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October 2013

Making Smart Windows Even Smarter


Scientific Achievement

Researchers have created a thin coating of nanocrystals embedded in glass that can dynamically modify sunlight as it passes through a window.

Significance and Impact

Unlike existing technologies, the coating provides selective control over visible light and heat-producing near-infrared (NIR) light, so windows can maximize both energy savings and occupant comfort in a wide range of climates.

Research Details

Read the full Berkeley Lab press release.


A. Llord├ęs, G. Garcia, J. Gazquez & D. J. Milliron. Nature 2013 500, 323.