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Announcing the new Editorial Board Chair of Energy & Environmental Science – Jenny Nelson

We are delighted to introduce Professor Jenny Nelson as Energy & Environmental Science’s new Editorial Board Chair.

Jenny Nelson is a Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, where she has researched novel varieties of material for use in solar cells since 1989. Her current research is focused 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.

“I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of the Editorial Board of Energy & Environmental Science. I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Joe Hupp who has steered the journal with excellent judgement over the last four years and look forward to working with my fellow Editorial Board members and the Royal Society of Chemistry on the further development of EES as a world class venue for the very best energy science research. The coming decade will be critical for the energy transition and climate change mitigation and I would love to see EES authors lead the field in publishing scientific contributions to address these challenges.” – Jenny Nelson

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Editorial Board Chair, Professor Joseph Hupp, for his service to the journal.

Jenny has selected some of her favourite research recently published in EES to share with you. Read these papers now for free until the end of March 2023:

Manipulating the D:A interfacial energetics and intermolecular packing for 19.2% efficiency organic photovoltaics
Chengliang He, Youwen Pan, Yanni Ouyang, Qing Shen, Yuan Gao, Kangrong Yan, Jin Fang, Yiyao Chen, Chang-Qi Ma, Jie Min, Chunfeng Zhang, Lijian Zuo* and Hongzheng Chen*

High-performance all-solid-state Li2S batteries using an interfacial redox mediator
Chun Yuen Kwok, Shiqi Xu, Ivan Kochetkov, Laidong Zhou and Linda F. Nazar*

Perspective on the hydrogen economy as a pathway to reach net-zero CO2 emissions in Europe
Mijndert van der Spek,* Catherine Banet, Christian Bauer, Paolo Gabrielli, Ward Goldthorpe, Marco Mazzotti,* Svend T. Munkejord, Nils A. Røkke, Nilay Shah, Nixon Sunny, Daniel Sutter, J. Martin Truslerh and Matteo Gazzani*

In situ protonated-phosphorus interstitial doping induces long-lived shallow charge trapping in porous C3−xN4 photocatalysts for highly efficient H2 generation
Wenchao Wang, Lili Du, Ruiqin Xia, Runhui Liang, Tao Zhou, Hung Kay Lee, Zhiping Yan, Hao Luo, Congxiao Shang, David Lee Phillips* and Zhengxiao Guo*

Clarification of mechanisms of protonic photovoltaic action initiated by photoexcitation of strong photoacids covalently bound to hydrated Nafion cation-exchange membranes wetted by aqueous electrolytes
Simon Luo, William White, Joseph M. Cardon and Shane Ardo*

And read some of Jenny’s recent work in EES here:

Identifying structure–absorption relationships and predicting absorption strength of non-fullerene acceptors for organic photovoltaics
Jun Yan, Xabier Rodríguez-Martínez,* Drew Pearce, Hana Douglas, Danai Bili, Mohammed Azzouzi, Flurin Eisner, Alise Virbule, Elham Rezasoltani, Valentina Belova, Bernhard Dörling, Sheridan Few, Anna A. Szumska, Xueyan Hou, Guichuan Zhang, Hin-Lap Yip, Mariano Campoy-Quiles* and Jenny Nelson*

Reconciling models of interfacial state kinetics and device performance in organic solar cells: impact of the energy offsets on the power conversion efficiency
Mohammed Azzouzi,* Nathaniel P. Gallop, Flurin Eisner, Jun Yan, Xijia Zheng, Hyojung Cha, Qiao He, Zhuping Fei, Martin Heeney, Artem A. Bakulin and Jenny Nelson*

Side-chain tuning in conjugated polymer photocatalysts for improved hydrogen production from water
Duncan J. Woods, Sam A. J. Hillman, Drew Pearce, Liam Wilbraham, Lucas Q. Flagg, Warren Duffy, Iain McCulloch, James R. Durrant, Anne A. Y. Guilbert, Martijn A. Zwijnenburg,* Reiner Sebastian Sprick,* Jenny Nelson* and Andrew I. Cooper*

We hope that you enjoy reading these papers, and please join us in welcoming Jenny as she leads Energy & Environmental Science to continued success.

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Introducing our newest Advisory Board members

We are delighted to welcome our newest members to the Energy & Environmental Science Advisory Board!

Introducing Profs. Annamaria Petrozza, Evelyn Wang, Li-Zhu Wu, Yan Yu, Hong Jin Fan, Laura Herz, Pooi See Lee, Yi-Chun Lu and Shelley Minteer. We are so happy to be working with you all.

