Introduction to Aerogel Technologies and Airloy® Ultramaterials



hello I'm dr. Stephen Steiner president CEO and founder of aerogel technologies our company specializes in designing and bringing to market advanced lightweight multifunctional materials to solve the world's grand challenges and to enable spacefaring civilization aerogels our class of incredible materials with properties unlike anything else they are the world's lowest density solid materials comprised of anywhere from 50 to over 99.9% air by volume and include the world's best thermal insulating solids aerogels despite the fact that they're almost completely empty space and hold thousands of times our weight and applied force yet to date traditional aerogel materials have been impractically brittle for real-world applications recently our company is brought to market a class of new aerogel materials we call air voice Airways have all the mechanical strength and durability you would expect of engineering materials in our three to fifteen times lighter and plastics or composites like other aerogels air Lloyd are superior thermal and acoustic insulating materials making them useful for a wide variety of technological applications since then I've always found it fascinating that materials that are almost completely empty space can do so much how is it that something that's over 99% air by volume can bear so much load can withstand so much heat can even exist at all but if you think about it this motif of empty space is ubiquitous throughout the universe atoms are mostly empty space the solar system is mostly empty space and it's in understanding the interactions of a small amount of something distributed in a lot of nothing that allows us to engineer limitless possibilities aerogels may be able to hold thousands of times their weight in applied force however traditional aerogel materials have been impractically brittle for real-world applications if you were to look at an Arizona under an electron microscope you would see it's comprised of a sponge-like skeletal structure of interconnected particles but these particles are only weakly bound to each other there's not a lot of surface contact between those and this makes the resulting macroscopic aerogel brittle and aerogel technologies we've re-engineered the empty space of aerogels in two ways to improve the mechanical properties to make them viable for real-world applications the first way is through nano compositing we zoom into that skeletal structure and coat the conformal interior surfaces all the nooks and crannies along the struts of that skeletal structure with a conformal polymer coating that dramatically improves the strength and toughness of the aerogel material think of it like a marshmallow coating in a rice krispies treat the second way we do this is by creating contiguous networks where there are no inter particle connectivities rather continuous streams of fibres branching in a fractal like structure throughout three-dimensional space these materials are the basis of our air loyal line of products air Loyce and other aerogel materials start their lives out as a wet gel in some cases physically similar to edible gelatin like jello although in other cases this material can actually be quite tough if the liquid in a gel is merely evaporated capillary stresses will arise and cause the gel to shrink and collapse into densified material that is not an aerogel instead the liquid in the gel can be heated and pressurized past what's called its critical point at which it transforms into a semi liquid semi gas that can freely diffuse out of the sparse solid skeleton that gives the gel its rigidity that fluid can then be deep pressurized to ambient conditions leaving behind a low-density solid material that we call aerogel now some people think that supercritical drying is an impractical expensive process and although it is complicated and very specialized it can be done economically at a large scale Aspen aerogels for example manufactures its aerogel blankets at large scale using this technology others have used an approach called subcritical drying to manufacture aerogel materials however this approach is generally limited to aerogel particles and very small monoliths Cabot aerogel uses subcritical drying on an industrial scale to make their aerogel particles we have developed a remarkable new drying technology that we call the stella process this technology allows us to manufacture aerogel and airline materials in large sizes and in large quantities at a fraction of the cost of supercritical drying or traditional subcritical drying this enables us to address opportunities in multi billion-dollar markets including aviation automotive healthcare construction and commercial space transportation how exactly this technology works is a trade secret however we want to bring this technology to scale so that the world can benefit from the materials properties of aerogels and air loys in ways that were previously not possible aerogel technologies has a strong IP position in the field of mechanically strong multifunctional aerogel materials our growing patent portfolio includes the foundational IP 4x aerogels the original polymer cross-linked aerogel technology transparent super insulation multiple mechanically strong organic aerogel composition high-temperature mechanically robust super insulation mechanically strong structural electrodes and bullet-stopping aerogel compositions in addition aerogel technologies actively develops new materials technologies both inside and outside of the field of aerogels as well as new manufacturing processes securing our role as a disruptive technology leader for years to come air loi ultra materials offer a tremendous value proposition over plastics and composites anywhere weight and cost are coupled take airline interiors for example airlines go to great lengths to eliminate unnecessary weight from their fleets wherever possible everything from redesigning seats to ditching magazines and seat back pockets since every ounce means added fuel and added costs today the airline interiors industry is a seven billion dollar market growing at a rate of 12.1 percent annually thanks in part to a global upswing in new vehicle purchases and greater demand for fuel efficiency however two major pains in this market include that a reduction in interior weight often results in a loss of functionality and there's little choice available for innovating new interior solutions since few materials meet the burn certification requirements for aviation applications while simultaneously providing actual engineering advantages that's where air LOI ultra materials come in air loys are three to fifteen times lighter than the sheet molded composites and both plastics used to make overhead bins tray tables and wall linings on airplanes today and most notably don't burn smoke or drip when exposed to flame like other materials meaning they easily exceed burn test requirements additionally Airways are equivalent or superior thermal insulators to things like insulate fiberglass and mineral wool used on airlines today and are better acoustic dampeners than conventional soundproofing meaning that air laws combine structure thermal insulation and soundproofing into a single material envelope eliminating the need for multiple function specific materials further reducing weight take a Boeing 737-300 for example at 8200 pounds the average interior for this vehicle represents about five percent of the gross takeoff weight of the plane using air LOI ultra materials to replace various furnishings in the cabin interior we believe we can reduce this weight to sixty six hundred pounds thereby saving about thirty five hundred pounds of fuel per flight multiply this times four flights per day 320 service days per year and a fleet of about 350 planes this would result in a savings of about five hundred million to 1 billion dollars in fuel costs alone for an airline while simultaneously providing a superior cabin interior experience for the customer additionally because air loyd panels are so light installation is dramatically simpler than for shielded composites as a result we see the airline interior market as an ideal initial opportunity for aero boys market pains that we can solve today a high willingness to pay given the substantial operational cost savings that results from their use few alternatives in the marketplace and given that 78% of the global market is consolidated in just three players a relatively straightforward path to market penetration and global Packt notably aerogel technologies has already worked with the two leading players in this industry as well as the world's leading aircraft manufacturers we are currently seeking 25.8 53 firm certification for our materials with the intent of doing a 727 interior modification by the end of the year aerogel technologies is currently a late stage startup transitioning into its growth phase over the past four years we focused heavily on the development of scalable manufacturing processes for the production of shaped and mechanically strong aerogel materials our company has financed this growth primarily through online direct to user sales of traditional and air Lloyd aerogel materials through our website buy aerogel comm as well as by providing custom aerogel solutions in the form of contract synthesis and applications in engineering we expect our company's growth to continue to accelerate over the next few years as the versatility of our products poises us to disrupt numerous fundamental technologies other than just thermal insulation for example structural plastics aviation materials and new technologies for the commercial spaceflight industry join us help us create the future of materials technologies visit us online at aerogel technologies comm to start the conversation or experience our products firsthand at by aerogel calm

