32 No. 4
Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge
Javier Garcia-Martinez (editor), Ernest J. Moniz (foreword)
Wiley, April 2010
reviewed by Alan Smith
The editor, Javier Garcia-Martinez, has done a great job in this 477-page “epic,” pulling together a host of experts from different parts of the energy sector.
Hardly anyone questions the predictions that nanotechnology will have a major impact on the energy sector, and Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge should leave no doubt among readers that nanotechnology will dramatically change all aspects of energy generation, storage, and transmission over the next few years. The book covers recent progress as well as exciting activities at the development stage.
This major contribution to the energy debate does not aim to cover all the additional energy savings that nanotechnology will bring through more durable coatings and new composite materials, but focuses on three main themes: sustainable energy production, efficient energy storage, and energy sustainability. The chapters are written by world leaders in the specific fields, and the information contained in those chapters is extremely comprehensive and up to date, and is well illustrated where necessary.
There are five chapters in the section on sustainable energy production that describe the impact of nanotechnology on photovoltaics, thermal-electrical energy conversion, fuel cells, and hydrogen production. The section on efficient energy storage has four chapters covering hydrogen and electrochemical energy storage, as well as developments in nanomaterials for supercapacitors. The final section on energy sustainability has six chapters on topics such as green nanofabrication, nanocatalysts, carbon dioxide capture, organic light emitting devices, and progress in energy efficient buildings.
Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge is a “must” read for those with a science education and an interest in the future of our energy supply, storage, and use.
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