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Bio-inspired Transparent Microfluidic Platform as Transformable Networks for Solar Modulation (2019)
Journal Article
Alston, M. E., Pottgiesser, U., & Knaack, U. (2019). Bio-inspired Transparent Microfluidic Platform as Transformable Networks for Solar Modulation. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, 7(1), 89-100. doi:10.7480/jfde.2019.1.2785

The glazed envelopes on buildings play a major role in operational energy consumption as they define the boundary conditions between climate and thermal comfort. Such a façade is viewed as an uncontrolled load that sets the operational performance re... Read More

Study of a BIPV adaptive system: combining timber and photovoltaic technologies (2018)
Journal Article
Mazzucchelli, E. S., Alston, M., Brzezicki, M., & Doniacovo, L. (2018). Study of a BIPV adaptive system: combining timber and photovoltaic technologies. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, 6(3), 149-162. doi:10.7480/jfde.2018.3.2602

The paper presents the first results of research that was partly conducted within the framework of European COST Action TU1403 – Adaptive Façades Network, on the development of an adaptive BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) solution able to chan... Read More

Passive adaptive façades: examples from COST TU1403 Working Group 1 (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Mazzucchelli, E. S., Romano, R., Aelenei, L., Da, M., Gomes, G., Karlessi, T., …Aelenei, D. (2018). Passive adaptive façades: examples from COST TU1403 Working Group 1. In N/a

Buildings often adopt strategies based on the integration of solutions and technologies in façades capable of changing their behaviour in time to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Considering that the envelope is the main parameter that influenc... Read More

Temperature-dependent polymer absorber as a switchable state NIR reactor (2018)
Journal Article
Alston, M. E., & Barber, R. (2018). Temperature-dependent polymer absorber as a switchable state NIR reactor. Scientific Reports, 8(1), doi:10.1038/s41598-018-33485-w

This research studies a lower down transition temperature composite polymer, modulated by multi microchannel fluidic flows to advance a thermally controllable material. Through modulating volumetric flow rates to manipulate fluid-material interface f... Read More

Optimal microchannel planar reactor as a switchable infrared absorber (2017)
Journal Article
Alston, M. E. (in press). Optimal microchannel planar reactor as a switchable infrared absorber. MRS Advances, 2(14), doi:10.1557/adv.2017.112. ISSN 2059-8521

This paper will propose methods to use leaf vasculature formations to advance a material to act as an infrared block. The research shows the use of microfluidics based flows to direct the structural assembly of a polymer into a thermally functional m... Read More

Leaf venation, as a resistor, to optimize a switchable IR absorber (2016)
Journal Article
Alston, M. E., & Barber, R. (2016). Leaf venation, as a resistor, to optimize a switchable IR absorber. Scientific Reports, 6(1), doi:10.1038/srep31611. ISSN 2045-2322

Leaf vascular patterns are the mechanisms and mechanical support for the transportation of fluidics for photosynthesis and leaf development properties. Vascular hierarchical networks in leaves have far-reaching functions in optimal transport efficien... Read More