24 Comments

  1. Rabia Ayılmazdır said:

    I really want to use aerogel in my civil engineering researches but prices are not affordable for individual buyers.

    June 26, 2019
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  2. Aayushi Shukla said:

    Airloys absorb oil?

    June 26, 2019
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  3. Matt Ehwaz said:

    Construct the entire Tesla car body out of Aerogel. Then, the entire Space X rocket exterior out of Aerogel.

    June 26, 2019
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  4. Lord Lunacy said:

    If Elvis Presley buttfucked Jimmy Neutron you'd get this guy.

    June 26, 2019
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  5. gloverelaxis said:

    patents are evil. capitalism is evil and inefficient. fuck this company's owners. mad props to this company's researchers.

    June 26, 2019
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  6. Jack Mechak said:

    very cool, i live just south of boston. make me a lobster boat hull out of one those composites

    June 26, 2019
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  7. Cool Kid BMX said:

    Your links don't work…

    June 26, 2019
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  8. Cool Kid BMX said:

    Saw your product on Veritasium. ""Cool" stuff

    June 26, 2019
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  9. m Matt said:

    Can they be 3D printed ?

    June 26, 2019
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  10. eefalzer said:

    Hello Stephen, I earnestly hope your company scores some huge early adopter customers so that you can invest in more capital and eventually bring the price down for individual buyers. I'd love to use airloy in my projects.
    Also I bought one the aerogel hearts for valentine's day, my girl loved it.

    June 26, 2019
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  11. Ely Powell said:

    Cool mutton chops dude! This guy is no California Libtard scumbag!

    June 26, 2019
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  12. Rosemary Yemanyi said:

    CAN YOU MAKE SOME FROZEN SMOKE/AEROGEL FOR ME.

    June 26, 2019
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  13. Suren Ter-Avakian said:

    the aerogel is very interesting material and I would like to see more of this particular material, and not the face of some president

    June 26, 2019
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  14. spacetape said:

    sick hair

    June 26, 2019
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  15. Gary Stinten said:

    I have a question..

    Are aerogel matting hydrophobic to petroleum based liquids, but will they allow vapours to pass through via a vacuum on the opposing side… Will aerogel matting degrade with contact with petroleum based liquids?

    ie,

    Vacuum
    Petrol vapours
    Aerogel
    Petrol

    June 26, 2019
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  16. Johan Asplund said:

    One of the most evil things to nature today is plastic, how is this better?
    What is the longterm effect on the enviroment whith aerogel?

    June 26, 2019
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  17. Murtuzaali said:

    Can you confirm what would be the oxygen transmission rate and water vapour transmission rate for your Airloys?

    June 26, 2019
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  18. The Sarbot said:

    You can tell me this guy's sideburns he ain't no California liberal, the right stuff . . . .

    June 26, 2019
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  19. UNOnumb said:

    Airloy to expensive. Once you make price cheap i will buy.

    June 26, 2019
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  20. id104335409 said:

    I hope this company succeeds. I do, because they shake up the market with innovation. Aerogel still hasn't hit homes after so many ears of existence. Think of the enormous savings of aerogel insulated houses, boilers, furnaces and refrigerators.

    June 26, 2019
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  21. Watta World said:

    It's going to be affordable until their patents run out………………… Too bad.

    June 26, 2019
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  22. edeplessnesss said:

    Supercritical drying process at the final stage is an obligation or not? because some scientific studies say that heptane or pentane can be used instead of SCD process. In addition to this, aerogel is not only enough for stopping the bullet, i think you will use this with Kevlar or dyneema. Is this true? thanks.

    June 26, 2019
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  23. topgunm said:

    Could you guys do a comparison in regards to acoustic isolation? Build a small room with Aerogel isolation vs traditional isolation and test for STC?

    June 26, 2019
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  24. TheScott10012 said:

    Very Interesting video! Is there any plans to be able to sell directly to consumers as well and not just to businesses? I'd love to bring this to the chemistry faculty to be able to use it for student learning!

    June 26, 2019
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