Definition of silane in English:

silane

Line breaks: si¦lane
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪleɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • 1A colourless gaseous compound of silicon and hydrogen which has strong reducing properties and is spontaneously flammable in air.
    • Chemical formula: SiH4
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    • They can contain chemicals such as acrylate, peroxides, bisphenol, formaldehyde, hexane, hydroquinone, phenol, polyurethane, silane, toluene, and xylene, some of which have been suspected of toxicity.
    • These sealers are silane or siloxane-based products that react with silica and silicate materials in concrete and with each other to form a hard resin that bonds with the concrete.
    • The use of thick gels obviated the need for bind silane.
  • 1.1 [count noun] Any of the large class of hydrides of silicon analogous to the alkanes.
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    • Mixtures of silicone resins along with silanes and siloxanes work extremely well at blocking pores of all sizes at low solids levels, without changing the natural appearance of the blocks.
    • That is, the structurally analogous silanes - mixtures of silicon and hydrogen - are spontaneously flammable in air.
    • Siloxanes are prepolymers - the result of partial polymerization of silanes - in which the molecules are beginning to link, but only in sets of two or three, not yet in full polymeric chains.

Origin

early 20th century: from silicon + -ane2.

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