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Journal of Photonics for Energy Special Section Calls for Papers

To submit a manuscript for consideration in a Special Section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the Online Submission SystemLeaving site. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

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Calls for Papers:

Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

Tandem Junction Solar Cells

Spectral Management for Renewable Energy Conversion

Light Management for Photovoltaics with Nanostructures

Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (TADF-OLEDs)


perovskite

Special Series on Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

Guest Editors:

Ana Flavia Nogueira

Ana Flavia Nogueira
University of Campinas
Chemistry Institute
P.O. Box 6154, 13083-970
Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
E-mail: anaflavia@iqm.unicamp.br

Laura Schelhas

Laura Schelhas
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Applied Energy Programs
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 69
Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
E-mail: schelhas@slac.stanford.edu

Call for Papers: This special series of JPE will center on the science and technology of perovskite-based ABX3 where A = FA, MA, Cs, Rb; B = Pb, Sn; and X = Cl, Br, I, solar cells, which have recently gained a lot of attention due to their superior performance, reaching high power conversion efficiencies (~20%) and putting them in direct competition with their silicon-based analogues. Some of the advantages related to this solar cell technology are due to their long electron-hole diffusion lengths (>1 µm), broad light absorption from visible to near-infrared, tunability of their absorption spectra via molecular engineering (using different ligands), good solubility in organic solvents, and high charge electron and hole carrier mobilities. The ambipolar transport nature of the light-harvesting layer allows their assembly in several configurations (e.g. mesoporous and planar configurations).

In spite of their quickly achieved high efficiencies, a deeper understanding of the fundamental properties is still needed, such as the nature and dynamics of the photo-excited species, the influence of the film morphology on their performance, the influence of defects, size and crystallinity of the perovskite precursors and final films, the roles played by the interfaces and contacts, and long term stability; just to list a few.

This call for papers is open to all interested applicants that have original and not yet published scientific work, or would like to write a short review article highlighting recent advances in the last 2-3 years in the area of perovskite-based solar cells.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of JPE, which can be found at http://spie.org/JPEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jpe.msubmit.net. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Manuscripts due 31 December 2017.

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Special Series on Tandem Junction Solar Cells

Guest Editors:

Fatima Toor Fatima Toor
University of Iowa
College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
E-mail: fatima-toor@uiowa.edu
Arthur Onno Arthur Onno
University College London
Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department
London WC1E 7JE, United Kingdom
E-mail: arthur.onno.13@ucl.ac.uk
Karin Hinzer Karin Hinzer
University of Ottowa
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ottowa, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: khinzer@uottawa.ca

Call for Papers: This special section of the Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) will center on high-efficiency tandem solar cell designs. Examples of research in this area includes but is not limited to the following:

Ultra-high-efficiency (>40%) tandem structures for space and high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) applications

  • III-V multijunction solar cells
  • innovative materials for high-bandgap (>2eV) top cells and 1eV middle/bottom cells (high material quality AlGaInP, dilute nitrides, quantum well superlattices, etc.)
  • lattice-matched and metamorphic growth techniques
  • application of quantum dots to multijunction architectures, etc.

Low-cost approaches to high-efficiency (>30%) tandem cells

  • hybrid III-V/Si tandem cells (through epitaxy, wafer bonding, or mechanical stacking)
  • hybrid perovskite/Si tandem cells
  • low-cost growth techniques for III-V multijunctions (vapor phase epitaxy, high-growth-rate MOCVD)

Modeling of tandem architectures

  • optimal design of tandem cells
  • impact of luminescent efficiency and luminescent coupling
  • simulation of tunnel junction and contact architecture (2, 3, or 4-terminal devices)

Novel approaches to tandem structures

  • spectral splitting
  • PV mirrors

Characterization of tandem architectures

  • characterization techniques of individual subcells
  • outdoor measurement of tandem cells.

This call for papers is open to all interested applicants to submit original research and review articles describing advances into each of these fundamental processes in high-efficiency photovoltaic conversion.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of JPE, which can be found at http://spie.org/JPEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jpe.msubmit.net. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Manuscripts due 31 December 2017.

