Open Call for Submissions: Molecular Photoswitches for Energy storage

We are delighted to announce an Open Call for Submissions to a themed collection on Molecular Photoswitches for Energy storage to be published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Journal of Materials Chemistry C.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Rachel Evans (University of Cambridge)

Prof. Grace Han (Brandeis University)

Prof. Tao Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Prof. Dr. Hermann A. Wegner (Justus-Liebig Universität)


The necessity to harvest and store energy is one of the greatest challenges of today. The sun represents in this respect the ultimate energy source on earth. The utilization of light as energy input is therefore highly desirable. Molecular photoswitches do exactly that, as they can be switched between two states. Such processes have great potential in energy storage. This special issue celebrates results in all areas covering molecular photoswitches in the broadest sense for energy storage:

Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, synthesis and characterization of photoswitches
  • Application of photoswitches for energy storage, such as molecular solar thermal energy storage systems
  • Incorporation of photoswitches in devices for energy storage
  • Investigation of diverse triggering methods for energy release (e.g., (electro)catalysis)
  • Phase transitions and latent heat storage-release induced by the photoswitching processes
  • Theoretical screening of photoswitch candidates for improved energy storage

Deadline: 13 June 2024

Submissions to the journal should contain chemistry in the context of a material and should fit within the scope of Journal of Materials Chemistry C or Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Please see the journal’s page for more information on the journal’s scope, standards, article types and author guidelines.

This call for papers is open for the following article types:

  • Communications
  • Full papers

If you would like to contribute to this themed collection, you can submit your article directly to the online submission system for Journal of Materials Chemistry C or Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Please mention that this submission is a contribution to the Molecular Photoswitches for Energy storage in the “Themed issues” section of the submission form and add a “Note to the Editor” that this is from the Open Call.

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