The Fourth International Seminar on AEROGELS 2018 starts today at Hamburg University of Technology. More than 200 researchers from academia and industry gather to learn and exchange latest knowledge on aerogels. The conference will start Monday morning with a session on functional aerogelsand end on Wednesday with a session on biopolymer aerogels, the Poster Prize and the Advapor Prize. Several contributions will present the research results of NanoHybrids and precursors of NanoHybrids. NanoHybrids will take the production of aerogel beads from the lab to pilot scale. Industrial applicability is at the heart of NanoHybrids.
Monday afternoon of AEROGELS 2018 is devoted to industrial applications of aerogels. Industrial applicability is also at the heart of NanoHybrids and the industrial coordinator of NanoHybrids, BASF Polyurethanes, presents their work on aerogel-based materials for the building and construction market.
With the continuous rise of energy prices – a trend without foreseeable end – the pressure for higher energy-efficiency across many markets is increasing. In construction and appliance industries, this has created a growing demand for new thermal insulation solutions superior to established materials such as EPS, PU foam or mineral wool. Furthermore, it has become apparent that excellent insulation performance alone is no longer sufficient – smart materials with tunable properties such as water vapor diffusion and fire resistance are required to answer the challenges of the future. BASF Performance Materials is meeting this trend with aerogel-based materials such as SLENTEX® and SLENTITE® for the building and construction market. These nanoporous, high-performance thermal insulation materials exhibit properties surpassing simple insulation.
SLENTITE® received the 2018 German Design Award. It has been undergoing development by a BASF team working together for many years with Prof. Smirnova’s Instiute of Thermal Separation Processes. For the past six years their cooperation has centred on highly porous aerogels and the success of SLENTITE® is partly based on their joint research. This research has also been the precursor of the NanoHybrids project with BASF’s pilot plant at the core of it. More insights into the applicability of SLENTEX® and SLENTITE® can be read in BASF’s CORPUS Magazine.
BASF Polyurethanes develops, produces and distributes the efficient and versatile special synthetic polyurethane (abbreviated PU). BASF is leading supplier of Polyurethane Solutions for systems, specialties and PU basic products.