Advanced Energy Materials to Expand in 2011

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Judging by keywords, some 15% of Advanced Materials papers and a staggering 22% from our sister journal Advanced Functional Materials are associated with energy research this year. In terms of reader interest, they regularly occupy top slots in the download lists as shown for Advanced Materials in Table1. Looking at January to July, five out of seven winners and a total of 16 out of 35 top five entries demonstrate the impact of this research and the attention it generates.

Our energy section Advanced Energy Materials has indeed served well as a platform for highlighting the best of this energy research, with another installment awaiting you in this issue. Since its inception, “AEnM” has been met with such unabridged enthusiasm that the logical next step is to help it escape the space constrictions of a special section and become an independent journal in 2011.

With the ability to accept more papers and grow with the community, Advanced Energy Materials strives to become the No. 1 forum for publishing energy research. Our experienced editorial team will run it in best Advanced Materials tradition with the support of distinguished advisors from academia as well as industry.

As a new journal, Advanced Energy Materials will give authors free choice of format by accepting Full Papers in addition to all Advanced Materials article types. Watch out this autumn for the opening of online manuscript submission at www.manuscriptxpress.com, which will be announced in a Call for Papers on www.advenergymat.de and our online news service www.materialviews.com.

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Back to the present and this September edition of Advanced Energy Materials: We set off with two Progress Reports on batteries and their electrochemistry. Rosa Palacín and colleagues take readers beyond intercalation-based lithium batteries to tackle conversion reactions at electrodes, while Sergei Kalinin and his coauthor describe progress made on scanning probe methods towards energy storage materials characterization.

For the purpose of better understanding of dye-sensitized solar cell device physics, Janne Halme and coworkers have assembled a complete current-voltage model from both fundamental research and practical aspects in their Review Article.

Leading the Communications section, Kenji Hata, Sumio Iijima, and their team have found a way around impurity-induced performance limitations of CNTs as supercapacitor electrodes by assembling nanotube fibers into electrode sheets. Polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells feature in the next two papers as René Janssen and Dago de Leeuw have collaborated to explore performance dependence on active layer morphology with a conveniently synthesized novel diketopyrrolopyrrole polymer, and L. Jay Guo et al. have devised a reel-to-reel fabrication process that combines morphology control for high performance with speed and automated manufacturing. The significance of this paper for organic photovoltaics commercialization is evident from its three-month high in our download statistics (Table 1). Last but not least, and rated as particularly outstanding by our reviewers, a group effort led by Judith MacManus-Driscoll and Lukas Schmidt-Mende has obtained significantly improved efficiencies in inorganic nanowire solar cells through electrodeposition of an optimized Cu 2 OZnO heterojunction that addresses the main issue of poor charge collection in this class of devices.

I look forward with much enthusiasm to the bright future of Advanced Energy Materials, its launch as a journal in January, and, of course, to your next manuscripts on one of these exciting topics.

