The impending energy crisis brought on by the running out of finite and non-homogenously distributed fossil fuel reserves and the worldwide increase in energy demand has prompted vast research in the development of sustainable energy technologies in the last few decades. However, the efficiency of most of these new technologies is relatively small and therefore it needs to be increased to eventually replace conventional technologies based on fossil fuels. The required efficiency increase primarily relies on the ability to improve the performance of the functional materials which are at the heart of these technologies. The purpose of this book is to give a unified and comprehensive presentation of the fundamentals and the use and design of novel materials for efficient sustainable energy applications, such as conversion, storage, transmission, and consumption. The book presents general coverage of the use and design of advanced materials for sustainable energy applications. Thus, the book addresses all the relevant aspects, such as materials for energy conversion, storage, transmission, and consumption.
Table of Contents
Materials for sustainable energy applications; Pedro Gómez-Romero
Solar energy; Dr.Fred Sauvage
Thermoelectric conversion; Dr.Damien Saurel
Piezoelectric conversion; Dr. Steven Anton
Fuel cells; Dr. Jesús Canales
Batteries; Dr.Montserrat Casas-Cabanas
Supercapacitors; Dr. Ana Karina Cuentas-Gallegos
Photosplitting and fuel synthesis; Dr. Alberto Tarancón
Hydrogen storage; Dr. Raphaël Janot
Energy transmission and consumption
Superconductors; Dr. Stuart Wimbush
Light-emitting diodes; Dr. Josep Carreras
Solid-state refrigeration based on caloric effects; Dr. Seda Aksoy
David Muñoz-Rojas received his degree in organic chemistry in 1999 and a chemical engineering master degree (2000) at the Instituto Químico de Sarrià (IQS, Barcelona), obtaining the P. Salvador Gil, S.I. 2000 prize. He then obtained his PhD in materials science (2004) at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona. Thereafter, he worked as a postdoc at the Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides in Amiens (France), the Research Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Barcelona and at the University of Cambridge (Device Materials Group). He is currently a permanent researcher at the Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique in Grenoble. His research focuses on using and developing cheap and scalable chemical approaches for the fabrication of novel functional materials for electronic and optoelectronic applications. During his research carrier, he has discovered and characterized several new oxides and hybrid nanostructures, for which he has developed innovative synthetic approaches involving heretoregenous redox reactions.
Xavier Moya is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. He also holds a Research Fellowship at Churchill College Cambridge. He graduated in physics at the University of Barcelona in 2003, and then obtained his Ph.D in physics in 2008.He then moved to Cambridge to continue his research at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy. His research experience and interests span different aspects of condensed-matter physics and material science. He is particularly interested in the physical effects that exhibit solid-state materials due to the coupling between their different degrees of freedom, e.g. structural, magnetic, and electrical. His current research focuses on the study of caloric and magnetoelectric effects in multiferroic materials.
“This book is a great introduction to energy materials, and I would certainly recommend it to my students. With simple prose, useful diagrams, and essential equations, this book is not a mere summary of current energy materials applications, but a tool for students and for those working in the field. This book explores how the fundamental materials research fields of energy generation, energy storage, and energy conversion are interlinked in a complex relationship, and how this relationship must adapt to a landscape of ever-increasing world energy consumption.”
--Dr. Suman-Lata Sahonta, University of Cambridge, UK
“This book is a comprehensive collection of the latest advancement in the materials science research for energy applications. It comes at a unique point in time when the search for sustainable alternative sources of energy could not be more relevant. This is an interesting introduction to both conventional and exotic applications written by recognized authors in the field and also provides a solid background and in-depth discussion of various topics.”
--Dr. Giorgio Ercolano, Université de Montpellier, France