With a density of just 0.16 milligrams per cubic centimeter, a sixth that of air, graphene aerogel—which is also known as carbon aerogel—has been developed by Professor Gao Chao from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
The material is derived from a gel, with the liquid component replaced by a gas. It appears in solid state with extremely low density.
“Carbon aerogel is expected to play an important role in pollution control such as oil spill control, water purification and even air purification,” said Gao, whose research paper on the material was first published online in the academic publication Advanced Materials, and in the research highlights column of Nature magazine.
In addition to being used in pollution control, carbon aerogel is expected to become an ideal material for energy storage insulation, as a catalytic carrier, and in sound absorption.
For years, scientists around the world have been looking for ways to produce the lightest known material.
The aerogel developed by Gao and his research team was produced using freeze-dried solutions, which removed the moisture from carbon nanotubes and graphemes but which retained their integrity, creating what is now believed to be the world’s lightest material.
-www.chinadaily.com, 22 March 2013
When reading the various amazing reports of amazing achievements by scientists, the question arises, what next? In this case, it is important to emphasize it comes from communist China. Contrary to the former Soviet Union, China continues to change, adapting their entire nation with all its infrastructures to our changing world. With each passing year, China is racing toward the goal of becoming the dominant nation.
What is the significance from biblical perspectives? Answer: Asia must play an equal dominating role alongside Europe and America. Such progress is necessary to fulfill prophecy. What is the purpose? Psalm 2:2-3 gives us the answer, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
(For more on the Psalms, read Messianic Psalms, Item 1074.)