CAPABILITIES

Extensive custom capabilities

Committed to Innovation

Gelest manufactures and provides silane, silicone, specialty acrylate, and metal-organic compounds serving advanced technology markets through a customer-driven approach.

MANUFACTURING & SUPPLY

Excellence in safety and quality

From our flexible manufacturing and cellular design to high-hazard facilities, environmental controls and utility redundancies, we are committed to developing high-quality specialty silicones, organosilanes, metal-organics, and acrylates. Our materials and process capabilities scale according to customer requirements—from lab samples to commercial production.

Materials

  • Air-sensitive compounds
  • Corrosive materials
  • High purity gases & liquids
  • High viscosity liquids
  • Solids handling
  • Silicon, acrylate, & metal-
    organic building blocks

Processes

  • Hydrosilylation
  • Polymerization
  • High pressure (greater than
    350 psi)
  • Compounding
  • Microparticle functionalization
  • Esterification &
    transesterification
Warehousing and logistics

The Gelest warehousing and logistics centers in the U.S. are designed for chemical storage (including flammables and specialty packaging operations) and house our treated microparticle and formulated materials production. The Livchem logistics center in Frankfurt, Germany serves over 35 countries.

CHEMISTRY & MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT

Proactive chemistry and material development for key technologies

Utilizing cutting-edge tools and technologies to solve today’s most challenging problems, Gelest delivers custom- and customer-specific synthesis, specification, and surface treatment process capabilities ranging from the altering of surface chemistry for surface reactions to improving particle incorporation in formulations and inducing new surface properties.

Silanes

Silanes are used for surface modification and synthetic organic chemistry. Gelest offers several types of silanes including conventional/standard, dipodal, and cyclic structures in addition to synthetic expertise for non-standard organofunctional groups. These products are offered in high purity and specialty grades.

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Metal-Organics

Gelest has expertise in handling and synthesizing metal-organic products. Metal-organics are used as catalysts for silanes and silicones and are offered in specialty grades.

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Silicones

Reactive silicones are used for formulation development and polymer synthesis while inert silicones are used for heat transfer, mechanical, lubricating, smart fluid, dielectric, and optical applications. High elongation and specialty products are available.

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Acrylates

Gelest offers specialty acrylates for formulation development and polymer synthesis. We have high purity and specialty grade products along with proficient scale up capability.

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INNOVATIVE R&D

Accelerating research and development

With deep technical expertise and analytical capabilities across organic, polymer, inorganic, and materials chemistries, the Gelest team possesses unique dexterity and the ability to develop and scale a wider range of products—from inception to commercialization.

Research Groups

Our highly-skilled technical teams are at the frontier of specialty silicone, organosilane, metal-organic, and acrylate research and development.

  • Silanes and metal-organics
  • Polymer development
  • Specialty acrylates
  • Advanced process development
  • Thin film process engineering
  • Performance products
  • Applications development
  • Technical service

Analytical Capabilities

Gelest analytical capabilities span organic, polymer, inorganic, and materials chemistries.

  • GC
  • GC-MS
  • HPLC
  • GPC
  • NMR
  • Digital Microscopy
  • FTIR
  • UV-VIS
  • DCS-TGA
  • XPS
  • SEM
  • Rheology
  • Viscometry
  • Goniometry
  • Particle size analysis
  • Mechanical property testing

APPROACH

Serving advanced technology markets through innovation and customer relationships

As a Mitsubishi Chemical group company and through its “customer first” approach, academic collaborations, and published research, Gelest serves a range of advanced technology markets including CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers), life sciences, medical devices, personal care, and microelectronics.

Customer markets

Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers

Gelest delivers CASE solutions to an ever-growing set of markets.

  • Adhesion promoters for adhesive and sealant formulations
  • Paints, inks, and toners
  • Conformal, conductive coatings for electronics
  • Optically clear hard & soft coatings
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Silicone sealants & adhesives for thermal interface materials
  • Surface modification to improve particle compatibility
  • Water repellents and hydrophobic surfaces

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Surface modification

Alter surface properties to increase or decrease hydrophobicity or hydrophilicity, increase adhesion between substrates, and improved compatibility of fillers and particles.

Custom optical, reprographic, and gel formulations

To address the increasing use of sensors, modules, and products in high temperature, thermally conductive or electrically conductive CASE applications.

Specialty acrylates

For use in formulations that require custom specifications or varying purities for different applications.

Life Sciences

From chromatography and diagnostics to drug discovery research and antimicrobial hygiene, Gelest serves the life sciences space with high purity specialty silanes and metal-organics reagents and EPA- and food-contact approved products.

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Separations

High purity specialty silanes for surface functionalization of silica, glass, and other substrates chromatography and diagnostic testing kits.

Pharmaceuticals

A broad portfolio of silanes and metal organics reagents with 3,600+ products for organic synthesis.

Antimicrobials

EPA- and food-contact approved BIOSAFE® inhibits microorganism colonization for healthcare surface hygiene, laundry additives, and food prep.

Medical Devices

Gelest’s custom chemistry capabilities enhance the functionality and effectiveness of countless medical devices including contact lenses, implantable devices, surgical instruments, external medical devices, sterilization trays, medical packaging, and more.

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Contact lenses

  • Custom reactive monomer mixes for contact lens formulations
  • High purity specialty acrylates
  • High purity specialty siloxanes
  • Custom mold materials for high oxygen permeable, wettable
    contact lenses

Other medical devices

  • Custom optical, reprographic, and gel formulations for other
    medical devices
  • High elongation and recovery
  • Optical clarity and refractive index matching
  • Electrically and thermally conductive

Skin care

Hybrid silicone fluids for skin care formulations including organic-modified siloxanes with solubility in organics and silicones and natural products with siloxane content for reduced surface tension, increased spreadability, and enhanced compatibility.

Hair Care

Hybrid fluid diethicones provide broad formulation compatibility to enhance shine, combability (detangling), conditioning, anti-frizz, and other benefits to a variety of hair care products.

Color cosmetics

Surface-treated pigments improve skin adhesion for make-up for long-lasting cosmetic applications.