Nanoporous Metals for Advanced Energy Technologies Yi Ding and Zhonghua Zhang
T his book focuses on an important part of advanced materials (i.e., nanoporous materials), with an emphasis on the ongoing energy technologies. It encompasses the various nanoporous metals (NPMs) that have been studied in the past and further describes their utilization in energy technologies. The book systematically explains recent energy generation and storage technologies where NPMs play an important role as a constituent entity. The authors cover the utilization of NPMs for fuel cells,
... rcapacitors, and lithium-battery applications. Chapter 1 introduces NPMs, and chapter 2 gives further in-depth information with respect to mechanistic as well as methodological formation of various NPMs. Chapters on fuel cells (chapter 3), supercapacitors (chapter 4), and lithium batteries (chapter 5) present work on the importance and utilization of NPMs for these applications. Chapter 3 discusses the importance of NPMs while making a comparison with the existing status of proton-exchange membrane fuel cells and nanoporous gold. The chapter discusses how NPMs form a new class of materials for electrodes. Chapters 4 and 5 on electrochemical energy storage present relevant aspects of electrochemistry. The book explains how NPMs are excellent technological candidates for energy-storage solutions. Apart from the previously mentioned fields of energy application areas, the authors additionally include specific sections on the use of NPMs for other evolving energy technologies, such as the hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions. These fi elds are of tremendous interest and are one of the frontier research areas where energy generation by water splitting has been discussed. The book clearly guides the reader with respect to the scope of NPMs in research and development. The book overall demonstrates the status and importance of NPMs in energy technologies. The fi gures and tables are appropriately chosen and displayed to provide insight into their respective research and technology. Accordingly, the recent status of the work is appropriately cited in relevant references. Further conclusions in the last chapter guide the reader with respect to the prospects of NPMs. This book is valuable to readers who are looking for concise and updated information on all of the advanced energy technologies where NPMs fi nd an application. It is useful to scientists and technologists working in these areas.