I am grateful to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Nathan Lewis (Caltech), to the Editor Philip Earis, and the rest of the Editorial Board of the journal Energy & Environmental Science (EES), for inviting me to join the Advisory Board of the journal.
EES is a new journal linking all aspects of the chemical sciences relating to energy conversion and storage, alternative fuel technologies and environmental science. EES is a very high profile and high impact international journal that has already produced very high quality papers on dye-sensitized and organic solar cells. Here I highlight just two of them.
The first paper by Joe Hupp and his colleagues, outlines the main strategies to improve the DSC on several fronts (dyes, redox shuttles, photoanodes, etc.). They also analyse the improvement that is realistically feasible with each strategy. It is an important paper to measure future developments of DSCs.
“Advancing beyond current generation dye-sensitized solar cells ” Thomas W. Hamann, Rebecca A. Jensen, Alex B. F. Martinson, Hal Van Ryswyk, Joseph T. Hupp, Energy Environ. Sci., 2008, 1, 66-78.
In another paper, C. Brabec from Konarka and his colleagues review polymer tandem solar cells. This configurations consists on a monolythic integration of two solar cells in series that allow an optimized absorption of the solar photon spectrum, and has raised a lot of interested in the OPV community.
“Organic tandem solar cells: A review” , Tayebeh Ameri, Gilles Dennler, Christoph Lungenschmied, Christoph J. Brabec, Energy Environ. Sci., 2009, 2, 347-363.
Professor Nathan Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of EES, has been recently recognised as number 17 on a list of the 100 people who are changing America – one above Al Gore. Link