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This sample is here only to make the point that silicone is not silicon. Silicon is a brittle, semi-metallic element, silicone is a soft rubbery chemical compound (one of a family of polysiloxanes depending on the exact type of silicone). Silicone rubber does contain a fair bit of silicon (35% or less depending on the type) but it is incorporated into a chemical structure that completely changes its characteristics compared to its pure elemental form.
Contributor: Theodore Gray
Acquired: 8 February, 2009
Text Updated: 8 February, 2009