The research was led by Sayantika Mukherjee, doctoral student in UCs Novel Devices Laboratory, part of the universitys College of Engineering and Applied Science, and by W.L. Hsieh, visiting doctoral student from the Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University; N. Smith, R&D team Leader at Merck Chemicals Ltd., Southampton, UK, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany; M. Goulding, Head of Technology Scouting & Feasibility at Merck Chemicals Ltd., Southampton, UK, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany; and Jason Heikenfeld, UC professor of electrical engineering and computing systems.
Importantly, the newly developed device structure that makes these smart windows possible is very simple to manufacture, allowing affordability for both business and home use. It can be integrated into new windows or even easily applied to already existing windows, by means of a roll-on coating consisting of a honeycomb of electrodes.
BENEFITS OF THE NEW SMART WINDOWS
Currently, most home and commercial windows use mechanical shades to provide privacy and to block light, heat or cold. This centuries-old technology is already inexpensive and effective, which has slowed the adoption of electronically controlled window tinting, which previously could only mimic the clear-to-opaque performance of mechanical shades. However, this new breakthrough at the University of Cincinnati is about to change that.