Silicates are the most abundant minerals on Earth and are composed of oxygen and silicon. The silicate compound's crystal structure consists of isolated SiO4 tetrahedra or chains, groups, and sheets linked by one or more oxygen atoms. Silicates are further classified as nesosilicates, sorosilicates, inosilicates, cyclosilicates, tectosilicates, and phyllosilicates.
Silicates have numerous applications, both natural and artificial. Granite, garnet, and gravel are examples of natural silicates, whereas ceramic glass, water glass, and Portland cement are examples of artificial silicates. The silicates market has been divided into product and application segments. Potassium silicate, magnesium silicate, lithium silicate, and sodium silicate are all products in this category. Silicates are used in a variety of industries, including wastewater treatment, automotive, construction, adhesives, chemicals, detergents, cosmetics, paper, and agriculture.
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