Sustainable Material Solutions for Solar Energy Technologies

Sustainable Material Solutions for Solar Energy Technologies

Processing Techniques and Applications

1st Edition - August 18, 2021

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  • Editors: Mariana Fraga, Delaina Amos, Savas Sonmezoglu, Velumani Subramaniam
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215937
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215920

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Sustainable Material Solutions for Solar Energy Technologies: Processing Techniques and Applications provides an overview of challenges that must be addressed to efficiently utilize solar energy. The book explores novel materials and device architectures that have been developed to optimize energy conversion efficiencies and minimize environmental impacts. Advances in technologies for harnessing solar energy are extensively discussed, with topics including materials processing, device fabrication, sustainability of materials and manufacturing, and current state-of-the-art. Leading international experts discuss the applications, challenges, and future prospects of research in this increasingly vital field, providing a valuable resource for students and researchers working in this field.

Key Features

  • Explores the fundamentals of sustainable materials for solar energy applications, with in-depth discussions of the most promising material solutions for solar energy technologies: photocatalysis, photovoltaic, hydrogen production, harvesting and storage
  • Discusses the environmental challenges to be overcome and importance of efficient materials utilization for clean energy
  • Looks at design materials processing and optimization of device fabrication via metrics such as power-to-weight ratio, effectiveness at EOL compared to BOL, and life-cycle analysis


Materials Scientists and Engineering in R & D and academia. Chemical Engineers

Table of Contents

  • Section I - Trends in materials development for solar energy applications

    1. Bismuth-based nanomaterials for energy applications

    2. Emergent materials and concepts for solar cell applications

    3. Novel dielectrics compounds grown by atomic layer deposition as sustainable materials for chalcogenides thin-films photovoltaics technologies

    4. First principles methods for solar energy harvesting materials

    Section II - Sustainable materials for photovoltaics

    5. Introduction to photovoltaics and alternative materials for silicon in photovoltaic energy conversion

    6. An overview on ferroelectric photovoltaic materials

    7. Nanostructured materials for high efficiency solar cells

    8. Crystalline-silicon heterojunction solar cells with graphene incorporation

    9. Tin halide perovskites for efficient lead-free solar cells

    Section III - Sustainable materials for photocatalysis and water splitting

    10. Photocatalysis using bismuth-based heterostructured nanomaterials for visible light harvesting

    11. Recent advances in 2D MXene-based heterostructured photocatalytic materials

    12. Atomic layer deposition of materials for solar water splitting

    Section IV - Sustainable materials for thermal energy systems

    13. Solar selective coatings and materials for high-temperature solar thermal applications

    14. Applications of wastes based on inorganic salts as low-cost thermal energy storage materials

    15. Nanoencapsulated phase change materials for solar thermal energy storage

    Section V - Sustainable carbon-based and biomaterials for solar energy applications

    16. Carbon nanodot integrated solar energy devices

    17. Solar cell based on carbon and graphene nanomaterials

    18. Sustainable biomaterials for solar energy technologies

    19. Bioinspired solar cells: contribution of biology to light harvesting systems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 668
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: August 18, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215937
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215920

About the Editors

Mariana Fraga

Mariana Amorim Fraga is a Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo - UNIFESP, Brazil. She has published 48 articles in SCI journals, 14 book chapters and 3 edited books. Her research interests are in the materials science and engineering areas, mainly in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for the development of sensors, electronic devices and energy technologies She serves as an editorial board member of Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, Smart Materials in Medicine, Materials Research Express and Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of SPIE and ACS.

Affiliations and Expertise

Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal de São Paulo - UNIFESP, Brazil

Delaina Amos

Delaina Amos received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1989. She later obtained a MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkley in 1992 and 1996 where she was both a GEM MS fellow and among the first class of GEM Engineering PhD Fellows. After completing a one-year industrial post-doctoral assignment at Eastman Kodak, Dr. Amos joined the research staff at Eastman Kodak in 1997. Dr. Amos held a variety of roles at Kodak including research scientist, R&D team leader, technical liaison, and intellectual property co-leader. While at Kodak, work that she was involved in went into creating the new platform of pigment-based inks for the Kodak consumer printer lines. Dr. Amos joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville in June 2010 as an Associate Professor.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville, USA

Savas Sonmezoglu

Savas Sonmezoglu is a Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University; a faculty member since 2012. His research focuses on the synthesis of inorganic nano-materials for solar cells applications such as perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. He also serves as editorial board member and peer reviewer for various international journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Karaman, Turkey

Velumani Subramaniam

Prof. Velumani Subramaniam (VS) is currently working as Professor at the Mexican Government Research Center, CINVESTAV, Mexico City and also serving as visiting Research Fellow at Texas A & M University, College Station, USA. He earned his M.Sc. in Physics with Solid State Physics Major and M.Phil and Ph.D. in Thin Film Physics from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. His current duties include teaching, research and administration. He is presently working on novel micro- and nanostructured materials for harvesting renewable energy and also for biomedical applications. In the past 30 years, he’s established various new programs, courses, won prestigious projects from different funding agencies and industries. VS has visited more than 25 countries as Director for International Relations (signed 80 MoU`s) and to deliver plenary/invited talks and lectures; he has thus attained a global vision on technical education and administration. He has published 160+ papers in peer-reviewed international journals and is serving as Editor (JMSE, Springer) and has guest edited about 12 special issues for various publishers like Elsevier, Springer, TransTech etc. Velumani is serving as editorial board member and peer reviewer for various reputed international journals; he has served as visiting professor in Univ. of Twenty, Holland; University of Le Mans, France; and SKKU, ROK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (CINVESTAV), Mexico City, Mexico; Visiting Research Fellow, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA.

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