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Facile Solution Process of VO2 Film with Mesh Morphology for Enhanced Thermochromic Performance

Yu, Zhao; Wang, Zhe; Li, Bin; Tian, Shouqin; Tang, Gen; Pang, Aimin; Zeng, Dawen; (2022) Facile Solution Process of VO2 Film with Mesh Morphology for Enhanced Thermochromic Performance. Materials , 15 (12) , Article 4129. 10.3390/ma15124129. Green open access

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Abstract

The fabrication and applications of VO2 film continue to be of considerable interest due to their good thermochromic performance for smart windows. However, low visible transmittance (Tlum) and solar modulation efficiency (∆Tsol) impede the application of VO2 film, and they are difficult to improve simultaneously. Here, a facile zinc solution process was employed to control the surface structure of dense VO2 film and the processed VO2 film showed enhanced visible transmittance and solar modulation efficiency, which were increased by 7.5% and 9.5%, respectively, compared with unprocessed VO2 film. This process facilitated the growth of layered basic zinc acetate (LBZA) nanosheets to form mesh morphology on the surface of VO2 film, where LBZA nanosheets enhance the visible transmittance as an anti-reflection film. The mesh morphology also strengthened the solar modulation efficiency with small caves between nanosheets by multiplying the times of reflection. By increasing the zinc concentration from 0.05 mol/L to 0.20 mol/L, there were more LBZA nanosheets on the surface of the VO2 film, leading to an increase in the solar/near-infrared modulation efficiency. Therefore, this work revealed the relationship between the solution process, surface structure, and optical properties, and thus can provide a new method to prepare VO2 composite film with desirable performance for applications in smart windows.

Type: Article
Title: Facile Solution Process of VO2 Film with Mesh Morphology for Enhanced Thermochromic Performance
Location: Switzerland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/ma15124129
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15124129
Language: English
Additional information: : © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/).
Keywords: VO2-based composite film; solution process; solar modulation; visible transmittance
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10152652
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