EES Poster Prizes at the International Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage

We recently awarded a number of Energy & Environmental Science poster prizes at the International Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage that took place between 31 May-1st June at the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPE-CAS), Beijing, China. The symposium was organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and was hosted by  Energy & Environmental Science Advisory Board member Dan Wang and attended by Executive Editor Anna Simpson.

The winners:

Yu Xin Zhang, Chongqing University, China

Hao Ren, IPE-CAS, China

Jiangyan Wang, IPE-CAS, China

Mingyuan Ma, University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China

Ruiqin Wang, China University of Petroleum (East China), China

Junqiang Zhang, China University of Petroleum (East China), China

Rui Zhang, Humboldt-Universität zu Berli, Germany

Yue Lu, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Haonan Si, University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China

Hongjie Tang, University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China

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Huge rise in EES Impact Factor to 20.52

We are delighted to announce a further huge rise in the Impact Factor* of Energy & Environmental Science to 20.52.

Energy & Environmental Science is now the #1 ranking journal in three subject categories; Chemical Engineering, Energy & Fuels, and Environmental Science.

This great news demonstrates that the journal continues to attract and publish important, very high-quality, agenda-setting research, while providing great author service.

We wish to thank all our Board members, authors and referees for their fantastic support – Energy & Environmental Science is your journal.

Please do continue to submit your best work to Energy & Environmental Science. We look forward to further success in the months and years ahead.

Check out the following selection of highly cited articles that contributed to this Impact Factor:

Verónica Palomares,  Paula Serras, Irune Villaluenga, Karina B. Hueso, Javier Carretero-Gonzálezb and Teófilo Rojo
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE02781J

James M. Ball, Michael M. Lee, Andrew Hey and Henry J. Snaith
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40810H

Huilin Pan, Yong-Sheng Hu and Liquan Chen
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40847G

Linfei Lai, Jeffrey R. Potts, Da Zhan, Liang Wang, Chee Kok Poh, Chunhua Tang, Hao Gong, Zexiang Shen, Jianyi Lin and Rodney S. Ruoff
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE21802J

Hao Jiang, Pooi See Lee and Chunzhong Li
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23284G

*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 2014 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2015).
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HOT Articles in EES

The following HOT articles have been highlighted by the reviewers of the articles as being particularly interesting or significant pieces of research. These are all free to access until 18/06/2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.


A thermodynamic tank model for studying the effect of higher hydrocarbons on natural gas storage in metal–organic frameworks
Hongda Zhang, Pravas Deria, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp and Randall Q. Snurr
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00808E, Paper

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Hydrogen or batteries for grid storage? A net energy analysis
Matthew A. Pellow, Christopher J. M. Emmott, Charles J. Barnhart and Sally M. Benson
DOI: 10.1039/C4EE04041D, Analysis

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A quantitative analysis of the efficiency of solar-driven water-splitting device designs based on tandem photoabsorbers patterned with islands of metallic electrocatalyst
Yikai Chen, Ke Sun, Heather Audesirk, Chengxiang Xiang and Nathan S. Lewis
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00311C, Paper

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Metal–organic frameworks and their derived nanostructures for electrochemical energy storage and conversion
Wei Xia, Asif Mahmood, Ruqiang Zou and Qiang Xu
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00762C, Review Article

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You can’t have an energy revolution without transforming advances in materials, chemistry and catalysis into policy change and action
Geoffrey A. Ozin
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00907C, Perspective

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A simple spiro-type hole transporting material for efficient perovskite solar cells
Paramaguru Ganesan, Kunwu Fu, Peng Gao, Ines Raabe, Kurt Schenk, Rosario Scopelliti, Jingshan Luo, Lydia H. Wong, Michael Grätzel and Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin
DOI: 10.1039/C4EE03773A, Communication

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Electricity harvested from magnetic noise

In Korea, Jungho Ryu and colleagues at the Korea Institute of Materials Science, have designed a magneto–mechano–electric generator that harvests magnetic energy from the environment.  It is made from a magnetostrictive single crystal composite that elongates and contracts in a low frequency magnetic field. The strain induced in this material outputs a voltage and Ryu’s team have demonstrated that their device can harvest energy from a vacuum pump cable to power 35 light emitting diodes. They are conducting further studies to improve its power density and the materials science community is excited about how this technology could be utilised in the future.

