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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 Energy & Environmental Science’s new Editorial Board Member Sally Benson

We are delighted to introduce Professor Sally Benson as Energy & Environmental Science’s new Editorial Board Member.

Sally M. Benson, who joined Stanford University in 2007, is the co-director of Stanford’s Precourt Institute. A Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; she studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions including geologic storage of CO2 in deep underground formations and energy systems analysis for a low-carbon future. She also directs Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project.

Prior to joining Stanford, Benson was Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and Deputy Director at LBNL.

Professor Benson serves on the Board of Directors for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. Currently she also serves on the Advisory Boards for Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton’s Adlinger Center, Japan’s Initiative for the Cool Earth Forum, and the Lahore University of Management Science in Pakistan. Over the past several years she participated in a number of National Academy of Sciences, Secretary of Energy, and National Petroleum Council research needs assessments related to carbon management.


Recent Papers
:

Open AccessHydrogen or batteries for grid storage? A net energy analysis
Matthew A. Pellow, Christopher J. M. Emmott, Charles J. Barnhart and Sally M. Benson
Energy Environ. Sci., 2015,8, 1938-1952 DOI: 10.1039/C4EE04041D

Open Access The energetic implications of introducing lithium-ion batteries into distributed photovoltaic systems
Simon Davidsson Kurland and Sally M. Benson
Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C9SE00127A

 

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Introducing Energy & Environmental Science’s new Editorial Board Member Jens Norskov

We are delighted to introduce Professor Jens Nørskov as Energy & Environmental Science’s new Editorial Board Member.

 

Jens Nørskov is a Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor at Technical University of Denmark. He earned his PhD in theoretical physics from Aarhus University in Denmark in 1979, and is well known for his work on the theoretical description of surfaces, catalysis, materials and nanostructures.

Nørskov’s research aims at developing theoretical methods and concepts to understand and predict properties of materials. The aim is to understand which surface properties determine their chemical activity and to use that insight, in combination with large-scale computations, to design new catalytic surfaces and nano-structures. Applications are primarily in energy transformations, including (photo-) electrochemical water splitting, CO2 reduction, nitrogen reduction and syngas reactions.

 

Submit your best energy and environmental science research today.

 

Find out more about Jens here or read his recent research:

 

Recent Papers
Rapid flame doping of Co to WS2 for efficient hydrogen evolution

Ammonia synthesis from N2 and H2O using a lithium cycling electrification strategy at atmospheric pressure
Joshua M. McEnaney, Aayush R. Singh, Jay A. Schwalbe, Jakob Kibsgaard, John C. Lin, Matteo Cargnello, Thomas F. Jaramillo and Jens K. Nørskov
Energy Environ. Sci., 2017,10, 1621-1630. DOI: 10.1039/C7EE01126A

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Introducing Energy & Environmental Science’s new Editorial Board Chair Joseph Hupp


 
Joe Hupp, Northwestern University, USA

Joe’s research centres on energy- and defence-relevant materials chemistry, including materials for chemical separations, chemical catalysis, light-to-electrical energy conversion, catalytic water oxidation, high-capacity storage and release of molecular hydrogen, and capture and destruction of chemical warfare agents.

“Creative advances in energy and environmental science are crucial to humankind’s long-term survival and prosperity on our planet.”

Submit your best energy and environmental science research today.

 
Find out more about Joe here or read his recent research:

Edge Article 
A porous, electrically conductive hexa-zirconium(IV) metal–organic framework
Subhadip Goswami, Debmalya Ray, Ken-ichi Otake, Chung-Wei Kung, Sergio J. Garibay, Timur Islamoglu, Ahmet Atilgan, Yuexing Cui, Christopher J. Cramer, Omar K. Farha and Joseph T. Hupp
Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 4477-4482. DOI: 10.1039/C8SC00961A
 
