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New electrochromic thin-film materials
Author(s): P. A. Gillet; J. L. Fourquet; Odile Bohnke
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Paper Abstract

New transition metal oxyhydroxides containing one or two metals such as W, Nb and Ti have been recently synthetized by "soft chemistry". All these materials have a crystal structure that allows further ionic insertion reactions. Moreover, the reduction of W6+, Nb5+ and Ti4+ during electrochemical insertion may lead to a colored material. For these reasons, the electrochromic properties of thin films of some of these oxyhydroxides, obtained by vacuum evaporation from bulk materials, have been investigated. This presentation will describe the method of preparation of thin films obtained from H2Ti3O7, HNbWO6, H20 and from mixtures of these two metal oxyhydroxides. Their composition are determined. The electrochromic properties in aqueous acid electrolyte and in lithium electrolyte will be presented and compared to those of amorphous W03 films. It will be shown that the coloration efficiency of these films may be improved by coevaporating mixtures of two oxyhydroxides. Moreover, the presence of Ti and Nb in the films has been shown to be directly connected to the nature of the oxyhydroxides precursors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1728, Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion XI: Chromogenics for Smart Windows, (25 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130535
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P. A. Gillet, Univ. de Franche-Comte (France)
J. L. Fourquet, Univ. du Maine (France)
Odile Bohnke, Univ. de Franche-Comte (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1728:
Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion XI: Chromogenics for Smart Windows

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