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Abstract Submission Deadline 30 November 2022
Manuscript Submission Deadline 31 January 2023

Aerogels are one kind of solid-state materials with ultralow density, very high porosity, and large specific surface area, which compose of well-reachable pores originating from randomly interconnected networking skeletons, displaying a great many fascinating characteristics such as thermally insulating (thermal protection system in aerospace, energy-saving for green low-carbon building), acoustic insulation, cosmic dust collectors, catalysis degradation, adsorption, separation, and biomedicine.

Inorganic aerogels are the most studied and commercially available. However, owing to their intrinsic brittle nature, aerogels above suffer from serious strength degradation and structural collapse. Polymer aerogels are made of regulatable monomers or/and macromolecules including bioresources (chitosan, cellulose), which usually possess good flexibility, moderate mechanical strength, and excellent insulation. In a great measure, polymer aerogels will be a superior alternative for constructing various functionalized materials systems in the future. The goal of this Research Topic is to cover advanced structure formation depending on molecular designing in a nanoscale perspective in the fields of developments and applications of polymer aerogels and further advance the current understanding of cognition on the nature of microstructure-property-application interactions.

Potential subtopics include, but are not limited to the following:
• Development trends in aerogels
• Polymer aerogels microstructure design
• Polymer gels and property evolution
• Skeleton strengthening mechanisms
• Shrinkage changes evolution
• Microstructure controlling mechanism
• Functionalized technology

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Aerogels are one kind of solid-state materials with ultralow density, very high porosity, and large specific surface area, which compose of well-reachable pores originating from randomly interconnected networking skeletons, displaying a great many fascinating characteristics such as thermally insulating (thermal protection system in aerospace, energy-saving for green low-carbon building), acoustic insulation, cosmic dust collectors, catalysis degradation, adsorption, separation, and biomedicine.

Inorganic aerogels are the most studied and commercially available. However, owing to their intrinsic brittle nature, aerogels above suffer from serious strength degradation and structural collapse. Polymer aerogels are made of regulatable monomers or/and macromolecules including bioresources (chitosan, cellulose), which usually possess good flexibility, moderate mechanical strength, and excellent insulation. In a great measure, polymer aerogels will be a superior alternative for constructing various functionalized materials systems in the future. The goal of this Research Topic is to cover advanced structure formation depending on molecular designing in a nanoscale perspective in the fields of developments and applications of polymer aerogels and further advance the current understanding of cognition on the nature of microstructure-property-application interactions.

Potential subtopics include, but are not limited to the following:
• Development trends in aerogels
• Polymer aerogels microstructure design
• Polymer gels and property evolution
• Skeleton strengthening mechanisms
• Shrinkage changes evolution
• Microstructure controlling mechanism
• Functionalized technology

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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