This is the story of chemical transition from the common silicate minerals and rocks of the earth to the uncommon chemical compounds of silicon and carbon.
We begin with silicates, the form in which we find almost all silicon, the second-most prevalent element in the earth's crust.
- Silicones 7: Polymer Chemistry, Thermochemistry, and Kinetics
- You may recall from your studies of carbon-based materials, that segment of chemistry we call organic chemistry, the term polymers. Polymers are giant molecules, long sequences of chemical units bonded together. Some polymers are natural in origin.