Want to know more?

Read the full article in Chemistry World by Heather Powell.

Or, take a look at the original article which is free to access until 15th June 2015:

Ubiquitous magneto-mechano-electric generator” by J. Ryu et al., DOI:10.1039/C5EE00414D

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Professor Henry Snaith elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Credit: University of Oxford

We are pleased to announce that Professor Henry Snaith, of the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University and Energy and Environmental Science Advisory Board member, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Fellows of the Royal Society are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science and we would like to congratulate Henry on this achievement.

As head of the Photovolatic and Optoelectronic Device Group, Henry leads an interdisciplinary research team which focusses on optoelectronic materials synthesis, device development and characterisation with the primary focus of developing low cost photovoltaic concepts. Henry has pioneered the development of hybrid materials for energy and photovoltaics and the recent discovery of highly efficient perovskite solar cells has received much attention by the academic community and by industry as a low-cost alternative to silicon photovoltaics.

Read a selection of Henry’s papers – free to access until 15th June 2015:

Low-temperature processed meso-superstructured to thin-film perovskite solar cells, James M. Ball, Michael M. Lee, Andrew Hey and Henry J. Snaith, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013,6, 1739-1743, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40810H

Formamidinium lead trihalide: a broadly tunable perovskite for efficient planar heterojunction solar cells, Giles E. Eperon, Samuel D. Stranks, Christopher Menelaou, Michael B. Johnston, Laura M. Herz and Henry J. Snaith, Energy Environ. Sci., 2014,7, 982-988, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43822H

Sub-150 °C processed meso-superstructured perovskite solar cells with enhanced efficiency, Konrad Wojciechowski, Michael Saliba, Tomas Leijtens, Antonio Abate and Henry J. Snaith, Energy Environ. Sci., 2014,7, 1142-1147, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43707H

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Membrane-less water splitting device

A water splitting electrolyser typically contains an ion-conducting membrane which separates the electrodes and keeps the oxygen and hydrogen apart, preventing explosion. However, these membranes are expensive and thus the development of a membrane-less electrolyser is an exciting advance. Researchers at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, led by Demetri Psaltis, have developed such a device by exploiting the Segré–Silberberg effect. The oxygen and hydrogen are kept separate as the distance between the two electrodes is less than a few hundred micrometres and they do not mix because lift forces in the narrow passage push them towards the wall they evolved from.This is a microfluidic device that provides promising proof-of-concept and the group are now attempting to scale up.

Want to know more?

Read the full article in Chemistry World by Isobel Marr.

Or, take a look at the original article which is free to access untill 1st June 2015:

A membrane-less electrolyzer for hydrogen production across the pH scale” by S. Mohammad H. Hashemi,  Miguel A. Modestino and Demetri Psaltis, DOI:10.1039/C5EE00083A

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Ultrasound test echos with battery charge

Measuring the charge within a battery can often involve the use of expensive equipment such as synchrotron light sources, which are not accessible to all researchers. However, scientists at Princeton University lead by Dr Daniel Steingart have developed a method of using ultrasound echoes to measure charge within a battery at different times, giving physical insight into a battery’s state. This ultrasomic imaging of what is happening inside a cell could prove to be useful commercially.

Want to know more?

Read the full article in Chemistry World by Osman Mohamed.

Or, take a look at the original article which is free to access untill 2nd June 2015:

Electrochemical-acoustic time of flight: in operando correlation of physical dynamics with battery charge and health by A. G. Hsieh, S. Bhadra, B. J. Hertzberg,  P. J. Gjeltema, A. Goy,  J. W. Fleischer and  D. A. Steingart, DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00111K.

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HOT Articles in EES

The following HOT articles have been highlighted by the reviewers of the articles as being particularly interesting or significant pieces of research. These are all free to access until 15/05/2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.

