I Waterproofed Myself With Aerogel!

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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: 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! 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 This makes silica aerogel incredibly light (it was once the lightest solid but has now been superseded by graphene aerogel), transparent and adsorbent.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
Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci
Animations by Catherine Chooljian
Music from epidemicsound.com “Tonic Zone” “Betelgeuse” “Insidious Mice” “Seaweed” “It’s not that serious” “Platin00m - Sum It”
This is an educational, scientific video.

SmarterEveryDay År sedan
I'm here for the laminar flow dawg.
Alejandro E
Alejandro E 5 dagar sedan
Here before 500
Poopwizardd 1
Poopwizardd 1 2 månader sedan
TheCarMoron 2 månader sedan
Lol I still haven't a clue what it is 🤣
Paul 2 månader sedan
I should've gone to school
Trapy Troller
Trapy Troller 2 månader sedan
Victoria 2 timmar sedan
Ima use this for my paper boat
RIZE Gaming
RIZE Gaming 11 timmar sedan
My man is now silver surfer
Kek Leone
Kek Leone 18 timmar sedan
Noice 20 years later people will be able to swim in lava
Kanishq Prasad 4133
Kanishq Prasad 4133 20 timmar sedan
*Applies aerogel on the body to make it waterproof* Later: it's not washing off 😭😭
Koby Jackson
Koby Jackson 23 timmar sedan
If i make a aerogel mask can I breath under water?
Г. М. Писи
Г. М. Писи Dag sedan
Cover youself in aerogel.
mp question beat
mp question beat Dag sedan
That is the water proof suit of the future who knows maby they can develope sum cind of space suit also... Its aplication adress to cold also?
Fuzzy Shady
Fuzzy Shady Dag sedan
Роман Dag sedan
4:24 so actually everyone in Cyberpunk 2077 just uses Aerogel. All this hatred for nothing...
RobboNSW Dag sedan
Wow sounds so safe The next asbestos
im_095 Dag sedan
Thank you for not showing fahrenheit
Positive Malayalee
Positive Malayalee Dag sedan
found my FIRST LAYER for my hero suit😁
samuel uribe
samuel uribe Dag sedan
I just wanna see him waterproof but he stretched 100hours
Domingus Kailuhu
Domingus Kailuhu Dag sedan
Imagine if he went a little bit too far with the torch
Stafro Hawel
Stafro Hawel Dag sedan
i got it all
i got it all 2 dagar sedan
So it can be a protection from COVID🤔
Ossama Sliman
Ossama Sliman 2 dagar sedan
You're thick in the thumbnail
Maison B triple threat
Maison B triple threat 2 dagar sedan
Finally a video with no ads
S. R
S. R 2 dagar sedan
What would happen to sweat?
harsh bajpai
harsh bajpai 2 dagar sedan
Think about bathing with this on
Made4Tank Fight
Made4Tank Fight 2 dagar sedan
Good luck cleaning that off you
Ando Explorando
Ando Explorando 2 dagar sedan
Is he Chum lee from Pawn Stars?
SG101 2 dagar sedan
People who get scared of water in 2050: Let's go and swim in the water and spray some aerogel on us.
Aheed Bhat
Aheed Bhat 2 dagar sedan
Oblivioseeks AJ
Oblivioseeks AJ 2 dagar sedan
now just put it on your feet and become Jesus
Shogo 昇剛
Shogo 昇剛 2 dagar sedan
This, combined with Linex would be fabulous.
FeedMeSalt 3 dagar sedan
Love how the guy gave ALL credit to the mars mission to his gel, and then later we see Nasa have some of their own minus the water part. idk bruh. Yall sped it up but they woulda been there next year without it.
Kevin J Luna Reyes
Kevin J Luna Reyes 3 dagar sedan
Why isn't this material used to make fireproof vests?
dankone3 3 dagar sedan
Why does dude always cut off the people talking to insert his own explanation like to prove he's smart or something
Copperhead Chris
Copperhead Chris 3 dagar sedan
How does he wasb that sillica off?
Sepher Agon
Sepher Agon 3 dagar sedan
This is what they make those Shuttle tiles out of.
David Stambaugh
David Stambaugh 3 dagar sedan
Try it with a map gas torch.
Fawaz Rob
Fawaz Rob 3 dagar sedan
1:14 That's what she said.
