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Nanostructured Materials For Solar Energy Conversion

Author : Tetsuo Soga
ISBN : 0080468306
Genre : Science
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Nanostructured Materials for Solar Energy Conversion covers a wide variety of materials and device types from inorganic materials to organic materials. This book deals with basic semiconductor physics, modelling of nanostructured solar cell, nanostructure of conventional solar cells such as silicon, CIS and CdTe, dye-sensitized solar cell, organic solar cell, photosynthetic materials, fullerene, extremely thin absorber (ETA) solar cell, quantum structured solar cell, intermediate band solar cell, carbon nanotube, etc. including basic principle and the latest results. There are many books written on conventional p-n junction solar cells, but few books focus on new concepts in this area. * Focuses on the use of nanostructured materials for solar energy * Looks at a wide variety of materials and device types * Covers both organic and inorganic materials


Author : Flavio L Souza
ISBN : 9783319628004
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This book discuss the recent advances and future trends of nanoscience in solar energy conversion and storage. This second edition revisits and updates all the previous book chapters, adding the latest advances in the field of Nanoenergy. Four new chapters are included on the principles and fundamentals of artificial photosynthesis using metal transition semiconductors, perovskite solar cells, hydrogen storage and neutralization batteries. More fundamental aspects can be found in this book, increasing the comparison between theory-experimental achievements and latest developments in commercial devices.

Nanostructured Materials

Author : Gerhard Wilde
ISBN : 0080914233
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This book focuses on functional aspects of nanostructured materials that have a high relevance to immediate applications, such as catalysis, energy harvesting, energy storage, optical properties and surface functionalization via self-assembly. Additionally, there are chapters devoted to massive nanostructured materials and composites and covering basic properties and requirements of this new class of engineering materials. Especially the issues concerning stability, reliability and mechanical performance are mandatory aspects that need to be regarded carefully for any nanostructured engineering material.

The Chemistry Of Nanostructured Materials

Author : Peidong Yang
ISBN : 9789814313056
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This book is a sequel to the first volume of The Chemistry of Nanostructured Materials. It covers the most exciting developments in the nanostructured materials field for the past five to ten years, with a particular focus on their applications in energy conversion and energy storage. Prominent authors of recognized authority in the field contribute their expertise in the review chapters.

Nanotechnology For Energy Sustainability 3 Volume Set

Author : Baldev Raj
ISBN : 9783527696116
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In three handy volumes, this ready reference provides a detailed overview of nanotechnology as it is applied to energy sustainability. Clearly structured, following an introduction, the first part of the book is dedicated to energy production, renewable energy, energy storage, energy distribution, and energy conversion and harvesting. The second part then goes on to discuss nano-enabled materials, energy conservation and management, technological and intellectual property-related issues and markets and environmental remediation. The text concludes with a look at and recommendations for future technology advances. An essential handbook for all experts in the field - from academic researchers and engineers to developers in industry.

Nanostructured Materials For Electrochemical Energy Production And Storage

Author : Edson Roberto Leite
ISBN : 0387493239
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Here is an authoritative reference from world-renowned research groups for those working in materials science and electrochemistry. The authors describe properties of nanostructured materials that can improve performance in alternative energy devices.

Surface Enhanced Nanostructured Electrode Materials For Solar Energy Harvesting And Conversion

Author : Zhichao Shan
ISBN : OCLC:974039982
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This dissertation presents surface enhanced photoanodes and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts for solar water splitting to produce hydrogen. The enhancement could be achieved by either introduced surface plasmon enhanced metallic nanostructures, such as Au or Ag nanoparticles, or adjusted surface structure, chemical composition and band structure of TiO2. This dissertation also presents various electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques used to characterize nanostructured materials for solar water splitting reactions. Firstly, a model photoanode comprised of [email protected] core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) on a nanostructured TiO2 substrate is presented for visible light sensitive photoelectrochemical properties. The nanostructured electrode is coated with TiO2 nanowires (NW) on Ti plate to provide a high surface area for efficient light absorption and efficient charge collection from [email protected] NPs. Pronounced photoelectrochemical responses of [email protected] NPs under visible light responses were obtained. These responses were attributed to collective contributions of local surface plasmon enhancement, enhanced charge collection by [email protected] NWs, and high surface area of the nanostructured electrode system. The shell thickness and core size of the [email protected] core-shell structure can be controlled and the optimal photoelectrochemical performance with a core size of 17 nm (in diameter) and shell thickness of 8 nm was formed. Secondly, a [email protected]/[email protected] nanostructured photoanode was prepared by decorating a CdS thin film layer onto a Au/[email protected] NWs substrate. Compared to CdS/[email protected] NWs photoanode, [email protected]/[email protected] exhibits a significant enhancement to water splitting efficiency. iii The enhanced photoelectrochemical catalytic activity is attributed to the surface plasmon enhancement of Au nanoparticles. XPS, XRD, SEM, EDS, high resolution TEM, AC impedance and other electrochemical methods were applied to resolve the structure-function relationship of the nanostructures of [email protected]/[email protected] NWs and [email protected]/[email protected] NWs electrodes. The studies of the photocatalytic activity of the core-shell structure, as well as a core-shell structure predictive model can further improve the understanding of the interplay between the shell thickness and core size and guide the design of highly efficient core-shell materials. Lastly, chapter 5 of this dissertation presents a high efficiency, durable, and low-cost oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst based on earth-abundant elements, carbon, oxygen, and titanium for renewable energy conversion and storage devices. In this study, we report a highly active nanostructured electrode NanoCOT (C, O and Ti) for an efficient OER in alkaline solution. The NanoCOT electrode is synthesized from the carbon transformation of nanostructured TiO2 in an atmosphere of methane, hydrogen and nitrogen by a CVD process. The NanoCOT exhibits highly enhanced OER catalytic activity in alkaline solution, providing a current density of 1.33 mA/cm2 at an overpotential of 0.42 V, which is about 4 times higher than an IrO2 electrode and 15 times higher than a Pt electrode because of its nanostructured high surface area and favorable OER kinetics. The enhanced OER catalytic activity of NanoCOT is attributed to the presence of a continuous energy band of the titanium oxide electrode with predominantly reduced defect states of Ti (e.g., Ti1+, Ti2+ and Ti3+) formed by chemical reduction with hydrogen and carbon. OER performance of NanoCOT can also be further enhanced by decreasing its overpotential 150 mV at a current density of 1.0 mA/cm2 after coating its surface electrophoretically with 2.0 nm IrOx nanoparticles (NPs).

