Research conducted by Brandon D. Booth and associates at Vanderbilt University (B.D. Booth, et al., Tribological characterization of gradient monolayer films from trichlorosilanes in silicon, Colloids Surf. A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects (2012)) recently published that n-octadecyltrichlorosilane from UCT Specialties (United Chemical Technologies) was used to create single and two-component gradient monolayers on silicon surfaces. Both of these techniques impart stronger tribological qualities to the surface. In fact, the two-component gradient monolayer provides a more robust tribological interface demonstrated by increased stability in gradient frictional performance for at least 5 hours of continuous sliding.
UCT Specialties (Petrarch) continues to manufacture high quality specialty silanes, silicones, catalysts and coatings for a vast variety of manufacturing markets. Coupled with our excellence in the Solid Phase Extraction chromatography markets, this demonstrates UCT Inc. as a leader for your silicon related chemistry products.