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Spectral Management for Renewable Energy Conversion

Timothy W. Schmidt

Timothy W. Schmidt
University of New South Wales
School of Chemistry
Sydney, Australia
E-mail: timothy.schmidt@unsw.edu.au

Felix N. Castellano

Felix N. Castellano
North Carolina State University
Department of Chemistry
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
E-mail: fncastel@ncsu.edu

Rowan W. MacQueen

Rowan W. MacQueen
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
Berlin, Germany
E-mail: rowan.macqueen@helmholtz-berlin.de

Murad J. Y. Tayebjee

Murad J. Y. Tayebjee
University of Cambridge
Cavendish Laboratory
Cambridge, United Kingdom
E-mail: mjyt2@cam.ac.uk

This call for papers is open to all interested applicants to submit original research papers and review articles (by invitation) in the area of spectral management for renewable energy conversion.

Most single-threshold solar cells are limited by the number of absorbing photons above a certain threshold energy (e.g. 1.1 eV for c-Si). Energy in excess of the absorption threshold is lost as heat, which leads to the theoretical limit of power conversion efficiency of about 33% under standard sunlight illumination (AM 1.5). This energy loss is also true for most photocatalytic systems that aim to produce fuels, i.e., chemical energy conversion from solar light. The broadband solar spectrum can be utilized more efficiently if the spectrum of colors can be channelled into a narrow band of energies above the threshold of the convertor.

In recent years, we have seen significant progress in studies of processes that seek to manage the solar spectrum, by either merging or splitting photon energy. Numerous studies describing photon upconversion, both in organic (triplet fusion) and inorganic materials, and photon energy splitting including singlet fission, have been reported.

Materials that can exhibit triplet fusion and/or singlet fission have been incorporated into photovoltaic devices. However, efficient devices based on fusion or fission remain elusive, and there remain challenges to both strategies. This special section of the Journal of Photonics for Energy will center on materials and devices that harness spectrum transformation technologies.

Examples of research in these areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Upconversion materials (including rare-earth and triplet fusion)
  • Solar cells based on triplet-triplet annihilation
  • Downconversion materials (including singlet fission and multiple exciton generation)
  • Spectral-shifting for luminescence solar concentrators
  • Spectral down-shifting materials.

Original research articles describing advances in these fundamental processes of solar light harvesting and spectral manipulation, enabled by the design and development of new materials and device architectures, are welcome.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of JPE, which can be found at http://spie.org/JPEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jpe.msubmit.net. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Manuscripts due 31 August 2017.

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Light Management for Photovoltaics with Nanostructures

Guest Editors:

Diederik S. Wiersma

Diederik S. Wiersma
University of Florence
Department of Physics
Via Del Viliani 765, 50036 Vaglia (FI), Italy
E-mail: wiersma@lens.unifi.it

Zongfu Yu

Zongfu Yu
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706, United States
E-mail: zyu54@wisc.edu

Chen Wang

Chen Wang
Seagate Technology
Transducer Design
7801 Computer Ave South
Bloomington, Minnesota 55435, United States
E-mail: henry.c.wang@seagate.com

This special section of the Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) will focus on light management of nanostructured photovoltaics. Thin-film photovoltaic devices are becoming increasingly attractive and useful for various applications. Nonetheless, many devices suffer from incomplete or low solar light absorption which leads to a small photocurrent generation and a poor power conversion efficiency. Elaborate and novel nanostructures have been designed and explored to effectively manipulate photons. This has been achieved by exploiting interference, diffraction, and resonance effects to enhance broadband absorption of the entire visible and infrared solar spectrum and in some cases widen the acceptance angle. These nanostructures including antireflection layers, front scattering surfaces, structured back reflectors, and plasmonic nanostructures, may be arranged in order, disorder, or even completely at random. Progress has been accomplished in numerical simulations where various device engineering approaches have been adopted for the optimization of light management. Meanwhile, novel fabrication techniques have been developed to integrate nanostructures in thin film photovoltaic devices with higher resolution, larger scale, and reduced cost.

