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Through innovation and collaboration partnerships, Aspen’s Research & Development Team has been working with various government agencies and industry for over 20 years to commercialize aerogel products. We have developed numerous aerogel materials that meet the rigorous demands of ultra-high temperature applications, cryogenic applications and everything in between. Our flexible blanket aerogel insulation has been integrated into industrial, military, aerospace, building and construction, apparel and OEM applications since 2001. Our installed thermal insulation product base is over 300 million square feet around the globe. New uses and demanding environments continue to push the performance demands for our materials, creating development opportunities for new form factors and application solutions. Our partnerships and research investments also have significantly expanded our in-depth knowledge of aerogel technology so that we can creatively bring new ideas to your most demanding challenges. Specialty focus areas include custom designed and validated nanoporous materials solutions for an array of markets:
Our team of scientists and engineers work closely with our partners to fully understand application requirements and to guide advancements for tomorrow’s aerogel materials. If you are interested in partnering with us, please use the action form link below.
Specialty materials for a of myriad demanding applications.
Innovative materials for carbon dioxide (and other) gas capture from emissions to direct air capture.
Superinsulation materials that are breathable, water repellent and non-combustible.
Water purification from reusable oil spill sorbents to selective organics removal and capacitive deionization.
Over the last 20 years, Aspen Aerogels has acquired advanced technical expertise in nanoporous aerogel composite product design and manufacturing processes. We have over 200 patents granted or pending. Our scientists, engineers and manufacturing personnel have gained invaluable experience in this time – from bench scale to full industrial scale. With a significant and increasing amount of investment over time in our full scale pilot plant, we have the capability to scale up next generation products and manufacturing processes as well as the capability to make many of our legacy products under our new Specialty Engineered Materials business initiative. These resources and more can be drawn upon to ensure innovative and successful collaborative efforts with corporate, government and academic entities.
Energy storage systems require new material innovation to harness and distribute energy from sustainable sources and to power the electrification of mobility. Despite this critical need, few material innovations reach production levels due to the challenges of reliably and safely incorporating more energy dense materials into energy storage systems. Aspen believes it has an answer that will dramatically change industry roadmaps and create enormous value. Since 2003, Aspen has been developing a new carbon (rather than silica) based aerogel platform which is electrically conductive, mechanically robust and exhibits a unique porous nanostructure that allows it to host a variety of challenging battery material systems.
Transparent aerogels or frozen smoke? The latter might be the signature “look” for a silica aerogel panel on the internet, but it leaves a lot to be desired for seeing through. One of the most challenging applications for aerogel materials is for window glazings where perfect color, low haze, high clarity, and strong light transmission are prized. Aspen has been developing hydrophobic silica aerogel chemistries that can meet the demands of the human eye for building applications. One approach is to fabricate transparent aerogel monolith between window glass to make an integrated panel. Silica aerogel materials can be compelling for this application if haze values are 1% or less and light transmission values of the aerogel fraction equal to or better than window glass. This is possible because silica aerogel materials are not reflective. The major challenge is manufacturing scale-up of large panels of transparent silica aerogel, and Aspen is working diligently to solve many of the underlying issues.
Nanoporous aerogel materials can be formulated with various heat blocking additives to make incredibly efficient and effective thermal insulation. Aspen’s expertise in designing and manufacturing, thin and flexible aerogel composites has been brought to bear on a new line of insulation for highly demanding applications: Pyrogel AWI. This product is manufactured in thicknesses as low as 0.7 mm thick with very tight thickness control and with a high degree of flexibility and conformability. The thermal resistance as a function of temperature up to 650C is exceptional. Aspen can manufacture this product at small scale or customize thickness and formulation to meet your most demanding application environments.