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Springer Handbook of Aerogels
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Springer Handbook of Aerogels (Hardback)

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This essential handbook provides comprehensive coverage of the current state-of-the-art in inorganic, organic, and composite aerogels, from synthesis and characterization through the latest applications and their possible market impact. Built on the successful Aerogels Handbook published in 2011, this book has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the changes in this fast-growing field. Aerogels are the lightest solids known to man. Up to 1000 times lighter than glass and with a density only four times that of air, they possess exceedingly high thermal, electrical, and acoustic insulation properties, and hold many entries in Guinness World Records. Originally based on silica, R&D efforts have extended this class of materials to incorporate non-silicate inorganic oxides, natural and synthetic organic polymers, carbon, metal, and ceramic materials. Composite systems involving polymer-crosslinked aerogels and interpenetrating hybrid networks have been developed and exhibit remarkable mechanical strength and flexibility. Even more exotic aerogels based on clays, chalcogenides, phosphides, quantum dots, and biopolymers such as chitosan are opening new applications for the construction, transportation, energy, defense and healthcare industries. Applications in electronics, chemistry, mechanics, engineering, energy production and storage, sensors, medicine, nanotechnology, military and aerospace, oil and gas recovery, thermal insulation, and household uses are being developed.Readers of this fully updated and expanded edition will find an exhaustive source for all aerogel materials known today, their fabrication, up scaling aspects, physical and chemical properties, and the most recent advances towards applications and commercial use. This key reference represents essential reading for a combined audience of graduate students, practicing academics, and industry researchers.

Prof. Dr. Michel A. Aegerter graduated as Engineer and Physicist in 1962 at the Swiss Institute of Technology- EPFL, Switzerland and received his Ph.D degree (Dr. es Sciences) in 1966 at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. After post-doctoral studies at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City,USA, he joined again the University of Neuchatel as assistant professor and then the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Brazil as a full Professor till 1995 where he initiated research in the sol-gel field in 1984 with the collaboration of Prof. Dr. J. Zarzycki. In 1995 he accepted an invitation to be Director of the Department of Coating Technology at the Leibniz-Institute for New Materials (GmbH-INM) in Saarbruecken, Germany. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken (Germany). He is the present Chairman of the Technical Committee TC-16 (Sol-Gel Glasses) of the International Commission on Glass (ICG), member of the American Ceramic Society, Material Research Society, SPIE, of several International Advisory Committees, of the Editorial Board of the International J. of Photochemistry, co-editor for Europe of the J. Sol-Gel Science and Technology, a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Conference on Coatings on Glass-ICCG as well as referee for several international scientific journals. His fields of activity cover the research and industrial development of functional, conducting, photoelectrochemical and electrochromic coatings on glasses and plastics, the development of new sol-gel and nanocomposite coating technology. Prof. Dr. Aegerter is the author and co-author of more than 440 scientific publications, 8 patents and co-editor of 12 books.

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