Table 1.. Advanced Materials monthly top five most downloaded papers from January to July 2010.
2010AuthorArticle TypeTitle
JulyMario LeClerc et al.ReviewGraphene and Graphene Oxide: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications
 Kenji Hata et al.CommunicationExtracting the Full Potential of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Durable Supercapacitor Electrodes Operable at 4 V with High Power and Energy Density
 Yunqi Liu et al.Progress ReportControllable Synthesis of Graphene and Its Applications
 L. Jay Guo et al.CommunicationA Facile Route to Polymer Solar Cells with Optimum Morphology Readily Applicable to a Roll-to-Roll Process without Sacrificing High Device Performance
Yongfang LiCommunication6.5% Efficiency of Polymer Solar Cells Based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) and Indene-C60 Bisadduct by Device Optimization 
JuneL. Jay Guo et al.CommunicationA Facile Route to Polymer Solar Cells with Optimum Morphology Readily Applicable to a Roll-to-Roll Process without Sacrificing High Device Performance
 Shouheng Sun et al.ReviewSynthesis, Functionalization, and Biomedical Applications of Multifunctional Magnetic Nanoparticles
 Thomas D. Anthopoulos et al.Progress ReportOrganic Transistors in Optical Displays and Microelectronic Applications
 Manish Chhowalla et al.ReviewChemically Derived Graphene Oxide: Towards Large-Area Thin-Film Electronics and Optoelectronics
 Wendel Wohlleben et al.ReviewTesting Metal-Oxide Nanomaterials for Human Safety
MayOlle Inganäs et al.ReviewPolymer Photovoltaics with Alternating Copolymer/Fullerene Blends and Novel Device Architectures
 Shouheng Sun et al.ReviewSynthesis, Functionalization, and Biomedical Applications of Multifunctional Magnetic Nanoparticles
 Anne Dillon et al.CommunicationNanostructured Fe3O4/SWNT Electrode: Binder-Free and High-Rate Li-Ion Anode
 L. Jay Guo et al.CommunicationA Facile Route to Polymer Solar Cells with Optimum Morphology Readily Applicable to a Roll-to-Roll Process without Sacrificing High Device Performance
 Manish Chhowalla et al.ReviewChemically Derived Graphene Oxide: Towards Large-Area Thin-Film Electronics and Optoelectronics
AprilBin Liu et al.CommunicationAn Efficient Organic-Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell with in situ Polymerized Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) as a Hole-Transporting Material
 Xinhe Bao et al.CommunicationFreestanding Graphene by Thermal Splitting of Silicon Carbide Granules
 Andrey L. Rogach et al.ReviewNonspherical Noble Metal Nanoparticles: Colloid-Chemical Synthesis and Morphology Control
 Hongwei Zhu et al.CommunicationGraphene-On-Silicon Schottky Junction Solar Cells
 Dieter Neher et al.CommunicationBulk Electron Transport and Charge Injection in a High Mobility n-Type Semiconducting Polymer
MarchPeidong Yang et al.CommunicationRoom-Temperature Formation of Hollow Cu2O Nanoparticles
 Yun Hang Hu et al.ReviewHydrogen Storage in Metal-Organic Frameworks
 Andrey L. Rogach et al.ReviewProperties and Applications of Colloidal Nonspherical Noble Metal Nanoparticles
 Andrey L. Rogach et al.ReviewNonspherical Noble Metal Nanoparticles: Colloid-Chemical Synthesis and Morphology Control
 Yadong Yin et al.CommunicationTailored Synthesis of Superparamagnetic Gold Nanoshells with Tunable Optical Properties
FebruaryDavid B. Mitzi et al.CommunicationHigh-Efficiency Solar Cell with Earth-Abundant Liquid-Processed Absorber
 Mario Leclerc et al.ReviewSolar-Energy Production and Energy-Efficient Lighting: Photovoltaic Devices and White-Light-Emitting Diodes Using Poly(2,7-fl uorene), Poly(2,7-carbazole), and Poly(2,7-dibenzosilole) Derivatives
 Guillermo C. Bazan et al.CommunicationImproved Performance of Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Through the Reduction of Phase Separation via Solvent Additives
 Hui-Ming Cheng et al.ReviewAdvanced Materials for Energy Storage
 Kuan-Jiuh Lin et al.CommunicationCore-Shell Synthesis of a Novel, Spherical, Mesoporous Silica/Platinum Nanocomposite: Pt/PVP@MCM-41
JanuaryLuping Yu et al.CommunicationFor the Bright Future-Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells with Power Conversion Efficiency of 7.4%
 Andrey L. Rogach et. alReviewNonspherical Noble Metal Nanoparticles: Colloid-Chemical Synthesis and Morphology Control
 Andrey L. Rogach et al.ReviewProperties and Applications of Colloidal Nonspherical Noble Metal Nanoparticles
 Maria-Magdalena Titirici et al.ReviewEngineering Carbon Materials from the Hydrothermal Carbonization Process of Biomass
 Jamil Elias et al.CommunicationHollow Urchin-like ZnO thin Films by Electrochemical Deposition
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