Aerogel is manufactured by removing the liquid component of the gel using the supercritical drying method. Aerogel was first produced from silica gel and is the one of the most commonly available aerogel. Aerogel exhibits wide range of properties such as low bulk density, low thermal conductivity, high surface area, hydrophobicity and optical transparency. Aerogel finds a applications mainly in electronics, textiles and construction industry. Silica aerogel’s ability to exhibit strong sound insulation even in the difficult low frequency range is expected to develop future opportunity for this market.
Silica aerogel is the world’s lowest density solid. Silica aerogel is known for its effective ability of absorbing infra-red radiations. Silica aerogel is used in construction of the buildings as it lets radiation inside the building and traps it from getting emitted. Thus, it is a effective tool used in construction industry used for building solar heated houses. Thus the growing construction industry is further expected to boost the demand of silica aerogel. The developing economies and changing lifestyle has boosted the growth of the construction industry which in turn is expected to augment the overall growth of the silica aerogel market. Silica aerogel is also widely used to insulate refrigerators, containers and refrigerated vehicles. Silica aerogel is widely used in the textile industry. It is used to manufacture aerogel blankets. Silica Aerogel is also widely used as absorbent in various chemical manufacturing industries. Thus, with the development of various end-use industries the demand for silica aerogel is boosted. Many companies are carrying out extensive research and development to develop new applications of silica aerogel thus increasing its usage in end-use industries.
Companies manufacturing silica aerogel include Aspen Aerogel, Cabot Corporation, Nano High-tech Co. Ltd, Thermablok Inc., JIOS Aerogel Corporation and AMERICAN AEROGEL CORPORATION.
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