Super thermal insulating SiO2 cryogels prepared by vacuum freeze drying

Lifen Su, Lei Miao, Gang Xu, Sakae Tanemura

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Traditionally, silica aerogels with low thermal conductivity are prepared by supercritical drying, however, the process is expensive and hazardous due to it run in autoclaves. In order to overcome these disadvantages, a cheaper and safer process, drying at ambient pressure has been developed for decades, but tedious repetitive gel washing and solvent exchange steps are involved. Therefore, in the present study, a novel vacuum freeze-drying was utilized to prepare the super thermal insulating SiO2 cryogels. The wet gels were synthesized via acid-base catalysis using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as a silica precursor and ethanol as a solvent. After vacuum freeze drying, nanoporous SiO2 cryogels with low density in the range of 0.08-0.15 g/cm 3 were obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Ceramics Communications
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0878492755, 9780878492756
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event6th China International Conference on High-Performance Ceramics, CICC-6 - Harbin, China
Duration: 2009 Aug 162009 Aug 19

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)1022-6680


Conference6th China International Conference on High-Performance Ceramics, CICC-6


  • Sio cryogels
  • Super thermal insulating
  • Vacuum freeze-drying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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