There remain enormous scientific challenges to fully understanding how to harness abundant and sustainable, but diffuse and intermittent, solar energy to generate portable or storable chemical fuels. A molecular-level understanding of interfacial structure, device morphology, and scale up processes is critical for translating discoveries in physical science to technological breakthroughs. Molecular systems are particularly well-suited to address this challenge because they are readily interrogated by spectroscopies and computational tools with resolution in both space and time. This special issue will highlight cutting-edge research in solar fuels catalysis with a focus on the physical chemistry underpinning light-harvesting, charge transfer and separation, and multi-electron catalytic processes by molecular architectures, assemblies, and interfaces.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Molecular photophysics
- Photoinduced electron transfer kinetics
- Photoinduced charge accumulation
- Catalytic mechanisms
- Interfacial design
- Advanced spectroscopic methods
Javier Concepcion, Brookhaven National Laboratory,
Benjamin Dietzek-Ivanšić, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
Osamu Ishitani, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Karen Mulfort, Argonne National Laboratory
Junko Yano, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Jun Cheng, Xiamen University
Tim Lian, Emory University
Please note that papers will be published as normal when they are ready in a regular issue of the journal and will populate on a virtual collection page within a few days of publication. Inclusion in the collection will not cause delay in publication.
How to submit:
- Please submit through the online submission system.
- Under manuscript type → select Article or Communication, as appropriate.
- Under manuscript information → Manuscript classification → select Special Topic: “The Physical Chemistry of Solar Fuels Catalysis”