Monthly Archives: December 2010

Things I have learned from Failed Aerogels

Every experiment is exactly that. Research can only account for so much. Most of the important crap is left out of the research papers and online info is worth what you pay for it. Use the proper reagents. Ethyl and … Continue reading

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I kinda feel like a bit player in R&G B Dead.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a really twisted interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as seen from the perspective of two bit characters introduced halfway through the play, and quietly disposed of off stage. I have aspirations that may not be obtainable within the realm … Continue reading

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Holiday Review

So far, this year I have managed to mix 12 batches, with a gelation failure Rate of 10-15% for the individual ‘Gels. This is a Decrease by 5-10%, as the year prior I had a 15-25% gelation failure rate. Decanting, I … Continue reading

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Failure, it’s not an option, it’s a career…

Supercritical drying of Batch #7 failed. Additionally, I almost broke the Open/Close Frame whilst decanting the xerogel particulates. To top that off, I cold-burned the palm of my left hand, when fumbling in the dark and rain, trying to bleed … Continue reading

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Schrödinger’s Alcogels

I had an issue over the weekend, when most, but not all, of the ethyl had been extracted. I can’t assume they are in the optimal state, due to the pressure loss, but there may have been enough ethyl to … Continue reading

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attempt #7

is in the autoclave. It was a triple batch of Alcogels using a modified version of the “Single-Step Base Catalyzed Silica Aerogel” recipe. After washing it 3 times in triple volume Ethyl, the Wash ethyl was at 198 proof, and as … Continue reading

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replacement part arrives

and my mood improves. scary to see how wrapped up in this whole thing I have become. Pressure test from last night lost 10-15Lbs PSI by morning (from ~600 PSI to about 585-590PSI), but the ‘Clave went from 16.9° C … Continue reading

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