Gelest Press Releases
October 12, 2020
We are proud to announce that Dr. Barry Arkles, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Gelest Inc. effective immediately.
October 1, 2020
We are proud to announce that as of October 1, 2020 we are officially a group company of Mitsubishi Chemical and Jonathan Goff is promoted to Gelest Chief Technology Officer. As we continue to enhance our offerings and intensify our extensive R&D and manufacturing capabilities, this integration provides greater resources to accelerate growth and superior value for our customers.
August 3, 2020
We teamed up with suppliers to overcome material supply shortages to ensure the surging demand for BIOSAFE is met for all customers, especially healthcare professionals.
July 16, 2020
Gelest announces completion of a capacity expansion for its surface-treated pigments for personal care products, reinforcing its commitment to support customer innovation and adding flexibility to meet changing market demands. The pigment operation emphasizes product quality and integrity with new color-segregated processing equipment.
May 28, 2020
The website integration with our new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system significantly broadens existing online ordering capabilities including: inventory availability, a secure credit card payment option, viewable order history, faster order processing, easier access to frequently purchased items, and more. These enhancements span Gelest’s entire research product portfolio of silanes, silicones, and metal organics.
April 30, 2020
We are excited to announce that Mitsubishi Chemical America, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Gelest and Bimax entities. Completion of the transaction is expected in 2020, pending customary regulatory review and approval. Meanwhile we will continue to innovate to serve the evolving needs of our customers. Please review press release.
March 12, 2020
BIOSAFE® Antimicrobials are found in a wide range of EPA-approved applications among them: Certainty® SmartBoost™ Laundry Additivefor healthcare uniforms, NWA Quat Keeper™ Foodservice Towels for restaurants and cafeterias, and King Microshield® for medical equipment and facilities. These are used to preserve treated articles by preventing the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew.
February 6, 2020
The National Wiper Alliance (NWA), the industry leader in converting custom nonwoven towels for medical, food service, and aerospace applications, has selected BIOSAFE antimicrobial technology to enhance its newly introduced QUAT KEEPER™ Foodservice Towels. “Gelest and NWA joined forces and successfully developed a simple solution that provides towels with antimicrobial protection and mitigates against Quat depletion,” said Ken Gayer, Chief Executive Officer of Gelest.
November 19, 2019
The commercial line of novel alkylsilicates are key building blocks for the cross-coupling reactions of sp3-sp2 and sp3-sp3 carbon centers that were developed by Professor Gary A. Molander at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Download the Technical Brochure
November 12, 2019
Strategic Partners Inc. (SPI), the industry leader in medical uniforms, has selected BIOSAFE® antimicrobial fabric technology for use in their Certainty® SmartBoost™ laundry additive product.
November 1, 2019
Daria Carlin Long has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Gelest’s Personal Care Group. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in Specialty Chemicals, with a primary focus on commercial operations, marketing and business management in the personal care industry.
September 5, 2019
Gelest, Inc. announced today that its Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Barry Arkles is the recipient of the American Chemical Society 2020 Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry. The award recognizing distinguished contributions to the field of silicon chemistry during the 10 years preceding the nomination.
August 20, 2019
Gelest, Inc. joined The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge launched by the U.S. Government and CDC in September 2018. The AMR Challenge is an effort to accelerate the fight against antimicrobial resistance through committed action across governments and industries. Gelest manufactures BIOSAFE® Antimicrobials that inhibit microorganism growth by physically puncturing the cell microbe membrane, killing the microbes on contact by electrocuting them.
July 1, 2019
Gelest announced its acquisition of Bimax of Pennsylvania, USA. Bimax is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high purity methacrylate and specialty monomers. These products complement Gelest’s reactive siloxane materials for the manufacture of contact lenses, intraocular lenses, dental composites, wound dressings, drug delivery, biomaterials, and other medical device products. Learn more about the products in the new Bimax Brochure.
