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AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc. RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 is a synthetic spherical silica with low cohesiveness and high fluidity. This SOLESPHERE™ product is a high-oil absorption grade with over twice the absorption capacity of the normal type. It is bulky, easily dispersible, and has distinct properties.

Chemical Family: Silica

Functions: Absorbent, Anti-Blocking Agent, Filler, Flattener, Rheology Modifier, Thickener

Synonyms: Silica, SiO2

Technical Data Sheet

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Identification & Functionality

Chemical Family
Chemical Name
CASE Ingredients Functions
Cosmetic Ingredients Functions
Plastics & Elastomers Functions
EC No.

Features & Benefits

Industrial Additives Features

Applications & Uses

Application Format
Compatible Substrates & Surfaces
AP/Deo Applications
Plastics & Elastomers End Uses
Skin Care Applications
Sun Care Applications
Use Level
Application Information

Cosmetics and Personal Care

SOLESPHERE™ silica gels are used as additives in cosmetic and personal care applications such as make-up, skin care products, deodorants and fragrances.


Resins and Polymer Compounds

When added to polymer formulations, SOLESPHERE™ silica gels offer anti blocking and improved dielectric insulation properties. SOLESPHERE™ also provides good UV and hardness properties as an additive for 3D resins.


Catalyst Supports

SOLESPHERE™ is used as a catalyst support carrier particularly with polyolefin manufacturing processes.


Paper Coating

By adding SOLESPHERE™ to paper coating formulations, surface hardness can be increased and matting effect improved.



SOLESPHERE™ silica gels are used to improve the matting effect in coatings, as a thickener for paints, and for specialized paints for electronic materials.

Formulating with SOLESPHERE™ Silica

SOLESPHERE™ provides excellent formulation flexibility as it can be added to any phase of the formulation. Through product and application testing, it has been shown SOLESPHERE™ silica provides the same effects in the formulation regardless of whether they are added to the water phase/aqueous phase, oil phase, or even if added at the very end.

  • The effects of the silicas will show with just 1% added, however, adding more can increase benefits. 2-2.5% is the typical loading level.
  • It is not recommended to add more than 3-4% in total silica content. This can result in the formulation appearing “chunky.”
  • Multiple SOLESPHERE products can be added to a formulation to achieve different desired goals, but it is important to not go over the 3-4% total.
  • Significant SPF boosting with H-53 and H-52 will show with just 1-2% added.


Physical Form
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Bulk Density0.09g/mL
Mean Particle Size5μm
Oil Absorption400mL/100g
Pore Diameter11nm
Pore Volume2mL/g
Specific Gravity2.12g/mL
Specific Surface Area700m²/g

Technical Details & Test Data

SOLESPHERE™ Particle Structure


RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 - Solesphere™ Particle Structure

  • Spherical and non cohesive
  • High oil absorption capacity unlike any other
  • Applied as new functional material filler
Haze and Total Transmittance of SOLESPHERE Grades

RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 - Haze And Total Transmittance of Solesphere Grades

The higher the particle size, higher the blur effect and the amount of oil absorption.

Comparison with Plastic Bead Fillers

RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 - Comparison With Plastic Bead Fillers

RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 - Comparison With Plastic Bead Fillers - 1

application quantity 2.0 mg/cm2
t-test *P < 0.05

Result: SOLESPHERE provides higher slipperiness and smoothness.


Sebum Absorption Test with Glossmeter

SOLESPHERE Absorbs Sebum

RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 - Sebum Absorption Test With Glossmeter

Result: SOLESPHERE’s high pore volume can absorb considerable sebum, which prevents shine and helps makeup last longer.


Results of Sebum Absorption Test with Glossmeter

RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 - Sebum Absorption Test With Glossmeter - 1

When compared with plastic beads, SOLESPHERE microspheres better prevented shiny spots from forming.


Gloss and Matte Effect Testing

RESIFA™ SOLESPHERE™ H-53 - Gloss And Matte Effect Testing


  • Adding SOLESPHERE to a formulation decreases its glossiness.
  • SOLESPHERE can provide a matte effect for cosmetic formulations.

Safety & Health

Safety and Handling

A Safety Data Sheet for this product may be obtained from your local AGC representative. Before handling, it is recommended to review the Safety Data Sheet for handling, safe, and health information.

Packaging & Availability

Packaging Type

SOLESPHERE™ is packaged in a triple lined polyethylene bag contain in a cardboard carton. For SOLESPHERE™ H-53, the box unit is 10 kgs. There are 18 boxes per pallet.

Storage & Handling

Shelf Life
2 Years
Storage and Shelf Life

SOLESPHERE™ silica gels have a shelf life of 2 years from the date of manufacture when stored in the original, unopened package between 10 and 40 ºC.