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 This makes silica aerogel incredibly light (it was once the lightest solid but has now been superseded by graphene aerogel), transparent and adsorbent.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:
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    Filmed by Paul Gramaglia

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    Animations by Catherine Chooljian

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    This is an educational, scientific video.

Comments • 14 469

  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  3 months back

    I'm here for the laminar flow dawg.

    • guyrami
      guyrami  2 weeks back

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

    • Tarun Gupta
      Tarun Gupta  2 weeks back

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

    • DunaMoose
      DunaMoose  2 weeks back

      Hey Destin!

    • Southern Comfort
      Southern Comfort  3 weeks back

      I thought of you when he said that lol

    • TBest HotBowl1080
      TBest HotBowl1080  3 weeks back

      SmarterEveryDay I headed him say laminar flow and I thought of you and looked down and you were here

  • blu_Cow Boi 44
    blu_Cow Boi 44  1 days back

    He look like captain disillusion in the pool

    • blu_Cow Boi 44
      blu_Cow Boi 44  1 days back

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

      • KidozyGAME
        KidozyGAME  2 days back

        isn't fiberglass particulates bad to inhale?

        • Blue :-\
          Blue :-\  2 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  2 days back

            they should make building cladding out of this

            • mohammed haji
              mohammed haji  3 days back

              4:30 sexy

              • averagepainter
                averagepainter  4 days back

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

                • T Harvee
                  T Harvee  5 days 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  5 days back

                    Beware Its Aliens Material.

                    • Dane Weaver
                      Dane Weaver  5 days back

                      We should cost earth with aerogel

                      • Nico Production's
                        Nico Production's  6 days back

                        As it turns out he is Percy Jackson

                        • Karma 59995
                          Karma 59995  7 days back

                          Aerogel condom..??

                          • Matt K.
                            Matt K.  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                              • Daniel Undrwood
                                Daniel Undrwood  1 weeks back

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

                                • Toxic Picnic Blanket
                                  Toxic Picnic Blanket  1 weeks back

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

                                  • Allowfuckpl z
                                    Allowfuckpl z  1 weeks back

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

                                    • YouTube Channel
                                      YouTube Channel  1 weeks back

                                      Those mermaids off that show need that😂

                                      • Anime girl
                                        Anime girl  1 weeks back

                                        Now i wanna know how Youre Gonna shower

                                        • Slacko
                                          Slacko  1 weeks back

                                          Imagine putting that around your phone

                                          • Ìqbàł
                                            Ìqbàł  2 weeks back

                                            But how will u wash it off?

                                            • 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                                • Johnny Knocksville
                                                                  Johnny Knocksville  2 weeks back

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

                                                                  • Paulo Mangano
                                                                    Paulo Mangano  2 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  2 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                                        • Game kNight
                                                                          Game kNight  2 weeks back

                                                                          I need aerogel in my life!

                                                                          • Jaya Guru
                                                                            Jaya Guru  2 weeks back

                                                                            Sir Derek , please explain the concept behind the momentum.
                                                                            I couldn't understand what's momentum. Please explain it.

                                                                          • nc474
                                                                            nc474  2 weeks back

                                                                            How is it in water? Can it be use as filtration in a fish tank to hold beneficial bacteria ?

                                                                            • AllWorkIsPlay
                                                                              AllWorkIsPlay  2 weeks back

                                                                              Would it be safe or effective to apply it to your car tires to prevent hydroplaning during rainy weather?

                                                                              • Arthur Morgan
                                                                                Arthur Morgan  2 weeks back

                                                                                Could this stuff work as a thermal plating for space ships and what not?

                                                                                • Mike 8th
                                                                                  Mike 8th  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Arthur Morgan yes

                                                                              • noa m
                                                                                noa m  2 weeks back

                                                                                gell sack+ruby

                                                                                • Bubble Bath
                                                                                  Bubble Bath  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Did the aerogel absorb water from your skin and left you dehydrated

                                                                                  • Bubble Bath
                                                                                    Bubble Bath  2 weeks back

                                                                                    9:04 when you realise you are a lotus leaf

                                                                                    • Fatally Awesome
                                                                                      Fatally Awesome  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Who else is just looking where you can buy aerogel

                                                                                      • Shayne Fang
                                                                                        Shayne Fang  2 weeks back

                                                                                        "Hey so how do i wash the aerogel off"

                                                                                        • Mystik Owl
                                                                                          Mystik Owl  2 weeks back

                                                                                          And legend says he's still waterproof to this day...

                                                                                          He's never going to be annoyed at rain again!!

                                                                                          • Lil Yeet
                                                                                            Lil Yeet  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Film his nuts in the pool lol