Outstanding Papers in Energy Advances 2023!

We are delighted to announce the Outstanding Papers of 2023 for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Energy Advances journal!

This collection celebrates the best contributions to our gold open access journal during our second year of publications. These leading papers were selected by the editorial board, the advisory board and the editorial office based on the science presented, impact throughout the year and potential future impact.

Explore all the outstanding articles below or check out our dedicated collection for the full articles, which are published gold open access so are free to read!

Outstanding Review Articles

From material properties to device metrics: a data-driven guide to battery design
Kevin W. Knehr, Joseph J. Kubal, Abhas Deva, Mohammed B. Effat and Shabbir Ahmed
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 1326-1350

Machine learning in energy chemistry: introduction, challenges and perspectives
Yuzhi Xu, Jiankai Ge and Cheng-Wei Ju
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 896-921

Two-dimensional materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting
Sang Eon Jun, Jae Kwan Lee and Ho Won Jang
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 34-53

Defect engineering in antimony selenide thin film solar cells
Udari Wijesinghe, Giulia Longo and Oliver S. Hutter
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 12-33

Outstanding Research Articles

Beyond energy density: flow battery design driven by safety and location
David Reber, Sam R. Jarvis and Michael P. Marshak
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 1357-1365

Enhanced uranium extraction selectivity from seawater using dopant engineered layered double hydroxides
Muhammad Zubair, Hayden Ou, Yuwei Yang,  Daniel T. Oldfield,  Lars Thomsen,   Bijil Subhash, Jessica L. Hamilton, Joshua T. Wright, Nicholas M. Bedford and Jessica Veliscek Carolan
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 1134-1147

The impact of snow losses on solar photovoltaic systems in North America in the future
Ryan A. Williams, Daniel J. Lizzadro-McPherson and Joshua M. Pearce
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 1634-1649

Improved reversibility of lithium deposition and stripping with high areal capacity under practical conditions through enhanced wettability of the polyolefin separator to highly concentrated electrolytes
Yosuke Ugata, Chihaya Motoki, Satoshi Nishikawa and  Naoaki Yabuuchi
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 503-507

Improved electrode reversibility of anionic redox with highly concentrated electrolyte solution and aramid-coated polyolefin separator
Nanaka Shimada, Yosuke Ugata, Satoshi Nishikawa, Daisuke Shibata, Toshiaki Ohta and Naoaki Yabuuchi
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 508-512

Effect of Ti1−xFexO2 photoanodes on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells utilizing natural betalain pigments extracted from Beta vulgaris (BV)
Abhishek Srivastava, Jena Akash Kumar Satrughna, Manish Kumar Tiwari, Archana Kanwade, Subhash Chand Yadav, Kiran Bala and Parasharam M. Shirage
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 148-160

Enhancing low electronic conductivity materials in all active material electrodes through multicomponent architecture
Chen Cai and Gary M. Koenig, Jr.
Energy Adv., 2023,2, 308-320

Would you like to see your outstanding research published in Energy Advances? Get in touch with the editorial office to receive a dedicated submission link: energyadvances-rsc@rsc.org.

Themed Collection: “Nanomaterials for Solar Energy Conversion” from Energy Advances

Could our collection be the ideal platform for your next energy research publication on nanomaterials for solar energy conversion?

We invite you to contribute to our collection highlighting nanomaterials for solar energy conversion. By harnessing the potential of nanomaterials, we can develop more cost-effective and sustainable solar cells, photo(electro)catalysts, and solar fuel devices, thus reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and mitigating environmental impacts associated with energy production. Understanding the fundamental principles underlying nanomaterial-based solar energy conversion can pave the way for innovative solutions to global energy challenges. For more information on the collection, which closes for submissions on 30th September 2024, see our open call for papers.

Why publish with Energy Advances?

  • No publication fees – there are no fees to publish in Energy Advances, we provide Open Access publication for free until June 30th 2024.
  • Rapid times to publication – our average time to decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts is just 41 days.
  • Expert Associate Editors (Volker Presser, Michael Naguib, Guang Feng, You Han, Wai-Yeung (Raymond) Wong, Layla Mehdi, Matthew Suss) handling the peer review of submissions.
  • Flexible articles types with no word count restrictions and no colour charges.
  • Maximum visibility – We are indexed in Web of Science (ESCI), Scopus, Directory of Open Access Journals and our content is fully discoverable in ResearchGate and Google Scholar.
  • Promotion of your work through our journal social media (@RSC_Energy; https://rsc.li/Energy_showcase).



Energy Advances focuses on the broad topic of energy science. The journal welcomes research from all related disciplines, including materials science, chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and biosciences. We embrace exciting energy science research, from central concepts to research at the nexus of sub-disciplines, where boundaries are crossed, and communities collaborate to inspire new thinking.

Article publication online and in issues will occur without delay to ensure the timely dissemination of the work. The articles will then be assembled on the RSC Publishing platform and promoted as a web-based thematic collection, to permit readers to consult and download individual contributions from the entire series.

