Silane Coupling Agents

Product Description

Silane coupling agents belong to a class of organosilane compounds having at least two reactive groups of different types bonded to the silicon atom in a molecule. One of the reactive groups of different types (ex. methoxy, ethoxy and silanolic hydroxy groups) is reactive with various inorganic materials such as glass, metals, silica sand and the like to form a chemical bond with the surface of the inorganic material while the other of the reactive groups (ex, vinyl, epoxy, methacryl, amino and mercapto groups) is reactive with various kinds of organic materials or synthetic resins to form a chemical bond.

As a result of possessing these two types of reactive groups, silane coupling agents are capable of providing chemical bonding between an organic material and an inorganic material.

This unique property of silane coupling agents is utilized widely in the application of the silane coupling agents for the surface treatment of glass fiber products, performance improvement of fiber-reinforced plastics by the direct admixture to the synthetic resin, improvement of paints and other coating materials and adhesives, modification of surface properties of inorganic fillers, surface priming of various substrate materials, etc.

When a silane coupling agent is used in a thermosetting resin-based fiber-reinforced material, remarkable improvements are obtained in the mechanical and electrical properties of the material and the effect is more remarkable when the material is used in a wet or humid condition.

Application of silane coupling agents to thermoplastic resin-based fiber-reinforced materials is also actively performed along with the efforts to develop a silane coupling agent having further enhanced coupling effects.

General Properties of Silane Coupling Agents
Classification Chemical name Products Structural formula Molecular weight Specific gravity 25°C (77°F)
Vinylsilane Vinyltrichlorosilane KA1003 *1 161.5 1.26
Vinyltris (ßmethoxyethoxy) silane KBC1003 *2 280.4 1.04
Vinyltriethoxysilane KBE1003 *3 190.3 0.90
Vinyltrimethoxysilane KBM1003 *4 148.2 0.97
Acryloxy 3-metacryloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane KBM5103 *5 248.4 1.04
Epoxysilane ß-(3,4 epoxycyclohexyl)-ethyltrimethoxysilane
KBM303 *6 246.4 1.06
r-glycidoxypropyl-trimethoxysilane KBM403 *7 236.3 1.07
r-glycidoxypropyl-methylidiethoxysilane KBE402 *8 248.4 0.98
Aminosilane N-ß (aminoethyl)-r-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane KBM603 *9 222.4 1.02
N-ß (aminoethyl)-r-aminopropyl- methyldimethoxysilane KBM602 *10 206.4 0.97
3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane KBE903 *11 221.4 0.94
N-phenyl-r-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane KBM573 *12 255.4 1.07
Others r-mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane KBM803 *13 196.4 1.06
r-chloropropyl-trimethoxysilane KBM703 *14 198.7 1.08

Classification Chemical name Refractive index (N 25°C) Boiling Point °C (°F) Flash point °C (°F) Minimum covering area (m2/g) Known chemical material number Main applicable resin
Vinylsilane Vinyltrichlorosilane 1.432 91 (196) 9 (48) 480 2-2037 Unsaturated polyester
Vinyltris (ßmethoxyethoxy) silane 1.427 285 (545) 146 (295) 278 2-2067
Vinyltrimethoxysilane 1.397 161 (322) 59 (138) 410 2-2066 Crosslinking polyethylene
Vinyltrimethoxysilane 1.391 123 (253) 32 (90) 515 2-2066
Acryloxy r-metacryloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane 1.429 255 (491) 125 (257) 314 2-2076 Unsaturated polyester
Epoxysilane ß-(3,4 epoxycyclohexyl)-ethyltrimethoxysilane
1.448 310 (590) 163 (325) 317 3-2647 Epoxy, phenolic and melamine.
r-glycidoxypropyl-trimethoxysilane 1.427 290 (554) 149 (300) 330 2-2071 Epoxy, phenolic and melamine.
r-glycidoxypropyl-methylidiethoxysilane 1.431 259 (498) 128 (262) 356 2-2072 Epoxy, phenolic and melamine
Aminosilane N-ß (aminoethyl)-r-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane 1.445 259 (498) 128 (262) 351 2-2083 Epoxy, phenolic and melamine
N-ß (aminoethyl)-r-aminopropyl- methyldimethoxysilane 1.445 234 (453) 110 (230) 380 2-2084 Epoxy, phenolic, melamine and furan
r-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane 1.420 217 (423) 98 (208) 353 2-2061 Nylon, phenolic, epoxy and melamine
N-phenyl-r-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane 1.504 312 (594) 165 (329) 307 3-2644 Polymido, epoxy, phenolic and melamine
Others r-mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane 1.440 219 (426) 99 (210) 398 2-2045 Rubber
r-chloropropyl-trimethoxysilane 1.418 196 (385) 83 (181) 393 2-2079 Epoxy

