The Modern History of Aerogel

The evolution of aerogel throughout the second half of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century.

The 1970’s: The Aerogel Renaissance

Aerogels are reborn thanks to a new chemical process and the needs of particle colliders.

The 1980’s: Aerogel Gets Going

Aerogel production becomes safer and a new class of electrically conductive aerogels are invented.

The 1990’s: New Techniques and the Final Frontier

Aerogels are made without supercritical drying, interest in commercializing aerogels reemerges, and aerogels enable discoveries in space.

The 2000’s: New Possibilities and Commercialization

Exciting new compositions become possible and aerogels are finally recommercialized.

The Future

Some comments about the future of aerogel.