In this Hot Article, porous low-density polyamide aerogels are synthesized in one-pot by reacting carboxylic acids with isocyanates. The aerogels combine high specific energy absorption with low speed of sound and Styrofoam-like thermal conductivity.
Read the full article for free until 15th August: Nicholas Leventis, Chakkaravarthy Chidambareswarapattar, Dhairyashil P. Mohite, Zachary J. Larimore, Hongbing Lu and Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1JM11472G, Advance Article