Prof Geoff Smith - UCR Key Researcher

Solar and Building Materials – advisor roofs, facades, instrumentation, simulation


Currently  Emeritus and P/T Professor. Advanced concepts in control and use of solar and thermal radiation using nanoscience, materials and thin films, complex glazing, cool roofs, cool coloured paints, phase change materials, radiative cooling, simulation of building  and urban thermal performance, electrodes in OPV, selective materials for TPV, land use and climate change , low cost instrumentation for use in urban and non- urban thermal studies. Project leader CSIRO Flagship project (2011-2014), ARC DP project (2014-16), Skylight Industry funded project . Ongoing consultancies using our unique lab facilities for solar ,  visible  and thermal data on façade materials for major building  projects.


Selected publications:

Green Nanotechnology: Solutions for sustainability and energy in the built environment. G.B. Smith and C. G Granqvist, CRC press (Taylor and Francis), Boca Raton, USA, September, 2010. 447 pages, ISBN 978-1-4200-8532-7

Polymeric mesh for durable infra-red transparent convection shields: applications in cool roofs and sky cooling, A.R Gentle, K. L. Dybdal and G.B. Smith, Solar Energy Materials & Solar cells, 115, 79-85 (2013).

Multi-parameter sensitivity analysis: A design methodology applied to energy efficiency in temperate climate houses, G. B. Smith, J.L.C. Aguilar and A.R. Gentle, Energy and Buildings, 55, 668–673 (2012).

Optimized cool roofs: integrating albedo and thermal emittance with R-Value, A.R. Gentle, J.L.C. Aguilar and G.B.Smith, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 95 (2011) 3207–3215.

Solar reflectance and conversion efficiency dependence of technologies for mitigating global warming, Ian Edmonds Geoff  Smith, Renewable Energy 36, 1343-1351 (2011).

Amplified radiative cooling via optimised combinations of aperture geometry and spectral emittance profiles of surfaces and the atmosphere, G.B. Smith, Solar Energy Mat and Solar Cells, 93, 1696-1701, 2009.

Radiative heat pumping from the earth using surface phonon resonant nanoparticles A.R. Gentle and G.B. Smith, NanoLetters, 10, 373-379, 2010.

Urban growth, albedo and global warming, G.B. Smith , A.R. Gentle  and I. Edmonds, Proc. AUSES Solar2010 Conference

Making cool roofs compatible with low heating and cooling loads, J.L. C Aguilar, G.B. Smith , A.R. Gentle and D. Chen, in “Fuelling the Future: Advances in Science and Technologies for Energy Generation, Transmission and Storage”, (Editor A. Mendez-Vilas, BrownWalker, Boca Raton,USA) 2012, pps 530-534

Optimum integration of albedo, sub-roof R-value and phase change material for cool roofs,, JLC Aguilar, AR Gentle GB Smith and  D..Chen, Proceedings 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association,, Chambéry, France, August 26-28, 2013.