Chapter 103. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS): Environmental Fate and Effects

  1. Prof. Norbert Auner2 and
  2. Prof. Johann Weis3
  1. Nicholas J. Fendinger

Published Online: 28 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527619917.ch103

Organosilicon Chemistry IV: From Molecules to Materials

Organosilicon Chemistry IV: From Molecules to Materials

How to Cite

Fendinger, N. J. (2000) Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS): Environmental Fate and Effects, in Organosilicon Chemistry IV: From Molecules to Materials (eds N. Auner and J. Weis), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527619917.ch103

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Inst. für Anorganische Chemie, der Universität Frankfurt, Marie-Curie-Strasse 11, D-60439 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Phone: 0 69/7 98-29180, -29591, Fax: 069/798-29188

  2. 3

    Wacker-Chemie GmbH, Geschäftsbereich S, Werk Burghausen, Johannes-Hess-Strasse 24, D-84489 Burghausen, Germany

Author Information

  1. The Procter and Gamble Company Sharon Woods Technical Center 11511 Reed Hartman Highway Cincinnati, OH 45241 U.S.A. Tel.: Int. code + (513)626 2257 — Fax: Int. code + (513)626 1375

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 17 JAN 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527298549

Online ISBN: 9783527619917



  • polydimethylsiloxane;
  • PDMS;
  • environment;
  • environmental effects;
  • degradation


Polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMS) are used in many industrial products and processes and in a variety of consumer applications, such as coatings, polishes, detergents, personal care products, foods, and medicines. Described in this paper are the results of a five-year industry-sponsored research program to increase the understanding of PDMS environmental fate and effects. The research investigated PDMS behavior during wastewater treatment and demonstrated how PDMS breaks down in soil and sediment, advancing the understanding of the environmental fate of this material. New environmental effects tests demonstrated that no adverse effects to aquatic and terrestrial organisms are anticipated from PDMS or its breakdown products, at concentrations many times higher than could possibly occur in the environment from typical applications. Laboratory and field measurements demonstrate that PDMS does not bioaccumulate.