The invention provides reinforced aerogel monoliths as well as fiber reinforced composites thereof for a variety of uses. Compositions and methods of preparing the monoliths and composites are also provided. Application of these materials in transparent assemblies is also discussed.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT
 This invention was partially made with Government support under Contract DE-FC26-03NT41950 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE.) The Government may have certain rights in parts of this invention.