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Nanomaterials in Advanced, High-Performance Aerogel Composites: A Review

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NanoScience Technology Center, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32826, USA
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Polymers 2019, 11(4), 726; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11040726
Received: 17 March 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 16 April 2019 / Published: 20 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer and Composite Aerogels )
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Abstract

Aerogels are one of the most interesting materials of the 21st century owing to their high porosity, low density, and large available surface area. Historically, aerogels have been used for highly efficient insulation and niche applications, such as interstellar particle capture. Recently, aerogels have made their way into the composite universe. By coupling nanomaterial with a variety of matrix materials, lightweight, high-performance composite aerogels have been developed for applications ranging from lithium-ion batteries to tissue engineering materials. In this paper, the current status of aerogel composites based on nanomaterials is reviewed and their application in environmental remediation, energy storage, controlled drug delivery, tissue engineering, and biosensing are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: aerogel; nanocomposites; aerogel composites; energy storage; sensors; biomedical engineering; tissue engineering; graphene; cellulose; cellulose nanofibers aerogel; nanocomposites; aerogel composites; energy storage; sensors; biomedical engineering; tissue engineering; graphene; cellulose; cellulose nanofibers
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Barrios, E.; Fox, D.; Li Sip, Y.Y.; Catarata, R.; Calderon, J.E.; Azim, N.; Afrin, S.; Zhang, Z.; Zhai, L. Nanomaterials in Advanced, High-Performance Aerogel Composites: A Review. Polymers 2019, 11, 726.

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