Siloxanes are characterised by a chain of alternating silicon and oxygen atoms. A long chain of siloxane groups is called a silicone or a silicone polymer. Siloxanes differ in molecular weight, shape and functional chemical groups attached to the siliconoxygen backbone. The most important siloxane building block is the dimethyl-siloxane group, a large size group (10 atoms per unit), with moderate ability to accept hydrogen bonds. These characteristics lead to differences in their capacity to interact with the environment such as water and organic carbon in soil/sediment and lipids in biota, compared to carbon-based hydrophobic organic compounds. Siloxanes are used in sealants, adhesives, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, medical devices, hygiene products, food contact materials, and other industrial applications.
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