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Solar Fuels

Materials, Physics, and Applications, 1st Edition

By Theodore Goodson, III

CRC Press

154 pages | 36 Color Illus. | 31 B/W Illus.

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Written for use as a text and reference for those interested in how new materials may be used to capture, store, and use solar energy for alternative energy resources in everyday life, Solar Fuels: Materials, Physics, and Applications discusses the fundamentals of new materials and the physical processes involved in their mechanisms and design. This book offers clear examples of current state-of-the-art organic and inorganic solar cell materials and devices used in the field, and includes experiments testing solar capability along with standardized examples. Last, but not least, it also gives a clear outline of the challenges that need to be addressed moving forward.


'Research on organic solar cells for photovoltaic (PV) applications has been under investigation for more than 20 years, and it is appropriate to have a new book on this topic. The significant progress in developing organic solar PV is reviewed and presented, along with measurement methods that are used in characterizing organic solar cells. While this book may be used as a textbook, it is written for all individuals who want to know more information about organic solar PV. The chapters in this work cover history, materials for solar PV, measurement methods, solar cell architecture, interface topics, new methodologies, and information pertaining to the future of organic PV. Additionally, many good references appear at the end of each chapter, and excellent color illustrations and figures are included throughout the book. While there has been great advancement in developing solar PV, the present efficiencies of about 10 percent are too small to be competitive in most markets. Organic chemists, physical chemists, physicists, and engineers are attempting to advance the science and design of organic solar cells for PV applications. This book is likely aimed toward these individuals and others who are interested in this particular topic.

--L. E. Erickson, Kansas State University

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty, professionals, and general readers.'

L. E. Erickson, Kansas State University, for CHOICE, February 2018 Vol. 55 No. 6

‘"Solar Fuels"… does offer sufficient depth on most of the principal methodologies and analytical methods of characterization to bring the reader close to research-level expertise on organic photovoltaic devices (OPV), which is the main topic. … This volume offers a very useful starting point into this burgeoning field.’

Paul G. Rasmussen, Arthur F. Thurnau Prof. Emeritus, Chemistry and Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Michigan

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 Historical Background and Structure of This Book

Chapter 2 New Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

Chapter 3 Measurements of Organic Solar Devices and Materials

Chapter 4 Organic Solar Cell Architectures Modernized

Chapter 5 Interface Engineering in Organic Solar Cells

Chapter 6 New Approaches: Testing the Limits in Organic Solar Cells

Chapter 7 A Look Forward with Organic Solar Fuels


About the Author

Theodore Goodson is The Richard Bernstein Collegiate Professor of Chemistry at University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

Subject Categories

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