Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 133, Issue 3, pp 1417–1428 | Cite as

One-step synthesis of CuS-decorated MWCNTs/paraffin composite phase change materials and their light–heat conversion performance

  • Bin Xu
  • Caixia Zhang
  • Chenghua Chen
  • Jing Zhou
  • Congda Lu
  • Zhongjin Ni


Paraffin wax (PW) is a solid–liquid organic phase change material (PCM). However, the low thermal conductivity and poor light–heat conversion performance limit its feasibility in solar thermal storage applications. In this paper, CuS-decorated carboxyl multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/PW light–heat conversion composite PCMs were prepared by one step. The structure and properties of the composite PCMs were studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimeter, thermogravimetric analysis, coefficient of thermal conductivity, UV–visible–near infrared spectrometer and light–heat conversion testing. The results showed that the light–heat conversion performance of CuS–MWCNTs/PW composite PCMs were better than that of MWCNT/PW composite PCMs with the same mass fraction. Therefore, it is expected that this research will open up new avenues of study for the creation of advanced composite PCM with excellent light–heat conversion performance.


Phase change material Paraffin wax Thermal conductivity Light–heat conversion performance 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51775510), the Planning Project of Application Research for Public Service Technology of Zhejiang Province (LGG18E060002) and the Key Research and Development Project of Yiwu (2017-Z-09).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Materials Science and EngineeringZhejiang University of TechnologyHangzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Mechanical EngineeringZhejiang University of TechnologyHangzhouChina
  3. 3.College of EngineeringZhejiang Agriculture and Forestry UniversityLinanChina

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