Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 315–339

Aerogel-based thermal superinsulation: an overview

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10971-012-2792-9

Cite this article as:
Koebel, M., Rigacci, A. & Achard, P. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol (2012) 63: 315. doi:10.1007/s10971-012-2792-9


This review is focused on describing the intimate link which exists between aerogels and thermal superinsulation. For long, this applied field has been considered as the most promising potential market for these nanomaterials. Today, there are several indicators suggesting that this old vision is likely to become reality in the near future. Based on recent developments in the field, we are confident that aerogels still offer the greatest potential for non-evacuated superinsulation systems and consequently must be considered as an amazing opportunity for sustainable development. The practical realization of such products however is time-consuming and a significant amount of R&D activities are still necessary to yield improved aerogel-based insulation products for mass markets.


AerogelComposite materialsSuperinsulationThermal insulationInsulation marketEnergy efficient buildingsCommercializationSol–gelThermal conductivityStructure dependenceAmbient pressure dryingSupercritical CO2Hydrophobization

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Koebel
    • 1
  • Arnaud Rigacci
    • 2
  • Patrick Achard
    • 2
  1. 1.Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and TechnologyDübendorfSwitzerland
  2. 2.MINES ParisTech, CEP, Centre Energétique et ProcédésSophia AntipolisFrance