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Silicon dioxide

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Silicon dioxide Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:>1600 °C(lit.)
  • Boiling point:>100 °C(lit.)
  • Density 2.2-2.6 g/mL at 25 °C
  • refractive index 1.46
  • Flash point:2230°C
  • storage temp. Refrigerator (+4°C)
  • solubility Practically insoluble in water and in mineral acids except hydrofluoric acid. It dissolves in hot solutions of alkali hydroxides.
  • form suspension
  • Specific Gravity2.2
  • Specific Gravity0.97
  • Specific Gravity1.29
  • color White to yellow
  • PH5-8 (100g/l, H2O, 20℃)(slurry)
  • Water Solubility insoluble
  • Hydrolytic Sensitivity6: forms irreversible hydrate
  • Hydrolytic Sensitivity5: forms reversible hydrate
  • Hydrolytic Sensitivity4: no reaction with water under neutral conditions
  • Sensitive Hygroscopic
  • Merck 14,8493
  • Stability:Stable.
  • CAS DataBase Reference7631-86-9(CAS DataBase Reference)
  • NIST Chemistry ReferenceSilicon(iv) oxide(7631-86-9)
  • IARC3 (Vol. Sup 7, 68) 1997
  • EPA Substance Registry SystemSilica (7631-86-9)
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  • Language:EnglishProvider:Silica
Silicon dioxide Usage And Synthesis
  • General DescriptionSilicon dioxide occurs almost everywhere on earth. It is one of the most important and abundant oxides on earth, constituting about 60% weight of the earth’s crust as silica itself or in combination with other metal oxides in silicates. It commonly is found as sand in the vast ocean and river shores, their beds, deserts, rocks, and minerals.
    Silicon dioxide exists in several structural forms: polymorphic crystalline silica, synthetic quartz crystals, amorphous silica, and vitreous silica. This classification is not complete as there are other forms of silica synthesized for specialized applications.
  • Uses
    Powdered foods, such as salt, many spices, etc.
    Ant-caking agent/ when added to a mixture, prevents its ingredients from binding together
    Nutritional health food supplements
    Source of silicon/maintain healthy strong bones and joints and minimizes aluminum effects on the body
    Wine, beer and juice
    Fining agent
    Chemical manufacture
    Manufacture of silicon compounds and sodium silicate
    Raw material
    Production of portland cement
    Raw material
    Sand casting
    Main ingredient/high melting point
    High purity silica glass
    Raw material/high temperature and corrosion resistance
    Domestic glass and optical devices
    Essential component
    Manufacture of ceramic glaze
    Main constituents/forms glass when heated to bind others ingredients together
    Manufacture of silicon alloys
    Raw material or additive
    Drug tablets making
    Flow agent/aids powder flow when tablets are formed
    Preventing Alzheimer’s disease
    Effective components/minimizes aluminum effects on the body which may cause Alzheimer’s disease
    Fiber optic cables
    Raw material/high level of heat conductivity and low rate of transmission loss
    Wire insulation
    Raw material/high melting point and good insulating property
    Source of silicon
    Piezoelectric transducer
    Main component/can convert mechanical energy to electrical energy and vice-versa
    Refractory materials
    Main component/high melting point and high shock resistance
    Rubber and plastics
    Additive/improves wearing capacity
    DNA Extraction
    Source of silicon/has binding properties which help to isolate the strands of DNA
    Manufacture of silica gel
    Source of silicon/hygroscopic property
    Defoamer component
    Silica-based aerogel
    Source of silicon
    Hydraulic fracturing
    Thickening agent
  • Chemical PropertiesDiatomaceous earth is a transparent to gray, odorless amorphous powder.
  • Chemical PropertiesAmorphous silica, the noncrystalline form of SiO2, is a transparent to gray, odorless, amorphous powder
  • Chemical Propertieswhite crystals or powder
  • UsesFunctionalized RAFT agent for controlled radical polymerization; especially suited for the polymerization of styrene; acrylate and acrylamide monomers. Azide group can be used to conjugate to a variety of alkyne-functionalized biomolecules. Chain Transfer Agent (CTA).
  • UsesSDS mixture of sodium alkyl sulfates consisting chiefly of sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Usesmanufacture of glass, water glass, refractories, abrasives, ceramics, enamels; decolorizing and purifying oils, petroleum products, etc.; in scouring- and grinding-compounds, ferrosilicon, molds for castings; as anticaking and defoaming agent.
  • UsesSilica (SiO2) (RI: 1.48) is mined from deposits of diatomaceous soft chalk-like rock (keiselghur). This is an important group of extender pigments, which is used in a variety of particle sizes. They are used as a flatting agent to reduce gloss of clear coatings and to impart shear thinning flow properties to coatings. They are relatively expensive.
  • Usessilica is also known as silicone dioxide. Silica has a variety of applications: to control a product’s viscosity, add bulk, and reduce a formulation’s transparency. It can also function as an abrasive. In addition, it can act as a carrier for emollients, and may be used to improve a formulation’s skin feel. Spherical silica is porous and highly absorbent, with absorption capabilities roughly 1.5 times its weight. A typical claim associated with silica is oil control. It is found in sunscreens, scrubs, and wide range of other skin care, makeup, and hair care preparations. It has been successfully used in hypoallergenic and allergy-tested formulations.
  • DefinitionChEBI: A silicon oxide made up of linear triatomic molecules in which a silicon atom is covalently bonded to two oxygens.
  • HazardNot toxic if ingested, inhaled silica dust can cause silicosis; carcinogen.
  • Agricultural UsesSilica is silicon dioxide, one of the most abundant materials on the earth's crust. Quartz is an example of silica. It is used as a filler in fertilizers, and also, in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, abrasives, rubber and cosmetics.
  • Safety ProfileThe pure unaltered form is considered a nuisance dust. Some deposits contain small amounts of crystahne quartz and are therefore fibrogenic. When diatomaceous earth is calcined (with or without fluxing agents) some sdica is converted to cristobalite and is therefore fibrogenic. Tridymite has never been detected in calcined batomaceous earth. See also other silica entries
  • Potential ExposureDiatomaceous earth is used as a filtering agent and as a filler in construction materials, pesticides, paints, and varnishes. The calcined version (which has been heat treated) is the most dangerous and contains crystallized silica, and should be handled as silica. See also other entries on silica
  • ShippingThis material is not singled out by DOT in its Performance-Oriented Packaging Standards.
  • Purification MethodsPurification of silica for high technology applications uses isopiestic vapour distillation from concentrated volatile acids and is absorbed in high purity water. The impurities remain behind. Preliminary cleaning to remove surface contaminants uses dip etching in HF or a mixture of HCl, H2O2 and deionised water [Phelan & Powell Analyst 109 1299 1984].
  • IncompatibilitiesSilica, amorphous is a noncombustible solid. Generally unreactive chemically. Incompatible with fluorine, oxygen difluoride, chlorine trifluoride. Soluble in molten alkalis and reacts with most metallic oxides at high temperature.
  • Waste DisposalSanitary landfill.
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