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The Essentials of Silicone Elastomers

Get a detailed description of silicone elastomers, emphasizing their chemistry, physical and rheological properties, curing process, and associated test methods, both physical and analytical.

This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Elastomer Technology Certificate
Plastics Technology Certificate


Mel Toub

Mel Toub

Mel was born in New York City and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in materials engineering, as well as an MBA. From 1973 to 1975, he worked for the Coated Abrasives Division of ... read more

Mary Krenceski

Mary A. Krenceski holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Her 31 years of experience include industrial positions focusing on polymer/material science and characterization at Eastman Kodak Company and General ... read more

Who Should Attend

Both entry-level and experienced chemists, engineers, quality assurance managers and laboratory personnel interested in silicone elastomer characterization will benefit greatly from this course.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand silicone elastomer technology – applications, features, benefits and all aspects of the manufacturing process
  • Be familiar with dynamic and static properties, curing process and chemical structure
  • Examine various analytical testing methods with specifications, property matrix and experimental design considerations

Course Outline/Topics

Silicone Elastomer TechnologySilicone Product Categories

Silicone Nomenclature

Silicone Features/Benefits

Typical Applications

Manufacturing Process

Silicone Polymer

Silicone Compounds

Silicone CharacterizationChemical Structure

Molecular Weight/Viscosity

Static Properties

Dynamic Properties

Viscoelasticity and Flow

Analytical Test Methods

Cure Process/

Property Matrix

Test Reproducibility


QC Laboratory Testing

Experimental Design

Dates and locations to be announced.