Molecule of the Week

Dimethicone

February 19, 2007

Dimethicone (polydimethylsiloxane, PDMS) is the answer to dry hands. This flexible polymer, with a backbone of silicon and oxygen instead of carbon, is used in most hand lotions and many cosmetics. Other uses include silly putty, silicone lubricants, silicone caulk, and cutting edge microfluidic devices.