© 2015

Neutron Applications in Materials for Energy

  • Gordon J. Kearley
  • Vanessa K. Peterson


  • First book focused on neutron scattering for sustainable energy materials

  • Offers contributions by top specialists in the field

  • Discusses the future prospects of neutron scattering techniques for sustainable energy materials


Part of the Neutron Scattering Applications and Techniques book series (NEUSCATT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Vanessa K. Peterson, Gordon J. Kearley
    Pages 1-9
  3. Energy Generation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-15
    2. Hervé Jobic
      Pages 17-31
    3. Anita Das, Deanna M. D’Alessandro, Vanessa K. Peterson
      Pages 33-60
    4. Michael Law, David G. Carr, Sven C. Vogel
      Pages 61-82
    5. Susan Schorr, Christiane Stephan, Christian A. Kaufmann
      Pages 83-107
    6. Mohamed Zbiri, Lucas A. Haverkate, Gordon J. Kearley, Mark R. Johnson, Fokko M. Mulder
      Pages 109-135
  4. Energy Storage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-138
    2. Neeraj Sharma, Marnix Wagemaker
      Pages 139-203
    3. Juergen Eckert, Wiebke Lohstroh
      Pages 205-239
  5. Energy Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-242
    2. Kirt A. Page, Joseph A. Dura, Sangcheol Kim, Brandon W. Rowe, Antonio Faraone
      Pages 273-301
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-306

About this book


This book collects the results and conclusions of recent neutron-based investigations of materials that are important in the development of sustainable energy. The individual chapters were written by leading scientists with hands-on experience in the field, providing overviews, recent highlights, and case studies to illustrate the applicability of one or more neutron-based analytical techniques. Though the main focus is on energy production, storage, and use, each chapter and section can also be read independently, with basic theory and instrumentation for neutron scattering being outlined in the introductory chapter.
While neutron scattering is extensively used to understand the properties of condensed matter, neutron techniques are exceptionally-well suited to studying how the transport and binding of energy and charge-carrying molecules and ions are related to their dynamics and the material’s crystal structure. In some cases, these studies extend to in situ and in operando. The species of interest in leading energy-technologies include H2, H+, and Li+, as their particularly favorable neutron-scattering properties make them ideal for such studies; as a result, neutron-based analysis is commonplace for hydrogen storage, fuel-cell, catalytic, and battery materials. Similar research into the functionality of solar-cell, nuclear, and CO2 capture/storage materials rely on other unique aspects of neutron scattering and again show how their structure and dynamics provide an understanding of the material stability and the binding and mobility of species of interest.

Scientists and students looking for methods to help them understand the atomic-level mechanisms and behavior underpinning the performance characteristics of energy materials will find Neutron Applications in Materials for Energy a valuable resource, while the broader audience of sustainable energy scientists and newcomers to neutron scattering should find this a valuable reference work.


Cathode materials and solid electrolytes Cationic conductivity Fuel cell catalyst Hydrogen conductivity Hydrogen-related properties of matter In-situ neutron scattering analysis Inelastic incoherent neutron scattering Inorganic solar-cells Intermetallic compounds Ionic mobility in solids Lattice dynamics and crystallography studies Neutron-based studies on sustainable-energy materials

Editors and affiliations

  • Gordon J. Kearley
    • 1
  • Vanessa K. Peterson
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationLucas heightsAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationLucas HeightsAustralia

About the editors

Prof Don Kearley received his PhD from the University of East Anglia, UK, worked at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, became Chair of Radiation Physics at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and is presently Senior Researcher in the Neutron Scattering Group at the Bragg Institute of ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization). He has a fair experience of most neutron-scattering techniques, particularly inelastic and quasielastic methods. Currently most of his work is in providing modelling support for the neutron scattering activities of scientists at the Bragg institute and elsewhere, which is usually in the form of understanding the underlying mechanism in function. Dr Vanessa Peterson is a Senior Research and Instrument Scientist at ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization). Her expertise includes structure and dynamics in chemistry and their relationship to properties in condensed matter materials including cement, porous coordination framework materials, and hydrogen storage materials. She has also great expertise in analyses techniques like Synchrotron/Laboratory X-Ray and Neutron Powder Diffraction, Rietveld analysis, Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering, Inelastic Neutron Scattering, and Single Crystal X-Ray Diffraction.

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“Gordon J. Kearley and Vanessa K. Patterson have edited a remarkable and long due book in the Springer series Neutron Scattering Applications and Techniques. In the newest issue on the topic of energy materials contributions from some of the leading neutron scatterers in this field have been gathered. … this book demonstrates the power of neutron scattering and imaging for energy research and thus represents an important tool to bridge the gap between neutron scattering specialists and energy researchers.” (Joel Mesot, Neutron News, Vol. 26 (4), 2015)