Superinsulating Aerogel Resists Mechanical and Thermal Shocks

Aerogels are exceptionally lightweight, composite materials containing more than 99 percent air. They can withstand high temperatures and are resistant to many chemicals. Most aerogels studied so far, however, are made from ceramic materials, such as silica, alumina and silicon carbide, and

Superflexible Aerogels are Efficient Absorbents and Thermal Insulators

Aerogel has, until now, been limited due to brittleness for the practical application of these delicate solids, which consist almost entirely of air-filled pores. This may now change, as the the journal Angewandte Chemie reports that Japanese researchers have now introduced extremely elastic aerogels