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Development of Nano phase change materials based on polymer nanocomposites for thermal energy storage systems

Project Description

i) Aim and hypothesis
This proposed project aims to employ nano-technology to develop nano phase change materials which could enhance the potential of thermal conductivity, low cost and optimised thermal performance for thermal energy storage systems. The effects of nano-materials, such as nano-tubes/particles, on the potential of nano phase change materials for thermal energy storage for buildings and other applications will be studied.

ii) Methodology and innovations:
The proposed project is to deal with fabrication, physico-chemical characterisations and thermal properties of nano phase change material based on polymer nanocomposites for thermal energy storage. Samples of board of the nano materials will be tested so that the potential materials for an application in buildings could be studied. A detailed parametric analysis of the effects of all major influencing factors on the PCMW thermal performance (in both criteria) will be investigated, including melting temperature, melting range, latent heat, thermal conductivity and surface heat transfer coefficients. A large scale lab tests will be carried out at the University of Hertfordshire. It is proposed that 1-2 international universities will be invited to prepare and fabricate samples of new nano phase change materials based on polymer nanocomposites nanocomposites for the project.

Application Web Page

Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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