Positive onset potential and stability of Cu2O-based photocathodes in water splitting by atomic layer deposition of a Ga2O3 buffer layer
Changli Li, Takashi Hisatomi, Osamu Watanabe, Mamiko Nakabayashi, Naoya Shibata, Kazunari Domen and Jean-Jacques Delaunay
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00250H, Paper

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Toward the rational design of non-precious transition metal oxides for oxygen electrocatalysis
Wesley T. Hong, Marcel Risch, Kelsey A. Stoerzinger, Alexis Grimaud, Jin Suntivich and Yang Shao-Horn
DOI: 10.1039/C4EE03869J, Review Article

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Tracking the structural arrangement of ions in carbon supercapacitor nanopores using in situ small-angle X-ray scattering
C. Prehal, D. Weingarth, E. Perre, R. T. Lechner, H. Amenitsch, O. Paris and V. Presser
Journal Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00488H, Paper

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HOT Articles in EES

The following HOT articles have been highlighted by the reviewers of the articles as being particularly interesting or significant pieces of research. These are all free to access until 31/03/2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.

CO2-free electric power circulation via direct charge and discharge using the glycolic acid/oxalic acid redox couple

R. Watanabe, M.Yamauchi, M.Sadakiyo, R. Abe and T. Takeguchi
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00192G

10.1039/C5EE00192G


Atomic scale enhancement of metal–support interactions between Pt and ZrC for highly stable electrocatalysts
Niancai Cheng,  Mohammad Norouzi Banis, Jian Liu, Adam Riese, Shichun Mu, Ruying Li, Tsun-Kong Sham and Xueliang Sun

DOI: 10.1039/C4EE04086D

10.1039/C4EE04086D


Novel scalable synthesis of highly conducting and robust PEDOT paper for a high performance flexible solid supercapacitor
Bihag Anothumakkool, Roby Soni, Siddheshwar, N. Bhangea and Sreekumar Kurungot

DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00142K

 DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00142K


Olivine LiFePO4: the remaining challenges for future energy storage
Jiajun Wang and  Xueliang Sun

DOI: 10.1039/C4EE04016C

10.1039/C4EE04016C


Anomalously large interface charge in polarity-switchable photovoltaic devices: an indication of mobile ions in organic–inorganic halide perovskites
Yong Zhao, Chunjun Liang, Huimin Zhang, Dan Li, Ding Tian, Guobao Li, Xiping Jing, Wenguan Zhang, Weikang Xiao, Qian Liu,  Fujun Zhang and  Zhiqun He

DOI: 10.1039/C4EE04064C

10.1039/C4EE04064C


SnO2 nanocrystal-decorated mesoporous ZSM-5 as a precious metal-free electrode catalyst for methanol oxidation
Xiangzhi Cui,Yan Zhu, Zile Hua, Jingwei Feng,  Ziwei Liu, Lisong Chena and Jianlin Shi

DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00240K

10.1039/C5EE00240K


Hierarchical zigzag Na1.25V3O8 nanowires with topotactically encoded superior performance for sodium-ion battery cathodes
Yifan Dong, Shuo Li, Kangning Zhao, Chunhua Han, Wei Chen,  Bingliang Wang, Lei Wang, Boan Xu, Qiulong Wei, Lei Zhang, Xu Xua and Liqiang Mai

DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00036J

10.1039/C5EE00036J


CO2-free electric power circulation via direct charge and discharge using the glycolic acid/oxalic acid redox couple
R. Watanabe, M. Yamauchi, M. Sadakiyo, R. Abe and T. Takeguchi

DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00192G

10.1039/C5EE00192G


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Nanoporous methane storage – an impossible target?

Emma Stephen writes about an EES article in Chemistry World.


Is it possible to design a material to fulfil current methane storage goals? This is the question that a multi-disciplinary research team set out to answer by rapidly screening hundreds of thousands of possible methane storage materials in a computational study. Methane could reduce global dependence on oil so the search is on for nanoporous materials to act as fuel tanks for this tricky-to-store gas; but things are not looking promising.

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Interested to find out more? Read the full article by Emma Stephen in Chemistry World.

Read the original article in Energy and Environmental Science:

The materials genome in action: identifying the performance limits for methane storage
Cory M. Simon, Jihan Kim, Diego A. Gomez-Gualdron, Jeffrey S. Camp, Yongchul G. Chung, Richard L. Martin, Rocio Mercado, Michael W. Deem, Dan Gunter, Maciej Haranczyk, David S. Sholl, Randall Q. Snurr and Berend Smit
Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EE03515A, Perspective

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