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: http://www.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! https://www.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 This makes silica aerogel incredibly light (it was once the lightest solid but has now been superseded by graphene aerogel), transparent and adsorbent.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.

    Special thanks to all my Patreon supporters especially those who contributed feedback to an earlier draft of this video:
    a human, Albert Jachowicz-Brzeziński, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Brent Stewart, Chris Vargas, Chuck Lauer Vose, Clip Tree, Coale Shifflett, Colin Bellmore, DALE HORNE, Eric Velazquez, Fedor Indutny, Fran Rodriguez, James Wong, Jasper Xin, Joar Wandborg, Johnny, Jorge Angel Sandoval, June Kang, Kevin Beavers, Kishore Tipirneni, Levan Ferr, Listen Money Matters, Manuel Zürcher, Mark Bevilacqua, Mathias Göransson, Michael Bradley Wirz, Michael Krugman, Mohammed Al Sahaf, Nicholas Hastings, OddJosh, Patrick Čalija, Peter Tajti, Philipp Volgger, Roberto Rezende, Robin DeBank, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Swante Scholz, Tiago Bruno, Tige Thorman, Warrior8252

    Filmed by Paul Gramaglia

    Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci

    Animations by Catherine Chooljian

    Music from https://epidemicsound.com “Tonic Zone” “Betelgeuse” “Insidious Mice” “Seaweed” “It’s not that serious” “Platin00m - Sum It”

    This is an educational, scientific video.

Comments • 14 827

  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  5 months back

    I'm here for the laminar flow dawg.

    HOLD MY ρUMP  3 hours back

    He has a hitler stash

    • TSwany
      TSwany  3 hours back

      I can finally meet SpongeBob.

      • Kelby Johansen
        Kelby Johansen  1 days back

        I'm thinking protection against poison ivy/oak

        • Ca1d3n
          Ca1d3n  1 days back


          • Jakei Lorenzo
            Jakei Lorenzo  2 days back

            just gotta enchant protection and frost walker on boots smh

            • Fretters47
              Fretters47  2 days back

              When you stepped out of that pool, it looked like some futuristic film

              • シKurogemu
                シKurogemu  2 days back

                Why do I want to touch it so bad

                • Daquanz Nation
                  Daquanz Nation  2 days back

                  Ummm why ain’t this used for houses like for house fires?????

                  • Super Luigi Kid
                    Super Luigi Kid  2 days back

                    Does that mean you could kind of breathe underwater?

                    • Vully
                      Vully  2 days back

                      The ultimate deodorant.

                      • eyehate60D
                        eyehate60D  2 days back


                        • JayseTheJoneser 1234
                          JayseTheJoneser 1234  2 days back

                          3:44 your welcome

                          • Hannah J
                            Hannah J  2 days back

                            Percy Jackson be like:

                            • 88 Levitate
                              88 Levitate  3 days back

                              The future is here

                              • call of duty mobile
                                call of duty mobile  3 days back

                                I wanna buy aerogel

                                • MISH4P
                                  MISH4P  3 days back

                                  Shoulda used flextape

                                  • Bia Tican
                                    Bia Tican  3 days back

                                    Puts JonTron's "waterproofing myself with flex tape" video to shame...

                                    *OR DOES IT*

                                    • Louis Moon
                                      Louis Moon  3 days back

                                      Now he has to try and wash off the gel......

                                      • bbc чαmchα
                                        bbc чαmchα  3 days back

                                        I wonder if we can make this at home 🤔

                                        • Subigya Lamichhane
                                          Subigya Lamichhane  3 days back

                                          Why don't we use it in jackets

                                          • Kevin TCP
                                            Kevin TCP  3 days back

                                            0:37 when you accidentally broke your house glass in Minecraft

                                            • Heen
                                              Heen  3 days back

                                              The aerogel sounds like when your pickaxe breaks

                                              • Crackers The Cow
                                                Crackers The Cow  3 days back

                                                R u Jesus or is that just waterproof

                                                • meekly
                                                  meekly  3 days back

                                                  fake. the water and fire were paid actors

                                                  • Elkay Water Cooler EZS8L

                                                    that stuff wack

                                                    • Steve Rodriguez
                                                      Steve Rodriguez  3 days back

                                                      Why I am here, I don’t know, do I care, well no

                                                      • •Senpai Gacha•
                                                        •Senpai Gacha•  3 days back


                                                        still no one

                                                        literally NOBODY

                                                        ok just stop

                                                        me - FBi oPen Up

                                                      • Sweberesh
                                                        Sweberesh  3 days back

                                                        So THATS what cartoon characters use!

                                                        • J R
                                                          J R  3 days back

                                                          He’s soooo pretty >_<

                                                          • Hunter Lorensen
                                                            Hunter Lorensen  3 days back

                                                            4:00 girls are gonna go crazy and down their hair with this

                                                            • Billy_get_ Over_here
                                                              Billy_get_ Over_here  3 days back

                                                              But the real answer is water wet?????

                                                              • luiszuniga28
                                                                luiszuniga28  3 days back

                                                                Where can i buy it

                                                                • piggieblasterproductions

                                                                  Skin is waterproof

                                                                  • Olakunle Oluwamayowa Raheem

                                                                    So it is almost like vibranium but it is real...

                                                                    • Secretly Unidentified
                                                                      Secretly Unidentified  4 days back

                                                                      3:50 here's what your looking for
                                                                      Rip replay button😂

                                                                      • Me Bitch
                                                                        Me Bitch  4 days back

                                                                        I wish they make a hairspray of this so I could put it in my hair before the pool and keep it straight

                                                                        • Tyler Bennington
                                                                          Tyler Bennington  4 days back

                                                                          So your saying that I can ruin a football game with aerogel by releasing water out of it

                                                                          • Mariel -_- Mendoza
                                                                            Mariel -_- Mendoza  4 days back

                                                                            Now we know Ariel's secret

                                                                            • And I oop Sksk
                                                                              And I oop Sksk  4 days back

                                                                              I held aerogel before I swear I didn’t even feel it

                                                                              • Abby Bee
                                                                                Abby Bee  4 days back

                                                                                So how are you gonna wash it off? With a shower?

                                                                                • Gesù Cristo
                                                                                  Gesù Cristo  4 days back

                                                                                  "AND THE INSIDE IS COMPLETELY DRY!"

                                                                                  • Dalmaron The First
                                                                                    Dalmaron The First  4 days back

                                                                                    Lets make sure this isn't another asbestos

                                                                                    • anthony bronson
                                                                                      anthony bronson  5 days back

                                                                                      AGAIN i am REALLY not surprised many thanks to the deeper knowledge of germany and its alien connections to alien technology thanks to our third cousins the aliens of venus mars and jupiter .....

                                                                                      • SwetyBG
                                                                                        SwetyBG  5 days back

                                                                                        I know aerogel from Subnautica

                                                                                        • jayesh seth
                                                                                          jayesh seth  5 days back

                                                                                          So can we make a 360° aerogel phone case??

                                                                                          • An0rak
                                                                                            An0rak  5 days back

                                                                                            is this blast off 2.0

                                                                                            • Esa Kastella
                                                                                              Esa Kastella  5 days back

                                                                                              Next Minecraft Update be like,they removed sponges and replace them with Aerogel