|Preferred IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||370.770 g·mol−1|
|Density||0.958 g cm−3|
|Melting point||−47 °C; −53 °F; 226 K|
|Boiling point||210 °C (410 °F; 483 K)|
|17.03±0.72 ppb (23 °C) |
|Vapor pressure||20.4±1.1 Pa (25 °C) |
|Safety data sheet||External MSDS|
|GHS Signal word||Warning|
|H226, H361, H412, H413|
|P201, P202, P210, P233, P240, P241, P242, P243, P273, P280, P281, P303+361+353, P308+313, P370+378, P403+235, P405, P501|
|NFPA 704 (fire diamond)|
|Flash point||73 °C (163 °F; 346 K)|
Related Organosilicon compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
|what is ?)(|
The compound is classified as a cyclomethicone. Such fluids are commonly used in cosmetics, such as deodorants, sunblocks, hair sprays and skin care products. It is becoming more common in hair conditioners, as it makes the hair easier to brush without breakage. It is also used as part of silicone-based personal lubricants. D5 is considered an emollient. In Canada, among the volume used in consumer products approximately 70% were for antiperspirants and 20% for hair care products. 10,000–100,000 tonnes per year of D5 is manufactured and/or imported in the European Economic Area. Atmospheric emissions of D5 in the Northern Hemisphere were estimated to 30,000 tonnes per year.
Production and polymerization
Commercially D5 is produced from dimethyldichlorosilane. Hydrolysis of the dichloride produces a mixture of cyclic dimethylsiloxanes and polydimethylsiloxane. From this mixture, the cyclic siloxanes including D5 can be removed by distillation. In the presence of a strong base such as KOH, the polymer/ring mixture is equilibrated, allowing complete conversion to the more volatile cyclic siloxanes:
- n⁄5 [(CH3)2SiO]n → n [(CH3)2SiO]5
D4 and D5 are also precursors to the polymer. The catalyst is again KOH.
Safety and environmental considerations
The environmental impacts of D5 and D4 have attracted attention because these compounds are pervasive. Cyclic siloxanes have been detected in some species of aquatic life. A scientific review in Canada has determined that “Siloxane D5 does not pose a danger to the environment” and a scientific assessment of D5 by the Australian government stated, "the direct risks to aquatic life from exposure to these chemicals at expected surface water concentrations are not likely to be significant." However, in the European Union, D5 was characterized as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) due to its PBT and vPvB properties and was thus included in the candidate list for authorisation. Since 31 January 2020, D5 cannot be placed on the market in the European Union in wash-off cosmetic products in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.1 % by weight.
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