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Issue 2, 2019
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High-performance composite phase change materials for energy conversion based on macroscopically three-dimensional structural materials

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Abstract

Macroscopically three-dimensional (3D) structural materials with tailorable properties are ideal alternatives for the fabrication of composites. High-performance composite phase change materials (PCMs), as advanced energy storage materials, have been significantly developed in recent years owing to the progress in multifunctional 3D structural materials, including metallic foams, carbon foams, graphene aerogels and porous scaffolds. This review focuses on the role of 3D structural materials in organic solid–liquid composite PCMs and the relationships between their architectures and properties (shape stability and thermal conductivity). In addition, recent progress in energy conversion using composite PCMs is included, which provides an insight into potential applications in advanced energy conversion devices and systems. Finally, future directions and challenges in the development of high-performance organic composite PCMs are presented.

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The article was received on 27 Sep 2018, accepted on 03 Dec 2018 and first published on 03 Dec 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8MH01219A
Citation: Mater. Horiz., 2019,6, 250-273

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    High-performance composite phase change materials for energy conversion based on macroscopically three-dimensional structural materials

    J. Yang, L. Tang, L. Bai, R. Bao, Z. Liu, B. Xie, M. Yang and W. Yang, Mater. Horiz., 2019, 6, 250
    DOI: 10.1039/C8MH01219A

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