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Published on April 5th, 2013 | By: Eileen De Guire

Official video (in German) of STO In Aevero aerogel insulation boards. Credit: STO. One of the promises of your basic silica-based aerogel is that it would make a fantastic component in insulation systems—but there have always been a lot of manufacturing and processing “ifs” involved. Nevertheless, several companies are starting to make headway with emerging …

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Business




Published on April 5th, 2013 | By: Eileen De Guire

Official video (in German) of STO In Aevero aerogel insulation boards. Credit: STO. One of the promises of your basic silica-based aerogel is that it would make a fantastic component in insulation systems—but there have always been a lot of manufacturing and processing “ifs” involved. Nevertheless, several companies are starting to make headway with emerging …

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Published on April 5th, 2013 | By: Eileen De Guire

Official video (in German) of STO In Aevero aerogel insulation boards. Credit: STO. One of the promises of your basic silica-based aerogel is that it would make a fantastic component in insulation systems—but there have always been a lot of manufacturing and processing “ifs” involved. Nevertheless, several companies are starting to make headway with emerging …

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Basic science




Published on March 28th, 2013 | By: Eileen De Guire

(a) Photograph of new UFAs with diverse shapes; (b) a 100 cm3 cylinder standing on a flower like “dog’s tail”; (c) a ~1000 cm3 pie pan-shaped cylinder (21 cm in diameter and 3 cm in thickness). Credit: Gao et al.; Advanced Materials. I suspect this story may seem a little like old news to some readers, …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on August 19th, 2012 | By: Peter Wray

Newly developed flexible aerogels are 500 times stronger than earlier versions and can be used in everything from clothing insulation to building insulation. Credit: NASA. A NASA scientist has just reported that the agency has devised major improvements in aerogel, a development that should speed its use in super-insulated clothing and shoes, higher capacity and …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 31st, 2012 | By: Peter Wray

Demonstration of the flexibility of cellulose–silica composite aerogel. Credit: J. Cai et al.; Angewandte Chemie. This sounds like the type of breakthrough aerogel fans have yearning for. A newly published paper in Angewandte Chemie reports on an Asian group’s success at using cellulose fibers as a scaffold/template for a resultant silica aerogel that delivers a product …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 1st, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Laser-heated diamond anvil cell allows very large hydrostatic pressure to be applied to amorphous carbon aerogels. Cavity dimensions are approximately 100–170 μm wide by 35 μm thick. Credit: LLNL. While there has been considerable interest in capturing the properties of diamond in a low-density form, converting an amorphous carbon aerogel to a crystalline phase without …

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Business




Published on March 29th, 2011 | By: Peter Wray

Cabot’s Enova 3110 aerogel particles. Credit: Cabot. In my mind, the holy grail for thermal insulation is a practical (i.e, inexpensive and easy to use) product that incorporates silica-based aerogel, and, at first glance, Cabot’s new Enova line of aerogel particles appears to be a step in the right direction. Bulk silica aerogel is a …

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Published on January 14th, 2011 | By: Peter Wray

SEM images showing the morphology and structure of MWCNT aerogels. (a) & (d)  Surface morphology indicating a “honeycomb”  structure, (b) & (e) porous honeycomb wall of aerogel, (c) vertical section image of MWCNT aerogel showing straight and parallel channels. (Credit: ACS Nano.) A new development has been announced in the world of aerogel. ACS Nano …

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