Professor Erdogan Kiran recently participated at the 4th International Seminar on Aerogels held at Hamburg University of Technology in Germany. He presented a talk on High Pressure Torsional Braid Analysis which he has developed with Dr. John C. Hassler as a unique new technique for the assessment of thermal transitions and changes in moduli of polymers exposed to compressed fluids. Such characterizations are essential for rational design of processes to generate highly porous extremely light polymeric materials and networks using physical foaming agents such as supercritical carbon dioxide.