WACKER HONORS RESEARCHERS FOR DEVELOPING HIGHLY REACTIVE ALPHA-SILANES
WACKER’s chemists studied the so-called “alpha effect” - a phenomenon known for some time. In the 1960s, scientists discovered that substitution of certain structural elements led to higher organofunctional-silane reactivity. This discovery, however, was gradually forgotten. “The key innovative power of this proposal is not so much observation of the alpha effect itself, but rather recognizing that a fundamental phenomenon has been discovered that is highly interesting for both scientific and business reasons,” said WACKER president and CEO Dr. Rudolf Staudigl during the award ceremony. According to the Munich, Germany-based company’s estimates, the long-term market potential of alpha silanes - marketed under the GENIOSIL® trademark since 2003 - could be in the hundreds of millions.
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