What is Sodium Silicate used in?
Russia's insistence on paying for Russian gas in rubles has rattled European countries: Greece held an emergency meeting of suppliers, the Dutch government would urge consumers to use less gas, and the French energy regulator told consumers not to panic. Russian gas meets one-third of Europe's annual energy needs.
Russia said they could expand their demand for ruble payments for other commodities, including oil, grain, fertilizer, coal, and metals, which raised the risk of recession in Europe and the US.
Moscow is expected to unveil its ruble payment plan in early April, but it said it would not immediately ask buyers to pay for gas in rubles.
Western countries have said paying in rubles would be a breach of contract, and renegotiation could take months or longer. This uncertainty has pushed commodity market prices higher.
The supply and prices of other commodities like the sodium silicate could also be affected.
Soaps and detergent
Sodium silicate has the ability to enhance surface effects, such as wetting with organic surfactants (reducing surface tension), helping to keep small dirt or oil particles suspended in the detergent, or enhancing the ability to remove dirt from the surface.
The alkalinity of sodium silicate enables it to neutralize acidic soil and promote the emulsification of oil and the dispersion of protein.
Sodium silicate as a cardboard coating can increase the hardness of the cardboard and increase its resistance to moisture, fire, grease and pests. Silicate can also be used as an oil repellent alone.
Sodium silicate can be used as a primer for the application of auxiliary materials such as paraffin, naphthalene chloride, wax, gum, nitrocellulose, varnish and other cardboard coatings. It fills the pores of the cardboard and reduces the water absorption of the paper, thus reducing the amount of topcoat required.
Soluble silicate can be used as cement binder. When Portland is combined with cement components, they will undergo chemical reactions to form substances with strong bonding properties. It can also be used to improve the durability of concrete.
Soluble silicate is used in many mineral enrichment processes. The main use of sodium silicate in ore flotation is as an antiflocculant to disperse unwanted siliceous substances. Only a small amount of silicate with a concentration similar to that used in cleaning operations is required. The ability of silicate to form a sodium ion layer on the particle surface is important for preparing the surface for specific separation. Sodium silicate helps to prevent corrosion, thereby reducing ball wear in the mill.
Dilute anionic silica aqueous solution provided by soluble silicate can inhibit the corrosion of metal surface.
As an additive in water, dissolved SiO2 can prevent corrosion of metal storage tanks and distribution lines. It reduces corrosion of pumps and pipelines by acidic water (for example, from mine drainage); reduces corrosion during ball rod mill grinding; and minimizes corrosion of process equipment as an ingredient in spray drying, agglomeration or dry mixed detergent formulations; and metal parts in laundry and dishwashing equipment. As a component of the liquid in the ‘permanent’ automobile cooling system. As an additive for water treatment compounds in boilers and cooling towers.
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Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, said it would have to close its plant in Langelsheim, Germany if the EU designated lithium as a hazardous material. The European Commission is currently evaluating a proposal by the European Chemicals Agency (EHCA) to classify lithium carbonate, lithium chloride, and lithium hydroxide as hazardous to human health.
As a result, Albemarle will no longer be able to import lithium chloride, its main raw material, putting its entire plant in Langelsheim at risk of closure, Albemarle chief financial Officer Scott Tozier said. According to Tozier, the plant has annual sales of about $500 million and a forced closure would have a significant impact on Albemarle's operations.
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