Enhanced Thermochromic Properties of Vanadium Dioxide (VO2)/Glass Heterostructure by Inserting a Zr-Based Thin Film Metallic Glasses (Cu50Zr50) Buffer Layer

Chaoyang Kang, Cong Zhang, Yingxue Yao, Yuanjun Yang, Haitao Zong, Liwei Zhang, Ming Li
2018 Applied Sciences  
Vanadium dioxide (VO2) with reversible metal–insulator transition (MIT) is one of the most promising energy-efficient materials. Especially for VO2-based smart windows, the visible transmittance and solar modulation ability are the most critical parameters. However, VO2 thin films that are directly deposited onto glass substrates are of poor crystallinity and MIT performance, limiting the practical applications of VO2/glass heterostructures. In this paper, a buffer layer of Cu50Zr50 was
more » ... u50Zr50 was introduced to build a novel Zr-based thin film metallic glass (VO2/Cu50Zr50/glass) with multilayer structures for thermochromic applications. It is observed that the insertion of a Cu50Zr50 buffer layer with appropriate thickness results in a clear enhancement of crystalline quality and MIT performance in the VO2/Cu50Zr50/glass thin films, compared with the single-layer VO2/glass thin films. Moreover, the VO2/Cu50Zr50/glass bi-layer films exhibit better optical performance with enhanced solar modulation ability (ΔTsol = 14.3%) and a high visible transmittance (Tvis = 52.3%), which represents a good balance between ΔTsol and Tvis for smart window applications.
doi:10.3390/app8101751 fatcat:de6xly72nrgo3cj5xcphsken6q