Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Fundamental and Advanced Text Book on Solar Fuel Generation



I am glad to share that our recent book chapter entitled “Hydrogen and CO2 reduction reactions: Mechanism and Catalysts” has been published in “Photoelectrochemical Solar Fuel Production: From Basic Principles to Advanced Devices. Springer Publishers, Sixto Gimenez and Juan Bisquert (Eds.)”.

I congratulate and thank to my colleagues (Dr. Nitish Roy, Dr. Anitha Devadoss, Dr. Raman Vedarajan) for their valuable contribution to this chapter and my sincere thanks to the Editors Prof. Juan Bisquert and Dr Sixto Gimenez for giving us the opportunity.

Recent days, solar fuel generation is the inevitable topic in green energy generation for their merits in producing energy without any harmful pollutant to the environment. Mainly, the advantages of “Photoelectrocatalyst” (PEC) encompass with Electrochemistry, Semiconductor Physics and Materials Chemistry can drive the magic of water splitting (H2O) into renewable fuel (oxygen and hydrogen) utilizing nature solar energy. There is ample room available for tailoring the earth abundance semiconductor materials for water oxidation in to oxygen generation and hydrogen evolution from the water. Also these PEC materials can be extending to apply in reduce the carbon dioxide pollutant into useful fuel (methane, carbon monoxide, formaldehydide, hydrogen, etc).

Our chapter explain the basic mechanism of how hydrogen gas is forming and CO2 pollutant can be reduced on PEC material by using electron and water. We have summarized recent work on synthesize and performance of nanostructured PEC and Electrocatalyst materials in this area.

Overall, this book was explores the conversion for solar energy into renewable liquid fuels through electrochemical reactions. The first section of the book is devoted to the theoretical fundamentals of solar fuels production, focusing on the surface properties of semiconductor materials in contact with aqueous solutions and the reaction mechanisms. The second section describes a collection of current, relevant characterization techniques, which provide essential information of the band structure of the semiconductors and carrier dynamics at the interface semiconductor. The third, and last section comprises the most recent developments in materials and engineered structures to optimize the performance of solar-to-fuel conversion devices.

It’s really great to see the other chapters from the great legends
Prof. L. M Peter, Michael E. G. Lyons, Prof. Jaegermann, Prof. Bisquert, Prof. Prof. Van de Krol, Prof. Fujii, Prof. Parkinson, Dr Kevin Sivula, Prof Meyar, from Electrochemistry and Photoelectrochemistry field. Also my former director Prof. Akira Fujihima who invent the PEC water splitting mechanism.

This book is highly recommended for undergraduate and post graduate students who wants to step onto the new and fascinating field on solar fuel generation as well as learn the frontier topics in Energy Conversion and Materials Science field. Also it is an excellent reference material for researchers working in both academy (PhD and Post-Doctoral Researchers) and industry.


I would appreciate it if you could refer this book to your institute library as well as your students.

This book can be purchase through the following link.