This JPE special section is open to original research articles that cover experimental and theoretical studies on inorganic, organic, hybrid organic-inorganic, and perovskite photovoltaics. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel nanophotonic structures for light management (e.g. metasurfaces, super absorber, zero-index materials, etc.)
  • Periodic nanostructures for light management (e.g. photonic crystals, front or back gratings, nanowires, etc.)
  • Quasi-random or disordered nanophotonics
  • Plasmonic nanostructures (e.g. metallic, metal oxides, etc.)
  • Novel fabrication techniques for the integration of thin film photovoltaics and subwavelength nanostructures
  • Optimization methods and design tools for nanostructured photovoltaic devices
  • Bio- and nature-inspired nanophotonics.

The guest editors will also invite authors who are experts in various related fields to submit short review articles highlighting recent advances in the area of photon management in photovoltaic devices.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of JPE, which can be found at http://spie.org/JPEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jpe.msubmit.net. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Manuscripts are due 1 September 2017.

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Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (TADF-OLEDs)

Guest Editors:

Chihaya Adachi Chihaya Adachi
Kyushu University
Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA)
744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
E-mail: adachi@opera.kyushu-u.ac.jp
Eli Zysman-Colman Eli Zysman-Colman
Organic Semiconductor Centre
EaStCHEm School of Chemistry
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9ST, United Kingdom
E-mail: eli.zysman-colman@st-andrews.ac.uk

Call for Papers: Since the first publication of highly efficient organic light-emitting diodes from delayed fluorescence [Nature 492, p. 234-238 (2012)], extensive studies on thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) have been conducted. This has led to rapid developments in new TADF materials and positioned them as the third-generation of OLED emitters. This has been accompanied by further studies of novel device architectures as well as advances in device physics.

This call for papers is open to all interested chemists, physicists, and engineers who have original and not-yet published scientific work on TADF-OLEDs including new materials, interfaces, photophysics, device physics, and architectures. We invite original research articles that cover "state-of-the-art" TADF science and technology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New TADF emitters based on donor-acceptor structures
  • Novel molecular structures for TADF, especially for blue emitters
  • Interfacial issues including organic/metal, organic/metal oxide, and organic/organic
  • Mechanisms for upconversion from triplet to singlet states (T1 to S1)
  • Strategies for realizing upconversion with a high rate (<1 µs)
  • External quantum efficiencies of TADF-OLEDs
  • Device stability and operation lifetime of TADF-OLEDs

Original manuscripts on recent advances on the development of new emitting materials, novel devices, delineation of mechanisms, device physics and interface control, to list a few, are welcome.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of JPE, which can be found at http://spie.org/JPEauthorinfo. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jpe.msubmit.net. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Manuscripts are due 31 October 2017.

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Published Special Sections:

Solar Fuels Photocatalysis (January-March 2017)
Guest Editors: Jeremy Pietron and Roland Marschall

Hot Carrier Energy Harvesting and Conversion (October-December 2016)
Guest Editors: Jeremy Munday and Qiaoqiang Gan

Solid-State Lighting: Photonics and Technologies (2015)
Guest Editors: Nelson Tansu and Franky So

Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells (2015)
Guest Editors: Ana Flavia Nogueira and Garry Rumbles

Nanophotonics and Plasmonics for Solar Energy Harvesting and Conversion (2015)
Guest Editor: Deirdre O'Carroll

Solution-Processable Organic Solar Cells (2015)
Guest Editors: Christoph J. Brabec and Tayebeh Ameri

Organic Photovoltaics (2012)
Guest Editors: Christoph Brabec, Paul Lane, and Zakya H. Kafafi

Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (2012)
Guest Editors: Franky So and Chihaya Adachi

High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications (2012)
Guest Editor: Kaitlyn VanSant

Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems (2012)
Guest Editors: Neelkanth G. Dhere, John H. Wohlgemuth, and Kevin Lynn

Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (2011)
Guest Editors: Franky So and Chihaya Adachi

Organic Photovoltaics (2011)
Guest Editors: Christoph Brabec, Paul Lane, and Zakya H. Kafafi


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