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AEROCAT Report Summary

Project ID: 340419
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Germany

Mid-Term Report Summary - AEROCAT (Non-ordered nanoparticle superstructures – aerogels as efficient (electro-)catalysts)

In the center of the research in AEROCAT are so-called aerogels. Those are extremely light weight, highly porous solids which are composed of three-dimensional networks of nanowires. One nanometer is the millionth part of a millimeter, and the densities of the aerogels fabricated within AEROCAT are one thousand times lighter than the respective bulk material: a car being an aerogel would weigh only about one kilogram instead of one ton! The high porosity and the large inner surface of the aerogels make them ideal candidates for various types of catalysts. Gas phase catalysis are performed on metaloxide/metal materials and electrocatalysis (for example for fuel cells) is studied on bimetallic gels. In both directions superb results have been gained in the past 30 months resulting in numerous publications, talks and widespread notice of the open public

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