Inorganic Metal Oxide Nanocrystal Photocatalysts for Solar Fuel Generation from Water

  • Troy K. Townsend

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Troy K. Townsend
    Pages 1-7
  3. Troy K. Townsend, Nigel Browning, Frank E. Osterloh
    Pages 39-51
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 67-71

About this book


Troy Townsend's thesis explores the structure, energetics and activity of three inorganic nanocrystal photocatalysts. The goal of this work is to investigate the potential of metal oxide nanocrystals for application in photocatalytic water splitting, which could one day provide us with clean hydrogen fuel derived from water and solar energy. Specifically, Townsend's work addresses the effects of co-catalyst addition to niobium oxide nanotubes for photocatalytic water reduction to hydrogen, and the first use of iron oxide 'rust' in nanocrystal suspensions for oxygen production. In addition, Townsend studies a nickel/oxide-strontium titanate nanocomposite which can be described as one of only four nanoscale water splitting photocatalysts. He also examines the charge transport for this system. Overall, this collection of studies brings relevance to the design of inorganic nanomaterials for photocatalytic water splitting while introducing new directions for solar energy conversion.


Electrochemistry Electron Transport Inorganic Nanomaterials Nanocomposite Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution Reactions Photoelectrochemistry Surface Photovoltage Spectroscopy Water Reduction Water Splitting Photocatalysts

Authors and affiliations

  • Troy K. Townsend
    • 1
  1. 1.ChemistryThe U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and The National Research CouncilWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05241-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05242-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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