Innovations in Aerogels - High-Tech Materials TOE

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Published: 9 Dec 2016

Aerogels are lightweight materials developed by replacing the liquid component of the gel with gas. Aerogels have extremely high thermal resistance as they have very low thermal conductivity and density. Silica-based aerogels are mostly used. Aerogels are used in a wide range of industries such as building and construction, oil and gas, automotive, and aerospace. The use of aerogels in automotive is expected to increase due to the regulations in the US and Europe to reduce the weight of vehicles. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Aerogel, ultralight material, silica

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