Aerographite: New Lightest Material on Earth

Written by Maria Gomez on . Posted in Gadgets, Science, Technology


Six times lighter than air, 5,000 times less dense than water, and four times lighter than the previous record holder.

A mesh of carbon nanotubes, the material can carry up to 40,000 times its own weight, is hydrophobic, conductive and can be compressed to one 30th of its original size


Aerographite is formed when zinc oxide is heating inside custom ovens to over 900°C.

Similar to graphene, aerographite is a man-made supermaterial that holds promise for consumer goods and electronics.

Researchers believe aerographite could enable the creation of mind-bogglingly light lithium-ion batteries and computers, form waterproof clothes, act as air or water filtration and also as protection for satellites.

Advanced Materials via EuroNews



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