This book covers the field of solar production of hydrogen by water photo-splitting (photoelectrolysis) using semiconductor photoanodes. The emphasis of the discussion is on the use of nanotechnology in the field. The theories behind photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical processes responsible for hydrogen production are given in detail. This provides a state-of-the-art review of the semiconductor materials and methods used for improving the efficiency of the processes. The book also gives an account of the techniques used for making the nanostructures.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 546
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 29 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
From the reviews:
"The `Holy Grail' of artificial photosynthesis, particularly for hydrogen production, is often traced ... . This book deals with this field, largely from the point-of-view of solid-state synthesis and engineering. ... The book is useful for getting brief descriptions of the huge literature on oxide semiconductors prepared in different ways and their behavior. ... if oxide materials, and especially TiO2 nanostructures, are of major interest, this book will be useful in traversing the massive literature in this field." (Allen J. Bard, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 130 (26), 2008)
"Grimes and colleagues (all, Pennsylvania State Univ.) have done a marvelous, meticulous job of collecting the latest developments in hydrogen evolution by nontraditional means to prepare the reader to understand and appreciate the importance of semiconductor photoelectrolysis in the energy future. ... The logically developed chapters are copiously referenced (more than 1,000 references listed) and liberally annotated with graphs, tables, and other illustrative diagrams. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (S. R. Walk, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), July, 2008)