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Low Cost Novel Smart Material

Windows are responsible for 30% of the heating and cooling loads in buildings. Thin film coatings on glass with color change capabilities would reduce energy consumption by reflecting unwanted radiation and transmitting needed radiation during daylight hours. Smart windows development using electrochomic, liquid crystal, and photochromic technologies is still relatively new.

CERC researchers have developed a low cost novel smart material that changes color rapidly without any external energy stimulus. In one application the material is opaque under normal conditions. When contacted with a certain metal, it becomes transparent in seconds. The patent pending technology can be used for commercial, residential and transportation window applications and optical filters, and electronic devices. The market for smart glass may grow at a rate of 30% annually creating an opportunity for successful commercialization.