We have arrived at a crucial time in the development of this planet where scientists and engineers must seize the initiative and explore, discover, and disseminate solutions to mankind's growing energy challenge as a matter of urgency. The economic and environmental issues associated with this challenge have captured the attention of politicians and the general public but it is the scientific community that will deliver the answers to questions of sustainability, efficiency, economy, and environmental protection.
To achieve this, information must flow within the scientific community—materials, physics, chemistry, and more—as well as to and from it. Advanced Materials already has a large and attentive interdisciplinary audience in relevant technological areas and a track record of publishing some of the best science in fields such as solar cell, batteries, or fuel cell technologies. We will now further increase our contribution to this information flow by introducing a new feature, Advanced Energy Materials, from this issue on.
Already nearly one in ten Advanced Materials publications concerns itself with the generation, conversion, or storage of energy—a remarkable proportion given the breadth of the journal and the many other, fascinating topics covered. While all research published in Advanced Materials has already gone through a rigorous selection process that results in acceptance of less than 20% of all manuscripts submitted, we feel that the best of the best in energy-related research deserve special attention and visibility. For this reason, Advanced Materials will serve as the platform for Advanced Energy Materials, in which we will present carefully selected energy-related Communications and overview articles that address all aspects of materials for efficient energy generation, storage, conversion, and use.
Advanced Energy Materials will be published several times per year as part of our regular Advanced Materials content, sharing and contributing to the journal's metrics and will be cited as Advanced Materials. Papers will be highlighted on our popular online news service, MaterialsViews.com, and its Chinese counterpart, MaterialsViewsChina.com, which will further improve access to and dissemination of the information. We are pleased to welcome the outstanding scientists and researchers who have agreed to join the Editorial Advisory Board of Advanced Energy Materials, including Christoph Brabec (Erlangen), Alan Heeger (UC Santa Barbara), René Janssen (TU Eindhoven), Hagen Klauk (MPI Stuttgart), Karl Leo (TU Dresden), Peter Notten (Philips & TU Eindhoven), John Rogers (UI Urbana-Champaign), Manfred Waidhas (Siemens Erlangen), and Martin Winter (TU Münster). In taking on joint chairmanship, Christoph Brabec and Manfred Waidhas have been instrumental in bringing Advanced Energy Materials to life, and in their editorial for the inaugural issue of Advanced Energy Materials,1 they introduce the section and its future role and coverage in more detail. We look forward to supporting this important initiative and encourage our readers to get involved and to use this opportunity to submit and read work in this fascinating area.