Emerging Nanotechnologies for Renewable Energy

Emerging Nanotechnologies for Renewable Energy

1st Edition - February 15, 2021

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  • Editors: Waqar Ahmed, Matthew Booth, Ehsan Nourafkan
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128213469
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128213575

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Emerging Nanotechnologies for Renewable Energy offers a detailed overview of the benefits and applications of nanotechnology in the renewable energy sector. The book highlights recent work carried out on the emerging role of nanotechnology in renewable energy applications, ranging from photovoltaics, to battery technology and energy from waste. Written by international authors from both industry and academia, the book covers topics including scaling up from laboratory to industrial scale. It is a valuable resource for students at postgraduate and advanced undergraduate levels, researchers in industry and academia, technology leaders, and policy and decision-makers in the energy and engineering sectors.

Key Features

  • Offers insights into a wide range of nanoscale technologies for the generation, storage and transfer of energy
  • Shows how nanotechnology is being used to create new, more environmentally friendly energy solutions
  • Assesses the challenges involved in scaling up nanotechnology-based energy solutions to an industrial scale


Materials scientists and engineers

Table of Contents

  • I Nanotechnology for energy production

    1. Third-generation solar cells
    2. Nanomaterials for solar energy capture and steam generation
    3. Nanocarbons for emerging photovoltaic applications
    4. Nanocomposites for enhanced oil recovery
    5. Application of nanotechnology in hydrocarbon reservoir exploration and characterization
    6. Nanotechnology for drilling operations
    7. Application of nanotechnology for biofuel production
    8. Energy harvesting: role of hybrid nanofluids
    9. Ultrafast lasers for energy generation
    10. Nanomaterials for advanced photovoltaic cells
    11. Characterization techniques in energy generation and storage
    12. Metal oxide semiconductors for photoelectrochemical water splitting
    13. Synthesis of transition metal sulfide nanostructures for water splitting

    II Nanotechnology for energy transport

    14. Applications of nanofluids in thermal energy transport
    15. Nanotechnology for smart grids and superconducting cables

    III Nanotechnology for energy storage

    16. Transition metal sulfides for supercapacitors
    17. Recent developments in chemical energy storage
    18. Nanotechnology for energy storage
    19. Recent developments in battery technologies
    20. Development of electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors
    21. Mathematical modeling of sustainable energy production using nanotechnology

Product details

  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: February 15, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128213469
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128213575

About the Editors

Waqar Ahmed

Waqar Ahmed is a Professor of Nanoscience and Deputy Head of School at the School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln, UK. His research focuses in the areas of nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanomedicine. In particular, the emphasis of his research at present focuses on nanoscience and nanotechnology for renewable energy, energy modelling and management and sustainability.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln, UK.

Matthew Booth

Matthew Booth is a Lecturer in Experimental Physics at the School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln, UK. His research focuses on semiconductor nanocrystals.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln, UK

Ehsan Nourafkan

Dr. Ehsan Nourafkan graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Shiraz. He then worked for two years in the industry before joining the University of Leeds in 2015. At Leeds, he has worked as a post-doc researcher on an ERC funded project entitled NanoEOR for three years. Then he moved to the University of Lincoln as a research fellow in 2018 for the next stage of his career. His research interests mainly involve focusing on application of nanotechnology for a wide spectrum of energy sectors, particularly in production, transport and storage of renewable energy. He also has experience of delivering consultancy services for the waste incineration industry, as well as working collaboratively with researchers across the world.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Assistant, School of Mathematics and Physics, College of Science, University of Lincoln, UK

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