June 25, 2019
Introducing new silicon source precursors for silicon nitride (SiN) ultrathin film deposition in semiconductor applications. Gelest supports these new precursors with film deposition and process data from its newly established thin film applications lab.
June 6, 2019
Gelest Inc. has launched SiBrid® TM-031 personal care specialty silicone fluid with volatility and solubility characteristics similar to the cyclomethicone D5. Gelest showcased SiBrid® TM-031 (INCI: Propyl Trisiloxane) at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) Suppliers’ Day in New York.
April 9, 2019
Gelest Inc., a leading innovator in materials science and technology and a New Mountain Capital portfolio company, has appointed Jim Whitlock to the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer (COO), effective immediately, to deepen its senior leadership team in conjunction with the company’s continuing growth.
March 4, 2019
Gelest Inc., a leading innovator in materials science and technology and a New Mountain Capital portfolio company, has appointed John Sobchak to the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately, to deepen its senior leadership team in conjunction with the company’s continuing growth.
December 11, 2018
Gelest Inc. announced plans to further expand production capacity for surface-treated pigments in personal care applications. Presenting at the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) 72nd Annual Meeting and Technical Showcase, Gelest also unveiled new test data demonstrating strong product performance improvements in its surface-treated pigments segment.
November 20, 2018
Gelest, Inc. has expanded its acetylenic and alkynyl silane offerings, increasing chemists’ options and formulating flexibility in organic synthesis and material science applications.
June 27, 2018
Gelest, Inc. has introduced ExSil® 50, a new softer grade of an ultra-high elongation material that has been formulated to meet the requirements of soft-tissue implants or extracorporeal device applications.
June 26, 2018
Gelest, Inc. announced today it has commercialized diiodosilane to meet the global demand of the semiconductor industry for next-generation semiconductor chips. Gelest’s dedicated diiodosilane plant in Morrisville, Pa., is fully operational and can produce commercial quantities of diiodosilane with purity in excess of 99.9%.
June 6, 2018
BIOSAFE® HM4100 antimicrobial, the keystone of Gelest’s BIOSAFE product line, is now certified to NSF-51, “for use as an antimicrobial to preserve finished food contact articles,” according to NSF International. These are food preparation surfaces where the antimicrobial is incorporated into the resin, a food contact layer, a coating additive or a polymeric beverage tubing.
March 7, 2018
Dr. Jonathan Goff has been promoted to Vice President of Research & Development at Gelest, Inc., and Dr. Youlin Pan has been named Senior Research Fellow, adding to his current title of Senior R&D Manager.
February 21, 2018
Doug Wulffleff has joined Gelest as Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions. He is responsible for identifying business opportunities and developing and executing strategies for growth through acquisitions in the specialty chemicals industry and adjacent markets.
January 22, 2018
David Harwood and Peter Schroeter-Denzin have joined Gelest, Inc. as European Sales Managers. Their long-term specialty chemical industry experience makes them excellent additions to and accomplished resources for the Gelest team in the U.S. and abroad.
November 28, 2017
Gelest Names Ken Gayer Chief Executive Officer Chemicals industry veteran to lead specialty materials supplier. Gelest, Inc., a recognized world leader in customized, highly specialized organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds, and silicone materials, announces the appointment of Ken Gayer as chief executive officer (CEO).
November 7, 2017
Daria Carlin Long has joined Gelest, Inc., to lead Gelest’s personal care business. Reporting to Ed Kimble, Vice President of Product Management, Long is responsible for all aspects of the personal care business, including marketing, sales and product and distribution-channel management.
October 9, 2017
Gelest has introduced a unique range of dual-function poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) reagents that enable new approaches to PEGylation for bioconjugates, reduction of surface biofouling and formation of polymerizeable vesicles for drug transport. These “first of a kind” materials are heterobifunctional materials with an amine at one terminus and a choice of two different species at the other.
