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TAILORING OF PORES IN AEROGELS USING 3D PRINTED STRUCTURES

United States Patent Application

20180015436
A1
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In one embodiment, a method includes acquiring a three-dimensional printed template created using an additive manufacturing technique, infilling the template with an aerogel precursor solution, allowing formation of a sol-gel, and converting the sol-gel to an aerogel. In another embodiment, a product includes an aerogel having inner channels corresponding to outer walls of a three-dimensional printed template around which the aerogel was formed.
Chandrasekaran, Swetha (Dublin, CA), Baumann, Theodore F. (Discovery Bay, CA), Biener, Juergen (San Leandro, CA), Campbell, Patrick (Oakland, CA), Oakdale, James S. (Castro Valley, CA), Worsley, Marcus A. (Hayward, CA)
15/ 208,506
July 12, 2016
[0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.