Journal of Photonics for Energy

Editor-in-Chief: Zakya Kafafi, Lehigh University

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.

Call For Papers
How to Submit to a Special Section

To submit a manuscript for consideration in a Special Section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the Online Submission SystemLeaving site. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

Thermal Photonics in Energy
Publication Date
Special section papers are published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author.
Submission Deadline
Indicate intent to submit by 1 June 2018; Manuscripts due 1 October 2018
Guest Editors
Sheng Shen

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Andrej Lenert

University of Michigan
Department of Chemical Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Yi Zheng

University of Rhode Island
Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kingston, Rhode Island, USA


A new wave of materials, fabrication techniques, and simulation tools are paving the way for precision thermal photonics in energy. The ability to precisely control thermal radiation is leading to breakthroughs in manipulation of energy flow and conversion for applications ranging from power generation to personalized cooling technologies, as highlighted by recent reviews such as "Heat is the New Light" (Opt. Photon. News 2017), "Heat Meets Light at the Nanoscale" (Nanophoton. 2016), and "Thermal Photonics and Energy Applications" (Joule 2017). To build on this momentum, this JPE special section encourages cutting-edge original contributions to thermal photonics. The topics covered range from fundamentals, such as manipulation of spectrum and direction, and thermal-based light-matter interactions, to applications, such as thermophotovoltaics, photon-based cooling, and thermal light sources.

This JPE special section is open to all who are interested in submitting original research related to the development, characterization, and/or applications of thermal photonics. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Spectral and directional control of thermal radiation
  • Near-field transport
  • Thermodynamics of thermal radiation
  • Luminescence cooling
  • Thermophotonics
  • Thermophotovoltaics
  • Thermoradiative cells
  • Rectification
  • Radiative cooling
  • Solar thermal energy conversion
  • Thermal light sources
  • Efficient windows and daylighting.

If you wish to submit, please email the guest editors your intent to submit, including the tentative title of your contribution, by 1 June 2018.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within 6 weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the guidelines of JPE. Manuscripts should be submitted online at A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Previously Published Special Sections

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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