The technological potential of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-based composite films doped with lanthanide-doped sol–gel derived ionosilicas (IS-Ln) previously proposed for luminescent down-shifting (LDS) and luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) layers connected to photovoltaic (PV) cells is extended here to electrochromic devices (ECDs), targeting the fabrication of single energy harvesting/conversion/management LSC-LDS/PV/ECD systems. These integrated devices have foreseen application in the windows of future zero-energy buildings of smart cities. The proof-of-concept is given with the report of the electro-optical performance of an ECD comprising an optimized electrolyte film composed of PMMA, IS-Nd, and IS-Eu, and the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ionic liquid. This amorphous electrolyte is stable below 160 °C, exhibits high ionic conductivity (2.13 × 10−4 and 8.76 × 10−4 S cm−1 at room temperature and 44 °C, respectively), and emits in the visible (red color) and near-infrared (NIR) spectral regions. The device demonstrated fast switching speed (50 s) and high transparency in the visible-to-NIR spectral regions (transmittance (T) = 79/96/89/77% at 555/1000/1500/1650 nm in the as-prepared state, respectively). Upon application of ±2.5 V for 200 cycles, at the same wavelengths, the Tbleached/Tcolored values were 44/28, 46/26, 39/20, and 27/9%, respectively, and the coloration efficiency (CE) values CEin/CEout values were −302/+181, −381/+228, −446/+267 and −734/+440 cm2 C−1, respectively. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].
- 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate
- Electrochromic smart windows
- Eu and Nd complex anions
- Imidazolium-based ionosilicas
- Poly(methyl methacrylate)