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Applications of Nanomaterials and Phase Change Materials in Renewable Energy Systems

Submission Deadline: 15 July 2023 (closed)

Guest Editors

Jin Wang, Associate Professor, School of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, China
Jin Wang received his Ph.D. at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, in 2012. Since Dec. 2012, he has been a researcher at Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China. Between Sept. 2013 – Dec. 2015, he worked as a research associate at Tsinghua University (in Beijing, China). Between Sept. 2016 - Oct. 2017, as a visiting scholar focused on heat transfer of Nanofluids at Lund University, Sweden. In Dec. 2017, he got the position of Associate Professor at the School of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, China. From May – Dec. 2021, Jin Wang was a senior researcher in the SPIL group, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. He has published 68 SCI-indexed journal papers. Obtained several funds from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the International Cooperation Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology (China), he is also the recipient of the Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of Hebei Province, China. His interests mainly include nanofluid applications in solar energy, nano-surface modification for heat transfer enhancement, and phase change nanomaterials for thermal storage in renewable energy.

Lei Chen, Professor, Key Laboratory of Thermo-Fluid Science and Engineering, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Lei Chen received his Ph.D. at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, in 2014. Since Apr. 2014, he has been a researcher at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China. He served as the deputy director of the Key Laboratory of "Energy Conservation and Low Carbon Technology of Data Center" from 2019. He got the full professor position at Xi'an Jiaotong University in Jan 2022. He has published more than 50 scientific research papers. He has obtained several funds from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He won the Second Prize of the National Teaching Achievement Award, the Special Prize of Shaanxi Provincial Teaching Achievement Award, and the Special Prize of Xi'an Jiaotong University Teaching Achievement Award. His interests mainly include nanofluid applications in fuel cells, nano-surface modification for cooling electronic components, self-assembled nanostructures, and nanomaterials for thermal insulation.

Xiaodong Ren, Associate Professor, Key Laboratory for Thermal Science and Power Engineering of Ministry of Education, Department of Energy and Power Engineering, Tsinghua University, China.
After getting his doctorate from Tsinghua University in 2013, Xiaodong Ren was a post-doc Fellow at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology during 2013 – 2016. He was a lecturer from 2016 to 2019 and got the position of associate professor at Tsinghua University in 2019. Published 47 SCI-indexed papers, three of which were highly cited papers in the ESI database, Xiaodong Ren won the first prize in China Electric Power Science and Technology Progress in 2021 and received the ASSWCF-2016 Young Researcher Best Paper Award. His research interests include nanofluids in renewable energy, high-order methods for fluids simulation, and advanced power cycles for renewable energy.


Applications of advanced functional nanomaterials and phase change materials improve the efficiencies of the energy storage system, thermal insulation system, and microelectronic system. Phase change materials (PCMs) have been used for thermal energy storage and performance enhancement in different renewable energy systems. Nanotechnology contributes to the performance improvement of energy systems such as solar collectors, fuel cells, and microelectronic systems. The heat transfer performance of PCMs is significantly improved by dispersing high-conductivity materials with nano-dimensions. The enhancement in the melting process of nano-PCMs depends on many factors, such as types of nano-sized particles, nanoparticle concentration, and operating conditions (Rayleigh and Darcy numbers). For the nanomaterials, the melting and solidification processes are accelerated due to the increase in thermal conductivity and the reduction in latent heat of fusion. It is necessary for an in-depth understanding to investigate the influencing mechanism of nanostructures, nanocomposites, and phase change materials on heat transfer and energy storage. The latest scientific findings and R&D trends in energy utilization will be obtained based on the cooperation of researchers from different backgrounds.

This special issue aims to present state-of-the-art developments in energy conversion and saving on equipment and systems. We will invite investigators to contribute to this special issue with original research articles as well as review articles on advanced science and technologies. Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following issues:

• Nanofluids in renewable energy;

• Nanomaterials for thermal insulation;

• Nanostructures and nanoscale heat transfer in fuel cells;

• Phase change nanomaterials for thermal storage in solar energy;

• Phase change nanomaterials in electron cooling.

Please note that the above topics are recommended and by no means exclusive. Studies on other research areas of this special issue are also welcomed.


Electron cooling, heat exchanger, nanofluid, nanomaterial, nanostructure, phase change material, surface modification, thermal management, thermal storage

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