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Special Issue "Phase Change Materials"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ana Ines Fernandez Renna

Materials Science and Physical Chemistry, Universtat de Barcelona, Marti Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: material characterization; materials; nanomaterials; mechanical properties; polymers; materials engineering; polymerization; composites; renewable energy; chemical engineering; environmental engineering; nanocomposites; DSC; energy storage; thermal properties; plastics; polymer composites; magnesium; rubber; flame retardants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Phase change materials (PCMs) are key materials for latent heat energy storage. Thermal energy storage (TES) technologies have been identified as key enabling technologies to increase energy efficiency. However, TES systems based on PCM require more research in order to improve their performance. Several issues related to PCM properties should be addressed. While thermal properties such as latent heat are the main criteria for PCM selection, other characteristics should be further investigated and improved for its implementation. The enhancement of thermal conductivity and leakage prevention by encapsulation or the design of shape-stabilized PCMs are currently areas of high interest in the research. Others, such as thermal cycling stability, chemical stability, flammability and fire properties, low vapor pressure, and health-related issues are not as well-studied. This Special Issue aims at gathering the best papers on the development, improvement, and enhancement of PCMs.

Dr. Ana Ines Fernandez Renna
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • phase change materials (PCMs)
  • thermophysical characterization
  • standard methods
  • chemical stability

Published Papers

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