AeroShield is a patent-pending material invented by researchers at MIT. It is a nanoporous silica aerogel that is twice as insulating as air, giving it a significant cost-benefit advantage over existing window products.

 

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AeroShield manufactures a super-insulating, porous glass for energy efficient windows. Based on one of the most insulating materials in the world, AeroShield is twice as insulating as air and lighter than a marshmallow.

Making windows lighter, thinner, & more comfortable

The AeroShield material can be placed between two panes of glass, similar to a traditional double-pane, to create a product that is 50% more insulating than traditional windows, but with a payback period up to 5 times faster than windows of similar performance. This brings state-of-the-art thermal comfort, durability, and energy savings into homes at a price that consumers can afford.

 

The AeroShield Material: high clarity silica aerogel

The AeroShield material was developed and patented at MIT to reach the highest clarity. This solid material is made up of 95% gas trapped inside pores that are so small the naked eye can’t see them. It’s these pores that reduce convection, while the glass nanoparticle backbone limits conduction and convection.

AeroShield nanostructure

~5-10 nm

 

Looking for more technical information?

Strobach, E., Bhatia, B., Yang, S., Zhao, L., & Wang, E. N.  (2017). High temperature annealing for structural optimization of silica aerogels in solar thermal applications. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 462, 72–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2017.02.009 


Zhao, L., Strobach, E., Bhatia, B., Yang, S., Leroy, A., Zhang, L., & Wang, E. N. (2019). Theoretical and experimental investigation of haze in transparent aerogels. Optics Express, 27(4), A39. https://doi.org/10.1364/oe.27.000a39 


 

Zhao, L., Yang, S., Bhatia, B., Strobach, E., & Wang, E. N. (2016). Modeling silica aerogel optical performance by determining its radiative properties. AIP Advances, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4943215 

 
 

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