About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Energy has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.

Chief Editor: Nicky Dean

Nicky joined Nature Research in July 2011 as an editor for Nature Communications, where he handled a broad range of manuscripts across applied and fundamental physics and photonics, including solar cells and light-trapping structures for energy harvesting. He also managed a team of physics and earth sciences editors, before leaving to launch Nature Energy in April 2015. Nicky gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he employed a range of time-resolved techniques, from X-rays down to the terahertz regime, to study ultrafast dynamics in correlated electron materials. His subsequent postdoctoral studies for the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter involved characterizing and controlling the magnetic behaviour of multiferroics using nonlinear optical techniques. Nicky is based in the London office.


Senior Editor: James Gallagher

James arrived at Nature Energy in September 2015. After receiving an MSc in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) from the University of Cambridge, he moved to the University of Liverpool for his PhD, where he developed high-throughput screens to evaluate Fischer-Tropsch catalysts for the production of liquid fuels from syngas. During his postdoctoral work at Argonne National Laboratory he used synchrotron X-ray techniques to study new catalysts for energy applications, with a focus on biomass and alkane transformations. James is based in the London office.


Senior Editor: Silvana Lakeman

Silvana joined the Nature Portfolio in March 2021 as an editor for Nature Communications, where she handled a wide range of topics in the environmental social sciences, including energy, climate change, policy, governance and economics. In November 2022 she joined Nature Energy, where she handles social science, economics and policy content. Silvana received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Bremen, where her research focused on environmental governance and disaster displacement. Previously, she has worked in NGOs and in a consulting capacity on environmental migration and EU energy policy. Silvana is based in the Berlin office.


Senior Editor: Giulia Tregnago

Giulia joined Nature Energy in May 2018. She received her BSc in Materials Science and MSc in Chemistry from Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy. Her postgraduate Master in Materials for Energy took her to Solaronix, Switzerland, where she worked on dye-sensitized solar cells. She later obtained her PhD in Physics from University College London where she studied the photophysics of organic semiconductors and their application in light-emitting diodes. She then took up a position as project manager within a Horizon 2020 European Training Network on organic materials for photonics and optoelectronics. Giulia is based in the London office.


Senior Editor: Changjun Zhang

Changjun, also known as Alex, joined Nature Research in March 2013 as an editor for Nature Communications. He handled manuscripts across a range of subjects, focusing on batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, fundamental electrochemistry, surface science and heterogeneous catalysis, before moving to Nature Energy in August 2015. Alex received his PhD in surface catalysis from Queen’s University Belfast. He later worked in postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge and University College London, where his research expertise expanded to the fields of energy production and storage. Alex is based in the London office.