Nat Nanotechnol 2015 Mar 2;10(3):277-83. Epub 2014 Nov 2.
Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.
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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 2017 Dec 7;9(50):44010-44017. Epub 2017 Dec 7.
Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology , Harbin 150080, People's Republic of China.
Lightweight, high-performance, thermally insulating, and antifrosting porous materials are in increasing demand to improve energy efficiency in many fields, such as aerospace and wearable devices. However, traditional thermally insulating materials (porous ceramics, polymer-based sponges) could not simultaneously meet these demands. Here, we propose a hierarchical assembly strategy for producing nanocomposite foams with lightweight, mechanically flexible, superinsulating, and antifrosting properties. Read More
Carbohydr Polym 2018 Sep 20;195:71-78. Epub 2018 Apr 20.
State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, 96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui 230026, PR China. Electronic address:
Thermally insulating materials made from renewable resources are desirable for energy efficient buildings. Traditional petroleum-derived insulating materials such as rigid polyurethane foam and expanded polystyrene display poor flame retardancy and inorganic insulating materials such as silica aerogel are fragile. Herein, we reported a facile approach to prepare cellulose nanofiber (CNF)-hydroxyapatite (HAP) composite foam by a simple freeze-drying process. Read More
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 2018 Apr 12;57(17):4538-4542. Epub 2018 Mar 12.
Division of Nanomaterials & Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Hefei Science Center of CAS, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, China.
Energy efficient buildings require materials with a low thermal conductivity and a high fire resistance. Traditional organic insulation materials are limited by their poor fire resistance and inorganic insulation materials are either brittle or display a high thermal conductivity. Herein we report a mechanically resilient organic/inorganic composite aerogel with a thermal conductivity significantly lower than expanded polystyrene and excellent fire resistance. Read More
ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 2017 Aug 27;9(31):26392-26399. Epub 2017 Jul 27.
Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences , 29 Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100190, P. R. China.
High-performance flame-retardant materials are urgently needed to address outstanding issues that pertain to safety. Traditional flame retardants are toxic to the environment and/or lack the physical properties required for use in many contemporary applications. Here, we show that isocyanate-based polyimide (PI) foam, a flammable material, can exhibit unusually superior flame retardancy as well as other excellent properties, such as being lightweight and displaying high mechanical strength, by incorporating red phosphorus (RP)-hybridized graphene. Read More