Journal of Materials Chemistry A 10th anniversary survey – the results are in

To celebrate 10 years of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C we asked you to contribute your thoughts and perspectives about the development of materials chemistry and the future of the field!

We asked 3 questions to Journals of Materials Chemistry A authors, reviewers, and readers. Below we discuss our findings and share some of the common trends amongst the Journal of Materials Chemistry A community responses.


Question 1:

What development in materials chemistry for energy and sustainability do you see as having the biggest impact over the last 10 years?

The past decade has demonstrated our ability to discover and synthesise new materials. Some of the greatest advances you mentioned were development of 2D materials and nanomaterials in particular. Many responses included the development and application of photo- and electro-catalysts. Unsurprisingly, batteries was also a very popular response, although it seems we still have work to do in that regard!

The letter 'A' filled with words from survey responses in different colours. Hydrogen, Cells, Materials, Synthesis, Green, Energy, Solar, Efficient, Nanomaterials.
The letter 'A' filled with words from responses to the survey in different colours. Energy, Solar, Materials, Hydrogen, Battery, Storage, Porous, Lithium, MOFs. Question 2:

Where do you see the direction of materials chemistry research in the area of energy and sustainability heading in the next 10 years?

The most common responses for future research and direction in energy and sustainability were for hydrogen generation (green hydrogen) and use. New materials for advancing sustainable energy storage and conversion dominated a large proportion of responses, this included frequent mentions of solar cell advances and development.

Question 3:

What topic would you like to see more of in Journal of Materials Chemistry A?

Energy, Energy, Energy! Yes we always want to see more about how we can move towards more efficient, more cost effective and more sustainable forms of energy generation, conversion and storage. We also want to see more drive towards development of renewable energy sources and particularly through the use of novel materials. But it looks like energy won’t be our only focus – many of you also want to see more from the field of sensing and catalysis, so watch this space!

The letter 'A' filled with words from survey responses in different colours. Energy, Storage, Sensing, Catalysts, Renewable, Hydrogen, Specialist, Materials, Conversion.

So how did your contribution compare to the rest of the community? We appreciate all of your responses and it has certainly shed some light on our communities’ perspectives in regard to the materials chemistry field – past, present and future.

Discover the results for the Journal of Materials Chemistry B survey and Journal of Materials Chemistry C survey.

Don’t forget to check out all of our special Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C 10-year anniversary celebrations, including our 10-year Anniversary Community spotlight blog, the #myfirstJMC collections showcasing our first-time corresponding authors, monthly 10th anniversary cover art round-ups and a special anniversary editorial by Editors-in-Chief Anders Hagfeldt, Jeroen Cornelissen and Natalie Stingelin.

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