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NEDO Elucidates Basic Structure of Glass and Silicone for First Time in the World

– Ending a 200-year mystery and creating hopes for a high-functioning, high-performance silicone material –
July  27,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Japan Atomic Energy Agency
J-PARC Center
Comprehensive Research Organization for Science and Society

The five agencies of NEDO, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the J-PARC Center, and the Comprehensive Research Organization for Science and Society, have elucidated the basic structure of glass and silicone for the first time in the world. Scientists analyzed the detailed molecular structure of the substance, which has been unknown since the 19th century, by successfully creating crystals of orthosilicic acid, which is the basic unit structure for glass and many types of silicone. As a result, it is now possible to synthesize silicone which structure is controlled from the base unit level, and this discovery is expected to contribute to the manufacture of high-functioning, high-performance silicone materials.

Detailed results of this research were published in the United Kingdom academic journal Nature Communications on July 26, 2017 local time (DOI: 10.1038 / s 41467-017-00168-5).

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