Structural Formula


Polyester Resins Application

Best results are obtained in an unsaturated polyester-based FRP by using a vinyl – or methacryloxy-containing silane as the silane coupling agent. Remarkable improvements are made in the mechanical strengths and electrical characteristics as well as in the appearance of FRP of an unsaturated polyester resin by using the silane coupling agent, especially when the FRP is used in a wet or humid condition.

Polyester Resin Concrete Application

Resin concretes are advantageous over ordinary cement concrete in respect of lighter weight, better resistance adjoins chemicals, higher electric insulation, more rapid curing, etc. and accepted as a useful material in oceanic technology and others

Epoxy Resins Application

Application to epoxy resin laminated plates Epoxy resin laminated plates are manufactured by wet lay-up lamination or dry-up lamination. The latter method is performed as the major current of modern technology for the reasons in the manufacturing process and the characteristics of the products. A variety of curing agents are used including aliphatic amines, aromatic amines and acid anhydrides while the properties of the laminated plate product largely depend on the type of the curing agent.

Best results are obtained in the improvements of glass cloth reinforced epoxy resin plates by the use of an epoxy or amino-containing silane as the silane coupling agent.

Phenolic Resins Application

Phenolic resins are used in laminated products, brake shoes, grinding stones, shell molding, etc.

Shell Molding Application

The amount of a phenolic resin or furan resin as binder of silica sand for casting mold can be reduced by using a silane coupling agent by virtue of the great increase in the strength of the mold. Saving of the binder resin is also advantageous by the decrease in the volume of the decomposition gas contributing to the increase on the yield of acceptable products. Aminosilanes are recommended for this purpose. Usually, the silane coupling agent is admixed with the binder resin or with the curing catalyst of the resin. When blending with the resin is desired, KBM 602, a di-functional aminosilane, is the recommended silane coupling agent for storage.

Elastomers Formulated with White Fillers Application

White fillers compounded with elastomers include finely divided silica fillers, calcium carbonate, clays, and alumina. Usually, no chemical bond is formed between the surfaces of these white fillers and the elastomer molecules. This is the reason for the poorer dispersibility and reinforcing performance of these fillers in elastomers than in carbon blacks.

The reinforcing performance of white fillers in an organic elastomer can be greatly improved by the addition of a silane coupling agent.

Thermoplastic Resins Application

Although the mechanism of the activity exhibited by a silane coupling agent has not yet been understood for thermoplastic resins having no organic functional groups, silane coupling agents are indeed effective on thermoplastic resins as reported by Sterman, et al., who determined the flexural strength of various kinds of FRTP (fiber-reinforced thermoplastics) prepared using glass cloths treated with a variety of silanes.

The application of silane coupling agents to polyolefins such as polyethylene and polypropylene is also under active investigation and Sterman et al. have reported that the combined use of an organic peroxide and a double bond-containing silane such as vinyl silanes and methacrylic silanes is effective on polypropylene in remarkably improving the properties of the FRTP of the polymer.

Hartlein has reported that a good coupling agent for polypropylene is 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane and a synergistic effect can be obtained by the combined use of an aminoalkyl silane and a highly chlorinated compound such as a chlorinated xylene.

It is also reported that the strength of FRTP is remarkably improved by the combined use of an aminoalkyl silane and a highly chlorinated compound such as a chlorinated xylene.

Plueddemann has reported that the hydrochloride of a vinyl benzyl aminoakyl silane is an excellent coupling agent for thermoplastic resins.

Glass Fiber-reinforced Thermoplastic Resins Application

Glass fiber-reinforced resins prepared by impregnating a thermoplastic resin such as nylon, polyester, etc., with glass fibers have excellent mechanical characteristics, heat resistance, dimensional stability and other properties and are widely used as parts in automobiles and electric instruments.

