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New journal heralds a future era of ‘free energy’

Professor Ravi Silva has been appointed as joint Editor-in-Chief of 'Energy and Environmental Materials', a leading edge journal which will be a platform for the most significant and impactful research in the field of materials for renewable energy.

The quarterly journal is published by Zhengzhou University in collaboration with John Wiley & Sons, Inc, one of the world’s leading scientific publishers, with the first issue scheduled for March 2018.

Professor Silva, who is Head of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), is a pioneer of world-leading research in the field of nanomaterials and renewable energy. He joined academics from universities around the world for the journal’s launch and first Editorial Forum held in Zhengzhou, China, on 11 November 2017.

The journal has been launched by Wiley in response to the increasing focus on energy and environmental materials as the key driver for viable renewable energy. There is a significant reliance on new materials and processes to deliver a cleaner and sustainable environment for future society.

Professor Silva explained: “Within one hour, the sun provides the earth with enough energy to power the world for a year. The key challenge we have is developing materials that can first capture that energy effectively, and then store it for use when the sun does not shine. If we can overcome these material challenges, within the next 20 to 30 years we could see free power for all via renewable energy systems – much like air and water.

“At Surrey, within the ATI we have a number of research programmes in printable and flexible solar cells for energy harvesting outdoors and indoors. We will augment this work with a proposed new UK-China Battery Network that will look to novel materials systems for efficient and high capacity energy storage”.

Energy and Environmental Materials will publish a combination of standard articles, high quality reviews focusing on societal impact, and very significant breakthrough papers. Papers will be published through a peer reviewed process with a fast turnaround, enabling them to bring impact to materials research and policy.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of this prestigious new journal,” said Professor Silva. “I look forward to a really exciting time, bringing together some of the most influential scientists talking about areas that are going to impact all of us in the near future.”

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “My warm congratulations to Ravi on his appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Energy and Environmental Materials. It is a very significant journal by Wiley in an important field of research.  Ravi has a stellar track record in related areas, and his leading role in this journal is further international recognition of his achievements”

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