Aerogel Academy

Aerogels – From a Lab Curiosity to an Industrial Reality

Posted by Brian Cahill on July 26, 2017

Note: listen to the audio blog below

During his post-doctoral fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory, George Gould, Vice President of Research & Development at Aspen Aerogels, was first introduced to aerogels—nanoporous solids that are extremely important not only for thermal insulation, but also for the future of energy and energy savings.

Since then, George and the team at Aspen have been engineering products for performance, safety, and sustainability—effectively changing the way people think about insulation. As George told us, he truly believes that through advancements in chemistry and engineering, our products can make the world a better place.

It's this "changing the world kind of passion" that makes having a conversation with George so captivating. It's also why we decided to record our most recent sit-down with George so we could share his—and the company's—point of view regarding how aerogel technology innovations are making a difference today. 

synthetic amorphous silica aerogel monolith

Since the launch of our blog in late 2016, many of you have reached out to us to learn more about our company and our technology.  We're passionate about our aerogel technology, so we decided tell our story in a new (for us) audio format. We're taking time to chat with some of the key innovators and leaders in our company and asking them to share their personal Aspen Aerogels story.  As the series progresses, we will explore our aerogel technology platform, get a glimpse of the future of aerogels and understand how our advanced materials are shaping energy conversations around the world. 

In our inaugural episode, we sat with George Gould, Vice President of Research and Development to learn of his personal journey in aerogel technology, from his inquisitive early years to his current role as the technology leader of our pioneering aerogel technology company.  

We enjoyed our chat with George and we hope you do too!


Bonus audio

George gladly offered his advice to chemistry students and other young professionals who are interested in aerogel technology.  

His insightful response has us eager to transform the world. What do you think? 

Thank you for listening! We hope you enjoyed our first episode, stay tuned for our next episodes!


Visit our Innovate page to keep track of our latest Aspen Aerogel innovations


Topics: Aerogel Insulation, R&D, Aerogel Technology Platform

About This Blog
If you ever wanted to know more about aerogels and the important role they play in our world, this is the blog for you. We’ll shed light on these remarkable materials, starting with our breakthrough innovations in silica aerogel blanket insulations. Join us as we venture into a world where aerogels made from a variety of materials play critical roles in energy storage, natural resource preservation, and more. Welcome to our Aerogel Technology Platform. Welcome to Aspen Aerogels.

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