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2019.02.18

Dow Expands its Dielectric Gels Portfolio with Three New Heat-Resistant Silicone Pottants for Advanced Power Modules, PCBs and Industrial Assemblies

Able to deliver reliable protection at operating temperatures reaching 215°C, Dow’s latest silicone gels aim to support next-generation power electronics.

Dow Chemical Company, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, further expanded its industry-leading portfolio of protective pottants with the launch of new, heat-resistant dielectric gels under the DOWSIL™ label: EG-4000, EG-4100 and EG-4120. The latest additions raise the bar for thermally stable silicone pottants for protective encapsulation of sensitive components within SiC and GaN power modules, on printed circuit boards and in industrial sensors and actuators.

Dow’s three new silicone gels exhibited no cracking or delamination after accelerated aging at 215°C for 3,000 hours in an air oven, and their dielectric strength and mechanical properties remained stable throughout testing.

“Component miniaturization and the growing adoption of power modules based on compound semiconductors are familiar trends in multiple industries, but the end result is the same for module manufacturers: Their compact designs need to deliver ever-higher power densities and ensure reliable protection of components despite the rising internal temperatures that result,” said Rogier Reinders, global marketing director for Dow Consumer Solutions. “The addition of these three new high-heat resistant silicones to our dielectric gel portfolio aims to help Dow customers stay ahead of these challenging trends, and cost-effectively meet demand for their next-generation devices.”

All of the new Dow gels are two-part, low-viscosity formulations that enable good wetting, and cure within 60 minutes at 150°C for efficient processing. After cure, they deliver dielectric insulation for the dies and interconnects within power modules, and protect them from the harmful effects of moisture and other environmental contaminants. Like other silicone gels in Dow’s portfolio, the new products also provide outstanding stress release from thermal and mechanical stresses.

Dow’s new gels range in firmness after cure to help designers find the right solution for their application:

  • DOWSIL™ EG-4000 Dielectric Gel cures to form a comparatively softer material (with a hardness of 70g) for highly demanding stress-release applications. It maintains reliable performance at operating temperatures ranging from -60°C to +215°C
  • DOWSIL™ EG-4100 and DOWSIL™ EG-4120 Dielectric Gels cure to form toughened protective pottants, delivering hardnesses of 250g and 380g respectively. Both are self-priming gels that offer increased resistance to delamination under thermal cycling. They deliver reliably consistent performance at operating temperatures ranging from -40°C to +215°C

Dow’s new heat-resistant gels are available globally under the new DOWSIL™ label, which builds on seven decades of innovation and proven performance from the heritage Dow Corning silicone technology platform.

About Dow Performance Silicones
Dow Performance Silicones, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, delivers a portfolio of performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of customers and industries around the world. The business uses innovative silicon-based technology to provide solutions and ingredients to customers in commercial construction and high-performance building, consumer goods, silicone elastomers, and pressure sensitive industries. As a global leader in innovation and silicone technology, we are committed to bringing new and proven solutions to the market that do more for our customers and continue to improve the lives of consumers worldwide. Visit consumer.dow.com to learn more.

About Dow
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at dow.com.

For further information contact:

Isabelle Vanderstichelen
Dow Performance Silicones
+32.64.889.350
isabelle.vanderstichelen@dow.com

Jo Duran
AH&M Marketing Communications
+1.413.448.2260, Ext. 200
jduran@ahminc.com