If you’re interested, we invite you to submit your research today, quoting ‘YANaSoEn24’ when submitting your manuscript.

Congratulations to Energy Advances board members named as Highly Cited Researchers 2023!

We’re delighted to see some of our Energy Advances Editorial Board members named on the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list 2023! Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief Volker Presser and Associate Editor Michael Naguib 🎉

Clarivate explains that Highly Cited Researchers™ have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field(s) of research. Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers™ are 1 in 1,000.

Find out more about what this means to them, alongside advice for emerging scientists…


“I am excited about the research community’s interest in our work on next-generation batteries, ion-selective water remediation, and recycling at the energy/water/sustainability nexus.

Being a highly cited researcher validates the hard work of my team, present and past, and our amazing collaborators; it is a testament to collaborative synergy and underlines the need for networking to advance science.

As an early career scientist, I was given valuable advice that I want to pass on: be selective in what you do and what/where you publish! Remember that a day only has 24 hours, regardless of your position or experience level. So make each day in the lab, each hour revising a manuscript, and each minute submitting to a journal count.”

Volker Presser, Editor-in-Chief, Energy Advances






“I’m honored to be recognized as a highly cited researcher. Nanomaterials and Energy are multidisciplinary research fields where collaboration is necessary to study complex systems. I have been fortunate to have an excellent network of collaborators, mentors, current and former students. Without all of them, it would not have been possible for me to be on this list for the fourth time at this relatively early stage of my career.”

Michael Naguib, Associate Editor, Energy Advances






Members of the Energy Advances advisory board are also recognised as 2023’s highly cited researchers. Congratulations to Anita Ho-Baillie, Baizeng Fang, Liming Ding, Kristin Persson, Shaojun Guo and Qiang Zhang!

Zhaowu Tian Prize for Energy Electrochemistry awarded to Editor-in-Chief Volker Presser

Huge congratulations to our very own Energy Advances Editor-in-chief Professor Volker Presser who received the Zhaowu Tian Prize for Energy Electrochemistry from the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) ! The prize was recently awarded in person at the 74th annual meeting in Lyon, France for his comprehensive contributions to energy nano-materials research.

Editor-in-Chief of Energy Advances Volker Presser

New Themed Collection: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Energy Storage and Conversion

We are delighted to announce that the Energy Advances themed issue on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Energy Storage and Conversion is now online.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are transforming the way we perform scientific research in recent years. Guest edited by  Prof. Zhi Wei Seh (A*STAR, Singapore); Prof. Kui Jiao (Tianjin University); Dr. Ivano Castelli (Technical University of Denmark), this themed collection welcomes papers that demonstrate:

  • the implementation of AI and ML in energy storage and conversion, including batteries, supercapacitors, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis
  • From materials, to devices, to systems, with an emphasis on how AI and ML have accelerated research and development in these fields.


Read the full issue online: https://rsc.li/EnergyAdvancesAIML

It includes:

Machine learning in energy chemistry: introduction, challenges and perspectives

Yuzhi Xu, Jiankai Ge and Cheng-Wei Ju

Energy Adv., 2023, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D3YA00057E


Machine learning-inspired battery material innovation

Man-Fai Ng, Yongming Sun and Zhi Wei Seh

Energy Adv., 2023, 2, 449-464, DOI: 10.1039/D3YA00040K


Prediction of suitable catalysts for the OCM reaction by combining an evolutionary approach and machine learning

Carlotta L.M von Meyenn and Stefan Palkovits

Energy Adv., 2023,2, 691-700, DOI: 10.1039/D2YA00312K


Capacity-prediction models for organic anode active materials of lithium-ion battery: Advances in the predictors using small data

Haruka Tobita, Yuki Namiuchi, Takumi Komura, Hiroaki Imai, Koki Obinata, Masato Okada, Yasuhiko Igarashi and Yuya Oaki

Energy Adv., 2023, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/D3YA00161J


Physics-informed Gaussian process regression of in operando capacitance for carbon supercapacitors

Runtong Pan, Mengyang Gu and Jianzhong Wu

Energy Adv., 2023, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D3YA00071K


Machine learning assisted binary alloy catalyst design for the electroreduction of CO2 to C2 products

Zachary Gariepy, Guiyi Chen, Anni Xu, Zhuole Lu, Zhi Wen Chen and Chandra Veer Singh

Energy Adv., 2023,2, 410-419, DOI: 10.1039/D2YA00316C


We hope that you enjoy reading this collection of articles. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this themed collection or want to contribute to the growing work on artificial intelligence and machine learning in energy sciences.

Energy Advances Announcement: Wai-Yeung (Raymond) Wong, our new Editorial Board Member

We are very pleased to announce that Wai-Yeung (Raymond) Wong has joined Energy Advances as an Associate Editor.

Raymond is a Chair Professor in Chemical Technology at the Department of Applied Biology & Chemical Technology of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Hong Kong and after postdoctoral works at Texas A&M University (Advisor: Prof. F. A. Cotton) and the University of Cambridge (Advisors: Profs. The Lord Lewis and P. R. Raithby), he joined Hong Kong Baptist University from 1998 to 2016.

