I Waterproofed Myself With Aerogel!

  • Published: 21 June 2019
  • Aerogel has extraordinary properties but it can be tough to work with. This video looks at modifying aerogels to take advantage of their unique characteristics.
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    Huge thanks to Dr. Stephen Steiner and the crew at Aerogel Technologies. To find out more or buy your own aerogel sample, check out: aerogeltechnologies.com/

    Thanks to Dr. Steven Jones and Dr. Mihail Petkov at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    And thanks to FLIR for loaning us the awesome high definition thermal camera. The footage is amazing! flir.com

    Aerogel’s extraordinary properties are due in large part to its structure. Aerogel is a solid but on the nanoscale it has a mesh or sponge-like structure. The struts of this structure are nanoscale, as are the pores at around 20nm across. This makes silica aerogel incredibly light (it was once the lightest solid but has now been superseded by graphene aerogel), transparent and adsorbent.

    An ice-cube sized piece of aerogel has an internal surface area roughly equal to half a football field. Aerogel is used in high end museum cases to regulate humidity. Plus it helps maintain the vacuum on the Mars Insight seismometers - it adsorbs moisture and other outgassed volatiles that come from the spacecraft itself. Proposed uses include as a physical insecticide by ‘drying out insects’ reducing the need for chemical and toxic pesticides.

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    Filmed by Paul Gramaglia

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    Animations by Catherine Chooljian

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Comments • 14 489

  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  3 months back

    I'm here for the laminar flow dawg.

    • Patrick Woodley
      Patrick Woodley  2 days back

      I have a quetion. Can you make a car detailing product out of this stuff (e.g. a wax) making cars less hot?? Or even better mixing it with the paint or clearcouth something. Is it possible??

    • guyrami
      guyrami  3 weeks back

      I love that bde fam! Who wouldve thought frozen smoke could have apps! Dope

    • Tarun Gupta
      Tarun Gupta  3 weeks back

      When he said Laminar Air flow.. i thought of your channel.. and voila, it was you commenting first..

    • DunaMoose
      DunaMoose  3 weeks back

      Hey Destin!

  • Cayden Bong
    Cayden Bong  2 hours back

    Dude your an idiot humans are already water proof we have wrinkles on our skin when we go into the water because I gives up better grip underwater

    • V G3
      V G3  13 hours back

      Absolutely wonderful to know.

      • CSLFiero
        CSLFiero  23 hours back

        Breathing that dust ever so slightly less harmful that catching a whiff of campfire smoke. You will be a-ok.

        • Patrick Woodley
          Patrick Woodley  2 days back

          I have a quetion. Can you make a car detailing product out of this stuff (e.g. a wax) making cars less hot?? Or even better mixing it with the paint or clearcouth something. Is it possible??

          • Disaster MASTER
            Disaster MASTER  2 days back

            Good for area 51 raid

            • TheGoldenCraft12
              TheGoldenCraft12  2 days back

              3:47 Metal cap music plays.

              • _Akatski
                _Akatski  2 days back

                So my girlfriend is made of aerogel?

                • Creepy
                  Creepy  2 days back

                  Wait how do you take a shower when you're waterproof

                  • Syxti Nighn
                    Syxti Nighn  2 days back

                    We use this in Mexican cartel ese. We put the drugs in the aerogel!

                    • Corgi MC Fluff
                      Corgi MC Fluff  3 days back

                      Sometimes science feels more like magic then actual science. These are the kind of things that make me want to see the near future and not focus on the bad things happening in the world at the same time

                      • Ayush Sharma
                        Ayush Sharma  3 days back

                        Areogel camera cases is the future!😍

                        • JonzuihGaming
                          JonzuihGaming  3 days back

                          Such a heat resistant blanket would do absolute wonders for dowsing chemical fires, or for home insulation, i mean if the material needed is slim enough and it can be easily mass-produced, then homes could be entirely passively heated with a minimum of required resources.

                          • blu_Cow Boi 44
                            blu_Cow Boi 44  5 days back

                            He look like captain disillusion in the pool

                            • blu_Cow Boi 44
                              blu_Cow Boi 44  5 days back

                              The question is, how do you get it off after?

                              • KidozyGAME
                                KidozyGAME  6 days back

                                isn't fiberglass particulates bad to inhale?

                                • Blue :-\
                                  Blue :-\  6 days back

                                  You know you're tired when you wind up on the side of YouTube with no jokes, excessive and annoying editing, and no yelling.

                                  • callum mcleish
                                    callum mcleish  6 days back

                                    they should make building cladding out of this

                                    • mohammed haji
                                      mohammed haji  1 weeks back

                                      4:30 sexy

                                      • averagepainter
                                        averagepainter  1 weeks back

                                        "conducted by professionals" sure, with him holding a blowtorch and wearing a highly flammable jacket.

