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Title: Optical properties of selectively absorbing C/NiO nanocomposite coatings
Authors: Roro, K
Tile, N
Forbes, A
Keywords: Nanocomposite films
Carbon nanoparticle
Solar absorber
Sol-gel
NiO matrix
C/NiO
Composite coatings
Environment
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Citation: Roro, K, Tile, N and Forbes, A. 2010. Optical properties of selectively absorbing C/NiO nanocomposite coatings. International Workshop on Advanced Materials and Technologies for Global Energy and Environmental Challenges, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, 6-8 December 2010
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;5988
Abstract: Nanocomposite thin films are widely used for solar thermal applications. Using carbon nanoparticle containing metal oxide as a spectrally selective solar absorber coating has grown significantly in recent years. Recently, Katumba et al. have compared carbon embedded in three different metal oxides (SiO2, ZnO, and NiO) and deposited on aluminium substrate using a sol-gel technique. Some of the advantages of this novel technique to fabricate carbon-metal oxide composite coatings are that it is simple and easy to control, the coatings can be deposited at ambient pressure conditions, and the process is low in material consumption. Therefore, the method is very promising and could hopefully reduce the production costs for spectrally selective absorbers. According to Katumba et al., among the three carbon/metal oxide composite materials, carbon in NiO matrix has shown superior optical properties. Although the feasibility of the C/NiO composite coatings for a selective solar absorber application has been published, a detailed systematic investigation on the effect of the sol-gel fabrication process parameters on the structural and optical properties as well as the optimized theoretical design were not reported. It is therefore the purpose of this work to theoretically optimize the C/NiO composite coatings.
Description: International Workshop on Advanced Materials and Technologies for Global Energy and Environmental Challenges, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, 6-8 December 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5192
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