This book highlights the outstanding role of hydrogen in energy processes such as fusion, photosynthesis, and metabolism, where it is the most functional element and inalienable player due to its unique peculiarities. The first half of the book presents the great natural hydrogen processes in biology, chemistry, and physics, showing that the study of hydrogen can unite all natural sciences. The second half is devoted to the technological processes and methods of hydrogen production and storage that are under research and development and aim to create the infrastructure for hydrogen energetics and to find the importance of nanotechnologies in those processes.
The main objective of the book is to inspire “hydrogen thinking” and “hydrogen Weltanschauung.” Its spirit is to show the common features in the diversity of hydrogen processes and to make important generalizations that reveal the specific hydrogen trend in science and engineering.
“Hydrogen is a key element in energy conversion. Stars “burn” it and life has learnt to exploit it most efficiently. And although we have understood the role of hydrogen for our society decades ago we still struggle to establish what is called a hydrogen economy. This book provides insight into the various physical, biological and chemical aspects of hydrogen related energy conversion, including hydrogen generation, storage and conversion. This book is a compact and yet comprehensive and enjoyable reading for students want to enter the field of hydrogen energy.”
~Prof. Dr. Uwe Schröder, Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry, Germany
“This is unique book about hydrogen, where everything is in one place! A much-needed and very timely book for everybody to discover hydrogen as the most abundant element in the universe, and as a very important element in live organisms on the Earth! The storage of energy in hydrogen is a bright solution to prolong the millage of electric vehicles and use solar or wind energy when there is no sun and wind. Hydrogen Civilization from Jules Verne's time is becoming a reality and nowadays in different countries around the world we can find hydrogen refueling stations for hydrogen-driven vehicles. This book provides explanations from hydrogen reactions in microorganisms and cells in nature to detailed reviews about hydrogen in solid state insertion materials, belonging to the class of today's intelligent materials.”
~Dr. Phys. Janis Kleperis, University of Latvia, Latvia
“Professor Gavrilyuk’s book provides a captivating overview of the various processes in nature in which hydrogen plays an essential role. The introductory chapters cover physics, chemistry, and biology, and a major part of the book is devoted to photocatalysis, storage materials, and fuel cells, the key components for using hydrogen as a fuel to address future energy needs. The book is clearly written and will prove suitable for use in courses at the upper-division undergraduate or graduate levels, but will also be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in this fascinating and indispensable element.”
~Prof. Chris G. Van de Walle, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
“The topic of this fascinating book is hydrogen, the element that makes up 75% of all matter in the universe and 10% of every human being’s body mass. The first section surveys the crucial importance of hydrogen in different energy technologies and also discusses its biological functions, while the second part goes into depth about hydrogen’s unique role in the chemistry and physics of materials. Both students and more senior researchers will enjoy and learn from this interesting and well-written book.”
~Prof. Claes G. Granqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden