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ACS launches ACS Energy Letters

by Linda Wang
March 7, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 10

Credit: Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame
Credit: Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

The American Chemical Society is launching a new peer-reviewed journal, ACS Energy Letters, that will focus on rapid communication of research from across the energy field, including energy capture, conversion, and storage.

“There is a clear need for innovators worldwide who are engaged in energy R&D to publish rapidly their novel research discoveries,” says Penelope Lewis, director of editorial development for ACS Publications. “As part of the American Chemical Society’s mission to address important global challenges, we hope this new journal energizes young researchers to direct their efforts toward bold experimentation in clean energy research and development.” ACS, which publishes C&EN, has about 50 peer-reviewed journals at the interface of chemistry and allied sciences.

Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, is serving as the inaugural editor-in-chief. Kamat stepped down as deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters and is being succeeded by Gregory Scholes, William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University and a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

“It’s an exciting time to lead a journal devoted to energy research,” Kamat says. “Energy research is a global necessity.”

This journal “fills a distinct void” and “will become the go-to place for authors and readers from the global chemistry enterprise to get the latest developments in the energy field,” Kamat adds.

In addition to original research letters, the interdisciplinary journal will include perspectives from prominent researchers, reviews on emerging areas of interest, and viewpoints from the scientific community. Topics will include advances in energy conversion processes, solar cells and solar fuels, and energy storage. Kamat points out that other ACS journals will continue to publish more in-depth studies on energy research related to their specific fields.

ACS Energy Letters is accepting submissions for consideration and will publish its first issue this summer.

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