Artificial Photosynthesis is accepting submissions, and APCs are waived for papers accepted after peer review until December 2027.

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The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS); Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; and Westlake University, China, are proud to announce Artificial Photosynthesis, a new open access journal dedicated to publishing advances in understanding, mimicking, and utilizing the process of converting sunlight into chemical energy.

Artificial Photosynthesis will be led by inaugural Editor-in-Chief Can Li, a chair professor at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics. Professor Can Li has been recognized for his seminal achievements in fundamental and applied research in catalysis, especially in advancing the characterization of catalysts and catalytic reactions related to solar energy conversion and fine chemical synthesis.

“To ensure sustainable development, the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy is essential to address the environmental and ecological problems our world faces. An ideal way to do this is to learn from nature and develop artificial photosynthesis technology. By mimicking the functional role of natural photosynthetic components, mechanisms, and processes, we can convert and store abundant solar energy in the form of chemical energy,” said Professor Can Li.
“Emerging breakthroughs in this field show that the production of solar fuels, value-added chemicals, and even the production of foods via artificial photosynthesis is not merely a dream anymore. I am excited to be the founding Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Photosynthesis and hope that this journal will be a valuable platform for researchers from both academia and industry to share innovative ideas and groundbreaking findings.”

The conversion of solar energy into fuels and valuable chemical products through artificial photosynthesis is a promising approach to address the global energy, climate and environmental crises, and to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Artificial Photosynthesis will provide a unique platform to bring together researchers from different disciplines and to facilitate collaboration with industry.

“We’re excited to join with the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics and Westlake University to launch this pivotal journal that will publish pioneering research that advances the study and application of artificial photosynthesis,” said ACS Publications Senior Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer Sarah Tegen, Ph.D. “Sustainability is a key value for us at ACS Publications, and we’re proud to continue contributing to the effort to tackle the global climate crisis.”

Artificial Photosynthesis is open for submissions and will publish its first issue in mid-2024. It will publish original, peer-reviewed research in the form of articles, communications, reviews, perspectives, comments, and diverse editorial materials. For papers accepted after peer review, APCs will be waived until December 2027.

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Prof. Can Li, Ph.D.

Professor Can Li earned his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics through a joint program with Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, and had post-doctoral work at Northwestern University, USA in his early research career. He was the president of the International Association of Catalysis Societies and is currently the president of the Catalysis Society of China and Dean of the Materials and Chemical Science School of the University of Science and Technology of China. His prestigious awards include International Catalysis Awards, Japan Photochemistry Prize, Hong Kong “Qiu-Shi” Prize, and National Catalysis Award of China.


ACS Publications

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Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is a comprehensive research institute in China with a strong reputation worldwide. Since its establishment in 1949, the institute has established a long track record of major academic and industrial achievements in catalytic chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical lasers, molecular reaction dynamics, organic chemistry, modern analytical chemistry and biotechnology, and has been standing at the forefront of fundamental and applied science.

Westlake University

Founded in 2018, Westlake University is a new type of non-profit research-oriented university in China, supported by public and private funding. Preceded by the Westlake Institute for Advanced Study and world-class faculty, Westlake University is creating a stimulating, world-class environment for research and education in science, engineering and technology, life sciences, and medicine. It remains committed to its founding mission of becoming a global leader in frontier scientific research and a reformer in higher education.

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