𝗔𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝟵𝟵.𝟴% 𝗮𝗶𝗿. The ultralight material exhibits extraordinary properties and is derived from a gel in which the liquid has been replaced with air.
🌡️ the best thermal insulators with a melting point of 1200°C
💪 super strong and some can hold a load of up to 2000x its own weight
🪶 the world's lightest solid material
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗲 𝗔𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝟯𝗗 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝟳𝘅 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗶𝗿! It is the least dense solid on the planet and can even balance on a blade of grass. The low density of graphene aerogels makes them very absorbent and they can absorb up to 1000x their own weight in liquid. This could be used in environmental applications such as absorbing off-shore oil spills. In addition, these materials could be used for lightweighting applications.
Photo on first slide: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech