Advanced Functional Materials

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23_35b/2013Thermal Energy Storage: Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube/Phase Change Material Composites: Sunlight-Driven, Reversible, Form-Stable Phase Transitions for Solar Thermal Energy Storage (Adv. Funct. Mater. 35/2013)

On page 4354, B. Tang and co-workers introduce SWNT/PCM composites which can effectively capture visible and NIR light, convert it to thermal energy, and store heat energy via phase transitions. The composites also have high strength, flexibility, and thermal conductivity. This opens up the design and development of materials with efficient visible light harvesting, photothermal conversion, and thermal storage abilities under solar radiation, which would be useful in many areas of energy production and smart clothing.

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