Fundamentals of Materials and Their Characterization Methodologies for Energy Systems

  • Colin Tong


Fundamentals of materials can explain how structure leads to function—from the atomic- and nanoscale to the mesoscale and beyond. Materials structure can be manipulated to construct materials and inspired devices with desired properties and behaviors to meet the requirements of the next generation of energy technologies. Moreover, materials characterization methodology plays an essential role in any materials design and processing developments. This chapter will provide a brief review about the fundamentals of energy materials and their characterization methodologies, mainly focusing on materials structures and property behaviors, advanced characterization methods, computational modeling, and integrated process control and sensing in energy systems. Advanced characterization methods can play an important role in helping us to understand fundamental mechanisms and develop new materials with unique properties. Computational modeling may be may be used to quantitatively predict the chemistry, mechanical, and physical performance properties under various conditions of temperature, pressure, and strain as a function of time. As these tools improve, new materials can be developed faster and with greater control over properties, processing, and, ultimately, material performance in end-use applications. In addition, integrated process control and sensors can be used to achieve maximum efficiency from both materials manufacturing processes and energy systems that demand careful process monitoring and control with sensor technology.


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  • Colin Tong
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  1. 1.ChicagoUSA

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