2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium



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Dr. Mark Masters


Department of Physics

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne


Many of the applicable properties of aerogels are related to the size of their pores. These properties, which include thermal conductivity, dielectric constant, and Rayleigh scattering, might therefore be useful in determining pore size. An aerogel’s pore size is affected by the methods used in its creation, and is somewhat indicative of its quality. Measurements of pore size can therefore be useful in perfecting aerogel production. Optimizing production will make them more applicable in electrical and optical systems, as well as increasing their effectiveness as thermal insulators. I will present my results on making aerogels and also my techniques for determining pore size.


Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

Measurement of Aerogel Pore Size

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