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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 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/amse/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/amse/imns/ 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