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Materials for Energy Conversion Devices
by Charles C. Sorrell

Materials for Energy Conversion Devices is a comprehensive survey of major new developments in energy conversion devices, with contributions from an international group of leading innovators.


  • Provides detailed coverage of solar energy and thermoelectric conversion
  • Offers a comprehensive survey of new developments in this exciting field
  • Presents contributions from an international team of authors edited by leading experts in the field


Materials for photoelectrochemical devices

  • Photoelectrochemical kinetics
  • Photoelectrochemical wet solar cells for electricity generation
  • Photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) for hydrogen production
  • Photoconversion efficiency of HPPEC
  • Some criteria of suitable semiconductor photoelectrodes for efficient water-splitting

Photosensitive materials

  • Absorption and transport by same materials
  • Absorption and transport separated
  • Particle size determines properties
  • Molecular dynamics determine properties
  • Major material research challenges for photon energy conversion

Materials for solar cells

  • Present market status
  • Bulk silicon
  • Thin-film silicon
  • Halcogenide-based cells
  • Dye-sensitised cells
  • Organic and plastic cells

Defect chemistry of ternary oxides

  • Defect chemistry background
  • Determination of stoichiometry
  • Defect chemistry modeling

Introduction to Thermoelectricity

  • Thermodynamics of thermoelectric device
  • Microscopic theory of thermoelectric phenomena
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Oxide thermoelectrics

The measurement of thermoelectricity

  • Seebeck coefficient
  • Electrical resisitivity
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Simple evaluation of Z for module

Interface mass transport in oxide materials

  • Characterisation of defects in oxide ceramics by Positron Annihilation Lifetime
  • Spectroscopy
  • Mass transport in polycrystalline oxides

Surface properties of ionic conductors

  • Surfaces, segregation and nanoscaling in solid electrolytes
  • Electronic properties of solid electrolyte surfaces
  • Electrode interfaces and electrode potential scale
  • Index of used abbreviations and symbols

Fast ionic conductors

  • Oxide ion conductors
  • Flouride ion conductors
  • Proton conductors
  • Lithium ion conductors
  • Sodium ion conductors
  • Silver and copper ion conductors
  • Amorphous ionic conductors for energy applications
  • Ionic conduction mechanism of amorphous materials
  • Amorphous materials used for lithium batteries. Amorphous proton conductors

Oxygen ionic conductor

  • Fundamental features of oxygen ionic conductor
  • Current status of ionic conductors
  • Recent topics of typical oxygen ionic conductors

Solid oxide fuel cells

  • Basics of SOFCS
  • Component materials for SOFCs
  • SOFC operation test and analysis for the reaction at the electrode/electrolyte interfaces
  • Current status and future for the SOFC development

Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

  • Efficiency of fuel cells
  • Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFC)
  • Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) and micro fuel cells

Immobilisation of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear reactor fuel

  • Generation of high level waste from nuclear fuel
  • Historical waste form development for reprocessing HLW
  • Candidate waste forms and disposition schemes
  • Inert matrix fuels
  • Geological disposal

Solid-state electrochemical gas sensors for emission control

  • Stabilized Zirconia-based gas sensors


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Materials for Energy Conversion Devices
by Charles C. Sorrell
2005 416 pages $268.95 + shipping
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