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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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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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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: pwray@ceramics.org

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: pwray@ceramics.org

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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Business




Published on September 27th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: ARMINES/MINES ParisTech/CEP. A push like this in Europe was bound to happen sooner or later, and part of me thinks it would have been smart for the US, via the DOE, to put about $25 million of ARRA money (ah, the good old days) into something like this.  Yesterday, CORDIS, the European Community Research and …

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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: pwray@ceramics.org

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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