1st Edition

Photoelectrochemical Solar Conversion Systems Molecular and Electronic Aspects

By Andrés G. Muñoz Copyright 2013
    356 Pages
    by CRC Press

    356 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Providing new insights into the molecular and electronic processes involved in the conversion of sunlight into chemical products, Photoelectrochemical Solar Conversion Systems: Molecular and Electronic Aspects begins with an historical overview and a survey of recent developments in the electrochemistry of semiconductors and spectroscopic techniques. It then provides a comprehensive introduction to the science of conversion cells, reviews current issues and potential directions, and covers a wide range of materials from organic to inorganic cells.

    Employing a tutorial organization with balanced coverage of electrochemistry and solar energy conversion, this book covers:

    • The conversion of sunlight into chemical energy and different actual conversion concepts

    • Electrochemical methods for the construction and characterization of electrolyte-metal-oxide-semiconductor contacts (EMOS) in the nanodimensions, the so-called nano-emitter concept, including the electrochemical formation of metal clusters of catalytic metals and the formation of passivating layers by anodization

    • The fundamentals of electrocatalysis with emphasis on the hydrogen evolution reaction and the electrochemical CO2 reduction

    • Classical and quantum mechanical theories of electron transfer reactions in metal-electrolyte interfaces and their relation with surface electronics

    • The physicochemical characterization of the model system Si-SiOx-metal-electrolyte by means of modern electrochemical, surface, and spectroscopic methods

    • Improvements of conversion efficiency by means of optical effects, for example, the generation of surface plasmons by nano-dimensioned arrangements of optically active metals

    Principles and Systems in Light-Induced Energy Conversion. Nano-Dimensioned Systems Based on Semiconductor-Oxide- Metal-Electrolyte Contacts. Physics of Electrolyte-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (EMOS) Contacts in Nano-Dimensions. Electrocatalysis on Nano-Dimensioned EMOS Contacts. Electronics and Chemistry of Electrolytes-Metal-Oxide- Semiconductor Contacts. Optical Effects: Current Approaches and Future Directions.


    Andrés G. Muñoz