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Symposium NM3—Aerogels and Aerogel-Inspired Materials

Aerogels are a diverse class of functional nanostructured, porous materials that simultaneously display extreme values of a number of materials properties typically found in disparate materials. Consequently aerogels and aerogel-inspired materials serve as versatile and tailorable 3D architectures for enabling technologies where the combination of nanosizing, high surface area, and inclusion of multiple functionalities is advantageous. In that regard, aerogels bridge the gap from micro to macro via meso and thus comprise a most versatile vehicle for transitioning the benefits of nanotechnology to everyday life. Aerogels of various types have been shown to exhibit unmatched performance in thermal superinsulation, energy storage, catalysis, acoustic damping, energetic materials, and drug delivery. Whereas aerogel technology was limited to only a few compositions in the 1990's and early 2000's, in the last ten years compositions of aerogels and aerogel-inspired materials have undergone an accelerated expansion to numerous organic polymers, organic-inorganic hybrids, quantum dots, nanocarbons, metal chalcogenides, and metals, resulting in unprecedented mechanical, catalytic, photonic, and chemical properties. Functionality-driven design has resulted in impressive volumetric supercapacitors and batteries, high strength-to-weight ratio materials, and drug delivery technologies, thus magnifying the potential of nanotechnology and porous architectures for many disciplines. Commercialization of aerogels and aerogel-like materials is also undergoing rapid development with several new players having entered the field, from small startups to global corporations.

The last major meeting of the aerogel community was at the Fall 2010 Meeting of the MRS and many new groups and numerous important technological developments have emerged since then. This symposium will survey the latest developments in the field and explore new uses, synthetic techniques, and applications of aerogels and aerogel-inspired materials that will benefit many subfields of materials science, including structural materials, catalysis, energy storage, electronics, and biomedical engineering. In addition to sessions on fundamental developments in aerogel science, this symposium will have a commercialization session with speakers from established and emerging aerogel companies. A panel with experts from organizations that have transferred technology to commercialization will be included.

Topics will include:

  • Novel synthesis and processing methods
  • Theory, fundamentals, and modelling
  • Polymeric, inorganic, and composite aerogels
  • Synthesis of large-scale parts and additive manufacturing
  • Assemblies of 0D, 1D, and 2D nanostructures
  • Metal, carbide, nitride, and other reduced compositions
  • Electronic, magnetic, photonic, and plasmonic properties
  • Mechanical, thermal, ballistic, and acoustic properties
  • Biological materials, drug delivery, and tissue scaffolds
  • Catalysis
  • Commercialization, applications, and sustainability
  • Batteries, supercapacitors, and hybrid electrochemical storage devices
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Indika Arachchige (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
  • Nadja Bigall (University of Hannover, Germany)
  • Hai Duong (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Marc Hodes (Tufts Unversity, USA)
  • Kazuyoshi Kanamori (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Matthias Koebel (EMPA, Switzerland)
  • Hongbing Lu (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
  • Barbara Milow (DLR, Germany)
  • Rainer Ostermann (BASF, Germany)
  • Jieshan Qiu (Dalian University of Technology, China)
  • Anna Roig (Institut de Ciencia de Materials, Spain)
  • Debra Rolison (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Firouzeh Sabri (University of Memphis, USA)
  • Thomas Schmidt (Paul Scherrer Institut and ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Stephanie Vivod (NASA Glenn Research Center, USA)
  • Marcus Worsley (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Stephen Steiner III
Aerogel Technologies, LLC

Stephanie Brock
Wayne State University
Department of Chemistry
313-577-3102, sbrock@chem.wayne.edu

Alexander Eychmüller
TU Dresden
Physical Chemistry

Nicholas Leventis
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry
573-341 4391, leventis@mst.edu