Journal of Photonics for Energy

Editor-in-Chief: Sean Shaheen, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

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.

On the cover: The figure is from the paper "Poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)-modified metal oxide anode interlayers for stable organic solar cells" by Hima A. Kavuri et al., from the JPE Special Section Celebrating Women in Renewable Energy, guest edited by Zakya H. Kafafi and Mónica Lira-Cantú

Call For Papers
How to Submit a Manuscript

Regular papers: Submissions of regular papers are always welcome.

Special section papers: Open calls for papers are listed below. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for a particular special section should be included with the paper.

To submit a paper, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the online submission systemLeaving site. All papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

Radiative Cooling
Publication Date
Vol. 11, No. 4
Submission Deadline
30 April 2021
Guest Editors
Aaswath P. Raman

University of California, Los Angeles (USA)

Xiaobo Yin

University of Colorado, Boulder

Peter Bermel

Purdue University (United States)


Over the past decade, radiative cooling has emerged as an active field of research inquiry. Harnessing a natural property of our atmosphere, radiative cooling exploits the fact that thermal radiation flowing upwards from the surface of the Earth is not entirely returned back to the surface, thereby allowing a sky-facing surface to cool down below its surroundings. Advances in nanoscale photonic materials and metamaterials have recently made radiative cooling possible during the daytime, opening new avenues of scientific inquiry, as well as exciting technological possibilities for energy efficiency.

Beyond cooling, the ability to passively cool has implications for energy generation devices including photovoltaics and thermoelectric generators. As we approach a new decade in radiative cooling research, this special section of Journal of Photonics for Energy seeks to highlight a broad array of fundamental and applied developments in radiative cooling. We welcome articles reporting new research in the field as well as perspectives and review articles.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Nanoscale materials and metamaterials for radiative cooling
  • Spectrally selective coatings and nanostructures
  • Applications to other energy technologies, including solar cells (concentrating and non-concentrating) and thermophotovoltaics
  • Broad spectrum photon management
  • Textile and building-scale thermal management
  • Radiative cooling packaging
  • Angular and directionally-constrained radiative cooling
  • Low-cost, scalable manufacturing of large-area photonic structures
  • Measurement standards for radiative cooling
  • Aerospace applications related to radiative cooling in the context of thermal management.
Radiative Cooling

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within six weeks of manuscript receipt. Submissions should follow the author guidelines for JPE. Manuscripts should be submitted online at A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Published Special Sections

Women in Renewable Energy (October-December 2020)
Guest Editors: Zakya H. Kafafi and Mónica Lira-Cantu

Advanced Materials and Devices for Solar Driven Liquid Fuel and Hydrogen Production (April-June 2020)
Guest Editors: Liejin Guo, Clemens Burda, and Maochang Liu

Solar Energy Solutions for Electricity and Water Supply in Rural Areas (October-December 2019)
Guest Editors: Kerstin Wydra, Fatima Toor, Martina Jaskolski, and Nikolaos Tzoupanos

Thermal Photonics in Energy (July-September 2019)
Guest Editors: Sheng Shen, Andrej Lenert, and Yi Zheng

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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