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Ambient pressure process for preparing aerogel thin films reliquified sols useful in preparing aerogel thin films

United States Patent

5,948,482
September 7, 1999
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A method for preparing aerogel thin films by an ambient-pressure, continuous process. The method of this invention obviates the use of an autoclave and is amenable to the formation of thin films by operations such as dip coating. The method is less energy intensive and less dangerous than conventional supercritical aerogel processing techniques.
Brinker; Charles Jeffrey (Albuquerque, NM), Prakash; Sai Sivasankaran (Minneapolis, MN)
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 530,543
September 19, 1995
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-76DP00789 between the Department of Energy and American Telephone and Telegraph Company.