USC Mechanical Engineering student Kalin Higa has an article in Illumin about aerogel:
Although it was first produced over 70 years ago, it has taken recent research and applications for it to be hailed as a “miracle material”.
Because of aerogel’s exceptional thermodynamic properties, it is not just an ideal insulator for clothing, but for buildings as well. Aerogel wall insulation can achieve the same insulation effectiveness as traditional fiberglass at less than a third of the thickness. In addition, aerogel can be made hydrophobic, allowing it to prevent mold growth by repelling water vapor.