Nano for energy
Nanotechnology for the energy challenge
Javier Garcia-Martinez and Ernest Moniz (eds)
Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH2010 | 497pp | £120.00 (HB)
Reviewed by George Chen
It covers three main areas related to energy - conversion from renewable sources, storage and transport, and sustainability - and explores efficiency improvements through nanotechnology. Written by 37 international contributors, many of whom are world-leaders in their own fields, the book presents concise accounts of the principles of relevant nanotechnologies, and offers authoritative assessments on historical and current research findings.
The book relates the advantages and perspectives of nanotechnology to either traditional energy fields (such as photovoltaics, thermoelectricity, fuel cells, hydrogen and catalysis) or new frontiers (including dye-sensitised photoelectrochemical cells; lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors; superconductors, biofuels; CO2 capture and storage; organic light-emitting and electrochromic and thermochromic devices).
Chapter 10 in particular highlights the energetic costs in nanofabrication, either top-down or bottom-up; this aspect is unfortunately overlooked by many. The various unconventional approaches described in chapter 10 deserve the attention of all researchers of nanotechnology.
The book has a good index of technical terms, good quality graphical illustrations and a good reference list for further information. The book, which can be read either as a monograph, or by dipping into chapters of interest, should be of value to all researchers in energy and nanotechnology.