Powering Planet Earth
Energy Solutions for the Future
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Nicola Armaroli got his PhD in chemistry in 1994 from the Uni-versity of Bologna. After post-doctoral work in the U.S. and Italy, in 1997 he joined the Italian National Research Council (CNR), where he became Research Director in 2007. His activity is concerned with the photochemistry and photo-physics of molecules and materials targeted at lighting devices and solar energy conversion. He has published 3 books and over 150 papers and is a consultant on the issues of energy and natural resources. He is chairman of the Working Party on Chemistry and Energy of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EUCheMS).
Vincenzo Balzani is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bologna where has been doing research and teaching in chemistry since 1973. He was visiting Professor in Canada, Israel, France and Belgium, headed various scientific committees and institutes and has held over 300 lectures worldwide. Alongside his membership of several editorial boards, Vincenzo Balzani has six books and more than 500 papers to his name. His research interests include photochemistry, photophysics, supramolecular chemistry, electron transfer reactions, molecular-level devices and machines, molecular nanotechnology, and photochemical solar energy conversion.
Nick Serpone is Professor Emeritus and currently a Visiting Professor at University of Pavia, Italy; was also Visiting Professor at Universities of Bologna and Ferrara, EPFL Lausanne, Ecole Centrale in Lyon, and Tokyo University of Science & Technology. He was Program Director at National Science Foundation (USA) and consultant of 3M Company, USA. He has edited over 5 books and published over 400 papers. Research interests focused on photophysics and photo-chemistry of semiconductor metal oxides, photochemistry of sun-screens, heterogeneous photo-catalysis, environmental remedi-ation, and microwave chemistry. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (Materials Sciences Division).
In their book Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani and Nick Serpone uncover the background details associated with a transition to sustainable energy production that are routinely swept under the table in public discussions. They are not only concerned with the (alleged) advantages
and disadvantages of any one energy generation technology from a technical viewpoint, but also with the ecological, economic, political and social consequences of an inevitable transition. In a highly readable manner aimed at an international audience, the authors introduce the often misused and sometimes abused term 'energy' and give a lucid account of the development of energy production from timber to nuclear energy and renewable energies. They compare various energy generation methods with respect to their efficiency and practicability for large-scale implementation and examine if, and how, these methods live up to the expectations and promises their proponents make. In addition, the authors juxtapose the political and economic prerequisites in different regions of the world that advance, or hinder, an energy turnaround. They round off their book by debunking the seventeen most popular myths often cited in discussions on energy issues. As a result, the authors provide ammunition for debate, underpin (and unsettle) opinions using facts, and challenge comfortable and popular chains of reasoning.
; November 2012
250 pages; ISBN 9783527667413Read online
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Title: Powering Planet Earth
Author: Nicola Armaroli; Vincenzo Balzani; Nick Serpone