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How can I make some Aerogel? Answered

I would like to make some Aerogel for a project I am working on. Any ideas?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

9 years ago

Bumping an old posting to include a relevant link:

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/02/01/how-to-build-a-supercritical-dryer-and-make-your-own-aerogel/

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josheeg
josheeg

11 years ago

aerogel is in make and something like aerogel.org says to have open source aerogel... make instructions etc...

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phmanzano
phmanzano

11 years ago

UziMonkey is right, the link goes to a 10 years old kid producing aerogel, but it's the hydrophilic version and it produces very small amount.

I'm also interested in producing home made aerogel. Let me know if you test and find a solution. I'm in Europe so I might help to get some material.

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countable
countable

12 years ago

It takes alot of pressure, heat and obscure methods of production.

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UziMonkey
UziMonkey

12 years ago

There was a post on Hackaday about this. Some useful links in there.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

12 years ago

You can make naturally occurring aerogels in various ways, I know in certain conditions the zinc oxide from welding can from an aerogel when cooling quickly though it's probably not very light. Basically it's a material that's like a gel made almost completely of air

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

It's very expensive, and very rare. You can buy the powdery stuff easy, but small chunks are really expensive. For large chunks, you may need to lease your house.

I don't know how to make it, for I am but a sad chemistry student, and not a chemist, or a NASA scientist. But I have links:
http://unitednuclear.com/aerogel.htm

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Answer 12 years ago

You can buy it from that link...