An infrared (IR) reflector that has ultra-wide reflection band and high reflectance was successfully fabricated based on an enantiomorphic chiral polymer composite template-made method involving UV-curing, washing-out, stacking, and refilling. In this study, an IR reflector reflecting >80% of incoming solar IR light from 800 nm to 1500 nm and retaining acceptable transmittance in the visible region is demonstrated. This undertaking is achieved by stacking two enantiomorphic double-polymerized chiral polymer templates with large longitudinal pitch gradients as a composite template cell designed for the near-IR region. Heat insulation test reveals that the temperature can be effectively lowered by 2 °C–3 °C by using the IR reflector, thereby indicating that a considerable amount of incident heat could be isolated and a significant amount of energy could be saved by cooling. The sample has potential in green and military applications, such as energy-saving green windows and anti-IR devices.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry