470448 Nanocrystal Electrochromic Smart Windows

Wednesday, November 16, 2016: 9:45 AM
Imperial A (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Delia J. Milliron1, Anna Llordes2, Yang Wang3 and Jongwook Kim1, (1)McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, (2)CICenergiGUNE, Vitoria-Gastez, Spain, (3)McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Degenerately doped metal oxide semiconductors, like ITO, exhibit plasmonic resonance at near and mid-infrared wavelengths tunable by varying their composition. Nanocrystals of many such materials have now been synthesized and applications are emerging that leverage the responsiveness of their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) to electronic charging and discharging. In this talk, I’ll focus on how we are applying this concept to develop electrochromic glass that can dynamically control heat loads and daylighting in buildings. We demonstrated that dual-band electrochromism (voltage control over near infrared and visible light transmittance independently) is achievable by embedding plasmonic ITO nanocrystals in a redox-active niobium oxide glass matrix. To develop a practical technology on the basis of this concept, the component materials and their mesoscale architecture can both be optimized so that we now can modulate a large fraction of incident solar radiation on demand. To enable low-cost manufacturing, we’ve also developed low-temperature processing strategies and have now fabricated complete dynamic glass prototypes. The materials innovations needed to enable this progress will be emphasized.

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