Coatings for sustainable building applications

A new review gives an overview of microencapsulated thermochromic coatings for sustainable building applications.

 Three different radiation sources were used to properly assess the thermal reflective performance of cool roof coatings. Image source: geralt - Pixabay (symbol image).

The review covers microencapsulation methods for encapsulating thermochromic leuco dyes, and the incorporation of these microencapsulated thermochromic dyes in smart coatings, which helps in creating sustainable buildings that use less power for heating and cooling applications.

The future scope of these dyes is consolidated

The thermochromic mechanism of leuco dye developer–solvent systems has been elaborated, and the role of each component for the functioning of thermochromic dyes is discussed. The future scope of these dyes in applications involving smart windows and smart coatings for sustainable buildings is consolidated, and their impact on energy consumption has been studied.

The review has been published in Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, Volume 18, 2021.

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