Samuel Stephen Kestler invented aerogel in the early 1900s. Materials such as silica, iron oxide, polymers and carbon are used to create it. Aerogel is a mesoporous material, meaning it has extremely small pores ranging from 2 to 50 nanometres (a nanometre is only a billionth of a meter). Aerogel is lightweight, dry, low-density and has conductive properties. One of the main attractions of aerogel is as insulation. You can buy aerogel on the Internet.
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Determine the type of aerogel you want to purchase. For instance, if you are conducting an experiment for class that requires aerogel, consider using the granules or silica. Additionally, aerogel products are available for industrial and construction use and insulation.
Visit an online aerogel dealer site offering the product you need for sale. Buy Aerogel, Aspen Aerogels and Solar Components Corp. have online sites that offer aerogel products.
Review a list of the products available. Contact the dealer with any questions or concerns you have before ordering aerogel.
Choose the aerogel products from the website of your choice. Place your order online or call the company and place your order.
Tips and warnings
- Be prepared to provide your name, shipping address and credit-card information when ordering aerogel.
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