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Functional Materials for Sustainable Energy Applications

Global demand for low cost, efficient and sustainable energy production is ever increasing. Driven by recent discoveries and innovation in the science and technology of materials, applications based on functional materials are becoming increasingly important. Functional materials for sustainable energy applications provides an essential guide to the development and application of these materials in sustainable energy production.

Part one reviews functional materials for solar power, including silicon-based, thin-film, and dye sensitized photovoltaic solar cells, thermophotovoltaic device modelling and photoelectrochemical cells. Part two focuses on functional materials for hydrogen production and storage. Functional materials for fuel cells are then explored in part three where developments in membranes, catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies for polymer electrolyte and direct methanol fuel cells are discussed, alongside electrolytes and ion conductors, novel cathodes, anodes, thin films and proton conductors for solid oxide fuel cells. Part four considers functional materials for demand reduction and energy storage, before the book concludes in part five with an investigation into computer simulation studies of functional materials.

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Functional materials for sustainable energy applications is an indispensable tool for anyone involved in the research, development, manufacture and application of materials for sustainable energy production, including materials engineers, scientists and academics in the rapidly developing, interdisciplinary field of sustainable energy.

Hardbound, 724 Pages

Published: September 2012

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-059-1

Contents

  • Part 1 Functional materials for solar power: Silicon-based photovoltaic solar cells; Photovoltaic (PV) thin films for solar cells; Rapid, low temperature processing of dye sensitized solar cells; Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices: Introduction and modellings; Photoelectrochemical cells for hydrogen generation. Part 2 Functional materials for hydrogen production and storage: Reversible solid oxide electrolytic cells for large scale energy storage: Challenges and opportunities; Membranes, adsorbent materials and solvent-based materials for syngas and hydrogen production; Functional materials for hydrogen storage. Part 3 Functional materials for fuel cells: The role of the fuel in the operation, performance and degradation of fuel cells; Membrane electrode assemblies for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; Developments in membranes, catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC); Electrolytes and ion conductors for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC); Novel cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC); Novel anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells; Thin-film solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) materials; Proton conductors for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Part 4 Functional materials for demand reduction and energy storage: Materials and techniques for energy harvesting; Lithium batteries: Current technologies and future trends. Part 5 Appendix.

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