Sustainable Material Solutions for Solar Energy Technologies: Processing Techniques and Applications provides an overview of challenges that must be addressed to efficiently utilize solar energy. The book explores novel materials and device architectures that have been developed to optimize energy conversion efficiencies and minimize environmental impacts. Advances in technologies for harnessing solar energy are extensively discussed, with topics including materials processing, device fabrication, sustainability of materials and manufacturing, and current state-of-the-art. Leading international experts discuss the applications, challenges, and future prospects of research in this increasingly vital field, providing a valuable resource for students and researchers working in this field.
Due to an ever-increasing demand for clean energy, a sharp increase in the development of technologies that utilize solar energy has occurred. Currently, there are several important methods for harnessing solar energy in various stages of technological development, including photovoltaics, photocatalysis, photo-electrochemistry, solar thermal, and photochemistry. A related and parallel consideration is sustainable aspects of materials usage, including efficiency and environmental friendliness of processing and production methods. In order to effectively utilize solar energy systems, an in-depth understanding of the technology, as well as its suitability according to the requirements and nature of usage, is required.
- Explores the fundamentals of sustainable materials for solar energy applications, with in-depth discussions of the most promising material solutions for solar energy technologies: photocatalysis, photovoltaic, hydrogen production, harvesting and storage
- Discusses the environmental challenges to be overcome and importance of efficient materials utilization for clean energy
- Looks at design materials processing and optimization of device fabrication via metrics such as power-to-weight ratio, effectiveness at EOL compared to BOL, and life-cycle analysis
Section I. Trends in Materials Development for Solar Energy Applications
1 Bismuth-Based Nanomaterials for Energy Applications
2 Emergent Materials and Concepts for Solar Cell Applications
3 Novel Dielectrics Compounds Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition as Sustainable Materials for Chalcogenides Thin-films Photovoltaics Technologies
4 First principles methods for solar energy harvesting materials
Section II. Sustainable Materials for Photovoltaics
5 Introduction to Photovoltaics and Alternative Materials for Silicon in Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
6 An Overview on Ferroelectric Photovoltaic Materials
7 Nanostructured Materials for High Efficiency Solar Cells
8 c-Si Heterojunction Solar Cells with Graphene Incorporation
9 Tin Halide Perovskites for Efficient Lead-Free Solar Cells
Section III. Sustainable Materials for Photocatalysis and Water Splitting
10 Photocatalysis using Bismuth-based hetero-structured nanomaterials for visible light harvesting
11 Recent advances in 2D MXene based heterostructured photocatalytic materials
12 Atomic Layer Deposition of Materials for Solar Water Splitting
Section IV. Sustainable Materials for Thermal Energy Systems
13 Solar Selective Coatings and Materials for High Temperature Solar Thermal Applications
14 Use of Waste Materials Based on Inorganic Salts as Thermal Energy Storage Materials
15 Nano-Encapsulated Phase Change Materials for Solar Thermal Energy Storage
Section V. Sustainable Carbon-Based and Biomaterials for Solar Energy Applications
16 Carbon Nanodot Integrated Solar Energy Devices
17 Solar cell based on carbon and graphene nanomaterials
18 Sustainable Bio-Materials for Solar Energy Technologies
19 Bioinspired Solar Cells: Contribution of Biology to Light Harvesting Systems
Mariana Amorim Fraga holds a Master's Degree in Microelectronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a PhD in Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering (with concentration in Materials Science) from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA). Dr. Fraga spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies from the Brazilian Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA). In 2012 she moved to the Regional University of Northwestern Rio Grande do Sul State, where she was a visiting professor in the Engineering Program for one year, teaching courses on Electrical and Magnetic Materials, Resistance of Materials, and. Renewable electric power generation. Since 2010, she has been a collaborator researcher at the Plasma and Processes Laboratory from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics. In 2015, she started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Associated Laboratory of Sensors and Materials from the National Institute for Space Research. She has authored 26 articles in SCI journals and 9 book chapters. She is an assistant editor of Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management and is serving as a reviewer of more than 25 referred journal. Currently, she is editorial board member in 3 scientific journals: Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, SpringerPlus and Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. She is a member of MRS, IEEE, SPIE and ACS.
Delaina Amos received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1989. She later obtained a MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkley in 1992 and 1996 where she was both a GEM MS fellow and among the first class of GEM Engineering PhD Fellows. After completing a one-year industrial post-doctoral assignment at Eastman Kodak, Dr. Amos joined the research staff at Eastman Kodak in 1997. Dr. Amos held a variety of roles at Kodak including research scientist, R&D team leader, technical liaison, and intellectual property co-leader. While at Kodak, work that she was involved in went into creating the new platform of pigment-based inks for the Kodak consumer printer lines. Dr. Amos joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville in June 2010 as an Associate Professor.
Savas SONMEZOGLU is a professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University; a faculty member since 2011. Also, he is the head of the Sonmezoglu Research Group and Nanotechnology R&D Laboratory since 2013. He is involved in fundamental and applied research in the area of photovoltaics and design of micro/opto-electronic devices. In his research career, he has focused on a wide variety of novel inorganic-based materials and their photovoltaic applications in perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapter. He also serves as editorial board member and peer reviewer for various reputed international journals.
Prof. Velumani Subramaniam earned his M.Sc. in Physics with Solid State Physics Major and M.Phil and Ph.D. in Thin Film Physics from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. Presently working as Senior Research Professor in Mexican Government Research Center, CINVESTAV, and his current duties include teaching, research and administration. He is presently working on novel micro- and nanostructured materials for harvesting renewable energy and also for biomedical applications. In the past 25 years, he's established various new programs, courses, won prestigious projects from different funding agencies and industries. VS has visited more than 25 countries as Director for International Relations (signed 80 MoU`s) and to deliver plenary/invited talks and lectures; he has thus attained a global vision on technical education and administration. He has published 140+ papers in peer-reviewed international journals and is serving as Editor (JMSE, Springer) and has guest edited 11 special issues for various publishers like Elsevier, Springer, TransTech etc.