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Issue 20, 2020

Hydrogel smart windows

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Abstract

Smart windows are a promising way to modulate solar light transmittance, which is crucial for energy saving buildings. Current challenges focus on designing hydrogel materials that have multi-functionality, low cost, a fabrication process suitable for mass production, and durability. Here in this review, we provide an overview of the recent progress in hydrogel-based smart windows in different categories (thermo-, electro- and humidity-stimuli), focusing on the functional hydrogel material selectivity, working mechanisms and device design. The challenges and opportunities of hydrogel smart windows are discussed in the perspective section.

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Submitted
21 Jan 2020
Accepted
03 Mar 2020
First published
03 Mar 2020

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020,8, 10007-10025
Article type
Review Article

Hydrogel smart windows

Y. Zhou, X. Dong, Y. Mi, F. Fan, Q. Xu, H. Zhao, S. Wang and Y. Long, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, 8, 10007 DOI: 10.1039/D0TA00849D

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