Saturday, February 21, 2009

Maerogel by Prof Dr. Halimaton Hamdan (UTM, Malaysia)

Malaysian scientist turns rice husk into aerogel
It is a silica aerogel produced from rice husk

It is a novel nanomaterial of a highly divided state and exhibits unconventional properties which offers more cost effective methods of production and application.

Aerogel has been around since 1931, but its high cost has limited its use. The new process to make Maerogel cuts the cost of producing aerogel by 80 per cent, making it so affordable that it could become a commonplace material with wide use.


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