AEROGELS – NEXT GENERATION INSULATION
Aerogels are world’s lightest solid materials and offer incredibly diverse and useful properties. Aerogels are an organic material and consist largely of air. They can be hydrophobic (water repelling) and come in many different forms for multiple applications. Aerogels were developed in the early 1930s and were first used by NASA to insulate the Mars Pathfinders. Until now Aerogels have not become mainstream insulation materials due to high production costs linked to the long drying time needed to create the aerogel using conventional drying techniques. We believe this is all about to change. FeyeCon has reduced production time by a factor of 8 and significantly improved product quality.
We believe our Aerogels are the ideal insulator for homes, containers, oil piping and cars. They have a very low thermal conductivity and excellent fire resisting properties. Using Aerogels saves a huge amount of space: the same insulation rate can be achieved with less then a third of the material.
CLEAN UP OIL SPILLS
Aerogels can be made hydrophobic (water repelling) and lipophilic (attracting fatty substances). When oil spills occur, Aerogels clean up the oil in a matter of minutes. They function as a sponge that absorbs the oil, not the water. Oil spills cause huge ecologic damage and current cleaning methods are not sustainable (e.g. burning or dispersants). When using Aerogels, oil is cleaned up quickly and both Aerogel and oil can be reused after salvaging.
Aerogels come in different shapes and sizes. Granular and powdered Aerogels can be added to an array of different materials, transferring their beneficial Aerogel properties to the end product. We are currently investigating the possibilities off adding Aerogels to building materials such as glass and concrete.
Aerogels can even be used in cosmetic products. It absorbs oil and moisture – useful properties for cleaning products. Other examples are their use as a matting and brightening agent or as a thickener.