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Authors: Yong X. Gan (College of Engineering, Univ, of Toledo, Toledo, OH) 
Book Description:
The goal of this book is to introduce energy conversion phenomena and materials at multiple levels. With limiting amount of fossil fuels and increasing demand of energy, we are facing the grand challenge of energy sustainability. Energy saving strategies may help to extend the usage of hydrocarbon fossil fuel, but can not solve the problem completely. Renewable energy seems to be the only solution. All the renewable energy sources, solar energy, wind energy, biomass rely on effective energy conversion materials and systems to benefit human beings. Various energy conversion materials and systems including photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and wind turbines have been developed for generating electricity from renewable energy sources such as sunlight and wind. High energy conversion efficiencies are critical for large scale applications of these systems. To understand the fundamentals of energy conversion mechanisms is the very first step. Materials have taken indispensable roles in energy conversions. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce the latest research progress on energy conversion materials to readers at various levels. The content of the book deals with various materials and processing techniques for energy conversions. A comprehensive state-of-the-art review on nanomaterials, related processing technologies and applications will be provided. Considerable effort has been made to elaborate the technological aspect of energy conversion materials, processing and manufacturing these materials.



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Table of Contents:
Preface
About the Author
Acknowledgment

1. Energy Conversion Fundamentals, pp. 1-24
1.1 Thermoelectrics
1.1.1 Seebeck effect
1.1.2 Thermoelectric power
1.1.3 Peltier effect
1.1.4 Thomson effect
1.1.5 The Thomson relationships
1.1.6 Advantages of thermoelectric energy conversion
1.1.7 Energy conversion effciency
1.2 Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
1.3 Mechanoelectric Energy Conversion
1.4 Electrochemical Energy Conversion
1.4.1 Historical background
1.4.2 Fuel cell structure
1.4.3 Fuel cell classification
1.4.4 Materials for solid oxide fuel cells

2. Nanomaterials Processing and Manufacturing, pp. 25-80
2.2 Nanomaterials and Processes
2.2.1 Bottom-up and top-down approaches
2.2.2 Dendrimers and processes
2.2.3 Nanomaterials clusters and arrays in zeolites
2.2.4 Synthesis of nanomaterials through arrested precipitation .
2.2.5 Self-assembled nanoscale materials and structures
2.3 Nanoscale Device and System Concept
2.4 Nanomaterials Processing and Manufacturing Techniques
2.4.1 Chemical approaches
2.4.2 Laser-assisted catalytic growth
2.4.3 Electrochemical approaches
2.4.4 Template approach
2.4.5 Lithography
2.4.6 Electrospinning
2.5 Applications
2.5.1 Fuel cell electrodes
2.5.2 Advanced catalysts and nanoreactors
2.6 Concluding Remarks

3. Electroplating Thermoelectric Energy Conversion Nanomaterials, pp. 81-96
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Materials and Experimental Methods
3.3 Results and Discussion
3.3.1 Electrochemical dealloying of copper from the Cu-Zn alloy
3.3.2 Electrodeposition of BiTe alloy
3.3.3 Thermoelectric property characterization
3.4 Concluding Remarks

4. Thermal Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Nanomaterials with Fractals, pp. 97-117
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Background
4.3 Materials and Manufacturing Processes
4.3.1 Synthesis of nanostructured fractals
4.4 Structure and Property Characterization
4.5 Modeling Phonon Damping in Fractals
4.6 Applications and Ongoing Research

5. Nanoporous Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion, pp. 119-135
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Background
5.3 Materials and Experimental Methods
5.3.1 Materials
5.3.2 Experimental setup
5.3.3 Electrochemical dealloying
5.3.4 Electrocatalytic property characterization
5.4 Results and Discussion
5.4.1 Cyclic voltammograms of electrochemical dealloying
5.4.2 Effect of nanopores on catalytic oxidation behaviors
5.4.3 Effect of metal type on catalytic oxidation behaviors
5.4.4 Catalytic oxidation behaviors during reversed scan
5.4.5 Effect of fermentation
5.4.6 Fabrication of biofuel cells
5.5 Concluding Remarks

6. Nanostructured Materials for Electrical/Mechanical Energy Conversion, pp. 137-153
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Background
6.3 Materials Design and Manufacturing Processes
6.3.1 Preparation of self-assembled nanopores
6.3.2 Deposition of metallic nanofiber arrays
6.3.3 Thermal evaporation of thin Żlms on nanofiber arrays
6.3.4 Etching and assembling the nanoarchitecured energy converters
6.3.5 Nanoporous polymers for micro/nanoscale energy converter fabrication
6.4 Microstructure Analysis
6.5 Sensitivity of the Energy Converter

7. Deformation of Porous Fuel Cell Electrode at High Temperatures, pp. 155-183
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Modeling .3
7.3 Review of Crystal Plasticity Theory
7.3.1 Kinematics and constitutive laws
7.3.2 Rate-dependent plasticity
7.4 Numerical Simulation
7.4.1 Finite element formulation
7.5 Results and Discussion
7.5.1 Stress solutions
7.5.2 Internal pressure solution
7.5.3 Strain solutions
7.5.4 Solutions to crystal lattice rotation
7.5.5 Effect of loading level
7.5.6 Stresses along different paths
7.5.7 Yield surface
7.6 Concluding Remarks

Index pp.185-195

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      Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 7 x 10, 195.pp
   ISBN: 978-1-60876-349-8
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