Aerogels Handbook

  • Michel A. Aegerter
  • Nicholas Leventis
  • Matthias M. Koebel

Part of the Advances in Sol-Gel Derived Materials and Technologies book series (Adv.Sol-Gel Deriv. Materials Technol.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. History of Aerogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alain C. Pierre
      Pages 3-18
  3. Materials and Processing: Inorganic – Silica Based Aerogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Alain C. Pierre, Arnaud Rigacci
      Pages 21-45
    3. A. Venkateswara Rao, G. M. Pajonk, Digambar Y. Nadargi, Matthias M. Koebel
      Pages 79-101
    4. A. Venkateswara Rao, G. M. Pajonk, Uzma K. H. Bangi, A. Parvathy Rao, Matthias M. Koebel
      Pages 103-124
  4. Materials and Processing: Inorganic – Non-silicate Aerogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Lassaad Ben Hammouda, Imene Mejri, Mohamed Kadri Younes, Abdelhamid Ghorbel
      Pages 127-143
    3. Theodore F. Baumann, Alexander E. Gash, Joe H. Satcher Jr.
      Pages 155-170
  5. Materials and Processing: Organic – Natural and Synthetic Aerogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Lorenz Ratke
      Pages 173-190
    3. Arnaud Rigacci, Patrick Achard
      Pages 191-214
    4. Sudhir Mulik, Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis
      Pages 215-234
  6. Materials and Processing: Composite Aerogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Nicholas Leventis, Hongbing Lu
      Pages 251-285
  7. Materials and Processing: Exotic Aerogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Stephanie L. Brock, Hongtao Yu
      Pages 367-384
    3. Chunhua Jennifer Yao, Xipeng Liu, William M. Risen
      Pages 385-401
    4. Massimo Bertino
      Pages 403-418
    5. Luis Esquivias, M. Piñero, V. Morales-Flórez, Nicolas de la Rosa-Fox
      Pages 419-445
  8. Properties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 447-447
    2. Gudrun Reichenauer
      Pages 449-498
    3. Hongbing Lu, Huiyang Luo, Nicholas Leventis
      Pages 499-535
    4. Hans-Peter Ebert
      Pages 537-564
  9. Applications: Energy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 583-583
    2. Alexander E. Gash, Randall L. Simpson, Joe H. Satcher Jr
      Pages 585-606
    3. Matthias M. Koebel, Arnaud Rigacci, Patrick Achard
      Pages 607-633
  10. Applications: Chemistry and Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 635-635
    2. Mary K. Carroll, Ann M. Anderson
      Pages 637-650
    3. Thierry Woignier, Jerome Reynes, Jean Phalippou
      Pages 665-680
  11. Applications: Biomedical and Pharmaceutical

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 681-681
    2. Wei Yin, David A. Rubenstein
      Pages 683-694
    3. Irina Smirnova
      Pages 695-717
  12. Applications: Space and Airborne

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 719-719
    2. Steven M. Jones, Jeffrey Sakamoto
      Pages 721-746
    3. Hidetomo Nagahara, Masahiko Hashimoto
      Pages 747-760
  13. Applications: Metal Industry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 761-761
    2. Lorenz Ratke, Barbara Milow
      Pages 763-788
  14. Applications: Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 789-789
    2. Ioannis Michaloudis
      Pages 791-810
  15. Applications: Other

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 811-811

About this book


Aerogels are the lightest solids known. Up to 1000 times lighter than glass and with a density as low as only four times that of air, they show very high thermal, electrical and acoustic insulation values and hold many entries in Guinness World Records. Originally based on silica, R&D efforts have extended this class of materials to non-silicate inorganic oxides, natural and synthetic organic polymers, carbon, metal and ceramic materials, etc. Composite systems involving polymer-crosslinked aerogels and interpenetrating hybrid networks have been developed and exhibit remarkable mechanical strength and flexibility. Even more exotic aerogels based on clays, chalcogenides, phosphides, quantum dots, and biopolymers such as chitosan are opening new applications for the construction, transportation, energy, defense and healthcare industries. Applications in electronics, chemistry, mechanics, engineering, energy production and storage, sensors, medicine, nanotechnology, military and aerospace, oil and gas recovery, thermal insulation and household uses are being developed with an estimated annual market growth rate of around 70% until 2015. The Aerogels Handbook summarizes state-of-the-art developments and processing of inorganic, organic, and composite aerogels, including the most important methods of synthesis, characterization as well as their typical applications and their possible market impact. Readers will find an exhaustive overview of all aerogel materials known today, their fabrication, upscaling aspects, physical and chemical properties, and most recent advances towards applications and commercial products, some of which are commercially available today. Key Features: •Edited and written by recognized worldwide leaders in the field •Appeals to a broad audience of materials scientists, chemists, and engineers in academic research and industrial R&D •Covers inorganic, organic, and composite aerogels •Describes military, aerospace, building industry, household, environmental, energy, and biomedical applications among others


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michel A. Aegerter
    • 1
  • Nicholas Leventis
    • 2
  • Matthias M. Koebel
    • 3
  1. 1.Résidence Vert-PréBottensSwitzerland
  2. 2.Technology, Department of ChemistryMissouri University of Science &RollaUSA
  3. 3., Building Technologies LaboratoryEmpaDübendorfSwitzerland

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7477-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7589-8
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