WACKER - The Fascination of Chemistry

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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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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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-05-17 05:52
last episode published
2019-05-15 09:49
publication frequency
58.08 days
Contributors
Wacker Chemie AG owner   author  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
69
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Categories
Business Science & Medicine

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
15.05.2019

Episode 70 – Renewed Splendor for Flooring in Budapest Train Station

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
19.03.2019

Episode 69 – Just the Right Amount of Foam

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 m...
Wacker Chemie AG author
16.01.2019

Episode 68 – Say Goodbye to Bites

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
17.09.2018

Episode 67 – Ripe Mangoes Get a Protective Coating

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 aft...
Wacker Chemie AG author
29.06.2018

Episode 66 – Mouthwateringly Good

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 li...
Wacker Chemie AG author
2.05.2018

Episode 65 – Graffiti Defense

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 u...
Wacker Chemie AG author
8.03.2018

Episode 64 – From Stone Age to High Tech

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
10.01.2018

Episode 63 – Expanding the Bounds of Bioplastics – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
6.12.2017

Episode 62 – Marriage of Wood and Plastic – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 int...
Wacker Chemie AG author
19.04.2017

Episode 61 – And the Stain is Gone – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

Fork lift trucks in the industrial warehouse, hospital beds in patient wards – these have a considerable effect on concrete floors. In addition to mechanical stress, over time the accumulating dirt also becomes a problem. WACKER now has a solution to b...
Wacker Chemie AG author
17.01.2017

Episode 60 – Building with VINNAPAS – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
6.10.2016

Episode 59 – Soft, Gentle and Absorbent – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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, res...
Wacker Chemie AG author
7.09.2016

Podcast 58 – Guilt-Free Indulgence – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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. Th...
Wacker Chemie AG author
26.07.2016

Episode 57 – Invisible Fire Safety – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
7.06.2016

Episode 56 – Protection for Skin& Hair – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
10.05.2016

Episode 55 – Smart Textiles – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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. Se...
Wacker Chemie AG author
6.04.2016

Episode 54 – Bond& Peel – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 h...
Wacker Chemie AG author
25.11.2015

Episode 52 – Preserving Wood with Silicone Resin – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 perfe...
Wacker Chemie AG author
15.10.2015

Episode 51 – Bonding Instead of Clamping – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 c...
Wacker Chemie AG author
14.10.2015

Episode 50 – Water Protection for Gypsum – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
2.09.2015

Episode 49 – Silicone Fluids for Soft-to-the-Touch Laundry – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
29.07.2015

Episode 48 – Scratch-Free Car Interiors – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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, a...
Wacker Chemie AG author
1.07.2015

Episode 47 – Antioxidants for Cosmetics& Energy Bars – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
13.05.2015

Episode 46 – Enhanced Displays with Reduced Reflection – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
8.04.2015

Episode 45 – Smart Silicone Composite Hollow-Core Insulators – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 g...
Wacker Chemie AG author
23.02.2015

Episode 44 – Skin Protection for Endurance Athletes – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
16.01.2015

Episode 43 – New Materials for More Efficient Wave Parks – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
29.10.2014

Episode 42 – Odorless Carpets Offer a Great Many Benefits – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 t...
Wacker Chemie AG author
17.07.2014

Episode 41– Silicones against Blackouts – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 coating...
Wacker Chemie AG author
24.04.2014

Episode 40 – Protection for Steel Reinforcement – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 sil...
Wacker Chemie AG author
13.02.2014

Episode 39 – Pushing the Limits of Feasibility – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
20.09.2013

Episode 38 – New-Generation Drainage Concrete – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
18.07.2013

Episode 37 – Foam Jackets for Steel Columns – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
21.05.2013

Episode 36 – Ready to Generate – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
15.03.2013

Episode 35 – Tribute to a World Statesman – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
15.02.2013

Episode 34 – Benefits of a Vacuum – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 sili...
Wacker Chemie AG author
13.11.2012

Episode 33 – Preservation Treatment for Christ the Redeemer – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
25.09.2012

Episode 32 – Power for Siberian Tundra – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
22.08.2012

Episode 31 – Constructive Alternative – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
13.07.2012

Episode 30 – Polymers from the Southern Capital – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
30.05.2012

Episode 29 – Inspired by Water, Created with Concrete – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 fro...
Wacker Chemie AG author
17.04.2012

Episode 28 – Innovation in the Cowshed – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
29.02.2012

Episode 27 – Clever Adhesives for High-Quality Woods – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
28.11.2011

Episode 26 – A Garden for Eternity – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author
10.10.2011

Episode 25 – Electric Vehicles Come of Age – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 ...
Wacker Chemie AG author
22.08.2011

Episode 24 – Safely Tucked Away – The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 it...
Wacker Chemie AG author
13.07.2011

Episode 23 — Ideal Marriage of Cohesion and Adhesion– The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
7.07.2011

Episode 22 – The Best of Both Worlds– The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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.
Wacker Chemie AG author
15.03.2011

Episode 21 – Taking the Heat off Cold Steel– The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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 dispersion...
Wacker Chemie AG author
26.01.2011

Episode 20 – Warm-Touch Stone– The Fascination of Chemistry – WACKER’s Audio Magazine

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...
Wacker Chemie AG author