Emre Turkoglu
Emre Turkoglu 3 dagar sedan
KINEDY 3 dagar sedan
Ok so he’s waterproofing himself- when are skins already waterproof?-
Netman648 3 dagar sedan
You know you could just *cover yourself in oil*
Keith Coffman
Keith Coffman 3 dagar sedan
Note that zeolites are not aerogels.
sunil pawar
sunil pawar 3 dagar sedan
Let me get you clear it is expensive than gold
I Komang Andika T.
I Komang Andika T. 3 dagar sedan
This guy could be wearing a fireproof armor right now and we wouldn't know.
Dylan E
Dylan E 3 dagar sedan
3:27 Looks like your nose was a bit chilly!
Sonal Saha
Sonal Saha 4 dagar sedan
Can I have a proper waterproof phone now?
Matías Hortelano Santiago
Matías Hortelano Santiago 4 dagar sedan
“And even works underwater”
Corvette 4 dagar sedan
why does aerogel remind me of the half life alyx resin?
Vaxlr Stov
Vaxlr Stov 4 dagar sedan
This material is used for aircraft skin
gonzalo moreno andonaegui
gonzalo moreno andonaegui 4 dagar sedan
What has better thermal insulation, Ceramic fibers or aerogel fibers ?
Emma 4 dagar sedan
Just imagine coating yourself in aerogel before swimming and going under water. You’d feel like you’re flying.
Emma 4 dagar sedan
I’m subscribed now. I’ll be acing science class!
Floris Clarijs
Floris Clarijs 4 dagar sedan
1:59 you could make a fire proof suit out of that that would be very epic
Josh Marden
Josh Marden 5 dagar sedan
You're the guy who cries if you need to walk through an alley alone. Buy that guy a new "not a flamethrower" yet?
Cracking child
Cracking child 5 dagar sedan
Hey if he has the aerogel on then how will he wash it off/???/
ward janssen
ward janssen 5 dagar sedan
They literally looked like clowns on te infrared. lol
abdul asad
abdul asad 5 dagar sedan
2:20 this should be used in fire fighters clothes
Ayan Mukherjee
Ayan Mukherjee 5 dagar sedan
I have an Idea: if aerogel is like a sponge we could use it to clean up floods
kapoios1453 6 dagar sedan
Is he saying that the dried silica nanoparticles are not dangerous if inhaled? that's not true
Baguette 6 dagar sedan
step 1 cover yourself in aerogel
Paul.I 6 dagar sedan
World new asbestos in 50 years time
Striker Records
Striker Records 6 dagar sedan
The Question I want to ask is, how did you get the aerogel off, when your water proof
AndyPanda9 6 dagar sedan
Maybe this gets answered later on (I'm only 9 minutes in) --- But how do you wash off that coating from your skin?
Alex Rouault
Alex Rouault 6 dagar sedan
Wouldn't you have the same problem claiming the surface area of an intricate 3d surface as you would with perimeter and the infinite coastline paradox?
Lee Owen
Lee Owen 6 dagar sedan
i feel catfished by the thumbnail
Sack Of potatoes
Sack Of potatoes 6 dagar sedan
“This experiment was done by professionals” Somehow I doubt that
Adrian 6 dagar sedan
Can someone explain the 15k dislikes?
Adarsh Joshi
Adarsh Joshi 6 dagar sedan
I heard Zeolite I am like YAY! I know about it Although just an example of it ;)
Okuyasu Nijimura
Okuyasu Nijimura 6 dagar sedan
5:34 WHAT
Springlios G
Springlios G 7 dagar sedan
Only me who thought that there was a woman in the thumbnail? 😂
Ghosty 7 dagar sedan
After 1 years, why is this now on everyone’s recommend page?
RedStone576 6 dagar sedan
after 15 years, why there is so many people spamming dumb comments?
BOB LOBLAW 7 dagar sedan
I am an industrial insulator in Canada's oil and gas industry. The purple square sheet they had is definitely not "safe". The required personal protective equipment is a minimum of a half face respirator with filters and "Tyvek" body suit like they wore in Breaking bad that dispose of after use. You get that powder on your skin and you will have a dry patch for up to a week. Not to mention the upper respiratory irritation that was been recorded many times over in past cases. I personally refuse to work with the stuff unless I'm wearing a FULL face respirator, Tyvek suit, latex gloves, and duct tape the suit over my gloves at my wrist and at my ankles over my work boots (just like when removing asbestos). I can't believe they are even using that insulation anywhere on earth...if it is in solid form, I'd be happy to, but powder/fibrous? Hard no
F3RAL manchild
F3RAL manchild 7 dagar sedan
That's great and all... but how are you going to wash it off?!... are you just never going to bathe again?