                                        • T Harvee
                                          T Harvee  1 weeks back

                                          I'm allergic to what they put on food to keep bugs away. i wonder if I'm allergic to nerve gas mentioned?

                                          • Bhavesh Marathe
                                            Bhavesh Marathe  1 weeks back

                                            Beware Its Aliens Material.

                                            • Dane Weaver
                                              Dane Weaver  1 weeks back

                                              We should cost earth with aerogel

                                              • Nico Production's
                                                Nico Production's  1 weeks back

                                                As it turns out he is Percy Jackson

                                                • Karma 59995
                                                  Karma 59995  2 weeks back

                                                  Aerogel condom..??

                                                  • Matt K.
                                                    Matt K.  2 weeks back

                                                    How do you get it off? Otherwise, you won't be able to sweat and your skin won't breathe?

                                                    • Stephen Balloch
                                                      Stephen Balloch  2 weeks back

                                                      what would it cost to insulate a house with the fiberglass insulation.

                                                      • Daniel Undrwood
                                                        Daniel Undrwood  2 weeks back

                                                        I think he looked like he was made of metal when he went in the pool

                                                        • Toxic Picnic Blanket
                                                          Toxic Picnic Blanket  2 weeks back

                                                          Argue with this comment please. I’m going to change what it says later.

                                                          • Allowfuckpl z
                                                            Allowfuckpl z  2 weeks back

                                                            "wow the aerogel is keeping me perfectly dry"
                                                            Phil swift: *chuckles in flex seal*

                                                            • YouTube Channel
                                                              YouTube Channel  2 weeks back

                                                              Those mermaids off that show need that😂

                                                              • Anime girl
                                                                Anime girl  2 weeks back

                                                                Now i wanna know how Youre Gonna shower

                                                                • Slacko
                                                                  Slacko  2 weeks back

                                                                  Imagine putting that around your phone

                                                                  • Craig Fillmore
                                                                    Craig Fillmore  2 weeks back

                                                                    Derek, could silica aerogels be used to increase the capacity of hydrogen storage for fuel cell power systems used in electric cars? Could the range of such cars exceed previous iterations? It seems to me that hydrogen fuel cell cars would be better than electric because they can be refuelled more quickly.

                                                                    • Jesse Collin
                                                                      Jesse Collin  2 weeks back

                                                                      Do they still have to test them for faults or do they have like... a pattern enhancer to make sure the structure has integrity the whole way through? I guess what I'm asking is if its sprayed or an expanding foam or some sort of nano assembler 3d printer.

                                                                      • Edino Gechig
                                                                        Edino Gechig  2 weeks back

                                                                        The person should give us permission to make phone cases, or folders, or pencil cases for your kids and for everyone.

                                                                        • Steven Kothenbeutel
                                                                          Steven Kothenbeutel  2 weeks back

                                                                          dude... blinded by your white legs!

                                                                          • Surgical
                                                                            Surgical  2 weeks back

                                                                            if you're waterproof, how did you wash the aerogel off?

                                                                            • Anas Brawl Stars
                                                                              Anas Brawl Stars  2 weeks back

                                                                              I love these kind of vids but understand nothing

                                                                              • William Su
                                                                                William Su  2 weeks back

                                                                                I wanna see more materials science with veritaseum like carbon nanotubes

                                                                                • Sarkast
                                                                                  Sarkast  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Ok Youtube. I clicked it. Now back the f.... off.

                                                                                  • Ben Rosen
                                                                                    Ben Rosen  2 weeks back

                                                                                    "we've infused manbuns with Aerogel.. "

                                                                                    • Tyre smoke Tv
                                                                                      Tyre smoke Tv  3 weeks back

                                                                                      how good would aerogel be if you're surfing or swimming on a cold day

                                                                                      • Johnny Knocksville
                                                                                        Johnny Knocksville  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Why was just his nose blue...nose job?

                                                                                        • Paulo Mangano
                                                                                          Paulo Mangano  3 weeks back

                                                                                          So, how does it feel knowing that 12 million people saw you on your undies?
                                                                                          Oh... yeah, aerogel is cool i guess.

                                                                                          • Daniel Clements
                                                                                            Daniel Clements  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Now I know what skintight superhero costumes are made of (other than lycra of course) that enables them to survive blasts from things like flamethrowers, freeze ray guns, etc.

                                                                                            • iEnvy Fox
                                                                                              iEnvy Fox  3 weeks back

                                                                                              NASA:- OK GUYS ..ITS TIME TO LAUNCH TO THE SUN🤪

                                                                                              • Game kNight
                                                                                                Game kNight  3 weeks back

                                                                                                I need aerogel in my life!