Thin films of silica-carbon nanocomposites for selective solar absorbers

Dahn Katzen, Esthy Levy, Yitzhak Mastai

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In this paper, we describe new film structures based on porous silica and nanosized carbon for selective solar absorbers application. The films show high absorbance in the solar-spectral region and low emittance in the IR region. The best results for 1000 nm thick films of nanocomposite silica-carbon has excellent optical parameters, absorbance α s = 0.94 and IR emissivity of ε = 0.15. The films show good stability under the influence of humidity and high temperatures (250-300 °C). This new solar absorber structure offers low cost production and both the materials are easily available and non-toxic. The overall process of film preparation is simple and works under "green-chemistry" conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-517
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 30 Jul 2005


  • Nanocomposites
  • Porous silica
  • Selective solar absorber


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