Special Issue "Crystals for Thermal Energy Storage"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: thermal energy storage (TES); phase change material (PCM); sensible heat storage material (SHSM); thermochemical heat storage material (TCM)
Interests: Calphad; thermodynamic modelling; assessment
Interests: crystallization; synthesis; structural characterization; thermal analysis; X ray diffraction; vibrational spectroscopy; composites; sorption materials
Interests: polymers; polymer characterization; polymer composites; synthesis of novel phase change materials (PCMs); physical property; structure-property relationships; differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) investigations
Interests: thermal energy storage; phase change material; exergy
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Interests: microstructure and property correlation in thermal energy storage mateirals; thermophysical property analysis, in-situ characterization; crystallization of sustainable metallurgy and chemical engineering
Thermal energy storage (TES) is indispensable for today’s energy systems to have flexibility, improved efficiencies and flexible sector coupling and achieve climate targets. TES is mainly realized in materials, where crystals of pure components and mixtures play a primordial role within TES categories: phase change materials (PCMs), thermochemical heat storage materials (TCMs) and sensible heat storage materials (SHSMs). When a crystalline material changes state from solid to liquid (SLPCMs) or solid to solid (SSPCMs), the latent heat of this state change is stored. When a reversible chemical reaction system undergoes the forward/backward reaction involving a crystalline solid absorbent/adsorbent (and a liquid or gaseous ab/adsorbate), the reaction enthalpy is stored/released. When a solid material (crystalline or amorphous) stores heat by means of changing its temperature, it becomes a SHSM. Simply put, crystals are at the heart of TES. The heat transfer and system aspects of TES already have a great momentum within many scientific journals. However, the fundamental, experimental and numerical investigations that evolve around the crystalline materials of TES are the focus of this Special Issue entitled “Crystals for Thermal Energy Storage”. This Special Issue is dedicated as a specific platform for all the crystalline materials research that will elevate the technology readiness level (TRL) of these TES technologies. This topical section serves as the missing link between applied and fundamental research journals, each of which often finds materials research on TES not specific enough for either category. Therefore, “Crystals for TES” is dedicated to, and thus welcomes, all crystalline-materials-based TES scientific research of exceptional quality in order to bridge the gap between the applied and fundamental research worlds. Authors are therefore invited to submit their relevant research contributions on crystalline materials for TES to this Special Issue.
Dr. Saman Nimali Gunasekara
Dr. Sedigheh Bigdeli
Dr. Alenka Ristić
Prof. Dr. Cemil Alkan
Dr. Takahiro Nomura
Dr. Wangzhong Mu
Mr. Christoph Rathgeber
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- thermal energy storage (TES)
- phase change material (PCM)
- sensible heat storage material (SHSM)
- thermochemical heat storage material (TCM)
- unary material/single component/pure material
- multicomponent material system
- characterization of materials
- thermal analysis
- structural analysis