International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (HOPV 17)

The International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (HOPV 17) will be held in Lausanne, 21st – 24th May 2017.

Building upon the success of the previous HOPV conferences, the HOPV 2017 conference will provide an excellent opportunity for students, scientists and engineers around the world to familiarize themselves with the latest developments on solar energy harvesting and to get inspirations as well as exchanging ideas with the leading scientists from these areas.

The conference will be led by world renowned plenary and invited speakers covering a broad range of the latest scientific advances in the plenary sessions. The conference format will follow previous HOPV meetings over a full three days, with plenary sessions for keynote and invited talks, as well as room for plenty of contributed talks by participant scientists and unlimited poster presentations. Wolfgang Tress, winner of the 2016 Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship will also present his award lecture at the conference.

Keynote Speakers:
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Materials Horizons Scientific Editor (University of California Santa Barbara, US)
Nam-Gyu Park, Sustainable Energy & Fuels Associate Editor (Sungkyunkwan University, KR)
Edward Sargent, (University of Toronto, CA)

View the program and register now.

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RSC Poster Prize Winners at the International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis 2017

The 2017 International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis (ICARP 2017) was held on 2nd March 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. Royal Society of Chemistry journals: Energy & Environmental Science, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, and Journal of Materials Chemistry A were pleased to support the event and sponsored the following poster prizes.

 

Energy & Environmental Science Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Winner: Pondchanok CHINAPANG (Institute for Molecular Science (IMS))

Title: Construction of photo-active framework with open-metal sites for H2 production

 

Sustainable Energy & Fuels Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Winner: Yuta MIYASE (Tokyo University of Science, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Title: Selective production of peroxides over BiVO4/WO3 photoelectrode

 

Journal of Materials Chemistry A Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Winner: Nami YAMANO  (Osaka City University)

Title: The pH-dependent optical property of chlorophyll C bound to the light-harvesting complex from a diatom, Chaetoseros calcitrans

 

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Outstanding Reviewers for Energy & Environmental Science in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Energy & Environmental Science in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Katsuhiko Ariga, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba
Professor Juan Bisquert, Universitat Jaume I
Professor Jaephil  Cho, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Dr Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr Chengdu Liang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Professor Xiong Wen (David) Lou, Nanyang Technological University
Professor Gaoquan Shi, Tsinghua University
Dr Yexiang Tong, Sun Yat-Sen University
Dr Sheng S Zhang, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Professor Xinbo ZHANG, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC)

We would also like to thank the Energy & Environmental Science board and the Energy community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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New EES Editorial Board Members: James Dumesic and Linda Nazar

We are delighted to welcome Professor James Dumesic and Professor Linda Nazar to the Energy & Environmental Science Editorial Board.

James Dumesic, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
James A. Dumesic earned his B.S. degree from UW-Madison and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. Professor Dumesic joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1976, and he is currently a Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin and the Michel Boudart Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Throughout his career, Professor Dumesic has used spectroscopic, microcalorimetric, and reaction kinetics techniques to study the surface and dynamic properties of heterogeneous catalysts.  Widely recognized as a leading researcher in the fields of catalysis and chemical engineering, Professor Dumesic has co-founded two companies (Virent and Glucan Biorenewables) and pioneered new processes for creating bio-derived fuels and chemicals. Professor Dumesic has published more than 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, Canada
Linda Nazar is a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, and is cross appointed to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor Nazar, holder of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Solid State Materials since 2004, has focused her research on developing new materials for energy storage and conversion for the past 15 years.

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Dr Wolfgang Tress is awarded the 2016 Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship

We are delighted to announce that Dr Wolfgang Tress been selected by the EES Editorial Board as the winner of the 2016 “Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship” for his 2015 article, “Understanding the rate-dependent J–V hysteresis, slow time component, and aging in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells: the role of a compensated electric field”.

The Lectureship is awarded annually to one outstanding young scientist (within 10 years of receiving their PhD) who has published in the journal. The winner is selected by the EES Editorial Board from a shortlist of authors of the most-read articles from each issue of EES in the previous year.

Wolfgang Tress is currently working as a scientist at LPI, EPFL in Switzerland, with general interests in developing and studying novel photovoltaic concepts and technologies. His research focuses on the device physics of perovskite solar cells; most recently, investigating recombination and hysteresis phenomena in this emerging material system. Previously, he was analyzing and modeling performance limiting processes in organic solar cells.

Dr Tress will give his award lecture at the upcoming International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (HOPV 17) meeting taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland from 21-24 May 2017. Register now to join us – the abstract submission deadline for oral presentations is the 8th February 2017.

Read Dr Tress’ Lectureship-winning research:

Understanding the rate-dependent J–V hysteresis, slow time component, and aging in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells: the role of a compensated electric field
W. Tress, N. Marinova, T. Moehl, S. M. Zakeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin and M. Grätzel
Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, 8, 995-1004. DOI: 10.1039/C4EE03664F

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Top 10 Reviewers for Energy & Environmental Science

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review – we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for Energy & Environmental Science in 2016. They have been selected by the editor for their significant contribution to the journal.