The Energy & Environmental Science Advisory Board is comprised of leading researchers from across the breadth of energy science, who support the journal as reviewers and authors, providing strategic feedback and acting as advocates in the community. Meet our full Editorial and Advisory Boards on our webpage: https://rsc.li/ees and find out a bit more about our newest Advisory Board members below, alongside examples of their research.

 

Pictured left to right: Annamaria Petrozza, Evelyn Wang, Li-Zhu Wu and Yan Yu

Pictured left to right:  Profs. Hong Jin Fan, Laura Herz, Pooi See Lee, Yi-Chun Lu, Shelley Minteer

 

Prof. Annamaria Petrozza works at the Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Italy. Her research aims to shed light on interfacial optoelectronic mechanisms with the goal of improving efficiency and stability of solution processable semiconductors and devices, with special emphasis on highly efficient third-generation solar cells.

Read some of Petrozza’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: 17.6% stabilized efficiency in low-temperature processed planar perovskite solar cells

 

Prof. Evelyn Wang is the director of the Device Research Laboratory and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research interests include heat and mass transfer, energy efficient systems, water harvesting, purification and conservation and micro/nano devices.

Read some of Wang’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: Ultrahigh-efficiency desalination via a thermally-localized multistage solar still and Passive, high-efficiency thermally-localized solar desalination

 

Prof. Li-Zhu Wu is the Director of the Lab of Supramolecular Photochemistry at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The group works on photochemical conversion, including artificial photosynthesis for hydrogen and oxygen evolution as well as carbon dioxide reduction; Visible light catalysis for efficient organic transformation, particularly for activation of inert chemical bonds using photochemical strategies; and photoinduced electron transfer, energy transfer, and chemical reactions in supramolecular systems.

Read some of Wu’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: Graphdiyne for crucial gas involved catalytic reactions in energy conversion applications

 

Prof. Yan Yu at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), works on the design of novel nanomaterials for clean energy, with a particular focus on batteries and the fundamental science of energy-storage systems.

Read some of Yu’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: Ionogel-based sodium ion micro-batteries with a 3D Na-ion diffusion mechanism enable ultrahigh rate capability

 

Prof. Hong Jin Fan works at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His research interests focus on exploring new energy materials and understanding their functions in energy conversion and storage processes, including catalysis for hydrogen generation, new redox batteries, and flexible energy devices.

Read some of Fan’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: Tubular TiC fibre nanostructures as supercapacitor electrode materials with stable cycling life and wide-temperature performance

 

Prof Laura Herz directs the Semiconductors Group at the Clarendon Laboratory and is the Associate Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division for research at the University of Oxford. The Herz group explores the fundamental science and applications of semiconducting materials and nanostructures ranging from hybrid systems such as sensitized metal oxides and organic-inorganic perovskites to organic molecules and solids, III-V inorganic semiconductors, and nanostructures.

Read some of Herz’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: Preventing phase segregation in mixed-halide perovskites: a perspective

 

Prof. Pooi See Lee, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is interested in synthesizing innovative nanomaterials and harnessing their multi-functionality through understanding the structural-property characteristics. She has developed high-energy capacitors, energy-saving electrochromic coatings, novel transparent conductors, flexible and stretchable devices.

Read some of Lee’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: 3D carbon based nanostructures for advanced supercapacitors

 

Prof. Yi-Chun Lu, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, leads the Electrochemical Energy & Interfaces Laboratory. Lu’s research group looks at redox flow batteries, Li-air batteries, Li-sulphur batteries, and energy storage systems for electric vehicles.

Read some of Lu’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: High-areal-capacity conversion type iron-based hybrid redox flow batteries

 

Prof. Shelley Minteer is a group leader at the University of Utah. The Minteer Group is focused on improving the abiotic-biotic interface between biocatalysts and electrode surfaces for enhanced bioelectrocatalysis. These biocatalysts include microbial cells, organelles (mitochondria and thylakoid membranes), redox proteins, and oxidoreductase enzymes. They design electrode structures for enhanced flux at electrode surfaces for biosensor and biofuel cell applications.

Read some of Minteer’s work in Energy & Environmental Science: Nitrogenase bioelectrocatalysis: heterogeneous ammonia and hydrogen production by MoFe protein

 

The Editorial team extends a warm welcome to all our new Advisory Board members, we are very much looking forward to working with everyone.

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