposure to wind and weather has however increasingly left its mark on the garden’s rocks. To remedy the situation, the rocks have now been treated with an alkyl silicate from WACKER’s SILRES product family.
  57. Episode 25 – Electric Vehicles Come of Age – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2011/10/10
    There are a billion cars on the world’s roads today, and the trend is upward. In Europe alone, traffic accounts for a fourth of carbon dioxide emissions. This is why ecological mobility strategies are becoming ever more important. Hybrid drives, which rely on numerous WACKER products, can help to reduce emissions.
  58. Episode 24 – Safely Tucked Away – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2011/08/22
    Some nutritional supplements are good for our health, but their ingredients don’t really taste that good. Cyclodextrins from WACKER solve this problem: they encapsulate the health-promoting ingredient so that we can’t taste it, yet allow it to exert its positive effects on the body. Cyclodextrins also protect sensitive substances from environmental influences.
  59. Episode 23 — Ideal Marriage of Cohesion and Adhesion – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2011/07/13
    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.
  60. Episode 22 – The Best of Both Worlds – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2011/07/07
    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.
  61. Episode 21 – Taking the Heat off Cold Steel – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2011/03/15
    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.
  62. Episode 20 – Warm-Touch Stone – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2011/01/26
    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.
  63. Episode 19 – Long-Lasting Adhesives – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2010/12/17
    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.
  64. Episode 18 – Silicones for Safe Power Distribution – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2010/08/10
    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.
  65. Episode 17 – Protection for St. Gotthard – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2010/06/08
    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 [...]
  66. Episode 16 – Solar Power Moves into the Fast Lane – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2010/03/02
    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.
  67. Episode 15 – Youthful Skin – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2010/01/08
    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.
  68. Episode 14 – A Bright Future for Climate Change – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/11/24
    Modern LEDs still pose significant challenges for researchers. But investment in development pays off, for the little lamps are significantly more efficient and have a much longer life than today’s energy-saving lamps. Listen and find out how a silicone produced by WACKER can help to reduce future energy requirements still further.
  69. Episode 13 – A Poetry of Light and Color – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/10/21
    Glass is not only a material used to produce windows and containers – it is also a substance for creating artwork. For centuries, artistic glasswork has decorated homes and been transformed into works of art. The chemical processes necessary to create this rainbow of colored glass, and the production processes employed to produce this high-quality [...]
  70. Episode 12 – Shotcrete in the salt mine – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/08/17
    When groundwater began seeping into Stetten’s salt mine, normal concrete couldn’t stop the flow. WACKER used this incident as an opportunity to test a newly-developed form of shotcrete. Hear our interview with Klaus Bonin, who heads one of WACKER’s research and development labs.
  71. Episode 11 – Nuremberg’s new imperial busts – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/07/20
    Even in the world of art, you’ll find WACKER products in use. Find out how WACKER’s silicone moldmaking compounds were used to reconstruct twelve busts of Roman emperors. Listen to our talk with sculptress Anke Oltscher.
  72. Episode 10 – VINNAPAS ACADEMY – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/06/17
    The VINNAPAS ACADEMY seminar program offers polymer chemistry basics and key formulation expertise to construction experts from around the world.
  73. Episode 8 – Syria – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/04/08
    Thermal insulation has become a hot topic in Syria. In fact, this Arab country has carried out its first EIFS project. We discuss this topic with Dimitrios Moussios, business development manager at Wacker Chemicals Middle East in Dubai.
  74. Episode 7 – Tolerant Silicones – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/03/02
    Sealants must fulfill many requirements. In this episode, we’ll explore silicone sealants and see how WACKER innovations make the introduction of new products possible.
  75. Episode 6 – GENIOSIL – Faster Bonding, More Reliable Foaming – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2009/01/20
    Bonding is becoming an ever more attractive way of connecting objects. Increasingly, items are being bonded instead of being screwed, riveted or welded. In this episode, you’ll learn more about the fascinating history of adhesives and what the future holds for them.
  76. Episode 5 – Dispersion Plaster – Villa Sell – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2008/11/24
    This plaster can be found on virtually any wall, though you usually only notice it when it flakes off. Today’s plaster must meet a wide range of demands, which is why WACKER is busy researching in this field. Tune in to find out how!
  77. Episode 4 – Sealing Slurries – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2008/10/30
    Out of sight, out of mind. That’s how a lot of people see sewage and wastewater. This episode therefore focuses on sewage systems, a key invention, and the potential problems sewer maintenance involves and how to solve them.
  78. Episode 3 – Construction & Climate Change – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2008/10/07
    Global warming is influencing the construction sector – and vice versa. We discuss this topic with Dr. Andreas Gerdes, professor of Construction Chemicals and hear about ways to conserve resources during construction and how this sector is changing due to global warming.
  79. Episode 2 – Rubber Phantoms – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2008/08/25
    There are strict limits on electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by cellphones. Various test models exist to precisely determine whether these limits are being complied with. In this episode, you’ll learn about the advances made here – and how silicone from WACKER is used in doing so.
  80. Episode 1 – Fossil Art – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2008/07/22
    This first episode is about artworks that are millions of years old. Listen to how Professor Dolf Seilacher creates works of art from the traces of long-extinct animals. His creations bedazzle art enthusiasts. Plus, you can learn about WACKER’s role in Paleoichnology, e.g. the study of trace fossils.
  81. Announcing the Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine2008/06/30
    WACKER’s audio magazine shows the many exciting roles chemistry plays in everyday life. Each instalment will give you interesting insights into how chemistry ensures perfectly functioning products in all areas of life. Whether it’s drugs, computers, cleaning agents, clothing or toys – WACKER products play a vital role almost everywhere.
WACKER - The Fascination of Chemistry
The audio magazine of WACKER shows the many exciting roles chemistry plays in everyday life. Each instalment will give you interesting insights into how chemistry ensures perfectly functioning products in all areas of life. Whether it is drugs, computers, cleaning agents, clothing or toys - WACKER products play a vital role almost everywhere.
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