Collections

Collections at Communications Materials provide a high-profile venue for topics of substantial interest to the community. Topics are selected based on their timeliness and value to other researchers. All Collections are edited by active researchers, with support from the in-house editors. Papers included in a Collection are published in the journal and promoted on our Collections page. See here for full information on journal policies for Collections.

Open Collections

We are currently inviting papers for the following Collections:

 

Reproducible research for accelerating new battery technologies

Editor: Jie Xiao (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Reproducible research for accelerating new battery technologies
 

 

 

 

 

New battery technologies are frequently reported, with breakthroughs in materials and performance determining where research efforts are placed. It is therefore vital that data related to materials synthesis, electrolyte/electrode fabrication, performance characterization, cell format etc. is reliable, repeatable, and ideally performed according to standard protocols. This will enable promising new technologies to be identified, developed and scaled-up more quickly.  

This Collection in Communications Materials will provide a forum for scientists and engineers to share their opinions, research results and procedures that are important for establishing standards and protocols that will enable reliable and repeatable reporting of results in battery research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How to perform battery, and related materials, research in a way that is reproducible by others.
  • Common misunderstandings and misconceptions when reading the battery literature.
  • Benchmarking battery performance.
  • The testing of promising battery technologies under conditions relevant to the real world.

We welcome the submission of any paper relevant to the theme of reproducible battery research.

The Collection will publish original research papers, Reviews, and Perspectives (full details on content types can be found here). All papers will be sent for peer review and will be published in Communications Materials on acceptance. Papers will be collected together on a separate website for additional promotion. The deadline for submissions is 1st January 2022, though papers submitted after this date will be considered.

This Collection is led by Jie Xiao, Laboratory Fellow and Group Leader in the Battery Materials & Systems group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr Xiao obtained her PhD in materials chemistry from State University of New York at Binghamton. Her research interests range from materials synthesis and electrochemical kinetics to cell design and fabrication, with the goal of understanding synthesis-structure-performance relationships and their underlying reaction mechanisms at the atomic scale and in realistic systems.

If you would like your paper to be considered for the Collection then please indicate this in the cover letter when submitting it. Authors who wish to propose or a discuss a paper should contact commsmat@nature.com.

 

 

Degradation and stability of perovskite solar cells

Editors: Saif Haque (Imperial College London), Marta Haro (University of Zaragoza), Emilio J. Juarez-Perez (University of Zaragoza), Hairen Tan (Nanjing University)

Degradation and stability of perovskite solar cells

 

 

 

 

 

Perovskite solar cells are a key technology for the global shift towards sustainable energy production, as they combine high power conversion efficiency with low-cost materials. However, their lack of resistance to environmental conditions is a limiting factor to their widespread use. They must likewise be stable against the internal physical processes that govern their operation to ensure a long service life. It is therefore vital to understand the fundamental mechanisms at play as well as engineering solutions.  

This collection will focus on the intrinsic and environmental factors that degrade the performance of organic–inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells, and approaches to improve their stability and operational lifetime.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic (environmental) factors that degrade performance/stability
  • Fundamental studies of the mechanisms of degradation
  • Approaches to improve stability and resistance to degradation
  • Proposals of standardized approaches for measuring stability
  • Discussions related to the effect of degradation on commercialization

We welcome the submission of any paper related to the theme of the stability/degradation of perovskite solar cells.

The Collection will publish original research papers, Reviews, and Perspectives (full details on content types can be found here). All papers will be sent for peer review and will be published in Communications Materials on acceptance. Papers will be collected together on a separate website for additional promotion. The deadline for submissions is 1st February 2022, though papers submitted after this date will be considered.

This Collection is led by the following editorial team:

Saif Haque is a Professor of Chemistry at Imperial College London. He obtained his PhD in 2000 at Imperial College London and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship between 2005 – 2013. His research falls in the area of materials chemistry, photochemistry, solar energy conversion and photovoltaics. His specific interests include inorganic nanoparticle/quantum dot, hybrid organic – inorganic semiconductor and perovskite solar cells.

Marta Haro is a Ternured Scientist at Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón in Zaragoza. She obtained her PhD degree in the Department of Physical Chemistry at University of Zaragoza in 2007. She then worked as a postdoc in the following research groups: Organophotonics (University of Hull) led by Mary O’Neill, Adsorption and Environmental Protection Porous Solids (Instituto Nacional del Carbón) with Conchi O. Ania, and Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices (Universitat Jaume I) led by Juan Bisquert. She also worked as Staff Scientist at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in the Nanoparticles by Design Unit during 2016-2019. Her research is related to surface science, electrochemistry and photochemistry, including the development of thin films and interfaces to increase charge transfer and electrochemical stability in batteries and photoelectrodes.

Emilio J. Juarez-Perez was awarded a PhD in Chemistry from the University Autonomous of Barcelona in 2009 and then joined Ana Arenillas’ research group at INCAR-CSIC. He started research on perovskite solar cells in 2013 in Juan Bisquert’s research group (Spain) and later with Prof. Yabing B. Qi (2015-2019, Japan). Since 2019, he is an ARAID researcher at Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza and a member of the Nanostructured Films & Particles Research Group, leading the Nanomaterials for Solar Energy Harvesting research line. His interests include design and assembly procedures for hybrid halide perovskite and incidental layered materials for solar cell applications with an emphasis on unwanted side chemical reactions preventing prolonged operational stability of devices.

Hairen Tan is a full Professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nanjing University. He obtained his PhD degree in the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy at Delft University of Technology in 2015, Master of Science in material physics and chemistry at the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his Bachelor of Engineering in materials at Central South University in 2008. After graduation he was awarded the Rubicon Fellowship and joined Ted Sargent’s group at University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow during 2015-2018. His research focuses on developing high-efficiency and cost-effective photovoltaics devices, including perovskite solar cells, silicon solar cells, and perovskite-based tandem solar cells.

If you would like your paper to be considered for the Collection then please indicate this in the cover letter when submitting it. Authors who wish to propose or a discuss a paper should contact commsmat@nature.com.