Optical Characterisation of Carbon-Nanohorn Based Nanofluids for Solar Energy and Life Science Applications

Year: 2011

Authors: Sani E., Mercatelli L., Zaccanti G., Martelli F., Di Ninni P., Barison S., Pagura C., Giannini A., Jafrancesco D., Fontani D., Francini F.

Autors Affiliation: INO-CNR National Institute ofOptics, National Council of Research, Firenze, Italy;
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy;
IENI-CNR Institute for Energetics and Interphases, National Council of Research, Padova, Italy

Abstract: Single Wall Carbon Nanohorns (SWCNHs) are innovative carbon nanostructures belonging to the thriving family of carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. They have being studied up to now mainly as non-cytotoxic drug carriers, but they are interesting for a huge number of applications such as electronics, hydrogen and methane storage and renewable energies. In this paper we investigate their optical properties in view of their use as direct sunlight absorbers in solar thermal devices and as reference standard in Biological Tissue Optics.

Conference title: 2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference
Place: Monaco di Baviera – Germania

KeyWords: optical characterisation; nanohorn; solar energy
DOI: 10.1109/CLEOE.2011.5942841