silicon vs silicone : Common Errors in English

About silicon vs silicone

Silicon is a chemical element, the basic stuff of which microchips are made. Silicones are plastics and other materials containing silicon, the most commonly discussed example being silicone breast implants. Less used by the general public is “silica”: an oxide of silicon.

silicon Meaning(s)

  • (n) a tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors

silicone Meaning(s)

  • (n) any of a large class of siloxanes that are unusually stable over a wide range of temperatures; used in lubricants and adhesives and coatings and synthetic rubber and electrical insulation

silicon in News

  1. Silicon-based nanoparticles could make LEDs cheaper, greener to produce

    Researchers have created a material they say would make LED bulbs cheaper and greener to manufacture, driving down the price. Their silicon-based nanoparticles soften the blue light emitted by LEDs, creating white light that more closely resembles sunlight.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Science Daily

  2. Silicon Valley stars take off on British Airways 'UnGrounded' flight to London 'to change the world'

    After months of buildup, a British Airways jumbo jet carrying more than 100 Silicon Valley emissaries lifted off Wednesday on a mission to change the world. During the 12-hour flight from San Francisco to London, participants in the "UnGrounded" initiative were charged with coming up with ways to address the global disparity of science, math and technology education.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Contra Costa Times

  3. Biz Break: Silicon Valley's IPO market stays hot with Gigamon; HP hits 52-week high

    Today: Another Silicon Valley enterprise software company finds eager investors on Wall Street, but the rest of the market continues to struggle.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: San Jose Mercury News

silicone in News

  1. Daniel Shoer Roth: Dade’s dirty little secret: what everyone knows and no one says

    The discord among social, racial, ethnic and national groups in Miami-Dade is often palpable, though we like to sweep the dust under the rug opting instead to believe that we are a cohesive and harmonious community where people feel welcomed, accepted and comforted. Yet the often-touted warm reception is often a hypocritical smile with fleshy, silicone lips.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Miami Herald

  2. Tablet Enclosures safeguards electronic components.

    Made of high-impact ABS plastic that is flame retardant to UL94-VO (white) and UL94-HB (black), tablet enclosures for portable, desktop, or wall-mounted electronic applications come in sizes from 5.5 x 3.9 x 1.2 in. to 12.7 x 9.1 x 1.2 in. Tongue and groove sealing design protects against dust and moisture, and optional silicone sponge gasket imparts IP65 rating. Recessed area is designed for ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ThomasNet

  3. WACKER Presents New Silicone Grades for Electronic and Medical-Technology Applications

    Munich – PLASTIC Japan will see WACKER, a Munich-based chemical company, and Japanese silicone manufacturer Wacker Asahikasei Silicone unveiling innovative silicone products for the electronics, optoelectronics and medical-technology sectors. Among the products celebrating their premieres will be SEMICOSIL® 915 HT, a heat-resistant gel for encapsulating power electronic modules; LUMISIL® ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: ThomasNet

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