Nanostructured Materials For Next Generation Energy Storage And Conversion

Author : Fan Li
ISBN : 9783662563649
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The energy crisis and pollution have posed significant risks to the environment, transportation, and economy over the last century. Thus, green energy becomes one of the critical global technologies and the use of nanomaterials in these technologies is an important and active research area. This book series presents the progress and opportunities in green energy sustainability. Developments in nanoscaled electrocatalysts, solid oxide and proton exchange membrane fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, and photovoltaic techniques comprise the area of energy storage and conversion. Developments in carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and hydrogen (H2) storage using tunable structured materials are discussed. Design and characterization of new nanoscaled materials with controllable particle size, structure, shape, porosity and band gap to enhance next generation energy systems are also included. The technical topics covered in this series are metal organic frameworks, nanoparticles, nanocomposites, proton exchange membrane fuel cell catalysts, solid oxide fuel cell electrode design, trapping of carbon dioxide, and hydrogen gas storage.

Nanotechnology For Photovoltaics

Author : Loucas Tsakalakos
ISBN : 9781420076752
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Current concerns regarding greenhouse gas-related environmental effects, energy security, and the rising costs of fossil fuel-based energy has renewed interest in solar energy in general and photovotaics in particular. Exploring state-of-the-art developments from a practical point of view, Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics examines issues in increasing efficiency, decreasing costs, and how these two goals can be achieved in a single photovoltaic device. It provides fundamental background and places research approaches within the proper physical context as related to photovoltaics performance enhancement. The book reviews the applications of devices and their performance requirements, followed by coverage of thin films and advanced band structure concepts for obtaining efficiencies above the Shockley–Queisser single bandgap efficiency limit of ~31%. The editor and contributors also discuss the basic optical properties of nanostructured materials as related to photovoltaics applications and describes nanoscale optoelectronic device physics related to performance. They then explore recent literature in the application of various classes of nanostructures to photovoltaics. The book covers solar cells based on hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites structures, quantum wells, nanowires/tubes, and quantum dots. It also discusses the use of nanoparticles/quantum dots to enhance the performance of conventional solar cells and luminescent solar concentrators. Each chapter summarizes the historical development for the nanostructure class under consideration, applications beyond photovoltaics, and the major synthetic methods, followed by a critique of leading works that have employed the particular nanostructure type. The book examines the advantages of each nanostructure approach and the remaining technical challenges, with an emphasis on possible future areas of research interest. It concludes with a summary of the major processing approaches and challenges of using the various nanostructures to photovoltaics applications, focusing on future scale-up and nanomanufactuting issues. Many books cover photovoltaics and many others nanotechnology — it is the coverage of both in one resource that sets this book apart.

Advanced Energy Materials

Author : Ashutosh Tiwari
ISBN : 9781118904848
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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An essential resource for scientists designing new energy materials for the vast landscape of solar energy conversion as well as materials processing and characterization Based on the new and fundamental research on novel energy materials with tailor-made photonic properties, the role of materials engineering has been to provide much needed support in the development of photovoltaic devices. Advanced Energy Materials offers a unique, state-of-the-art look at the new world of novel energy materials science, shedding light on the subject’s vast multi-disciplinary approach The book focuses particularly on photovoltaics, efficient light sources, fuel cells, energy-saving technologies, energy storage technologies, nanostructured materials as well as innovating materials and techniques for future nanoscale electronics. Pathways to future development are also discussed. Critical, cutting-edge subjects are addressed, including: Non-imaging focusing heliostat; state-of-the-art of nanostructures Metal oxide semiconductors and their nanocomposites Superionic solids; polymer nanocomposites; solid electrolytes; advanced electronics Electronic and optical properties of lead sulfide High-electron mobility transistors and light-emitting diodes Anti-ferroelectric liquid crystals; PEEK membrane for fuel cells Advanced phosphors for energy-efficient lighting Molecular computation photovoltaics and photocatalysts Photovoltaic device technology and non-conventional energy applications Readership The book is written for a large and broad readership including researchers and university graduate students from diverse backgrounds such as chemistry, materials science, physics, and engineering working in the fields of nanotechnology, photovoltaic device technology, and non-conventional energy.

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