This Virtual Special Issue will provide a platform for the scientific community to present their cutting-edge research in water splitting materials. Submit your manuscript by April 30, 2024.

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Water splitting through electrocatalysis, photocatalysis or photoelectrochemistry, which can ultimately be driven by solar energy, is a sustainable approach to hydrogen and oxygen production toward hydrogen energy and even future extraterrestrial supply. The efficiency of overall water splitting heavily relies on the development of high-performance electrocatalytic, photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical materials.

ACS Materials Letters is seeking submissions to an upcoming Virtual Special Issue, "Materials for Water Splitting," which will provide a platform for the scientific community to present their cutting-edge research in water splitting materials. Relevant topics on water splitting materials will be considered, including their design, synthesis, characterization, simulation, performance and theory for electrocatalysis, photocatalysis or photoelectrochemical devices.

We invite Letters, Reviews, and Perspectives on all topics related to Materials for Water Splitting applications, including (but not limited to):

  • Novel materials for electrocatalytic, photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical water splitting
  • Related materials design and synthesis
  • Simulation prediction for water splitting materials
  • Operando characterization for water splitting process over various materials
  • Charge dynamics of water splitting materials
  • Device or system design for water splitting
  • Standard performance evaluation for water splitting
  • Coupling water splitting with other processes

Organizing Editors

This Virtual Special Issue will be managed by:

Prof. Yujie Xiong, Associate Editor, ACS Materials Letters
University of Science and Technology of China

Submission Information

We welcome submissions for this Virtual Special Issue through April 30, 2024. Submissions must comply with our Author Guidelines and will be subject to the usual rigorous peer review to ensure they fit the scope and conform to the high-quality, significance and urgency standards of ACS Materials Letters before acceptance.

Papers accepted for publication for this Virtual Special Issue will be first published as they are accepted in a regular issue of the journal with a note indicating that they are part of the Virtual Special Issue. After all submissions have been published, they are then compiled online on a dedicated landing page to form the Virtual Special Issue.

If you have any general questions regarding submission to this Virtual Special Issue, please contact Professor Yujie Xiong (

How to Submit

  • Log in to the ACS Paragon Plus submission site.
  • Choose ACS Materials Letters as your journal.
  • Select your manuscript type.
  • Under the "Special Issue Selection" menu, choose "Materials for Water Splitting."

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