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Tutorial NM3—Aerogels—Synthesis, Characterization and Applications

Monday, April 17
8:00 am – 3:15 pm
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 105 A

The tutorial brought newcomers and experienced researchers up to date with the state of the art of aerogel research in different areas. The format was hands-on mixed with PowerPoint and open discussion during the entire schedule.

Instructors

  • Stephen Steiner, Aerogel Technologies, LLC
  • Nicholas Leventis, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Matthias Koebel, Empa–Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
  • Stephanie Brock, Wayne State University
  • Bin Cai, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Laura Kühn, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Pavel Gurikov, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
  • Debra Rolison, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Justin Griffin, Aerogel Technologies, LLC
  • Ryan Nelson, Aerogel Technologies, LLC
  • Irina Smirnova, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg

Schedule

8:00 am – 8:10 am—Stephen Steiner
Introduction to Aerogels

8:10 am – 8:35 am
Synthesis of GelsOxides

  • Silica–Matthias Koebel
  •  Metal Oxides–Stephen Steiner

8:35 am – 9:30 am
Synthesis of Gels–Polymers

  • Polymers
  • Isocyanate-Derived–Nicholas Leventis
  • Phenolics–Nicholas Leventis
  • Derivative Aerogels—Amorphous Carbon, Smeltable Metals, Carbides and Nitrides–Nicholas Leventis
  • Amine-Derived–Stephen Steiner

9:30 am – 10:00 am
Synthesis of Gels–Non-Oxides

  • Nanocarbons–Stephen Steiner
  • Quantum Dot–Stephanie Brock

10:00 am – 10:30 am—Break

10:30 am – 11:10 am
Synthesis of Gels–Non-Oxides Continued

  • Noble Metals–Laura Kühn
  • Biopolymers–Irina Smirnova

11:10 am – 11:25 amRyan Nelson
Molding, Solvent Exchanging and Chemical Functionalization

11:25 am – 12:00 pm
Drying

  • Supercritical Drying–Pavel Gurikov
  • Evaporative Drying–Debra Rolison

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm—Break

12:45 pm – 12:55 pm
Drying Continued

  • Freeze Drying–Justin Griffin

12:55 pm – 2:00 pm
Characterization of Gels and Aerogels  

  • Physical Properties–Justin Griffin
  • Mechanical Properties–Justin Griffin
  • Thermal, Temperature and Flammability Properties–Justin Griffin
  • Morphology–Nicholas Leventis
  • Electrochemical Properties–Debra Rolison    

2:00 pm – 3:10 pm
Applications

  • Insulation and Daylighting–Matthias Koebel
  • Batteries and Supercapacitors–Debra Rolison
  • Catalysis–Bin Cai
  • Photochemical Properties–Stephanie Brock
  • Lightweight Plastics Replacements–Stephen Steiner

3:10 pm – 3:15 pm—Stephen Steiner
Conclusions