Uniform, mm-sized spherical hybrid polyurea/alginate aerogel beads are available for the first time, produced in a room temperature process. Scale-up is possible via Jet-Cutting. High doping with a wide variety of metal ions and pyrolytic conversion to metal-doped carbon aerogels possible.
- Hydrophobic hybrid polyurea/alginate aerogels from hydrophilic native materials
- Mechanical properties greatly enhanced:
- Young's modulus increases more than 16 times
- Hybrid monolithic polyurea/alginate aerogels tolerate stresses >600 MPa and strains >90%