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Journal of Photonics for Energy

Zakya H. Kafafi
Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief

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The Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) is an e-journal that covers fundamental and applied research areas focused on the applications of photonics for renewable energy harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, monitoring, consumption, and efficient usage. Areas of special interest for this journal include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Materials and Concepts

  • Novel photonic materials for renewable energy 
  • Innovative photonic concepts for renewable energy (e.g., light harvesting, light management, antireflective materials, plasmonic structures)


  • Photovoltaic devices (including thin film and organic semiconductors) 
  • Photonic devices for efficient harvesting and conversion of solar energy (e.g., thermophotovoltaics, photoelectrochemical solar cells) 
  • Solar thermal and concentrator technology (e.g., thermoelectrics, mirrors, optics) 
  • Energy-efficient photonic devices (e.g., solid-state lighting, flat-panel displays) 
  • Sensors to measure, control, and regulate energy

Efficient Energy Usage

  • Photonic technologies for monitoring energy usage 
  • Photonic technologies for monitoring exhaust gases and pollutants 
  • Measurement techniques for energy technologies 
  • Photonics in process control (e.g., for more energy-efficient production processes) 
  • Photonics in production of renewable energy devices and applications


  • Photonic sensors in power plants and buildings
  • Photonics in buildings (e.g., lighting, sensing, control systems, integrated photovoltaics)

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Photonics for Energy, please read our guidelines for authors and submit a manuscript online.

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JPE Video Intro Introduction to the Journal of Photonics for Energy from the Editor-in-Chief, Zakya Kafafi.

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Contact the Journal of Photonics for Energy staff at:

P.O. Box 10
Bellingham, WA 98227-0010 USA
tel: +1 360 676 3290
fax: +1 360 647 1445


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JPE Facts and Figures

E-ISSN: 1947-7988
Publisher: SPIE
Frequency: Quarterly (4 issues/year)
Year established: 2011
Format: Online only
Impact Factor*: 2.287
5-Year Impact Factor*: 1.686
*2016 Journal Citation Reports®
CiteScore 2016: 1.80
h5-index: 16