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Metal Aerogels

James Anderson Philip Domondon Nick Catelani Fall 2010 Engineering 45 SRJC December 1, 2010

What is Aerogel?

Is essentially the solid framework of a gel A class of porous, solid materials that exhibit extreme material properties

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Properties
Extremely

density Very good thermal insulator High specific surface area Lowest dielectric constant

low

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Introducing Metal Aerogels!

Inorganic cousins of the more common Silica Aerogel Until very recently, Metal Aerogels did not exist!

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What are its properties?


High

specific surface area (100500m2/g) Electrically conductive! Enhanced catalytic activity Surprisingly capable thermal insulator
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How is metal aerogel made?

Combustion synthesis Dealloying Nanosmelting

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Applications

Hydrogen storage Antimicrobial scaffolds Magnetic media X-Ray optics

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References
Metal

Aerogels. 02 Nov 2010 <http:// www.aerogel.org/?p=932>

What

is Aerogel? 11 Nov 2010 <http:// www.aerogel.org/?p=3