The University of Massachusetts Amherst

A Simple, Fast and Economical Burn-drying Method for Making Aerogels

LEAD INVENTOR:
Reika Katsumata, Ph.D.
 
PRODUCT OPPORTUNITIES

•       Thermally insulating materials

•       Micro supercapacitors

 
ADVANTAGES

•       A simple, fast, and energy-efficient process

•       Highly scalable and economically viable

•       Can prevent molecular rearrangement in the aerogel fabrication process

 
TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION
This invention provides a simple, fast, economical and scalable method for making porous, light-weight hard materials, such as aerogels. The method involves the use of polymer-assisted rapid thermal annealing, eliminating uneconomical steps used in conventional methods such as long thermal treatments, etching, and freeze-drying.
ABOUT THE LEAD INVENTOR
Dr. Reika Katsumata is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses on translational biomaterials, bone marrow tissue engineering, microenvironment aging and cancer, and biomedical imaging.
AVAILABILITY:
Available for Licensing and/or Sponsored Research
DOCKET:
UMA 22-001
PATENT STATUS:
Patent Pending
Contact:
Ling Shen
Senior Licensing Officer
University of Massachusetts
413-545-5276
lxshen@research.umass.udu
Inventor(s):
Reika Katsumata
Todd Emrick
James Pagaduan
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