Special Issue "Advanced Nanomaterials for Thermal Energy Storage Applications"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials for Energy Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 494

Special Issue Editors

Department of Mechanical Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai 603203, Tamil Nadu, India
Interests: heat transfer; nanofluid; thermal energy storage; nano-enhanced phase change materials; refrigeration and air-conditioning; thermal management of CPV and TEC
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Japan
Interests: nanoscale thermal transport; thermal energy storage; nano-enhanced phase change materials
Department of Mechanical Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai 603203, Tamil Nadu, India
Interests: thermal energy storage; nano-enhanced phase change materials; solar energy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, Phase Change Materials (PCMs) have received wide attention, as they have the potential for various industrial and engineering applications such as thermal energy storage, building heating and cooling, renewable energy and the thermal management of electronic devices, etc., due to their advantages such as high latent heat of fusion and small-volume change during phase transition. However, due to their low thermal conductivity, the charging and discharging rate is slow, and this affects the performance of the engineering systems. To overcome this issue, higher thermal conductive nanoparticles have been dispersed in PCMs to improve their thermal conductivity, which were widely acknowledged by the researchers as Nano-Enhanced Phase Change Materials (NEPCMs). Studies show that the use of NEPCMs improves the performance of engineering systems, motivating researchers to work in this field.

In this context, the present Special Issue will be dedicated to the latest advances in all aspects related to the use of NEPCMs, which will further increase the research and use of NEPCMs for engineering applications.

The SI includes (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Synthesis and characterisation of NEPCMs.
  • Thermo-physical properties of NEPCMs.
  • Use of NEPCMs in renewable energy systems (solar collectors, PVT, etc.).
  • Thermal energy storage with NEPCMs.
  • Heat transfer enhancement with NEPCMs (numerical and experimental studies).

Dr. C. Selvam
Dr. Sivasankaran Harish
Dr. S. Manikandan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanomaterial
  • nano-enhanced phase change material
  • thermal energy storage
  • heat transfer
  • building heating and cooling

Published Papers

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