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Nano-encapsulated smart tunable phase change materials

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Abstract

We achieved the intercalation of different types of paraffins and their mixtures with triglycerides inside carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by means of self-sustained diffusion followed by a proper rinsing. The CNTs were investigated using TEM, which showed that they were intercalated inside and clean outside. For the mixtures melting can be realized in an interval of about 20 °C, which opens new opportunities for Phase Change Materials (PCM) attracting attention in relation to solar energy storage, cooling of power electronic devices and the energy-saving technologies.

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Submitted
26 May 2011
Accepted
21 Jul 2011
First published
16 Aug 2011

Soft Matter, 2011,7, 8823-8827
Article type
Paper

Nano-encapsulated smart tunable phase change materials

S. Sinha-Ray, R. P. Sahu and A. L. Yarin, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 8823 DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05973D

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