Quartzene - Next Generation Aerogel

Quartzene is an extremely light, porous white powder that is used as a raw material to streamline and add new properties to an end product. By adding Quartzene, insulation against heat, cold, sound and fire can be improved in a number of different materials and end products for use in different segments. Quartzene is mixed, for example, in paint, plaster, building panels, textiles and paper. The purpose is to save energy in several lifecycle stages, optimize material consumption, reduce weight, replace oil and plastic and increase safety – often Quartzene contributes to a combination of these in one and the same solution.

Innovation for the next generation

Quartzene has been developed by Svenska Aerogel to possess the unique properties that characterize an aerogel – but without the environmentally damaging process steps that traditional aerogel manufacturing entails. Aerogel is sought after as "the world's best insulating solid material", but its use has so far been limited by both price and availability. Svenska Aerogel’s Quartzene is a game changer – it’s the Next Generation Aerogel.

Quartzene brings with it all the features of a classic aerogel, as well as some that are unique.

Thanks to the unique manufacturing method, the choice of raw materials and an attractive balance between price and performance, Svenska Aerogel can offer Quartzene for completely new areas of use.

Quartzene – a green cost-effective product and process

The challenge for the traditional aerogel industry is the use of expensive raw materials and energy-intensive manufacturing that makes the product too expensive for volume production.

Svenska Aerogel's solution with Quartzene is a combination of cost-effective patented production and the use of basic raw materials.

Quartzene is used as an input material and is blended into different types of base materials, such as polymers, textiles and cement, where the inherent properties of Quartzene add the desired effect to a finished product or component. Effects achieved are, for example, thermal and acoustic insulation, fire resistance and reduced density.

Quartzene also has excellent absorption properties that are used to improve digital printing. By surface treatment with selected polymers, the material can also be used as a filter media for the absorption of e.g. formaldehyde, ethylene and other substances.

Silicon, water and energy are used to produce Quartzene.

 

A silicon atom surrounded by oxygen atoms forms a tetrahedron and is also the symbol in Svenska Aerogel's logo.

Quartzene properties – an overview

  • Extremely light weight, has a bulk density of around 0.1 kg/dm3
  • Very high porosity, solid material about 5%, the rest is air
  • Meso-porous, i.e. the majority of the pore size is in the range 2-50 nm
  • Very low thermal conductivity, Lambda 25-31 mW / m, K *
  • High thermal resistance. Hydrophilic quality can withstand 900°C without changing properties
  • Doesn’t burn
  • Large internal surface, up to 700 m2/g

* Measured with Transient plane heat source (ISO 22007-2: 2008 (E))

Chemical composition

Quartzene is currently produced in two different chemical variants, pure silica and calcium magnesium silicate. Quartzene is available in both hydrophilic (water-absorbing) and hydrophobic (water-repellent) quality. The materials have slightly different properties, which determines which product is recommended for each area of use.

 CompositionQuartzene CharacterExamples of areas of use
SilicaZ1H1, Z2H1TPHydrophobicThermal and acoustic insulation, bulk
Calcium magnesium silicateCMS HydrophilicImproved printability, filter media

 

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Kemisk sammansättning

 Quartzene framställs för närvarande i två olika kemiska varianter, ren kiseldioxid samt kalcium magnesium silikat. Quartzene finns i såväl hydrofil (vattenupptagande) som hydrofob (vattenfrånstötande) kvalité. Materialen har något olika egenskaper vilket avgör vilken produkt som rekommenderas för respektive användningsområde.

 SammansättningQuartzene Karaktär Exempel på användningsområden 
KiseldioxidZ1H1, Z2H1TPHydrofob Termisk- och akustisk isolering, bulk 
Kalcium magnesium silikatCMS Hydrofil Förbättrad tryckbarhet, filtermedia 
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