TY - JOUR TI - Aerogels: II. Applications in catalysis AU - Orlović Aleksandar M. AU - Janaćković Đorđe T. AU - Kostić-Gvozdenović Ljiljana AU - Skala Dejan U. JN - Hemijska industrija PY - 2002 VL - 56 IS - 12 SP - 514 EP - 520 PT- Article AB- Sol-gel synthesis, and the resulting materials (xerogels and aerogels) are finding increasing application in the synthesis of catalysts, due to their unique characteristics. The most important features of the sol-gel process are: the ability to achieve homogeneity at the molecular level, the introduction of several species in only one step and the ability to stabilize metastable phases. The supercritical drying process produces aerogels with structural features quite different to conventional materials. Some of these characteristics of aerogels can make them very effective catalysts.