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Publisher DOI: 10.3390/molecules24091815
Title: An opinion paper on aerogels for biomedical and environmental applications
Language: English
Authors: García-González, Carlos A. 
Budtova, Tatiana 
Durães, Luisa 
Erkey, Can 
Del Gaudio, Pasquale 
Gurikov, Pavel 
Koebel, Matthias M. 
Liebner, Falk 
Neagu, Monica 
Smirnova, Irina  
Keywords: aerogels; biomedical applications; environmental applications; bio-based aerogels; circular economy; biorefinery; active ageing
Issue Date: 10-May-2019
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Source: Molecules 24 (9): 1815 (2019)
Abstract (english): 
Aerogels are a special class of nanostructured materials with very high porosity and tunable physicochemical properties. Although a few types of aerogels have already reached the market in construction materials, textiles and aerospace engineering, the full potential of aerogels is still to be assessed for other technology sectors. Based on current efforts to address the material supply chain by a circular economy approach and longevity as well as quality of life with biotechnological methods, environmental and life science applications are two emerging market opportunities where the use of aerogels needs to be further explored and evaluated in a multidisciplinary approach. In this opinion paper, the relevance of the topic is put into context and the corresponding current research efforts on aerogel technology are outlined. Furthermore, key challenges to be solved in order to create materials by design, reproducible process technology and society-centered solutions specifically for the two abovementioned technology sectors are analyzed. Overall, advances in aerogel technology can yield innovative and integrated solutions for environmental and life sciences which in turn can help improve both the welfare of population and to move towards cleaner and smarter supply chain solutions.
DOI: 10.15480/882.2266
ISSN: 1420-3049
Journal: Molecules 
Other Identifiers: doi: 10.3390/molecules24091815
Institute: Thermische Verfahrenstechnik V-8 
Entwicklung und Modellierung neuartiger nanoporöser Materialien V-EXK2 
Document Type: Article
Project: Advanced Engineering and Research of aeroGels for Environment and Life Sciences 
License: CC BY 4.0 (Attribution) CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
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