Advanced Material Design and Engineering for Water-Based Evaporative Cooling

Renyuan Li, Wenbin Wang, Yifeng Shi, Chang ting Wang, Peng Wang

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Water-based evaporative cooling is emerging as a promising technology to provide sustainable and low-cost cold to alleviate the rising global cooling demand. Given the significant and fast progress made in recent years, this review aims to provide a timely overview on the state-of-the-art material design and engineering in water-based evaporative cooling. The fundamental mechanisms and major components of three water-based evaporative cooling processes are introduced, including direct evaporative cooling, cyclic sorption-driven liquid water evaporative cooling (CSD-LWEC), and atmospheric water harvesting-based evaporative cooling (AWH-EC). The distinctive requirements on the sorbent materials in CSD-LWEC and AWH-EC are highlighted, which helps synthesize the literature information on the advanced material design and engineering for the purpose of improving cooling performance. The challenges and future outlooks on further improving the water-based evaporative cooling performance are also provided.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Materials
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • atmospheric water harvesting
  • evaporative cooling
  • moisture capture
  • sorption-driven evaporative cooling
  • water vapor sorbents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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