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The role and efficacy of fumed silica

Hasad Foods, the agricultural investment arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, said the government would increase its grain reserves from 250,000 tons to 300,000 tons in the near future, which is enough to feed the population for six months.  

With a lot of deserts, Qatar suffers from water shortages, and Qatar depends on food imports for a long time. Recently, the ongoing tension in Ukraine has caused global food supply tension and rising prices.

In addition to that, the geopolitical situation also affects the supply and prices of many commodities like the Fumed Silica.

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


Gas supplies have been in short supply because of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.  Combined with the situation that other renewable sources cannot produce enough electricity, electricity prices have soared in many parts all over the world. For this reason, I assume the supply and prices of the Fumed Silica would keep being influenced by the high energy prices.

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