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Publication by Chiara Crivello 2021

Published on May 4, 2021
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Communique from May 4, 2021 to July 8, 2021

The paper "Transparent and Mechanically Resistant Silver-Nanowire-Based Low-Emissivity Coatings" has been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Here you will find C. Crivello's paper
"This article reports on the fabrication and investigation of low-emissivity (low-E) coatings based on random networks of silver nanowires (AgNWs). The transparent layers based on AgNWs do exhibit low emissivity while being still transparent: an overall emissivity as low as 0.21 at 78% total transmittance was obtained. A simple physical model allows to rationalize the emissivity-transparency dependence and a good agreement with experimental data is observed. This model demonstrates the role played by AgNWs which partially reflect IR photons emitted by the substrate, exacerbating then the presence of AgNWs and lowering the total emissivity. The potential use of such layers in functional devices is hampered by the poor intrinsic surface adhesion of the AgNWs, which renders the coating fragile and prone to mechanical damaging. Two very efficient encapsulation processes based on the deposition of a conformal alumina thin film using the spatial atomic layer deposition technique and the solution processed layer deposition of a polysiloxane varnish have been developed to thwart this weakness. Both coatings combine sturdy mechanical resistance relying on a strong interfacial adhesion and excellent optical transmittance properties. The performances for the mechanically resistant low-E coatings achieve an overall emissivity as low as 0.34 at 74% total transparency. The set of optical properties and mechanical resistance of the reported AgNWs based low-E coatings combined with the ease of fabrication and the cost-effective production process make it an excellent candidate for a wide set of applications, including smart windows for energy-saving buildings."
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Date of update May 4, 2021

Université Grenoble Alpes