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[Cabot Corp.] A registered trademark for a series of treated and untreated synthetic silicon dioxide products. Cab-O-Sil® is an aerosol silica that can be mixed with most liquids to form a thick colloidal suspension. Also called fumed silica, it is a very light, fluffy white powder that is made by hydrogen-oxygen furnace combustion of silicon tetrachloride. Cab-O-Sil is used as a matting agent, agent thickener, and filler in many adhesives, sealants, plastics, waxes, inks, and coatings.

Synonyms and Related Terms

aerosol silica; fumed silica; cabosil (sp)

Hazards and Safety

Cabot Corp.: MSDS



Additional Information

Cabot Corp.: Website


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