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Next Generation Aerogel

A new type of the exceptional material is stronger and much more flexible.

Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar on August 11, 2010.

A team of researchers have created a new cellulose aerogel with a number of remarkable properties. The team soaked cellulose in a metal compound solution and freeze-dried it, removing all the moisture and leaving behind an aerogel in the form of solid fibers. The resultant substance was flexible, unlike typical aerogels, and could also be formed into a flat piece of magnetic nanopaper that was capable of supporting extremely heavy weight per square inch.

Researchers who developed this cellulose aerogel believe that it could find its use in fuel cells and in the study of materials science.

Nature Nanotechnology: “Making flexible magnetic aerogels and stiff magnetic nanopaper using cellulose nanofibrils as templates”

[via Popsci]

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