He has worked closely with the Royal Society of Chemistry for many years, serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C from 2013-2022. He was also awarded the RSC Chemistry of the Transition Metals Award, FACS Distinguished Young Chemist Award, State Natural Science Award from China, and RGC Senior Research Fellow Award, among others and is currently currently the Chairman of Hong Kong Chemical Society.

His research mainly focuses on organometallic and materials chemistry, especially aiming at developing multifunctional molecules and polymers for organic optoelectronics, energy science and metal-based nanomaterials.

Learn more by exploring some of Raymond’s published work across a range of RSC journals including Journal of Materials Chemistry (A,B,C), Nanoscale, Chemical Science, Sustainable Energy and Fuels, New Journal of Chemistry, Chemical Society Reviews and more… Read more »

Congratulations to the winner of the Energy Advances Award for Outstanding Poster in PV Device Research at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference!

In December 2022, the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference, organised by the Australian Photovoltaic Institute, took place. Energy Advances was delighted to sponsor the poster prize.

We would like to congratulate the winner of the poster prize. Check out the award winner below:

The winner, Dr Ning Song (pictured left) with Professor Anita Ho-Baillie, our Energy Advances Associate Editor.

Publishing with Energy Advances as an Early Career Researcher

Led by Volker Presser (Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany), Energy Advances is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes research across a broad scope of topics, and welcomes work that contributes to developments throughout energy science and related fields.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Batteries, supercapacitors, hybrid devices and other energy storage technologies
  • Bioenergy, biofuels and the biorefinery
  • Carbon capture, storage or utilisation
  • Catalysis and chemical engineering for energy applications
  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen production and storage.
  • Modelling, machine learning and characterisation for energy materials & systems
  • Solar energy conversion and photovoltaics


To ensure your research benefits from maximum exposure, the journal is gold open access. There are no submission or article processing charges for Energy Advances until mid-2024 so the journal is currently completely free to publish in. For more information, please see the Energy Advances website.

Publishing with Energy Advances can offer enhanced visibility for your research. Including research infographics, cover art opportunities, Twitter and Facebook promotion.

Rigorous Peer Review Process

Our publishing staff, all scientists, will guide you through the peer review and publication process. The peer review process for Energy Advances is overseen by our Associate Editors, who are all active researchers in their field.

Publishing with Energy Advances combines speed with a rigorous peer review process – the average time to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts is 25 days. Our accepted manuscript option allows your article to be online within 24 hours of acceptance.

We are open for submissions and the manuscript submission platform is available here. The latest issue of Energy Advances is available to read here and features papers from across the full spectrum of energy science, including energy storage solutions, methanol oxidation and carbon dioxide capture.

Researcher Development Grants

In addition, our Researcher Development Grants are open to early career scientists and PhD students wishing to undertake an activity that supports their research career. The activities applied for can be virtual or in-person. Examples include, but are not limited to, presenting work at conferences, developing new skills by attending training courses or developing networks by organising a scientific meeting. Check eligibility here: https://rsc.li/3TMBpyg.

Highlight on catalysis for energy research at Energy Advances

Our Editorial Board members include four prominent energy catalysis experts who also handle papers from submission to decision: Professor You Han (Tianjin University, China), Professor Michael Naguib (Tulane University, USA), Professor Layla Mehdi (University of Liverpool, UK) and Professor Matthew Suss (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel).

Associate Editor You Han

Associate Editor You Han

Associate Editor Michael Naguib

Associate Editor Michael Naguib










Associate Editor Layla Medhi

Associate Editor Layla Mehdi

Associate Editor Matthew Suss

Associate Editor Matthew Suss










We also wanted to highlight recent publications in Energy Advances which are relevant to catalysis for energy:

Dos and don’ts in screening water splitting electrocatalysts by Sengeni Anantharaj and Suguru Noda 

Catalytic reduction and reductive functionalisation of carbon dioxide with waste silicon from solar panel as the reducing agent by Ken Motokura et al.

Effect of doping TiO2 with Mn for electrocatalytic oxidation in acid and alkaline electrolytes by Dimosthenis Sokaras, Samira Siahrostami, Xiaolin Zheng et al.

To submit your catalysis for energy research, please visit: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/energyadv

Highlight on carbon capture and storage research in Energy Advances

Carbon capture and storage is such a hot topic at the moment, particularly in relation to achieving the UN SDGs and the Paris Agreement. We would like to highlight recent publications in Energy Advances which  are relevant to carbon capture and storage research:

A critical review of technologies, costs, and projects for production of carbon-neutral liquid e-fuels from hydrogen and captured CO2 by Harpreet Singh et al.

CO2 removal and 1.5 °C: what, when, where, and how? by Niall Mac Dowell et al.

Direct and mild non-hydroxide activation of biomass to carbons with enhanced CO2 storage capacity by Afnan Altwalaab and Robert Mokaya

Submit your carbon capture and storage research to one of our Associate Editors today: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/energyadv