Prashant Kamat becomes editor-in-chief of ACS Energy Letters

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as the inaugural editor-in-chief of ACS Energy Letters, a new peer-reviewed journal from the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Letters will enable the rapid publication of advances in energy research.

According to the American Chemical Society, ACS Energy Letters will be “the professional society’s first journal to publish research letters focused on all aspects of energy, including capture, conversion and storage. Global solar and wind energy installations are growing by more than 10 percent per year, and renewable energy conversion systems need storage devices to support this growth. With atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continuing to rise, scientists working on these and other challenges now have an outlet to rapidly publish new advances in the field.”

Prashant Kamat, a former deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, has directed solar photochemistry research funded by the Department of Energy for more than two decades. His research has made significant contributions to the areas of photo-induced catalytic reactions using semiconductor and metal nanoparticles, nanostructures and nanocomposites, advanced materials such as inorganic-organic hybrid assemblies for utilizing renewable energy resources, and environmental remediation. He has shared his expertise as a member on many national panels on nanotechnology and energy conversion processes.

Kamat says, “This ACS journal fills a distinct void. ACS Energy Letters will become the go-to place for authors and readers from the global chemistry enterprise to get the latest developments in the energy field. By creating a trustworthy publishing forum for showcasing high-quality scientific research, we expect to raise the bar for high-impact publication in the rapidly growing energy research field.”

ACS Energy Letters will appeal to experimentalists, computational and theoretical chemists and energy device makers who seek to gain insights into new energy advances. It will include breakthrough research on a range of topics, including energy conversion processes, solar fuels, photosynthesis and biofuels, and plasmonics, OLEDs and light-display systems.

ACS Energy Letters will begin accepting research submissions on March 1, 2016, and will publish the first issue this summer.