The first lecture of the Fourth International Seminar on AEROGELS after lunch on Tuesday, 25 September 2018, by Dr. Stephen Steiner and his team at Aerogel Technologies, will present a novel application of monolithic polymer aerogels which can contribute to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles.
Higher fuel efficiency of vehicles can only be achieved with engine compartments which are thinner, lighter, and more multifunctional at hotter temperatures. In addition, engine covers need to thermally isolate the engine from the cabin interior and to to keep engine noise and vibration from reaching the cabin interior. A new generation of aerogel-based engine covers may have the potential to replace existing engine covers and are currently developed in a partnership between Aerogel Technologies and Ford.
Dr. Stephen Steiner did his PhD at MIT and is now CEO of Aerogels Technologies, LLC, Boston, Massachussets, USA. He’s been fascinated by aerogels since high school. In collaboration with Hamburg University of Technology they have created the Aerogel Community which aims to promote collaboration and research on aerogels. The platform aerogel.org provides a comprehensive open resource about current knowledge on aerogels and aerogel production.