Special Issue "Polymer and Composite Aerogels"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 July 2019).
2. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32826, USA
3. Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32826, USA
Interests: polymer and ceramic composites of carbon nanotubes and graphene; polyelectrolytes; conjugated polymers; self-assembly; surface science and engineering
2. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
3. Innovation Center for Textile Science and Technology, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
Interests: polymer nanocomposites; nanofiber composites; polymer composite aerogels; energy storage materials and devices
Aerogels, often referred as “frozen smoke”, are highly porous materials with extremely low density and high specific surface area. Traditional inorganic aerogels, such as silica aerogels, are used as thermal and acoustic insulators, low dielectric substrates, and fire-resistant materials. Their properties and applications are limited by the choice of materials and fabrication approaches. On the other hand, polymer and other functional materials have provided many choices of materials, introduced additional properties, including toughness, flexibility and electrical conductivity, to aerogels, and offered more cost-effective methods to produce aerogels with controlled composition and structures. For example, carbon nanotubes and graphene have been used with polymers to produce highly flexible and electrical conductive aerogels. Graphene hybrid aerogels with complex architecture have been produced through 3D printing. This Special Issue is intended to report recent progress in the production and application of polymer and composite aerogels and provide valuable guidelines to design polymer and composite aerogels for next generation applications.
Dr. Lei Zhai
Prof. Dr. Tianxi Liu
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