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Resorcinol–Formaldehyde Aerogels

  • Sudhir Mulik
  • Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis
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Part of the Advances in Sol-Gel Derived Materials and Technologies book series (Adv.Sol-Gel Deriv. Materials Technol.)

Abstract

Resorcinol–formaldehyde (RF) aerogels comprise an important class of organic aerogels, and they are studied intensely for their potential uses in thermal insulation, catalysis, and as precursors of electrically conducting carbon aerogels with applications in filtration, energy storage, and the green energy initiative. This broad overview focuses on how the chemical, microscopic, as well as macroscopic characteristics of RF and thereby carbon aerogels can be tailored to desired application-specific structure–property relationships by varying processing conditions such as the monomer concentration, the pH, and the catalyst-to-monomer ratio.

Keywords

Silica Aerogel Carbon Aerogel Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Organic Aerogel Hydroxymethyl Derivative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLCDecaturUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryMissouri University of Science and TechnologyRollaUSA

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