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Springer Handbook of Aerogels

  • Covers best practices for materials characterization and equipment design

  • Features in-depth coverage of all types of organic, inorganic, and composite aerogels, from silica based aerogels to polymer aerogels

  • Offers a detailed survey of the industrial landscape, including military, aerospace, household, environmental, energy, and biomedical applications

Part of the book series: Springer Handbooks (SHB)

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About this book

This indispensable handbook provides comprehensive coverage of the current state-of-the-art in inorganic, organic, and composite aerogels – from synthesis and characterization to cutting-edge applications and their potential market impact. Built upon Springer’s successful Aerogels Handbook published in 2011, this handbook features extensive revisions and timely updates, reflecting the changes in this fast-growing field. 

Aerogels are the lightest solids known to man. Up to 1000 times lighter than glass and with a density only four times that of air, they possess extraordinarily high thermal, electrical, and acoustic insulation properties, and boast numerous entries in Guinness World Records. Originally based on silica, R&D efforts have extended this class of materials to incorporate non-silicate inorganic oxides, natural and synthetic organic polymers, carbon, metal, and ceramic materials. Composite systems involving polymer-crosslinked aerogels and interpenetrating hybrid networks have been developed and exhibit remarkable mechanical strength and flexibility. Even more exotic aerogels based on clays, chalcogenides, phosphides, quantum dots, and biopolymers such as chitosan are opening new applications for the construction, transportation, energy, defense and healthcare industries. Applications in electronics, chemistry, mechanics, engineering, energy production and storage, sensors, medicine, nanotechnology, military and aerospace, oil and gas recovery, thermal insulation, and household uses are being developed.

Readers of this fully updated and expanded edition will find an exhaustive source for all aerogel materials known today, their fabrication, upscaling aspects, physical and chemical properties, and the most recent advances towards applications and commercial use. This key reference is essential reading for a combined audience of graduate students, academic researchers, and industry professionals.


  • inorganic aerogel
  • organic aerogel
  • composite aerogel
  • exotic aerogel
  • history of aerogels
  • properties of aerogels
  • aerogel applications
  • silica aerogels
  • environmental cleanup
  • hydrophobic aerogels
  • epoxide sol-gel synthesis
  • carbon sequestration
  • pesticide trapping
  • metal oxide aerogels
  • nuclear waste containment
  • commercial aerogel
  • super thermal insulation


“The handbook has been compiled masterfully by the editorial staff to provide the most up to date findings, but also to honor the fundamentals of the field, often forgotten in many advanced handbooks, that provide the context and the practical knowledge in a single source volume.” (George L. Gould – Chief Technology Officer, Aspen Aerogels, Inc.) 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Bottens, Switzerland

    Michel A. Aegerter

  • Department of Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology Department of Chemistry, Rolla, USA

    Nicholas Leventis

  • Siloxene AG, Dübendorf, Switzerland

    Matthias Koebel

  • Aerogel Technologies, LLC, Boston, USA

    Stephen A. Steiner III

About the editors

Michel A. Aegerter is the retired Director of the Department of Coating Technology at the Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien (INM) in Saarbrücken with decades of research dedicated exclusively to the sol-gel process, the materials derived from it and their application. Since 2007, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (JSST).

Nicholas Leventis received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in organic chemistry in 1985. After retiring as a Professor of Chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, he recently joined Aspen Aerogels.  His aerogel work has focused on polymer-crosslinked aerogels, organic aerogels from most main classes of organic polymers, interpenetrating organic-inorganic aerogels, as well as metallic, ceramic and carbon aerogels. 

Matthias M. Koebel received his PhD from Brown University in 2004. After a postdoctoral stay at UC Berkeley with G.A. Somorjai focusing on nanocatalysis, he joined EMPA back in his home country – Switzerland – in 2006 where he began building a research group in soft chemistry and aerogels. His core activities are linked to process-scale up and lab-to-market transfer of nanomaterials science. In 2021 he founded siloxane AG.

Stephen A. Steiner III is the President, CEO, and founder of Aerogel Technologies, LLC, a leading aerogel manufacturer.  Steiner holds a PhD in Materials Chemistry and Engineering from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an SM in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Chemistry Course from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  He is an accomplished nanomaterials researcher, with expertise in aerogels, nanocarbons, and aerospace materials.

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Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
This title has not yet been released. You may pre-order it now and we will ship your order when it is published on 5 Jul 2023.