NASA Center: Glenn Research Center
Public Release Year: 2017
Reference Number: GRC-SO-221
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: Flexible, polyimide aerogels
Research Center_s Mary Ann Meador is an expert in aerogels: low-density solids that make excellent insulators. Using polyimide polymers, she and her team created a new aerogel five times stronger than earlier polymer-reinforced silica aerogels and one that can be cast into a thin, very flexible layer. FLEXcon, in Spencer, Massachusetts, licensed the patent in 2015 and is selling the aerogel as insulation for pipes in extreme environments, among other applications.
Page Number in Published book: 164