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Chemistry for the Energy Future
A "Chemistry for the 21st Century Monograph".

V.N. Parmon, H.. Tributsch, A.V. Bridgwater, and D.O. Hall, eds.

Blackwell Science, 1999 [ISBN 0-632-05269-4]

On the eve of the 21st century, fossil fuels are progressively being exhausted and the global 'greenhouse effect' poses an increasing threat. It is clear that modern civilization must urgently reduce its reliance on fossil hydrocarbons as a source of energy. Research in chemistry undoubtedly has s key role to play in finding the solution to this pressing problem.

This book examines unconventional areas of chemistry and chemical technologies applied to energy production and storage. The book focuses on the contribution of chemistry to the utilization of novel and renewable resources of chemical energy, and some new technologies for the efficient combustion of fossil fuels. It also considers the implementation of chemical technologies for nuclear energy, the production of electricity, the conversion of solar energy and storage of middle- and low-potential heat energy.

The authors provide an exciting overview of the possible applications of chemistry in the energy industry of the future.


  1. Introduction and Statement of the Problem;
  2. Strategies for Sustainable Energy Production: Chemist's Approaches;
  3. Role of Chemistry in Improving Traditional Energetics via New Combustion Technologies and Chemical Heat Recuperation Techniques;
  4. Role of Chemistry in Improving Environmental Safety and Pollution Control of Traditional Energetics;
  5. Challenge of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier of the Future;
  6. Integrating Chemical Energy Carriers (other than Hydrogen) for the Future;
  7. Production of Traditional Carbon-Containing Energy Carriers from Alternative Non-Renewable Raw Materials (other than Oil, Natural Gas or Coal);
  8. Electrical Energy Carriers, Chemical Technologies and Electricity;
  9. A Future Renewable Carbon Feedstock for Energy;
  10. Biological Conversion of Biomass to High Quality Chemical Carriers;
  11. Thermal Biomass Conversion Technologies for Energy Carriers Production;
  12. Thermochemical Energy Conversion;
  13. Quantum Chemical Processes for the Conversion of Energy;
  14. General Conclusions
66 illustrations
256 pages

© 1999 Blackwell Science Ltd


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