Aerogel : See-through, Strong as Steel & Ligher than Air

See-through, Strong as Steel & Ligher than Air

Despite its incredibly low density, aerogel is one of the most powerful materials on the planet. It can support thousands of times its own weight, block out intense heat, cold and sound – yet it is 1,000 times less dense than glass, nearly as transparent and is composed of 99.8% air. The lowest-density silica-based aerogels are even lighter than air.

 

A 2.5 kg brick is supported by a piece of aerogel weighing only 2 grams.

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