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Photoelectrochemical Solar Conversion Systems

Molecular and Electronic Aspects, 1st Edition

By Andrés G. Muñoz

CRC Press

356 pages | 226 B/W Illus.

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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

Table of Contents

Principles and Systems in Light-Induced Energy Conversion

Basic Aspects of Light-Induced Generation of Fuels

Development of Energy Conversion Systems

Advanced Concepts for Sunlight Energy Conversion: From Organic Solar Cells to Artificial Photosynthesis

Inorganic Concepts

Energy and Electron Transfer Processes


Nano-Dimensioned Systems Based on Semiconductor-Oxide- Metal-Electrolyte Contacts

Fundamentals of Electrochemical Phase Formation

Experimental Techniques and Experiment Designs

The Electrodeposition of Selected Systems

Anodic Oxide Growth: Mechanisms, Methods, and Properties


Physics of Electrolyte-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (EMOS) Contacts in Nano-Dimensions

The Electron Transfer in Nano-Dimensioned Schottky- Contacts

Analysis of Complex Systems: The EMOS Interface


Electrocatalysis on Nano-Dimensioned EMOS Contacts

Fundamental Aspects of the Metal-Electrolyte Interface

The Electron Transfer at Metal-Electrolyte Interfaces: From Butler-Volmer to Quantum Mechanical Concepts

Reaction Mechanisms in Selected Systems: Hydrogen Evolution and CO2 Reduction

Development of New Electrochemical Catalysts: Future Directions


Electronics and Chemistry of Electrolytes-Metal-Oxide- Semiconductor Contacts

Methods: Combination of Electrochemical Techniques with Surface-Sensitive Spectroscopy

Chemical and Electronic Properties of Electrochemical Generated Interfaces on Silicon

Modulation of the Interfacial Potential in Nano-Dimensioned EMOS Contacts


Optical Effects: Current Approaches and Future Directions


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable