Virginia Commonwealth University,
Keywords: aerogel composites, building materials
Summary:Aerogels are promising candidates for thermal insulating materials. However, they have not found widespread application because of cumbersome processing, limited transparency and mechanical fragility. Our group has devised several techniques to deal with all these issues. In this talk, production of custom-shaped aerogels with minimal processsing, production of mechanically strong aerogels with transparency comparable to that of native aerogels, and production of cellular aerogel composites will be described.