May 30, 2017
Gelest, Inc. has unveiled its new SIVATE™ E610 Enhanced amine functional silane, which offers improved performance with non-siliceous surfaces, improved corrosion resistance of metal substrates, superior film-forming properties in primer applications, higher bond strength in aggressive aqueous conditions, and imparts composites and primers with long-term durability in a wide range of environments. Gelest offers SIVATE™ E610 Enhanced amine silane for use as an adhesive primer for metallic and siliceous substrates, coupling agent for thermoset and thermoplastic composites, corrosion inhibiting primer for paints and coatings on ferrous and non-ferrous substrates, and functionalization of Micro-Particles for use in adhesives and sealants.
May 4, 2017
BIOSAFE® HM4100 Antimicrobial Renders Plastics, Coatings and Filter Media Inherently Antimicrobial, and is Now Approved for Food Contact and Drinking Water Applications after FDA and EPA review.
May 1, 2017
At NYSCC Suppliers’ Day, set to take place May 2-3 in New York City, Gelest, Inc. is unveiling its new SiBRID® TM-031, a personal care silicone vehicle with solubility and volatility characteristics similar to cyclomethicone, D5.
April 3, 2017
Gelest, Inc., a recognized world leader in customized, highly specialized organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds, and silicone materials, today announced that it has partnered with New Mountain Capital, LLC, a growth-oriented investment firm that currently manages approximately $15 billion in assets.
March 20, 2017
Vertasil® TM-L01 LIMONENYLTRISILOXANE from Gelest, Inc. has improved volatility and better solubility than caprylyl methicone. “Our evaluations showed that after 6 hours at 25°C, (77°F), 0.1 percent of the test sample evaporated vs. about 0.5 percent of caprylyl methicone,” said Ed Kimble, Gelest Vice-President of Product Management. “Therefore, cosmetics containing Versatil TM-L01 can stay on skin longer than the same formulation with caprylyl methicone.”
March 6, 2017
Gelest, Inc., and Temple University School of Science and Technology will host the 48th Silicon Symposium June 7 through June 9, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pa.
February 9, 2017
Co-exhibiting with AZmax (Tokyo, Japan) at Neo Functional Materials February 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight East Hall, Gelest, Inc. reaffirms its relationship with AZmax as exclusive distributor for Gelest products sold into the pharmaceutical, separation sciences, and polymeric materials markets. Gelest, Inc. has been represented in Japan since 1993 by AZmax Co. Ltd., (www.azmax.co.jp) which serves the chemical research community in Japan. AZmax is staffed with 21 professionals along with a strong support staff that has dealt with the Japanese chemical community for over 20 years with particular expertise in the fields of silanes, silicones and metal-organics.
February 3, 2017
Gelest, Inc. has unveiled its new SIVATETM A610 activated amine functional silane, which improves adhesion, speeds reactivity and increases bond strength in packaging, polymer, micro-electronics and curing applications. Gelest offers SIVATE A610 activated amine silane for use as a tie-layer between organic and inorganic substrates in multi-layer packaging, a coupling agent for high speed epoxy adhesive bonding, phenolic resins, polyurethanes and polyamides, or a primer for high-speed UV-acrylated urethane cure systems.
January 18, 2017
In its ongoing effort to continue supplying specialty silane, silicone and metal-organic materials efficiently and in a timely manner, Gelest, Inc, has relocated its packing and shipping operations to its Progress Drive warehouse, located 0.3 miles from the Gelest headquarters and main campus.
December 20, 2016
Agreement will enable pilot-scale manufacturing of Company’s high value liquid silicon precursor, Cyclohexasilane, Si6H12 (CHS), for sale to commercialization partners. 3DIcon Corporation announced today it has signed a supply agreement with Gelest, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of silane, silicone and metal-organic specialty materials.
December 19, 2016
Gelest has released its new Metal-Organics Handbook, “METAL-ORGANICS for Materials, Polymers & Synthesis,” which details more than 50 new compounds and features 15 new or expanded technical articles. The 2016 edition includes pieces on the use of metal triflates in organic synthesis, applications of zirconium compounds in synthesis, and synthetic applications of organoaluminum compounds. It also offers expanded Phosphorous, Aluminum and Tin sections, and includes a range of new and innovative metal-organic products across an array of elements.
