Dow Corning Corp. has established a new global research center to pioneer the development of innovative technologies and applications for organosilane and silicon-containing chemicals. The Surface and Interface Solutions Center (SISC), located in Belgium, is dedicated to designing innovative composites or molecules; processes; surface; interface and interphase technologies. It will serve the global needs of customers in multiple markets, including plastics, rubber, adhesives, sealants, coatings, textiles and electronics. "The SISC will enable our customers to establish a competitive advantage by providing next-generation solutions and the best technical and business approaches to their challenges," said Thierry Materne, Dow Corning global technology and business development manager, Silanes Products. "The solution may be something that helps a customer achieve improved performance or productivity, or it could be the result of working with a customer to develop a tailor-made approach based on the interface between silanes and other materials."