Scientists Discover World's Lightest Solid Material, Carbon Aerogel, To Fight Pollution

Category: Technology / Mar 22, 2013 3:41PM EDT
Chinese scientists announced that they have developed the world's lightest material to tackle pollution called carbon aerogel, developed by Professor Gao Chao from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. The material is derived from a gel, with the liquid component replaced by a gas, and appears in solid state with extremely low density, according to Reuters. The material, also referred to as graphene aerogel, has a density of just 0.16 milligrams per cubic centimeter. The material is also expected to become an ideal material for energy storage insulation and in sound absorption. A research paper on the material was first published online in the academic publication Advanced Materials on Feb 18, and in the research highlights column of Nature magazine. Scientists have been looking for ways to produce the lightest known material for years. (Video Source: REUTERS)