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Materials 2010, 3(12), 5143-5168;

Thermotropic and Thermochromic Polymer Based Materials for Adaptive Solar Control

Department Chromogenic Polymers, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Volmerstrasse 7B, D-12489 Berlin, Germany
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Received: 26 October 2010 / Accepted: 2 December 2010 / Published: 6 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Solar Energy Materials)
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The aim of this review is to present the actual status of development in adaptive solar control by use of thermotropic and organic thermochromic materials. Such materials are suitable for application in smart windows. In detail polymer blends, hydrogels, resins, and thermoplastic films with a reversible temperature-dependent switching behavior are described. A comparative evaluation of the concepts for these energy efficient materials is given as well. Furthermore, the change of strategy from ordinary shadow systems to intrinsic solar energy reflection materials based on phase transition components and a first remark about their realization is reported. Own current results concerning extruded films and high thermally stable casting resins with thermotropic properties make a significant contribution to this field. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermotropic; thermochromic; polymer; sun protection; solar control   thermotropic; thermochromic; polymer; sun protection; solar control  
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Seeboth, A.; Ruhmann, R.; Mühling, O. Thermotropic and Thermochromic Polymer Based Materials for Adaptive Solar Control. Materials 2010, 3, 5143-5168.

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