Journal of Photonics for Energy

Editor-in-Chief: Sean Shaheen, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

The Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) covers fundamental and applied research areas focused on the applications of photonics for renewable energy harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, monitoring, consumption, and efficient usage.

On the cover: The figure is from the " Special Section on Advanced Materials and Devices for Solar Driven Liquid Fuel and Hydrogen Production" guest edited by Liejin Guo, Clemens Burda, and Maochang Liu, for Volume 10, Issue 2.

Call For Papers
How to Submit a Manuscript

Regular papers: Submissions of regular papers are always welcome.

Special section papers: Open calls for papers are listed below. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for a particular special section should be included with the paper.

To submit a paper, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the online submission systemLeaving site. All papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

Women in Renewable Energy
Publication Date
Vol. 10, No. 4
Submission Deadline
1 August 2020
Guest Editors
Monica Lira-Cantu

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Spain)

Zakya H. Kafafi

Lehigh University (United States)


In celebration of Women in Optics and the 20th Anniversary of the SPIE Conference on Organic, Hybrid and Perovskite Photovoltaics, a special conference on Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) was held in San Diego in August 2019. The theme of the conference was key trends in renewable energy research developed and led by women scientists and engineers from around the world. This Call for Papers is partially based on contributions from that conference. It is also open to all applicants who are interested in submitting original research and review articles, as well as short communications and mini-reviews that cover the latest research findings and trends from the last couple of years.

This special section will center on novel concepts, materials, devices, and architectures for renewable energy with its transformative future global utilization, and applications in enabling technologies. The scope covers, but is not limited to, the following general areas:

  • Conversion of solar light into electricity
  • Conversion of solar light into thermal energy
  • Conversion of solar light into chemical energy and fuel generation
  • Energy storage including batteries and capacitors
  • Fuel cells, ferroic materials (piezo, ferro, flexo)
  • Thermoelectrics – materials, methods and devices
  • Novel applications (e.g. self-powered devices for wearables and sensors).

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within six weeks of manuscript receipt. Submissions should follow the author guidelines for JPE. Manuscripts should be submitted online at A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

NOTE: All papers in this special section will be published with complimentary open access; the Journal of Photonics for Energy will waive the publication charge.

Publication is currently in progress for this special section of Volume 10, Issue 4.  

Published Special Sections

Advanced Materials and Devices for Solar Driven Liquid Fuel and Hydrogen Production (April 2020)
Guest Editors: Liejin Guo, Clemens Burda, and Maochang Liu

Solar Energy Solutions for Electricity and Water Supply in Rural Areas (October-December 2019)
Guest Editors: Kerstin Wydra, Fatima Toor, Martina Jaskolski, and Nikolaos Tzoupanos

Thermal Photonics in Energy (July-September 2019)
Guest Editors: Sheng Shen, Andrej Lenert, and Yi Zheng

Festschrift of the 70th Birthday of Zeev "Valy" Vardeny (July-September 2018)
Guest Editor: Paul A. Lane

Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (July-September 2018)
Guest Editors: Chihaya Adachi and Eli Zysman-Colman

Spectral Management for Renewable Energy Conversion (April-June 2018)
Guest Editors: Timothy W. Schmidt, Felix N. Castellano, Rowan W. MacQueen, and Murad J. Y. Tayebjee

Perovskite-Based Solar Cells (series spans multiple issues)
Guest Editors: Ana Flavia Nogueira and Laura Schelhas 

Tandem Junction Solar Cells (series spans multiple issues)
Guest Editors: Fatima Toor, Arthur Onno, and Karin Hinzer

Solar Fuels Photocatalysis (January-March 2017)
Guest Editors: Jeremy Pietron and Roland Marschall

Hot Carrier Energy Harvesting and Conversion (October-December 2016)
Guest Editors: Jeremy Munday and Qiaoqiang Gan

Solid-State Lighting: Photonics and Technologies (2015)
Guest Editors: Nelson Tansu and Franky So

Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells (2015)
Guest Editors: Ana Flavia Nogueira and Garry Rumbles

Nanophotonics and Plasmonics for Solar Energy Harvesting and Conversion (2015)
Guest Editor: Deirdre O'Carroll

Solution-Processable Organic Solar Cells (2015)
Guest Editors: Christoph J. Brabec and Tayebeh Ameri

Organic Photovoltaics (2012)
Guest Editors: Christoph Brabec, Paul Lane, and Zakya H. Kafafi

Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (2012)
Guest Editors: Franky So and Chihaya Adachi

High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications (2012)
Guest Editor: Kaitlyn VanSant

Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems (2012)
Guest Editors: Neelkanth G. Dhere, John H. Wohlgemuth, and Kevin Lynn

Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (2011)
Guest Editors: Franky So and Chihaya Adachi

Organic Photovoltaics (2011)
Guest Editors: Christoph Brabec, Paul Lane, and Zakya H. Kafafi

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