Anisotropic and hierarchical porous boron nitride/graphene aerogels supported phase change materials for efficient solar-thermal energy conversion

Yong Li, Nannan Zheng, Yue Ren, Xiao Yang, Hao Pan, Zelong Chai, Linli Xu, Xiubing Huang

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Abstract

The formation of shape-stabilized composite phase change materials (CPCMs) with special structure is an efficient strategy to prevent the leakage of phase change materials (PCMs) and improve the solar-thermal conversion ability. In this work, graphene and boron nitride nanosheets (BBNS) were prepared by the magnesiothermic reduction SHS method in CO2 and N2 atmosphere, respectively. Then, an anisotropic and hierarchical porous boron nitride/graphene aerogel with three-dimensional network was constructed by directional ice-freezing method using carboxymethyl cellulose as supporting framework and adhesive, and polyethylene glycol (PEG) was impregnated to prepare novel CPCMs. The CPCMs had enthalpies of 150∼160 J/g, and a highest thermal conductivity of 0.390 W/(m·K), which was around 47% higher than that of pure PEG. The ability of the CPCMs to convert solar energy to thermal energy was significantly enhanced. Under a simulated light intensity of sunlight (100 mW/cm2), its solar-thermal conversion efficiency reaches 94.92%, and after 20 min of irradiation, the surface temperature can reach 72 °C. These CPCMs are promising for the efficient use of renewable solar energy due to their high solar-thermal conversion efficiency and thermal storage capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18923-18931
Number of pages9
JournalCeramics International
Volume50
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2024

Keywords

  • Boron nitride/graphene aerogels
  • Composite phase change materials
  • Directional freezing
  • Energy storage
  • Solar-thermal energy conversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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