An optically transparent, infrared-blocking, composite material includes a matrix of transparent, cross-linked, cellulose aerogel nanofibrils having infrared blocking ceramic nanoparticles essentially homogenously dispersed therein. The composite material is both optically transparent and infrared-blocking, and can include an adherent, transparent protective layer disposed on one or both of two opposing surfaces.
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