About this Research Topic
Over the last decades the growth of the world’s population and economic progress, coupled with rapid urbanization, have resulted in a substantial increase in energy demand. This growth has been imperilled by an increase in fossil fuel consumption, deterioration of natural resources, and deleterious environmental practices. It is clear, then, that a sustainable energy future calls for an increased use of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.
The building sector offers attractive near-term, highly cost-effective prospects to curb energy demand growth. Specifically, windows hold great promise as an overall solution to the energy crisis, since they are responsible for ca. 10% of the total energy consumed in the building. One of the major current challenges facing the development of advanced energy-saving windows is the efficient integration of visible and near-infrared blocking/admission functions. The fine-tuning of sunlight transmittance and solar heat gain is of high relevance, impacting markedly on energy consumption, but also on indoors visual/thermal comfort, and outdoors view. Among the available technological solutions for smart windows, electrochromic devices offer great potential for the fabrication of cheap, smart, switchable, and energy-efficient architectural fenestration.
This Research Topic focuses on the latest advances and most exciting results in the area of electrochromic devices for smart windows in the next generation of energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. We welcome contributions reporting new knowledge and/or breakthrough innovations in this area, addressing radical new design concepts and new synthesis pathways of device materials, and emphasizing new strategies and research opportunities. Potential subjects to be explored include (but are not limited to):
- Electrolyte materials
- Electrode materials
- Fabrication technologies, e.g., sol-gel chemistry, sputtering, electrospinning, e-beam, roll-to-roll
- Electrochromic devices for light and heat control
- Sustainable design and composition of the electrochromic devices
- Flexible substrates
- NIR transparent conducting oxides
- Functional coatings, e.g., UV-reflecting, (super)hydrophobic, self-cleaning
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