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The role and efficacy of fumed silica

After Russia pledged to scale back its military operations around Kyiv and in northern Ukraine, the prices of most industrial metals fell, led by aluminum, showing people's concerns for supply shortage eased.

At an earlier time, the West imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which aroused concerns about the supply problem because Russia is a major producer of nickel, aluminum, and copper. 

Russia is also a major gas supplier to Europe, where potential supply disruptions are seen as hitting power-intensive aluminum and zinc Fumed Silica are still very uncertain.

Overview of Fumed Silica

Fumed silica (CAS: 112945-52-5), also known as fumed silica because it is produced by fusing tiny droplets of amorphous silica into branched, chained, Three-dimensional secondary particles and then condensed into tertiary particles. The resulting powder has very low bulk density and high surface area. When used as a thickener or reinforcing filler, its three-dimensional structure leads to increased viscosity, thixotropic behavior. It is an amorphous silica product, the primary particle size is between 7~40nm, the aggregate particle size is about 200~500nm, the specific surface area is 100~400m2/g, the purity is high, and the SiO2 content is not less than 99.8%. Untreated fumed silica aggregates contain a variety of silanol groups.

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Application of Fumed Silica

Fumed silica is used in powders as a general purpose thickener and anti-caking agent (free-flowing agent). Like silica gel, it can be used as a desiccant. It is used in cosmetics due to its light diffusing properties. Fumed silica is used as a lightweight abrasive in products such as toothpaste. Other uses include fillers in silicone elastomers and viscosity modifiers in paints, coatings, printing inks, adhesives and unsaturated polyester resins.

Applications in Paints and Coatings

Fumed silica is widely used in paints and coatings as a rheological additive, which can effectively prevent the sedimentation and delamination of pigments and fillers, improve the weather resistance and scratch resistance of coatings, and improve the bonding strength of coatings and substrates. .

Applications in Fertilizers and Feeds

Fumed silica has strong adsorption and hygroscopicity, which can promote the free flow of powders such as fertilizers and feeds, facilitate the transportation and storage of powders, and prevent them from getting wet.

Application in pesticides and medicine

Fumed silica has the characteristics of small particle size, large specific surface area, strong adsorption performance and easy suspension. It can absorb a large number of water molecules in the water, expand into extremely fine particles, and form a stable suspension. Taking advantage of these properties, it can be used as a carrier for pesticide wettable powder, granules, and water-dispersible granules, as a dispersant and thickener for suspending agents; Carriers and excipients to achieve the purpose of prolonging drug efficacy.

Applications in Adhesives and Sealants

The excellent reinforcing, thickening and thixotropic properties of fumed silica can prevent the precipitation of adhesives and sealants during storage and sag during curing, improving their tear strength and bond strength.

Fumed silica price

The price of fumed silica will vary due to factors such as fumed silica production cost, transportation cost, international situation, exchange rate, market supply and demand, etc. Tanki New Materials Co., Ltd. aims to help industries and chemical wholesalers find high-quality, low-cost nanomaterials and chemicals by providing a full range of customized services. If you are looking for fumed silica powder, please feel free to send an inquiry for the latest price of fumed silica.

Fumed silica supplier

As a global supplier of fumed silica micropowders, Tanki New Materials Ltd. has extensive experience in the performance, application and cost-effective manufacturing of advanced engineered materials. The company has successfully developed a series of powder materials (including boron carbide, aluminum carbide, titanium carbide, etc.), high-purity targets, functional ceramics and structural devices, and provides OEM services.

Product

Nano silicon dioxide SiO2 powder

Analysis Project

Al,Fe,Ca,Mg,Cu,Mn,Na,Co,Ni,F.Si,Pb,K,N,C,S,F.O

 

Analysis Result

Chemical Composition

Wt%(Analysis)

Al

0.001

Fe

0.001

Ca

0.001

Mg

0.001

Cu

N.D

Mn

0.001

Na

0.001

Co

0.001

Ni

0.001

F.Si

0.001

Pb

N.D

K

0.001

N

0.005

C

0.002

S

0.004

F.O

0.05


The Fumed Silica industry has experienced demand expectations driven by the rise and the off-season tired stock driven by the seasonal decline in two rounds of the market. Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and other factors, inventories of manufacturers continue to accumulate, putting pressure on market sentiment. In addition to off-season factors, the weak trend of Fumed Silica also reflects the market's concern about the epidemic and some other related enterprises' financial situation. 

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