Currently, the reliance on fossil fuels raises concerns on increasing global energy demand, rapid anthropogenic climate changes and growing environmental problems. The grand challenge is to search for viable carbon-neutral sources of renewable energy. Now nanomaterials are arguably the base that integrates nanotechnology, information technology and biotechnology, the major driver for the technological development of the day. Over the past decades, the understanding of form-function relations surrounding nanomaterials has significantly brightened the prospects of the fossil fuels to solar fuels transition.
This book introduces the latest nanomaterials development aimed at the applications in clean energy areas. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to provide a flavor of the close link between nanomaterial development and energy applications from the authors’ own experience and perspective.
Table of Contents
1 New Material Synthesis
2 Interface Engineering of Materials
3 Carbon quantum dot luminescent materials
4 Application in Lithium Ion Battery
5 Application in Perovskite Solar Cells
6 Application in Electrocatalytic Water Splitting
Shihe Yang is a Professor at Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He studies molecules and materials, and their transformations. His current research interests include the understanding, manipulation and applications of low-dimensional nanosystems and multiscale materials for energy conversion, particularly solar energy harvesting.
Yongfu Qiu is a Professor at Dongguan University of Technology. He studies energy conversion and storage materials. His current research interests include the preparation and modification of energy-converted multiscale materials, especially electrochemical energy storage materials.