Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript

Innovative Micro- and Nanostructured Materials and Devices for Energy Applications

Call for Papers

The electronic and optical properties of micro- and nanostructured materials like alloys, crystallites, ceramics, and functionally graded materials are attracting considerable research interest, from both the academic and the industrial communities. Micro- and nanomaterials research is expected to play an increasing role in the safe, reliable, and efficient use of energy. The synthesis, modeling, and characterization of innovative micro- and nanomaterials as well as the design and optimization of the related functional devices have tremendous potentiality in enabling advantages of the current and future photonic applications in the energy-related sectors including renewable energy harvesting, building thermal insulation, solar energy conversion, storage and savings, solar-thermal systems, energy saving technologies, energy-efficient communication technologies and lighting systems, and a lot of other areas.

We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles describing the state-of-the-art, theoretical, and applicative advances, new experimental discoveries, and novel technological improvements of micro- and nanostructured materials and related photonic devices for energy applications. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy harvesting and energy conversion devices
  • Antennas for photovoltaics and solar collectors
  • Materials and device design for efficient light sources
  • Up and down converters for photovoltaic applications
  • Nanoparticles
  • Materials for efficient solar energy conversion
  • Plasmonic nanoscale energy converters
  • High-Q sensors
  • Mesophotonic materials and devices
  • Piezoelectric materials and sensors
  • Green photonics technologies and devices
  • Glassy micro- and nanostructures
  • Solar nanotechnology
  • Nanoantenna technology
  • Photonic crystals for solar cells
  • Plasmonic collectors and structures
  • Microstructured optical fibers
  • Solar-pumped lasers
  • Optical sensing for improved energy efficiency
  • Slow light for energy applications
  • Analytical and numerical modeling approaches

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 7 June 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 30 August 2013
Publication DateFriday, 25 October 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Luciano Mescia, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e dell’Informazione (DEE), Politecnico di Bari, Via E. Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Andrea Chiappini, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (CNRIFN), Via alla Cascata 56/C, 38123 Trento, Italy
  • Alessandro Massaro, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (CBN), Genova, Italy (Le)
  • Shivakiran Bhaktha, Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302, India