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Phase Change Materials: Theory and Applications

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Phase Changing Materials are substances which absorb or release energy during phase transition, they are highly used in the building sector for heating / cooling purposes as well as in the thermal energy storage sector. Moreover, they constitute a key material for manufacturing nano and micro electro-mechanical sensors. In the past (last 2000 years), water was considered the main Phase Change Material. With the progress of technology, especially in the last few decades, substances as hydrocarbons and paraffins have been incorporated allowing a wide temperature range and applications. The Phase Change Materials (PCM) have gained popularity around the world. They are considered one of the most promising technologies for the future.

Particularly for the Thermal Energy Storage Sector, some specific advantages brought in by the PCMs are targeted: high capacity, absence of noise, high reliability, and suitable application at different energy levels. With the fast progress of materials science not only alternative substances/materials for PCM have been proposed but new advanced technologies have been developed to further exploit the PCM's great advantages. The main drive for these advances has been the further enhancement of the PCM's performance. Subsequently, the study of materials for PCMs, their behavior and their modeling are crucial for scientific knowledge and economic development.

The objective this Research Topic is therefore gathering useful information and fresh findings in the field of PCM. A variety of the themes are welcome, including:

· PCM Numerical modeling
· PCM Experimental investigation
· Combination of PCM with other energy storage systems
· Investigation the transport phenomena
· Preparation and storage
· Multi-objective optimization
· Feasibility assessment
· Heat and mass transfer
· PCM and artificial intelligence
· PCM and (4E) analyses (Energy, Exergy, Economic, and Environmental)
· PCM Applications
· Future challenges
· Socio-economic study
· Feasibility assessment
· Green technologies


Keywords: Phase Change Materials, PCM Applications, PCM Modeling, PCM Optimization, PCM Integrated Systems, PCM Storage


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Phase Changing Materials are substances which absorb or release energy during phase transition, they are highly used in the building sector for heating / cooling purposes as well as in the thermal energy storage sector. Moreover, they constitute a key material for manufacturing nano and micro electro-mechanical sensors. In the past (last 2000 years), water was considered the main Phase Change Material. With the progress of technology, especially in the last few decades, substances as hydrocarbons and paraffins have been incorporated allowing a wide temperature range and applications. The Phase Change Materials (PCM) have gained popularity around the world. They are considered one of the most promising technologies for the future.

Particularly for the Thermal Energy Storage Sector, some specific advantages brought in by the PCMs are targeted: high capacity, absence of noise, high reliability, and suitable application at different energy levels. With the fast progress of materials science not only alternative substances/materials for PCM have been proposed but new advanced technologies have been developed to further exploit the PCM's great advantages. The main drive for these advances has been the further enhancement of the PCM's performance. Subsequently, the study of materials for PCMs, their behavior and their modeling are crucial for scientific knowledge and economic development.

The objective this Research Topic is therefore gathering useful information and fresh findings in the field of PCM. A variety of the themes are welcome, including:

· PCM Numerical modeling
· PCM Experimental investigation
· Combination of PCM with other energy storage systems
· Investigation the transport phenomena
· Preparation and storage
· Multi-objective optimization
· Feasibility assessment
· Heat and mass transfer
· PCM and artificial intelligence
· PCM and (4E) analyses (Energy, Exergy, Economic, and Environmental)
· PCM Applications
· Future challenges
· Socio-economic study
· Feasibility assessment
· Green technologies


Keywords: Phase Change Materials, PCM Applications, PCM Modeling, PCM Optimization, PCM Integrated Systems, PCM Storage


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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04 November 2020 Abstract
05 March 2021 Manuscript

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05 March 2021 Manuscript

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