Nanoporous metals for energy saving
The use of nanoporous metals could help develop very light structures in the aerospace and vehicle sectors, allowing for considerable energy savings.
Moreover, the use of these metals would also support the development of components for civil engineering, thus making it possible to implement large architectural projects. This is the result of an international study on the use of metals in healthcare, aerospace and car sectors, carried out by the University of Cagliari and published in Scientific reports-Nature.
The study conducted by the team led by Giorgio Pia from the University of Cagliari was performed in collaboration with Francesco Delogu from UNICA and Elisa Sogne and Andrea Falqui from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
“Structure, shape, substance. Terms often recurring in Materials Science. Yet, never with such a net relevance as with nanoporous materials, one of the classes of materials more intensely studied over the last ten years. Innovative and fascinating materials. The structure is maybe the most distinctive element”, said Doctor Pia.
The study, which will help better understand the chemical and physical behaviour of this material, shows that there is a permanent association between superficial chemical composition, catalytic activity and thermal stability, thus providing an interpretative key for a wide range of phenomena of fundamental and applicative interest.