On Solar Hydrogen & Nanotechnology

On Solar Hydrogen & Nanotechnology

Editor(s): Lionel Vayssieres

Published Online: 2 MAR 2010

Print ISBN: 9780470823972

Online ISBN: 9780470823996

DOI: 10.1002/9780470823996

About this Book

More energy from the sun strikes Earth in an hour than is consumed by humans in an entire year. Efficiently harnessing solar power for sustainable generation of hydrogen requires low-cost, purpose-built, functional materials combined with inexpensive large-scale manufacturing methods. These issues are comprehensively addressed in On Solar Hydrogen & Nanotechnology - an authoritative, interdisciplinary source of fundamental and applied knowledge in all areas related to solar hydrogen. Written by leading experts, the book emphasizes state-of-the-art materials and characterization techniques as well as the impact of nanotechnology on this cutting edge field.

  • Addresses the current status and prospects of solar hydrogen, including major achievements, performance benchmarks, technological limitations, and crucial remaining challenges
  • Covers the latest advances in fundamental understanding and development in photocatalytic reactions, semiconductor nanostructures and heterostructures, quantum confinement effects, device fabrication, modeling, simulation, and characterization techniques as they pertain to solar generation of hydrogen
  • Assesses and establishes the present and future role of solar hydrogen in the hydrogen economy
  • Contains numerous graphics to illustrate concepts, techniques, and research results

On Solar Hydrogen & Nanotechnology is an essential reference for materials scientists, physical and inorganic chemists, electrochemists, physicists, and engineers carrying out research on solar energy, photocatalysis, or semiconducting nanomaterials, both in academia and industry. It is also an invaluable resource for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers as well as business professionals and consultants with an interest in renewable energy.

Table of contents

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  1. Part One: Fundamentals, Modeling, and Experimental Investigation of Photocatalytic Reactions for Direct Solar Hydrogen Generation

  2. Part Two: Electronic Structure, Energetics, and Transport Dynamics of Photocatalyst Nanostructures

  3. Part Three: Development of Advanced Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Production from Classical Large Bandgap Semiconductors

  4. Part Four: New Design and Approaches to Bandgap Profiling and Visible-Light-Active Nanostructures

  5. Part Five: New Devices for Solar Thermal Hydrogen Generation

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