Frontiers in Energy

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 178–184 | Cite as

Realization of energy-saving glass using photonic crystals

  • Yen-Hsiang Chen
  • Li-Hung Liao
  • Yu-Bin Chen
Research Article


This work successfully developed an energysaving glass with wavelength selectivity. The glass is composed of a SiO2 substrate and two layers of threedimensional photonic crystals. Each crystal is composed of identical and transparent polystyrene spheres after their self-assembling. The glass then possesses dual photonic band gaps in the near-infrared region to suppress penetration of thermal radiation. Experimental results show that the energy-saving glass decreases temperature increment in a mini-house. Moreover, the temperature after thermal equilibrium is lower than that inside a counterpart using ordinary glass.


energy-saving glass photonic crystals polystyrene spheres self-assembly 


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This work was financially supported by “the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan (Grant Nos. MOST-104-2628- E-007-006-MY2 and MOST-105-3113-E-006-002).”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringCheng Kung UniversityTainanChina
  2. 2.Department of Power Mechanical EngineeringTsingHua UniversityHsinchuChina

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