Special Issue "Colloids and Nanofluids for Energy Management"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Simona Barison
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Guest Editor
Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy, CNR, Italian National Research Council, Padova 35127, Italy
Interests: nanofluids; PCMs; nanolubricants; nanoparticles; ceramics for energy; membranes
Dr. Filippo Agresti
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Guest Editor
Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy, CNR, Italian National Research Council, Padova 35127, Italy
Interests: nanofluids; nanoemulsions; PCMs; nanolubricants; nanoparticles; magneto- and electroresponsive colloids; metal hydrides
Dr. Laura Fedele
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Guest Editor
Construction Technologies Institute, CNR, Italian National Research Council, Padova 35127, Italy
Interests: HVAC&R applications; nanofluids; PCMs; energy savings
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Dr. David Cabaleiro
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics, University of Vigo, Vigo 36310, Spain
Interests: heat transfer fluids; nano-enhanced materials; thermophysical properties; rheological behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Colloids have been known for centuries and find innumerable applications in everyday life, from the food industry, to medicine, filtering and purification systems, and so on. In 1995, the colloidal suspensions of nanoparticles with the specific purpose of modifying the functional properties of the fluid itself were identified and defined by Choi as “nanofluids”. Since then, studies on nanofluids have multiplied exponentially. Different types of fluids (water, glycols, alcohols, oils, etc.) containing nanoparticles of various metals, oxides, and carbon nanostructures have been studied. Research has begun on the heat transfer and then expanded by investigating other properties and potential applications, including thermal energy storage, pool boiling, wettability, surface tension, lubrication properties, optical properties particularly absorption of solar radiation, magnetic or electric properties, etc.

However, altough the first prototypes or the first commercial scouting begin to appear, some issues still need to be addressed, such as stability over time and in operating conditions or viscosity increase and pressure drop.

This Special Issue will attempt to explore recent advances in nanofluids, focusing on all aspects of their development: the design, from synthesis methods to new formulations; new potential applications and properties investigated; advances in understanding the behavior of nanoparticles and in modeling; and advancement in engineering and industrialization of nanofluids. This Special Issue also aims to investigate the advances on cutting-edge strategies to deal with issues still to be overcome in the nanofluids development. The intent is to give an overview of the progress of research, including different types of fluids, nanoparticles, colloids or emulsions, particularly focusing on energy aspects including heat exchange efficiency, thermal energy storage, lubrication, and in general on the energy efficiency increase of devices.

Dr. Simona Barison
Dr. Filippo Agresti
Dr. Laura Fedele
Dr. David Cabaleiro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • nanofluids
  • colloids
  • emulsions
  • heat transfer
  • thermal energy storage
  • direct solar absorption
  • lubrication
  • viscosity
  • nano-PCMs
  • stability
  • magneto- and electroresponsive colloids

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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