October 11, 2016
Gelest, Inc. introduced today its new SIVATETM A200 activated acrylate functional silane for use as a primer for fiber optic cladding, a coupling agent for light-cure acrylic nanocomposites, or an adhesion promoter for high-speed UV acrylated urethane cure systems.
September 26, 2016
Gelest, Inc. has partnered with FlackTek Inc. to offer Reprographic PDMS elastomers in kits designed for use in the FlackTek SpeedMixer™. The SpeedMixer is the most advanced mixing technology available today, fully capable of mixing a variety of materials—from thick to thin in any combination—quickly and repeatably.
June 3, 2016
Gelest, Inc. has promoted Edward Kimble to Vice-President of Product Management. Reporting to Joel Zazyczny, Executive Vice President, Kimble leads the Product Management team for the Silane, Silicone, and Metal-Organic Product lines, with a primary focus on product marketing, product demand, and on developing pricing strategies that drive company profitability.
May 27, 2016
Gelest, Inc. has established a dedicated Logistics and Fulfillment Department to improve efficiencies, reliability and overall performance. Comprised of its Shipping & Receiving, Customer Service, and Procurement departments plus affiliate LivChem Logistics, the new department is directed by Executive Vice President Joel Zazyczny.
May 18, 2016
At ANTEC® 2016, Gelest, Inc. (Booth #504) is highlighting its silicon-based BIOSAFE® antimicrobial, which it recently acquired after a two-year period of exclusive licensing. Gelest is now shepherding the product through Food Contact approvals from the U.S. FDA and EPA.
May 16, 2016
Gelest, Inc. announced today it has expanded its Germane (GeH4) manufacturing capacity to meet the increased global demand of the semiconductor industry. Gelest expanded its Germane (GeH4) plant in Morrisville, Pa., in an effort to increase capacity by more than 500%. The new capacity is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2016.
January 21, 2016
Gelest, Inc. today introduced a revolutionary technology that will allow design engineers to create innovative devices to meet new applications. This class of elastomers has unprecedented elongation and shape recovery abilities. The new materials break records for elongation and rules of elastomeric behavior.
June 1, 2015
At Eastern Coatings Show 2015 in Atlantic City, N.J, today through June 4, Gelest, Inc. is highlighting silicon-based BIOSAFE® antimicrobials for long-lasting surface protection and advanced silanes for high- performance applications. Gelest’s dipodal silanes improve substrate bonding, and its cyclic azasilanes provide effective surface modification at nanodimensions.
May 1, 2015
BIOSAFE® silicon-based antimicrobials protect formulated coatings and compounded polymers for manufactured goods. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered, the no-VOC antimicrobials prevent deterioration and discoloration caused by fungi, prevent algae growth and inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Colorless and odorless, the BIOSAFE materials are positively charged polymers and can be incorporated into coatings.
March 23, 2015
At NPE 2015, Gelest, Inc. is highlighting its silicon-based BIOSAFE® antimicrobials for long-lasting surface protection, dipodal silanes to improve substrate bonding, cyclic azasilanes for treating fillers in nanocomposites, and functional and inert silicone fluids for polymer synthesis, internal lubricants and flow control.
March 10, 2015
Building on its relationship with Gelest, Inc., LivChem Logistics of Frankfurt Main, Germany, has launched its new website address -- www.livchem-logistics.com – with new progressive functionality and e-commerce platform. Livchem Logistics is the exclusive and sole European logistics center of Gelest, Inc., offering more than 3000 innovative silanes, silicones, and metal-organics to the European Union (EU) market, from research and development quantities up to commercial scale.
December 11, 2014
Gelest Inc. today introduced Vertasil® LIMONENYLTRISILOXANE (INCI: Methylcyclohexenyl Isopropyl Trisiloxane), a multifunctional cosmetics ingredient that improves solubility over cyclomethicones such as cyclopentasiloxane. The company presented the benefits and properties of Vertasil TM-L01 at the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) 69th Annual Scientific Meeting and Technology Showcase in New York.