Paper 
Probing charge transfer characteristics in a donor–acceptor metal–organic framework by Raman spectroelectrochemistry and pressure-dependence studies
Pavel M. Usov, Chanel F. Leong, Bun Chan, Mikihiro Hayashi, Hiroshi Kitagawa, Joshua J. Sutton, Keith C. Gordon, Idan Hod, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp, Matthew Addicoat, Agnieszka Beata Kuc, Thomas Heine and Deanna M. D’Alessandro
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 25772-25779. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP04157A

Review Article 
Metal–organic frameworks for the removal of toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents
Scott Bobbitt, Matthew L. Mendonca, Ashlee J. Howarth, Timur Islamoglu, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha and Randall Q. Snurr
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, 46, 3357-3385. DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00108H

 
Joe has selected some of the most outstanding energy and environmental science research from the past year to share with you. Read them now for free until the end of March 2019:

Communication 
Electronic structure engineering to boost oxygen reduction activity by controlling the coordination of the central metal
Yunhu Han, Yanggang Wang, Ruirui Xu, Wenxing Chen, Lirong Zheng, Aijuan Han, Youqi Zhu, Jian Zhang, Huabin Zhang, Jun Luo, Chen Chen, Qing Peng, Dingsheng Wang and Yadong Li
Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, 11, 2348-2352. DOI: 10.1039/C8EE01481G

Perspective 
An assessment of strategies for the development of solid-state adsorbents for vehicular hydrogen storage
Mark D. Allendorf, Zeric Hulvey, Thomas Gennett, Alauddin Ahmed, Tom Autrey, Jeffrey Camp, Eun Seon Cho, Hiroyasu Furukawa, Maciej Haranczyk, Martin Head-Gordon, Sohee Jeong, Abhi Karkamkar, Di-Jia Liu, Jeffrey R. Long, Katie R. Meihaus, Iffat H. Nayyar, Roman Nazarov, Donald J. Siegel, Vitalie Stavila, Jeffrey J. Urban, Srimukh Prasad Veccham and Brandon C. Wood
Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, 11, 2784-2812. DOI: 10.1039/C8EE01085D

Paper 
Driving towards cost-competitive biofuels through catalytic fast pyrolysis by rethinking catalyst selection and reactor configuration
Michael B. Griffin, Kristiina Iisa, Huamin Wang, Abhijit Dutta, Kellene A. Orton, Richard J. French, Daniel M. Santosa, Nolan Wilson, Earl Christensen, Connor Nash, Kurt M. Van Allsburg, Frederick G. Baddour, Daniel A. Ruddy, Eric C. D. Tan, Hao Cai, Calvin Mukarakate and Joshua A. Schaidle
Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, 11, 2904-2918. DOI: 10.1039/C8EE01872C

 
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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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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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A new EES Board Member for 2016

Energy & Environmental Science are delighted to announce that Professor Yang Shao-Horn joins the Editorial Board of the journal.

Yang Shao-Horn is W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT. Her research is centered on the chemical physics of surfaces with emphasis on metal oxides, searching for descriptors of catalytic activity, and reactivity between oxides and ion conductors, wetting properties and ion transport, and design materials for solar fuel and batteries including electrochemical/photoelectrochemical water splitting and CO2 reduction, ion/electron storage, and ion conductors. Professor Yang’s research includes extensive experimental components, including synthesis of well-defined surfaces and nanostructured materials, and investigation of processes at the surfaces/interfaces using electrochemical methods coupled with ex situ and in situ X-ray-based and electron-based spectroscopy. These experimental components are used in conjunction with Density Functional Theory computation efforts to develop new, physically based reaction mechanisms and design principles of materials. Professor Yang has published ~200 archival journal papers.

Read Professor Yang’s latest article in EES here:

Jae-Il Jung, Marcel Risch, Seungkyu Park, Min Gyu Kim, Gyutae Nam, Hu-Young Jeong, Yang Shao-Horn and Jaephil Cho
Energy Environ. Sci., 2016, 9, 176-183. DOI: 10.1039/C5EE03124A.

Professor Yang and the rest of the Editorial Board invite you to submit your best work to EES now!

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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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