Top 10 reviewers for Energy & Environmental Science
Dr Andrea Listorti, Universita del Salento
Dr Sheng S. Zhang, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Professor Jaephil Cho, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Dr Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr Chengdu Liang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Professor David Mitlin, University of Alberta
Dr Zhenhai Wen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr Kanzunori Takada, National Institute for Materials
Dr Falk Harnisch, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig
Dr Eva L. Unger, Lund University

We would like to say a massive thank you to these reviewers as well as the Energy & Environmental Science board and all of the community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

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A new Editorial board member for EES – Introducing Jenny Nelson

We welcome Jenny Nelson as a new Editorial Board member for EES.

A Professor of Physics at Imperial College London,  she has researched novel varieties of material for use in solar cells since 1989. Her current research is focussed on understanding the properties of molecular semiconductor materials and their application to organic solar cells. This work combines fundamental electrical, spectroscopic and structural studies of molecular electronic materials with numerical modelling and device studies, with the aim of optimising the performance of solar cells based on molecular and hybrid materials.

Since 2010 she has been working together with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change to explore the mitigation potential of photovoltaic, and other renewable, technologies. She has published over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and a book on the physics of solar cells. She was awarded the 2009 Institute of Physics Joule Prize and medal and the 2012 Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers Company Prize for her research.

Research areas:

– Multi-scale modelling of molecular electronic materials

– Device physics of organic and hybrid solar cells

– Electronic, spectoscopic and structural characterisation of molecular electronic materials

– Mitigation potential of solar photovoltaic technology

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Wolfgang Lubitz joins the EES Editorial Board

We welcome Wolfgang Lubitz as a new Editorial Board member for EES.

Wolfgang Lubitz studied Chemistry at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin (1969 – 1974), where he also received his doctoral degree (1977), and his habilitation (1982). He worked as a research scientist at UC San Diego, USA (1983/84) and as Assistant and Associate Professor at the FU Berlin (1979 -1989).

In 1989 he became Professor in the Physics Department of the Universität Stuttgart, before he took over a Chair of Physical Chemistry at the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin in 1991. In 2000 he became a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (formerly Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry) in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany. Professor Lubitz is an Honorary Professor at the Universität Düsseldorf. His scientific work is focused on energy conversion processes in natural and artificial photosynthesis, the investigation of metalloproteins (hydrogenases, water oxidase) and the development and application of molecular spectroscopy, especially magnetic resonance methods.

His work has been published in over 400 scientific publications. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the International Society of Magnetic Resonance and has received the Zavoisky Award, the Bruker Prize, the Gold Medal of the International EPR Society and honorary doctorates (Dr. h.c.) of the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2008) and the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France (2014). He has been President of the International EPR Society (2005 – 2008) and is currently Vice President of the Council for the Annual Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau.

Wolfgang Lubitz says of his appointment:

“To provide mankind with enough clean energy in the future is one of the great challenges of our time. The articles in the  journal EES are at the forefront of research in this important scientific field”

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Editorial Board Chair Professor Nathan Lewis at US Energy Hearing

Cover image for EES showing a representation of photocatalysisOn 15 June 2016 US Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber chaired a hearing, Innovation in Solar Fuels, Electricity Storage, and Advanced Materials. A panel of expert witnesses discussed the status of research in the United States and the development of solar fuels, electricity storage and quantum computing systems. Energy & Environmental Science Editorial Board Chair Professor Nathan Lewis, California Institute of Technology, discussed artificial photosynthesis and some of the recent developments in solar fuel research.

You can watch the hearing in full at the website for the Committee on Science, Space & Technology.

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Energy & Environmental Science Impact Factor increases to 25.427

Energy & Environmental Science (EES) is pleased to announce its Impact Factor has increased to 25.427*.

EES continues to lead the field as the home of extraordinarily high quality, agenda-setting research relating to energy conversion and storage, alternative fuel technologies and environmental science. This impressive Impact Factor of 25.427* and a 5-year Impact Factor of 22.118 means that research published in the journal has lasting impact. EES has strengthened yet further its position at the top of three key Journal Citation Reports categories: Energy & Fuels; Engineering, Chemical; and Environmental Sciences, and has moved up to 4th in the Chemistry, multidisciplinary category.

Our broad scope and the interdisciplinary nature of research published in the journal, coupled with our rigorous peer review and rapid times to publication of 60 days** from receipt to acceptance, ensures your work will quickly attract the attention it deserves.

We’re also excited to announce that Wolfgang Lubitz, Jenny Nelson and Yan Shao-Horn have joined the Editorial Board in 2016.

We would like to thank all our authors, readers, reviewers and editorial & advisory Board members for making EES the number 1 journal in the field

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year, by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters).

**2015 average for Full Papers

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