Aerogels can support elephants

Updated: Aug 26

#aerogels have long been an esoteric research area, albeit having found application in areas such as space shuttles and under-the-ocean pipelines, in the material makeup of sound barriers, and in hospital filters for removing nanoparticles and viruses from the air, but things could be about to change based on developments at The University of Akron, which is developing load-bearing aerogels capable of supporting the weight of an elephant.