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Special Issue "Engineering of Aerogels and Their Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Eng. Carlos A. García-González

Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Interests: aerogels; supercritical fluids; bio-based aerogels; pharmaceutical technology; biomedical applications; process engineering; porous materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luísa Durães

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Pólo II, Rua Sílvio Lima, 3030-790 Coimbra, Portugal
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Interests: nanotechnology and nanoengineering; silica-based aerogels; silica and metal oxide nanoparticles; functionalized nanostructures; environmental remediation; thermal insulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aerogels are a unique class of light-weight nanoporous materials of interest in advanced applications for different fields. The advent of aerogels in the 1930s marked the starting point of an intense research on these materials firstly for aerospace engineering and building materials and nowadays for a broad portfolio of applications, including reaction catalysis, environmental and biomedical applications.

Interest on aerogels prompted the design and development of materials from different sources (inorganic, organic, hybrid), formats (monoliths, beads, powder), chemical functionalities (hydrophilic, hydrophobic) and sizes (insulation boards, micron-sized particles). This material’s research pace was aligned with the engineering of innovative and viable processes and unit operations to tackle the production of the ever-growing demand of aerogel quantities and varieties. Recently, the research on aerogels has particularly grown to target environmental and biomedical applications with the prospect of novel aerogel sources (biopolymers, biomass), innovative composite materials containing aerogels and environmentally friendly processing approaches.

In this changing and expanding scenario for aerogels, we are grateful to be the Guest Editors of this Special Issue on "Engineering of Aerogels and Their Applications". This Special Issue aims to assemble notable recent contributions on the engineering of aerogels in terms of sources, chemical functionalities and morphology as well as process design and optimization with a clear application-oriented focus.

Dr. Eng. Carlos A. García-González
Prof. Dr. Luísa Durães
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.


  • Aerogels
  • Aerogel sources
  • Aerogel functionalization
  • Process engineering
  • Composite aerogels
  • Building applications
  • Environmental applications
  • Biomedical applications

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