The Concise Encyclopedia of Materials for Energy Systems is a single-volume collection of articles that appear in the Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Technology. It presents a range of energy systems that cover thermal and gas turbines, renewable energy, fuel cells, nuclear power generation (fission and fusion), and the storage and transmission of energy generated. The book also encompasses the hydrogen economy, as well as the materials used in the design of batteries and in the energy-conversion process in a range of devices and actuators. The present volume includes over 100 articles that discuss the applications of engineering materials to energy systems, with an emphasis on the generation of nuclear energy. The anthology helps readers understand the applications of materials of engineering importance, i.e., metals, ceramics, and polymers, to energy systems. The book provides information about materials processing to engineering and materials science professionals, students, and beginners.

Key Features

  • A concise desk reference work for material scientists working with energy systems
  • Bridges the divide between materials science and engineering of complex system
  • Significantly more cost-effective than purchase of the main Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology for departmental budgets


This volume is of interest to both professionals working with materials/energy in academia and also professionals within both the materials development and energy industries.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Preface Alphabetical List of Articles A Actuator Materials for Small-scale Devices Advanced Automotive Powertrains: Materials Amorphous Semiconductor Solar Cells Automotive Engine Materials B Batteries: Glassy Electrolytes Batteries, Rechargeable Battery Carbons Burnable Poisons in Nuclear Fuels C Composites for Sensors and Actuators Creep Design and Life Extension of Large-scale Plant Creep-resistant Materials for Steam Turbines D Direct Borohydride Fuel Cell DUPIC Fuel Cycle E Electrochemical Light Emitting Cells from Semiconducting Polymers Electroluminescent Phosphors Electrostrictive Ceramics for Sonar Projectors F Fast Breeder Reactors: Fuels Fast Reactor Cores, Austenitic Steels for Fast Reactor Cores, Ferritic–Martensitic Steels for Fuel Cells: Electrochemical Reactions Fuel Cells: Materials Fuel Cells: Microsystems Fusion Conditions: Radiation Damage Correlation Fusion Reactors (Magnetically Confined)-Tokamaks: Materials Fusion Reactors: Low-activation Structural Materials G GaN-based Optoelectronic Devices H Heavy Water Reactor Fuel Design and Performance Hot Cells, Glove Boxes, and Shielded Facilities Hydrogen–Metal Systems: Applications of Gas–Solid Reactions Hydrogen–Metal Systems: Basic Properties (1) Hydrogen–Metal Systems: Electrochemical Reactions (Fundamentals and Applications) Hydrogen–Metal Systems: Fluorinated Metal Hydrides Hydrogen–Metal Systems: Hydride Forming Alloys (Properties and Characteristics, Database Information) Hydrogen–Metal Systems: Technological and Engineering Aspects I Inert Matrix Fuels In-reactor Creep Testing: Techniques J Jet Engine Materials L Light Conversion: Organized Lanthanide-containing Molecular Systems Light Emitting Diodes


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About the editor

John Martin

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK