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Síntesis de un gel orgánico para su aplicación como aislante térmico

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20160718003
Publicado:
27/07/2016
Caducidad:
27/07/2017
Resumen:
Un centro de investigación español ha desarrollado un xerogel orgánico que puede sintetizarse con el uso de microondas y que tiene propiedades y características muy interesantes como aislante térmico. Además de su baja conductividad térmica (0,035 W/K·m), presenta una alta resistencia a productos químicos y estrés mecánico y una buena capacidad de procesamiento, propiedades que lo hacen único dentro del mercado de los aislantes. Su densidad es inferior a 0,6 g/cm3, y el volumen total del poro puede alcanzar valores de 4 cm3/g. Se buscan socios de la industria química interesados en colaborar mediante un acuerdo de licencia de patente.

Details

Tittle:
Synthesis of an organic gel for its application as thermal insulator
Summary:
An spanish research institution has developed an organic xerogel that can be synthetized using microwaves, which properties and characteristics as thermal insulator are quite interesting. In addition to a low thermic conductivity, it has a high resistance to chemicals and mechanical stress, and a good capacity to be processed, properties that make it unique inside the insulators´ market. Industrial partners from chemical industry are being sought to collaborate through a patent licence agreement
Description:
Xerogels are relatively new products, which distinctive properties offer a wide range of application possibilities that are still being discovered. One of those applications consists in using them as thermic insulators.

This material shows a very low thermic conductivity (0.035 W/K·m) due to its high porosity (>70%), that allows to take advantage from insulation properties of the air contained in those porous. Its density is lower than 0.6 g/cm3, and its total pore volume can reach values of 4 cm3/g.

The manufacturing process has two steps. On a first stage, the mixed organic compounds are treated with microwaves in order to achieve its gelification. Secondly, the resulting material receives an air treatment (at temperatures around 100ºC and at environmental pressure) so the dissolvent is fully removed. After that, the insulator is ready to be used.
Advantages and Innovations:
¿ Its opacity guarantees a low radiation conductivity (in contrast with silica aerogels).

¿ Resistance to chemicals (dissolvents, changes in pH...) and to mechanical stress higher than silica aerogel´s.

¿ Its synthesis process is cheaper and easier than silica aerogel´s.

¿ Its structural properties (porosity and pore size, density, thermic conductivity...) can be easily adapted without modifying its manufacturing process.

¿ It has a high capacity to be processed, that allows its application in many shapes and sizes (monolithic, granular, powder...).

¿ Possible applications: thermal insulator for pipes and cisterns, surfaces, paints and inks, machines and devices...
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Looking for a chemical industry or a manufacturer in order to collaborate through a license agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
04007004 Aislamiento térmico