Al Roh
Al Roh 7 dagar sedan
Even better, now a water landing and the wait just became even more comfortable
Al Roh
Al Roh 7 dagar sedan
Awesome, sooooo entering the atmosphere just became alot more comfortable
Gringo 7 dagar sedan
is there any effectiveness of using this product or research that will help us to repel the coronavirus?
juan osorio
juan osorio 7 dagar sedan
All I see is mechanical doping for swim competition.
bobby bower
bobby bower 7 dagar sedan
Look up cross examined
yaldram muqadis
yaldram muqadis 7 dagar sedan
Silver Veritasium doesn't exist he can't hurt you Silver Veritasium:
lopez Jose
lopez Jose 8 dagar sedan
They should put that on roofs
Templemasterlink123 8 dagar sedan
It’s expensive and fragile
Kai Potato
Kai Potato 8 dagar sedan
So if you put the gel and put it on your skin and go to the sun
Laurie Hunter
Laurie Hunter 8 dagar sedan
The relieved walk inversely like because freckle markedly squeeze as a bouncy bear. even excellent excited, amazing fork
Peace Frog
Peace Frog 8 dagar sedan
We are looking for earthquakes on mars ,but not corruption in Washington? 🤔
Pac Tube
Pac Tube 8 dagar sedan
This is great for phones , cars , hats , shoes.
Pac Tube
Pac Tube 8 dagar sedan
This makes me feel smart for some reason 😂😂
bobby bower
bobby bower 7 dagar sedan
Look up cross examined
rey adam
rey adam 8 dagar sedan
So, now men can jump into the fire.
Yukim Nomoto
Yukim Nomoto 9 dagar sedan
Blue nose
Winder Zhao
Winder Zhao 9 dagar sedan
The disgusting lyre erroneously announce because tachometer computationally lick between a truculent match. obscene, fascinated bear
Z Plumb
Z Plumb 9 dagar sedan
Nobody: Me: *i wonder what would happen if you swallow a pill sized piece of it*
RedStone576 6 dagar sedan
ooo thats a great question
Michael Curran
Michael Curran 9 dagar sedan
No offense, but you can do a very similar demonstration of "torch on hand" using far more mundane materials. A mixture of flour and water packed into a nice dense putty and hit with a torch will soak up a surprising amount of heat as it will ablate away, same as the binder was doing in that demonstration. That's the trick that was used years ago to demonstrate the miraculous properties of Starlite. I'm not saying that aerogel doesn't have impressive properties, just that that specific demonstration has a history of being used to support hoaxes, so, seeing it used here raises questions.
EUA Sano
EUA Sano 9 dagar sedan
If person wears full body aerogel suit, will that person be able to walk on the sun?
pudpud kirkpatrick
pudpud kirkpatrick 9 dagar sedan
The squeamish dinghy sadly open because frog additionally precede save a fixed patio. sneaky, wealthy thrill
박지현 9 dagar sedan
건축재료로 좋다
Mr Me
Mr Me 9 dagar sedan
Aerogel to absorb oil from the ocean
Robert Steinberger
Robert Steinberger 9 dagar sedan
Is that what's in the little packets in shoeboxes and stuff?
Joshinken 2
Joshinken 2 9 dagar sedan
Humans are notoriously not waterproof, so it’s great you solved this long-standing issue. Now we can finally use all those swimming pools we’ve been building.
Lirio Hardy
Lirio Hardy 9 dagar sedan
silver surfer irl
stopasking questions
stopasking questions 10 dagar sedan
The idiotic mark rahilly grate because south america comprehensively mourn with a narrow beret. ultra, hilarious peak
ign.AlphaDeity. 10 dagar sedan
yo thats sick i wish i had stuff like this to make a iron man suit how sick would that be XD
Tony Austin
Tony Austin 10 dagar sedan
OH man, you never swam. Maybe you would have swam faster?
{Larry Cosmoc, The Brownie Man}
{Larry Cosmoc, The Brownie Man} 10 dagar sedan
Aerogel is like futuristic material, spray that on something and you got fireproof objects
GoldShyper 10 dagar sedan
What I wish girls said to me: 1:56 What girls really say to me: 4:38
cREATOR 10 dagar sedan
Wait, can you swim? If yes, should it feels like swimming on air?
Diax1324 10 dagar sedan
I'm like 85% certain that this is going to turn out to be massively cancer causing and this video will end up in the smithsonian.
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