December 2, 2014
Gelest Inc., a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds and silicones to the global marketplace, has extended its product offering to include Cobalt Tricarbonyl Nitrosyl (Gelest Product Code INCO032), which is produced in the company’s newly commissioned facility in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
July 31, 2014
Gelest, Inc. announces the release of its “Technical Guide for Performance and Regulatory Compliance of BIOSAFE® Organosilane Antimicrobials.” The Technical Guide addresses the comparative efficacy of BIOSAFE antimicrobials vs. other antimicrobial technologies, applications, US EPA/FIFRA compliance, and additional information supporting BIOSAFE antimicrobial as a safe and effective mode of controlling microorganisms.
July 10, 2014
Gelest, Inc. announces the release of its new product bulletin for Pharmaceutical and Organic Synthesis, Bulk Metal-Organics and Silanes. Commercial volumes of Cross-Coupling Reagents, Silane Reducing Agents, Blocking Agents, Aluminum Alkyls, and Metal Esters for use in functional group protection, synthetic transformation, catalysis and derivatization are featured. This 36- page brochure provides physical properties and information on synthetic applications of silanes and metal-organics that facilitates the selection of readily available commercial materials. Bulk packaging options are available for storing and dispensing high purity, air sensitive, corrosive and hazardous materials to enable safe handling within the plant operations.
June 24, 2014
Co-exhibiting with Meryer (Shanghai) Chemical Technology Co., Ltd at CPhl China today, Gelest, Inc. reaffirms its relationship with Meryer as exclusive distributor for Gelest products sold into the pharmaceutical, separation sciences, microelectronics and polymeric materials markets. Meryer is exclusive distributor for the complete line of Gelest silane, metal-organics and silicone products, serving China, including Hong Kong and Macao as of 2011
June 5, 2014
Gelest, Inc. announces the release of its newest brochure for the pharmaceutical industry, “Silicon-Based Blocking Agents,” which features silicon reagents for use in functional group protection, synthetic transformation, and derivatization. The 52-page brochure presents detailed application information on silylation reagents for pharmaceutical synthesis and analysis. Detailed descriptions are presented on reaction selectivity, resistance to chemical transformations, and selective deblocking conditions.
April 8, 2014
Gelest, Inc., today introduced new BIOSAFE® silicon-based antimicrobials that protect formulated coatings and compounded polymers for manufactured goods. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered, the No-VOC antimicrobials prevent deterioration and discoloration caused by fungi, prevent algae growth and inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Unveiled at the American Coatings Show 2014 (April 8-11, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), the BIOSAFE materials are colorless, odorless, positively charged polymers that molecularly bond in an environmentally friendly manner to, and are ideal for, bulk surfaces and fabrics that are susceptible to microbial contamination.
March 13, 2014
Gelest, Inc. has appointed Kelly Chemical Corporation exclusive distributor for commercial and research products in Taiwan. Gelest also named Kelly Chemical Corp. exclusive distributor for commercial products and non-exclusive distributor for research products in China. Kelly Chemical Corp. is responsible for selling the complete line of Gelest silane, silicone and metal-organic products, including fillers, pigments and performance products, into the specialty coatings markets.
August 30, 2013
Gelest Inc. Introduces Comprehensive Silicon Compounds Handbook Featuring New Molecules, Expanded Registry of Products and Properties and Technical Articles: Gelest, Inc. announces the publication of Silicon Compounds: Silanes & Silicones, 5000A. This handbook introduces over 250 new compounds and nearly 50 new polymers, including silanes for coupling agent applications and new functional and non-functional dipodal structures.
May 13, 2013
Gelest’s Expansion in Germany Offers Specialty Silane, Silicone and Metal-Organic Materials Directly to Customers throughout Europe.