Filler-formulated Thermoplastic Resins Application

Addition of a silane coupling agent is effective in improving the mechanical properties of thermoplastic resins impregnated with an inorganic filler, though not so remarkably as in the case of glass cloth-laminated plates.

Laminated Products of Metal and Thermoplastic Resin Application

X-12-560, which is an aminosilane type silane coupling agent, exhibits a coupling effect between a variety of thermoplastic resins and inorganic materials such as metals, glass, silica sand. In particular, the adhesive strength by melt-bonding on polyolefin resins can be improved by the use of a dilute solution of X-12-560 as a primer.

Synthetic Resin Modification Application

Following effects are expected when an organic synthetic resin is modified by a silane coupling agent with a chemical reaction taking place between them.

(1) The adhesive bonding is improved between the resin and an inorganic substrate material.
(2) Crosslinkable groups having reactivity can be introduced into the resin.
(3) Heat resistance and weathering resistance of the resin can be improved depending upon the extent of modification.

As an example case (2), the hydrolysis and silanol condensation reaction of alkoxysilyl groups in the presence of water to form a stable siloxane linkage is utilized in crosslinking polyethylenes, sealing materials, thermosetting acrylic resins, etc.

Primer Application

The use of a silane coupling agent as a primer is a widely practiced technique for the improvement of the adhesive bonding between a sealing material such as a polyurethane-or polysulfide-based sealant and the surface of an inorganic substrate such as metal or glass, since otherwise the adhesive bonding strength between them is rather poor. In particular, aminosilanes are recommended for this purpose although they are not always quite satisfactory with respect to water resistance.

Silane coupling agents are generally effective as a primer for the polysulfide- and polyurethane-based sealing materials.

Although the velocity of surface curing is relatively low, KBP 43 is usable when working conditions permit heating at 80° C to 100° C. Sufficient curing is obtained by heating at 80° C for 3 minutes.

KBP 40 and KBP 41 are each an aminosilane-type primer but they are rapidly curable on the surface and have excellent water resistance.

KBP 43 is preferable for use with a polyurethane-based sealant. The content of silicone in KBP 43 is 15% and a satisfactory priming effect with excellent weathering resistance can be obtained by using KBP 43 as a primer.

X-12-413 is a silane coupling agent having isocyanate groups and recommended as a primer for use with a polyurethane-based sealant.

X-12-414 is a silane coupling agent having mercapto groups and is recommended as a primer for use with a polysulfide-based sealant.

Product Selection Guide

Handling Information

Silane coupling agents are subject to hydrolysis when in contact with water. Hydrolysis of a Silane Coupling Agent is accompanied by the formation of hydrogen chloride, methyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, aklyl ethers of ethyleneglycol and other hydrolysis products so that carefulness is essential in handling and using silane coupling agents.

1. Silane coupling agents must be kept away from fire and moisture and should not be kept standing in an open condition as far as possible.
2. Work rooms for handling silane coupling agents should be well ventilated. Avoid inhalation of the vapor and contact with the vapor.
3. Skin and eyes must be protected from silane coupling agents by use of protective glove and eyeglasses. If silane coupling agents get on the skin or in the eye immediately wash in running water. Subsequent consultation with a doctor is recommended.
4. Care should be taken not to put a Silane Coupling Agent on clothes. Clothes which come in contact with silane coupling agents should be immediately washed in running water.
5. Workers are recommended to thoroughly wash their hands after handling a Silane Coupling Agent, particularly, before eating, drinking or smoking.
6. Split Silane Coupling Agent must be removed by washing away with a large volume of water or absorbed by rags or sand followed by disposal by burning. In particular, Silane Coupling Agent KA 1003 decomposes when in contact with atmospheric moisture to produce corrosive hydrogen chloride gas. Further, it strongly irritates the skin so that sufficient care is essential in handling.

For Storage

1. Care is required in storage of silane coupling agents to avoid denaturation by the reaction with water or moisture.
2. Once the container is opened, replace the stopper tightly as soon as possible to prevent intrusion of moisture.
3. The storage room must be dark and cool. High temperature and high humidity are absolutely undesirable for storage of silane coupling agents.