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Special Issue "Aerogels and Their Functionalization for Practical Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Vladimir K. Ivanov

Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation
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Interests: sol-gel chemistry; sonochemistry; nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

“Solid smoke”, “light as air, firm as steel” – these picturesque words are often used to describe aerogels, unique materials possessing a wonderful combination of properties including high specific surface area and high porosity, low density and low thermal conductivity. Their use as thermal and acoustic insulators, high capacity sorbents, and supercapacitors is widespread.

The huge specific surface area of aerogels implies very high surface energy due to a high proportion of surface atoms and molecules. This feature makes it possible for the chemical modification of surface functional groups to provide aerogels with additional functionality and to prepare novel construction and functional materials.

The ultimate goal of this issue is to get a set of papers concentrated on aerogels functionalization for modern practical applications. The possible physical and chemical modifications are virtually countless, and so are the types of aerogels which could be designed in this way.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir K. Ivanov
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • aerogels
  • functionalization
  • supercritical treatment
  • novel materials
  • nanomaterials
  • sorbents

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Synthetic Polymer Aerogels in Particulate Form
Materials 2019, 12(9), 1543; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12091543
Received: 28 March 2019 / Revised: 22 April 2019 / Accepted: 6 May 2019 / Published: 10 May 2019
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Abstract
Aerogels have been defined as solid colloidal or polymeric networks of nanoparticles that are expanded throughout their entire volume by a gas. They have high surface areas, low thermal conductivities, low dielectric constants, and high acoustic attenuation, all of which are very attractive [...] Read more.
Aerogels have been defined as solid colloidal or polymeric networks of nanoparticles that are expanded throughout their entire volume by a gas. They have high surface areas, low thermal conductivities, low dielectric constants, and high acoustic attenuation, all of which are very attractive properties for applications that range from thermal and acoustic insulation to dielectrics to drug delivery. However, one of the most important impediments to that potential has been that most efforts have been concentrated on monolithic aerogels, which are prone to defects and their production requires long and costly processing. An alternative approach is to consider manufacturing aerogels in particulate form. Recognizing that need, the European Commission funded “NanoHybrids”, a 3.5 years project under the Horizon 2020 framework with 12 industrial and academic partners aiming at aerogel particles from bio- and synthetic polymers. Biopolymer aerogels in particulate form have been reviewed recently. This mini-review focuses on the emerging field of particulate aerogels from synthetic polymers. That category includes mostly polyurea aerogels, but also some isolated cases of polyimide and phenolic resin aerogels. Particulate aerogels covered include powders, micro granules and spherical millimeter-size beads. For the benefit of the reader, in addition to the literature, some new results from our laboratory concerning polyurea particle aerogels are also included. Full article
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