99.8% of this is air, and it’s a solid?! Aerogel is the world’s lightest solid, and that comes with some cool perks. From powering Mars Rovers to making a water droplet look like an Olympic weightlifting champion, its potential is endless!
As the world’s lightest solid, Aerogel is really popular for its real-world applications. With just 0.2% of it containing silica gel, it is basically weightless. For NASA, Aerogel was the perfect opportunity to carry out a lot more than they were initially capable of doing. When developing it, the intention was to create a way to insulate Mars Rovers.
Why Aerogel? The silica compound in the aerogel is extremely powerful and can support objects even 1000 times its weight. To put it into perspective, 1 gram of this silica substance can support two iPhone 11 Pro devices. Thanks to its millions of pores and ridges, a cubic centimeter of this nifty little substance can cover an entire football field.
The potential of Aerogel
The limits of Aerogel are far from being reached thanks to research and development. Insulated spacesuits could be a thing, lighter clothes, tennis rackets and pretty much anything that can be lighter. Except for food of course.
Thanks to Aerogel, many cool science experiments are carried out to demonstrate how solids interact. A cool feature of the substance is its Hydrophobia. Hydrophobic liquids will separate from water but solids are way cooler. As the world’s lightest solid, this substance is great for cinematic shots of water droplets. Watch as the water droplets are completely independent of the solid.
The sample is a great little object to interact with. Out of the box, it comes with an extensive range of instructions that guide its use. So, follow these instructions and do your research as you prepare to use the world’s lightest solid. But, be careful as it can be messy if you just get them out of the bottle. Remember, its very light so even the smallest push of wind will have this gel going aero for real.
Don’t sleep on this, Aerogel is the future for many industries. Maybe the fun industry too!