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Glassy Microspheres for Energy Applications

Enrico Fermi Centre, 00184 Roma, Italy
Nello Carrara Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC CNR), 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Micromachines 2018, 9(8), 379;
Received: 27 June 2018 / Revised: 24 July 2018 / Accepted: 26 July 2018 / Published: 30 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glassy Materials Based Microdevices)
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Microspheres made of glass, polymer, or crystal material have been largely used in many application areas, extending from paints to lubricants, to cosmetics, biomedicine, optics and photonics, just to mention a few. Here the focus is on the applications of glassy microspheres in the field of energy, namely covering issues related to their use in solar cells, in hydrogen storage, in nuclear fusion, but also as high-temperature insulators or proppants for shale oil and gas recovery. An overview is provided of the fabrication techniques of bulk and hollow microspheres, as well as of the excellent results made possible by the peculiar properties of microspheres. Considerations about their commercial relevance are also added. View Full-Text
Keywords: microspheres; microdevices; glass; polymers; solar energy; nuclear fusion; thermal insulation microspheres; microdevices; glass; polymers; solar energy; nuclear fusion; thermal insulation

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