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Energy Materials

Energy Materials

Duncan W. Bruce (Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Editor), Richard I. Walton (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-97806-1

Apr 2011

304 pages



In an age of global industrialisation and population growth, the area of energy is one that is very much in the public consciousness. Fundamental scientific research is recognised as being crucial to delivering solutions to these issues, particularly to yield novel means of providing efficient, ideally recyclable, ways of converting, transporting and delivering energy.

This volume considers a selection of the state-of-the-art materials that are being designed to meet some of the energy challenges we face today. Topics are carefully chosen that show how the skill of the synthetic chemist can be applied to allow the targeted preparation of inorganic materials with properties optimised for a specific application.

Four chapters explore the key areas of:

  • Polymer Electrolytes
  • Advanced Inorganic Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Solar Energy Materials
  • Hydrogen Adsorption on Metal Organic Framework Materials for Storage Applications

Energy Materials provides both a summary of the current status of research, and an eye to how future research may develop materials properties further.

Additional volumes in the Inorganic Materials Series:
Molecular Materials
Functional Oxides
Porous Materials
Low-Dimensional Solids

Inorganic Materials Series Preface.


List of Contributors.

1 Polymer Electrolytes (Michel B. Armand, Peter G. Bruce, Maria Forsyth and Bruno Scrosati).

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Nanocomposite Polymer Electrolytes.

1.3 Ionic Liquid Based Polymer Electrolytes.

1.4 Crystalline Polymer Electrolytes.


2 Advanced Inorganic Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (Stephen J. Skinner and Miguel A. Laguna-Bercero).

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Next Generation SOFC Materials.

2.3 Materials Developments through Processing.

2.4 Proton Conducting Ceramic Fuel Cells.

2.5 Summary.


3 Solar Energy Materials (Elizabeth A. Gibson and Anders Hagfeldt).

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Development of PV Technology.

3.3 Summary.



4 Hydrogen Adsorption on Metal Organic Framework Materials for Storage Applications (K. Mark Thomas and Wadysaw Wieczorek).

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Hydrogen Adsorption Experimental Methods.

4.3 Activation of MOFs.

4.4 Hydrogen Adsorption on MOFs.

4.5 Conclusions.