Special Issue "Energy Technology for the 21st Century - Materials and Devices"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2009)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andreas Taubert
Institute of Chemistry, University of Potsdam, Building 26, Rm. 2.64, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, D-14476 Golm, Germany
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Interests: inorganic materials synthesis in ionic liquids; functional ionic liquids-hybrid materials; self-assembling polymers, peptides & nanoparticles; calcium phosphate materials; silica hybrid materials; iron oxide materials; metal-peptide frameworks; materials for metallic implants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The generation, storage, and transport of energy are among the greatest challenges, if not the most formidable challenge at all, for years to come. Although there have been exciting new developments in these fields, many open questions remain. Many of these are closely connected to materials science, physics, and chemistry. As a result, International Journal of Molecular Sciences will publish a special issue on energy technology for the 21st century. The special issue will showcase the latest and most promising developments for the next centuries. Contributions (reviews and original papers) from all branches of energy technology are welcome and will be considered for publication.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Taubert
Guest Editor

Covered Subtopics and Leading Papers

Metal Organic Frameworks

Georgiev, I.G.; MacGillivray, L.R. Metal-mediated reactivity in the organic solid state: From self-assembled complexes to metal-organic frameworks. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2007, 36, 1239-1248.
Yaghi, O.M. Metal-organic Frameworks: A tale of two entanglements. Nature Mat. 2007, 6, 92-93.
Mueller, U.; Schubert, M.; Teich, F.; Puetter, H.; Schierle-Arndt, K.; Pastre, J. Metal-organic frameworks-prospective industrial applications. J. Mat. Chem. 2006, 16, 626-636


Barnham, K.W. J.; Mazzer, M.; Clive, B. Resolving the energy crisis: nuclear or photovoltaics? Nature Mat. 2006, 5, 161-164.
Peter, Laurence M. Dye-sensitized nanocrystalline solar cells. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phy. 2007, 9, 2630-2642.
Guenes, Serap; Neugebauer, Helmut; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar. Conjugated Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cells. Chem. Rev. 2007, 107, 1324-1338.
Grimes, C.A. Synthesis and application of highly ordered arrays of TiO2 nanotubes. J. Mat. Chem. 2007, 17, 1451-1457.
Peter, L.M. Characterization and Modeling of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. J. Phys. Chem. C 2007, 111, 6601-6612.
Walzer, K.; Maennig, B.; Pfeiffer, M.; Leo, K. Highly Efficient Organic Devices Based on Electrically Doped Transport Layers. Chem. Rev. 2007, 107, 1233-1271.

Fuel Cells

Bock, T.; Moehwald, H.; Muelhaupt, R. Arylphosphonic acid-functionalized polyelectrolytes as fuel cell membrane material. Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2007, 208, 1324-1340.
Feldheim, D.L. The New Face of Catalysis. Science 2007, 316, 699-700.
Gottesfeld, S. Polymer electrolyte and direct methanol fuel cells. Encyclopedia of Electrochemistry 2007, 5, 544-661.
Satyapal, S.; Petrovic, J.; Thomas, G. Gassing up with hydrogen. Scientific American 2007, 296, 80-87.
Steininger, H.; Schuster, M.; Kreuer, K. D.; Kaltbeitzel, A.; Bingoel, B.; Meyer, W. H.; Schauff, S.; Brunklaus, G.; Maier, J.; Spiess, H.W. Intermediate temperature proton conductors for PEM fuel cells based on phosphonic acid as protogenic group: A progress report. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2007, I, 1764-1773.

Hydrogen Storage

Felderhoff, M.;.Weidenthaler, C.; von Helmolt, R.; Eberle, U. Hydrogen storage: the remaining scientific and technological challenges. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2007, 9, 2643-2653.


Himmel, M.E.; Ding, S.Y.; Johnson, D.K.; Adney, W.S.; Nimlos, M.R.; Brady, J.W.; Foust, T.D. Biomass Recalcitrance: Engineering Plants and Enzymes for Biofuels Production. Science 2007, 315, 804-807.
Stephanopoulos, G. Challenges in Engineering Microbes for Biofuels Production. Science 2007, 315, 801-804.
Hahn-Haegerdal, B.; Galbe, M.; Gorwa-Grauslund, M. F.; Liden, G.; Zacchi,G. Bio-ethanol - the fuel of tomorrow from the residues of today. Trends Biotechn. 2006, 24, 549-556.
Petrus, L.; Noordermeer, M.A. Biomass to biofuels, a chemical perspective. Green Chemistry 2006, 8, 861-867.
Clark, J.H.; Budarin, V.; Deswarte, F.E.I.; Hardy, J. J.E.; Kerton, F.M.; Hunt, A.J.; Luque, R.; Macquarrie, D.J.; Milkowski, K.; Rodriguez, A.; Samuel, O.; Tavener, S.J.; White, R.J.; Wilson, A.J. Green chemistry and the biorefinery: a partnership for a sustainable future. Green Chemistry 2006, 8, 853-860.
Sticklen, M. Plant genetic engineering to improve biomass characteristics for biofuels. Curr. Opin. Biotechn. 2006, 17, 315-319.


  • Biofuels
  • Metal Organic Frameworks
  • Photovoltaics
  • Bio-inspired power generation
  • Energetic Ionic Liquids
  • Fuel Cells/Hydrogen Storage
  • Energy Storage
  • "Green" Energy Technologies

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