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Advances in Structural and Mechanical Properties and Characterization of Aerogels

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Porous Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2021) | Viewed by 694

Special Issue Editors

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1. German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany
2. Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Cologne (UoC), Cologne, Germany
Interests: nanostructured celluar materials; sol-gel chemistry; aerogels; hybrid materials; composites
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Institute of Materials Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Linder Hoehe, 51147 Köln, Germany
Interests: sol–gel process; fundamental understanding of the correlation of the property spectrum of aerogels as a function of their nanoporous 3D network structure; application-oriented R&D of aerogels; simulation and modelling as a key to reverse engineering
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aerogels possess a unique combination of properties that can be attributed to their open porous 3D nanostructure and chemical composition. The properties of aerogels are controlled by their solid content, high porosity, pore size distribution, pore volume, and the corresponding inner surfaces of the open porous network structure. As a result, materials with low densities, extremely good thermal and acoustic insulation behavior, high sorption capacities, tunable electrical conductivities, and last but not least highly variable mechanical properties, are obtained.

In this Special Issue, we invite authors to contribute their current research results with respect to the structure and mechanical properties of aerogels. The mechanical properties of aerogels can be changed not only by process control during chemical synthesis and drying, but also by combining them with different materials. Submissions pertaining to the following topics on aerogels will be considered.

  • Novel approaches to improve the structure and mechanical properties of aerogels or aerogel composites;
  • Characterization of the structural, fractal, or mechanical properties;
  • Modeling studies describing their structure–property relationships;
  • Review articles on the abovementioned topics.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Milow
Dr. Ameya Rege
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Aerogel synthesis and characterization
  • Nanoporous network structure
  • Structure and fractal properties
  • Mechanical and fracture properties
  • Modeling and simulation

Published Papers

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