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Aerogel: The World’s Lightest Super Material

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications


In the late 1920s Dr Samuel Kistler made a bet with his colleague that gel’s defining characteristic was its structure, not its liquid properties. Despite a number of failed attempts to remove the liquid from gel and maintain its properties, Kistler eventually succeeded.

It’s hard to believe that a simple bet could result in the creation of aerogel. A substance that has been used by NASA to collect space dust and is something that is used in your everyday household products.

In this article, you will learn about:

  • The process that made it possible to remove liquid from a gel
  • Which properties make aerogel unique
  • How aerogel is used in everyday products and far, far beyond

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