Everyday Products and the Role of Silica Dispersions

generic toothpaste, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical product


Everyday products like toothpaste and lotions are the result of extensive scientific research. A pivotal study by Andrei Potanin on the rheology of silica dispersions, published in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, uncovers the complexity behind these everyday essentials. This research highlights the broader scientific effort required to optimize the products we often take for granted.

The Role of Silica Dispersions

Silica dispersions are integral to various consumer products, acting as thickeners, stabilizers, and texture enhancers. The interaction between silica particles and polymers like Xanthan gum and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) dictates a product’s final characteristics—its texture, stability, and usability. These findings are crucial not just for toothpaste but for a wide range of products across the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and food industries.

Expanding Applications and Enhancing Experiences

Applications Beyond Toothpaste:

  • Cosmetics: Enhancing texture and absorption rate for superior user satisfaction.
  • Pharmaceuticals: Improving stability and usability of medicinal creams and gels.
  • Food Industry: Acting as stabilizers and thickeners in various food products.

Key Insight: The principles derived from studying silica dispersions help formulate products that are effective and provide a superior sensory experience.

The Subtle Catalyst: FlackTek™’s Technological Impact

FlackTek’s Role:

  • Advanced Mixing and Dispersion Equipment: Enables precise experimentation with complex mixtures.
  • Enhancing Research: Supports the scientific efforts to utilize silica dispersions effectively.

Impact: Ensures the potential of silica dispersions is fully explored, leading to high-quality, innovative products.

Polymers and Product Experience

graph of strain sweeps and stress amplitude
Source: Rheology of silica dispersions stabilized by polymers, Andre Potanin.

Choosing the Right Polymer:

  • Functional Needs: Stability and usability of the product.
  • Consumer Delight: Texture and feel on the skin.

FlackTek’s Precision: Their technology provides invaluable precision and control in this nuanced decision-making process.

Sustainability and Future Directions

Sustainable Product Formulations:

  • Environmental Demand: Aligning with the growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.
  • FlackTek’s Role: Integrating natural, biodegradable polymers into product formulas seamlessly.

Future Potential: Enhances daily routines and pushes towards more sustainable and innovative consumer products.


The complex science behind everyday products, exemplified by the study of silica dispersions, is fascinating. Technologies like those from FlackTek not only enhance our daily routines but also push towards sustainable and innovative consumer products. FlackTek™ technology represents a catalyst for revolutionizing material science, fostering the development of advanced, sustainable solutions that transform our world through multifaceted materials processing.