Hi-Tech Super Material Made Out Of Rice Husks

Hi-Tech Super Material Made Out Of Rice Husks
Dan Gould
  • 3 july 2008

A Malaysian scientist has discovered a revolutionary method of producing aerogel using waste rice husks. Known for it’s ghostlike appearance, aerogel has many possible applications including insulation and as a shock absorber. The strong, light weight substance (it’s 99% air) is made of silica, which composes 20% of the weight of rice husks. Using husks as the source of silica for Aerogel drastically cuts the cost of production.

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