Gelest, Inc. continues to strengthen its position as a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of commercial and research scale organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds and silicones to the global marketplace. It has extended its reach into Europe through the acquisition of a warehouse and logistics center located in Industriepark Griesheim, Frankfurt/Main Germany.
May 9, 2013
Gelest PCS Launches SiQub™ Q1850
Gelest, Inc. has introduced a new material for its line of Personal Care silicones. SiQube™ Q1850 (INCI: Polysilsesquioxane Steardimonium Chloride) is a quaternary amine functional silicone resin with unique properties. SiQube™ Q1850 is a dry powder that is stable in aqueous solution. It has a powerful cleansing and debriding ability, natural smooth skin feel, facilitates increased moisture binding, reduces the need for preservatives, naturalizes the skin and acts as an anti-static agent for hair and skin.
April 12, 2013
Gelest Reinforces Its Continued Compliance with All Regulatory and Quality Assurance Requirements: Gelest, Inc. announces the formation of a new Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Group. Under the co-leadership of Kevin King, Executive Vice President Operations, who oversees Regulatory Affairs, and Joel Zazyczny, Executive Vice President Silanes, Silicones & Metal-Organics, who oversees Quality Assurance, the new group is responsible for ensuring that Gelest continues to fulfill all applicable regulatory and quality assurance requirements pertaining to the company’s chemical manufacturing facilities and processes.
April 3, 2013
Gelest Bolsters Its Product, Facilities and Business Management to Ensure Continued Success: Gelest, Inc. is pleased to announce a number of new appointments and promotions it has recently made to drive and support its successful growth as a manufacturer and supplier of silane, silicone and metal-organic compounds to the global marketplace.
February 1, 2013
Gelest Introduces New Family of Volatile Higher Silanes for Semiconductor, Flexible Electronic Applications
Gelest, Inc. has once again extended its line of reactive silicone fluids and materials, this time with the addition of new silicone macromers, including monofunctional and heterobifunctional monodisperse reactive fluids. Gelest’s broad range of reactive silicone fluids and materials find wide application in adhesives, binders, ceramic coatings, dielectric coatings, encapsulants, gels, membranes, optical coatings, photolithography, polymer synthesis, and sealants.
January 31, 2013
Gelest’s Extensive Line of Reactive Silicone Fluids and Materials Continues to Expand: Gelest Inc., a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds and silicones to the global marketplace, has extended its product offering to include volatile higher silanes. Gelest’s new offerings include trisilane, isotetrasilane and neopentasilane, which are produced in the company’s newly commissioned facility in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
September 28, 2012
Gelest Showcases Wide Array of Volatile Carbosilanes For Electronics Applications: Gelest’s newest reference piece, “Volatile Carbosilanes,” features preeminent precursors for silicone carbide films and buffer layers; carbon-doped (tensile-strained) silicon; ALD promoted patterning and seed layers; SiCO:H films for low-k, barrier layers, and etch-stop; and silicon carbonitride utilized in the passivation of silicon-based photovoltaics.
May 16, 2012
Gelest Showcases Its Expanded Range of Stable, Inert Silicone Fluids for Multiple Uses in Updated Brochure: New hydrophilic and polar silicones, along with a wider range of organic compatible fluids, are all included in the newly expanded, updated brochure “Silicone Fluids: Stable Inert Media,” now available from Gelest, Inc. The 32-page brochure provides extensive performance data and application information that will allow engineers and scientists to make the most appropriate selections from over 100 fluids and materials.
January 11, 2012
Gelest Introduces New Silicon-Based Reagents for Cross Coupling: Cross-coupling reactions, a recently introduced synthetic method for carbon-carbon bond formation, are discussed in detail in a new 52-page brochure from Gelest, Inc., titled “Silicon-Based Cross-Coupling Reagents.” The new brochure contains over 160 references, including key reviews on the formation of biaryl, styrene, diene, triene, aryl acetylene, diaryl acetylene, pyridine and enyne derivatives and Heck coupling/cross-coupling cascade reaction sequences.