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Researchers engineer the world's first aerogels made from scrap tires

A team of NUS researchers has achieved a major technological breakthrough by converting waste rubber tires into super-light aerogels that have a wide range of applications. This is the first time that aerogels are made from waste rubber tires. The new rubber aerogels demonstrate remarkable properties—they are extremely light, highly absorbent, very durable, and they are also very efficient at trapping heat and sound.  By upcycling waste rubber into products of a higher commercial value, this new technology promotes a wider use of scrap tires, and offers an eco-friendly way to recycle used rubber. This novel technology was published in the print version of scientific journal Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects in September 2019, and a patent has been filed.  Read more....

 

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