1st Edition

Energy Materials A Short Introduction to Functional Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

By Aliaksandr S. Bandarenka Copyright 2022
    252 Pages 171 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    252 Pages 171 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Energy Materials: A Short Introduction to Functional Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage provides readers with an accessible overview of the functional materials currently employed or investigated for energy provision, conversion, and storage. Rather than exploring the physical and chemical basics of energy conversion and storage, this book focuses on the various materials used in this field with simple explanations of their design principles, specific functionality, and quantitative figures of merit.

    It is suited for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying energy and energy materials in physics, material science, engineering, and chemistry courses, as well as scientists starting their research in the field of functional materials for energy applications.

    Key Features:

    • Provides an accessible introduction to complex subjects in simple terms with pedagogical features to enhance learning
    • Contains the latest developments in this exciting and growing area
    • Discusses examples from modern high-impact research and applications

    Chapter 1. Energy and Fuels

    Chapter 2. Heterogeneous catalysts for fuel processing

    Chapter 3. Electrocatalysts for energy provision

    Chapter 4. Ionic conductors

    Chapter 5. Materials for supercapacitors

    Chapter 6. Functional materials for primary and rechargeable batteries

    Chapter 7. An "artificial leaf": a dream of future viable energy provision concept?

    Chapter 8. Materials for solar cell applications

    Chapter 9. Transparent electron conductors

    Chapter 10. Superconductors as energy materials

    Chapter 11. Permanent magnets for motors and generators

    Chapter 12. Materials for hydrogen fuel storage 


    Professor Aliaksandr Bandarenka is currently a professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He conducts research in the area of the physics of energy conversion and storage with the main research topics that include the design and implementation of functional materials for energy applications. The material design is based on various approaches using input from electrochemistry, solid-state physics, chemistry, and surface science and starts from model objects. Professor Bandarenka attended Belarusian State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 2002 and his PhD in 2005, working under the supervision of Dr. G.A. Ragoisha. After completing his PhD, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. In this role, he worked with Prof. H.J.M. Bouwmeester and Prof. B.A. Boukamp on the development of new proton-conducting electrolytes. In 2008, he moved to the Technical University of Denmark where he worked with Prof. I. Chorkendorff and Prof. J. Nørskov on electrocatalysis for energy conversion. In 2010-2014, he was a group leader at the Center for Electrochemical Sciences (Director: Prof. W. Schuhmann) at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. He is the recipient of the Materials Science Award (2013) from the International Society of Electrochemistry and the National Ernst Haage Prize (2016) from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (Germany).