Editor: Surya Prakash Singh

Light Harvesting Nanomaterials

eBook: US $39 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $106
Printed Copy: US $87
Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-60805-959-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-958-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2015
DOI: 10.2174/97816080595841150101

Introduction

Mankind’s search for alternative energy sources to oil and gas reserves has been fueled by increasing energy demands and technological developments. Today, the prospect of harvesting energy from new sources is a major issue in scientific and economic discourse and will remain to be so in the future decades to come. Sunlight is known as a reliable and renewable energy source which can be utilized to meet forthcoming energy demand if it is exploited in an efficient manner. Light harvesting nanomaterials represent one way in which this can be achieved through biomimetics or artificially designed supramolecular structures. This eBook brings together facts about the underlying principles and theory about light harvesting systems. It presents interdisciplinary research work with emphasis on nanoscale objects used to harvest light.

Light Harvesting Nanomaterials details a broad range of systems including solar cells which involve hybrid materials to durable tetrapyrrolic sensitizers and other nanopolymer based systems. This eBook is a valuable reference for advanced readers interested in novel technologies that utilize light energy for functional and technical benefits.

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Foreword

I am glad to write the foreword for the timely book titled Light-harvesting Nanomaterials edited by Dr. Surya Prakash Singh. I believe this book is a mine of information for those who are pursuing work/research in this array. As fossil fuels are becoming more scarce, research on the development of various approaches to utilize renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind and hydrogen is gaining importance.

Natural photosynthesis executes efficient light-harvesting by continuous unidirectional electron transfer between chromophores is magnificent aspect of nature’s light harvesting of solar energy has motivated researchers to mimic such a process. The science of light harvesting materials is experiencing remarkable growth. Till now conventional solid-state junction devices commanded photovoltaics, which are often made of silicon. Owing to the cheap fabrication and flexibility various light harvesting materials such as nanocrystalline materials, conducting polymer films and organic photoelectronic devices have emerged as alternatives.

Nanocrystalline materials provide possibilities of improved performance. Photosensitization of wide-band-gap semiconductors such as TiO2 by adsorbed dyes have enabled practical for solar cell applications. This book dealing with light harvesting nanomaterials should be of use in this interest.

Prof. C.N.R. Rao
National Research Professor
University Distinguished Professor of Geography
Linus Pauling Research Professor &
Honorary President
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India



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