Hierarchically porous polymer coatings for highly efficient passive daytime radiative cooling

Jyotirmoy Mandal, Yanke Fu, Adam C. Overvig, Mingxin Jia, Kerui Sun, Norman N. Shi, Hua Zhou, Xianghui Xiao, Nanfang Yu, Yuan Yang

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Passive daytime radiative cooling (PDRC) involves spontaneously cooling a surface by reflecting sunlight and radiating heat to the cold outer space. Current PDRC designs are promising alternatives to electrical cooling but are either inefficient or have limited applicability.We present a simple, inexpensive, and scalable phase inversion-based method for fabricating hierarchically porous poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene) [P(VdF-HFP)HP] coatings with excellent PDRC capability. High, substrate-independent hemispherical solar reflectances (0.96 ± 0.03) and long-wave infrared emittances (0.97 ± 0.02) allow for subambient temperature drops of ∼6°C and cooling powers of ∼96 watts per square meter (Wm-2) under solar intensities of 890 and 750 Wm-2, respectively.The performance equals or surpasses those of state-ofthe-art PDRC designs, and the technique offers a paint-like simplicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
Issue number6412
StatePublished - Oct 19 2018
Externally publishedYes

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