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Special Issue "Chemistry of Aerogels and Their Applications"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Jamart-Grégoire

Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
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Interests: organogels; aerogels; pseudopeptides; foldamers; organic nanotubes; conformational analyses
Guest Editor
Dr. Jacques Bodiguel

Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
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Interests: gels; aerogels; pseudopeptides; self-assembly; conformational analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aerogels are obtained after extraction of the solvent of wet gels using specific processes that allow to replace the solvent with a gas and to maintain the three-dimensional network and the initial volume. As a result, aerogels are nanoporous air-filled solid materials, which are endowed with specific properties, such as very high porosity, a low weight and density, a large surface area and low thermal conductivity. These properties make them suitable for several applications in very different fields, such as insulation, gas or water purification, aerospace, biomedical technologies, etc.

Since the discovery of the first aerogel in 1930, and thanks to advances in aerogel synthesis and their drying technologies, different types of aerogels have emerged including inorganic, organic-and natural-based aerogels.

Despite the fact that aerogels have been long-known as materials, the Special Issue aims to attract contributions from all aspects of the chemistry of recent organic and particularly bio-based, inorganic-based silica, hybrid or composite aerogels. The challenge still remains to further explore the range of their potential applications.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Jamart-Grégoire
Dr. Jacques Bodiguel
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Organic aerogel
  • Silica aerogel
  • Hybrid aerogel
  • Composite aerogel
  • Bio-based aerogel
  • Thermal (super) insulators properties
  • Biomedical properties
  • Building applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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