Metal Semiconductor Core-shell Nanostructures for Energy and Environmental Applications

Metal Semiconductor Core-shell Nanostructures for Energy and Environmental Applications

1st Edition - April 28, 2017

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  • Editors: Raju Kumar Gupta, Mrinmoy Misra
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323449229
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124451

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Metal Semiconductor Core-Shell Nanostructures for Energy and Environmental Applications provides a concise, scholarly overview of current research into the characterization of metal semiconductor core-shell nanostructures; the book shows how their properties can be best used in energy and environmental applications, particularly for solar cell and catalysis application. Coverage is also given to the effect of metal nanoparticle for charge generation or charge separation.The book is a valuable resource for academic researchers working in the areas of nanotechnology, sustainable energy and chemical engineering, and is also of great use to engineers working in photovoltaic and pollution industries.

Key Features

  • Includes a clear method for synthesis of core-shell nanomaterials
  • Explores how metal semiconductor core-shell nanostructures can be used to improve the efficiency of solar cells
  • Explains how the characteristics of metal semiconductor core-shell nanostructures make them particularly useful for sustainable energy and environmental applications


Academics who focus on the applications of nanoscale materials in the energy and environmental fields, as well as those in related disciplines such as chemical engineering, energy and photophysics

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to semiconductor nanomaterial and its optical and electronics properties
    Manoj Kumar Nayak Sr. and Jaswant Singh

    • Abstract
    • 1.1. Introduction
    • 1.2. Classification of nanostructured materials
    • 1.3. Core–shell nanostructured materials
    • 1.4. Semiconductor core–shell nanomaterials
    • 1.5. Properties of nanostructured core–shell materials
    • 1.6. Synthesis of core–shell nanomaterials
    • 1.7. Applications of nanostructured core–shell materials
    • 1.8. Conclusions

    Chapter 2: Core–shell nanostructures: an insight into their synthetic approaches
    Suman Singh, Vishaldeep Kaur, JYOTI SINGH and Nishant Kumar

    • Abstract
    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. Methods

    Chapter 3: Characterization of metal, semiconductor, and metal-semiconductor core–shell nanostructures
    Kumud Malika Tripathi 

    • Abstract
    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. Microscopic characterization
    • 3.3. Spectroscopic characterization
    • 3.4. Optical characterization
    • 3.5. Other spectroscopic characterization
    • 3.6. Conclusions
    • Acknowledgment

    Chapter 4: Metal/semiconductor core/shell nanostructures for environmental remediation
    Rajib Ghosh Chaudhuri 

    • Abstract
    • 4.1. Introduction
    • 4.2. Basic science in photocatalysis process
    • 4.3. Environmental application of metal/semiconductor core/shell nanoparticles
    • 4.4. Metal/semiconductor core/shell nanoparticles in environment purification
    • 4.5. Concluding remarks and future prospective

    Chapter 5: Metal-semiconductor core–shell nanomaterials for energy applications
    Bhaghavathi Parambath Vinayan and Rupali Nagar

    • Abstract
    • 5.1. Energy and environment
    • 5.2. Electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices
    • 5.3. Role of nanomaterials in supercapacitors, fuel cells and lithium ion batteries applications
    • 5.4. Metal-semiconductor core–shell nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion
    • 5.5. Correlation between electronic structure and electrochemical activity of core–shell nanomaterials
    • 5.6. Future outlook and challenges
    • Acknowledgements

    Chapter 6: Metal-semiconductor core–shell nanostructured photocatalysts for environmental applications and their recycling process
    Kunal Mondal 

    • Abstract
    • 6.1. Introduction
    • 6.2. Different nanostructured nanoparticles:
    • 6.3. Core–shell nanoparticles
    • 6.4. Metal–metal oxide core–shell nanoparticle synthesis
    • 6.5. Photocatalysis
    • 6.6. Mechanism of heterogeneous phtotocatalysis by core–shell nanostructures
    • 6.7. Wastewater treatment by core–shell nanostructured photocatalysts
    • 6.8. Inactivation of microorganisms and air purification
    • 6.9. Other applications
    • 6.10. Photocatalytic reactor design and recycling of core–shell nanoparticle photocatalysts
    • 6.11. Conclusions and outlooks
    • Acknowledgment

    Chapter 7: Metal and metal-semiconductor core–shell nanostructures for plasmonic solar cell applications
    Rahul Ranjan, Narendra Singh, Mrinmoy Misra and Raju Kumar Gupta 

    • Abstract
    • 7.1. Introduction
    • 7.2. Applications of core–shell metal semiconductor nanoparticles in different solar cells
    • 7.3. Bimetallic core–shell nanoparticles for plasmonic solar cell
    • 7.4. Conclusions

    Chapter 8: Core–shell nanostructures as a platform for sensing applications
    Pawan Kumar, Ki-Hyun Kim and Vasudha Bansal 

    • Abstract
    • 8.1. Introduction
    • 8.2. Classification of core–shell-based nanosensors
    • 8.3. Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments

Product details

  • No. of pages: 218
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: April 28, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323449229
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124451

About the Editors

Raju Kumar Gupta

Raju Kumar Gupta is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. He graduated with a PhD from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He has received several awards such as DST Inspire Faculty Award 2013, IAAM Young Scientist Award 2014 and IEI Young Engineer Award (2014-15). His research interests include surface chemistry, green synthesis of nanomaterials, high dielectric constant materials, polymer and polymer-inorganic hybrid materials for electric energy storage, hybrid perovskite solar cells, electrospinning of functional polymers and nanocomposites for environmental and energy applications. A member of several international journal editorial boards, Dr. Gupta has authored more than 30 research articles in SCI journals, 2 books and 7 book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Mrinmoy Misra

Mrinmoy Misra is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. He graduated with a PhD from Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research, India. He has received awards such as Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur postdoctoral fellowship, 2015, Award of science & engineering research board (SERB) National Post-Doctoral fellowship, 2016. His research interests include thin-film fabrication, nanomaterial based senor, photo catalytic materials, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization and solar cells. Dr. Misra has authored 8 research articles in SCI journals. He has also delivered papers at several international conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

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