This Virtual Special Issue will showcase the crucial role of polymers in enabling new technologies and applications for clean energy. Submit your manuscript by August 1, 2024.

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The continued transition to clean energy will be enabled by technologies ranging from solar-power generation to energy storage and transport to energy-efficient water and food production. In these applications and more, polymers will feature prominently as a functional material capable of meeting the stringent demands required for large-scale technology implementation, including supply chain flexibility and cost. While advances in polymer science and technology have already contributed to the clean energy transition, new insights and discoveries are warranted as the demand for clean energy increases and the climate continues to warm.

Given the importance of polymers in enabling new technologies for clean energy, broadly defined, this Virtual Special Issue in JACS Au aims to highlight work in the following areas, including but not limited to:

  • Solar energy harvesting
  • Energy storage
  • Fuel Cells
  • Polymer Electrolytes
  • Supercapacitors
  • Conducting Polymers
  • Polymeric membranes
  • Carbon capture polymers

Organizing Editors

Professor Rodney D. Priestley, Associate Editor, JACS Au
Princeton University, United States

Professor Emily Davidson, Guest Editor
Princeton University, United States

Professor He Tian, Guest Editor
East China University of Science and Technology, China

Submission Information

We welcome submissions for this Virtual Special Issue through August 1, 2024. Submissions must comply with our Author Guidelines and will be subject to the usual rigorous peer review to ensure they fit with the scope and conform to the high-quality and significance of JACS Au 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.

How to Submit

  • Log in to the ACS Paragon Plus submission site.
  • Choose JACS Au as your journal.
  • Select your manuscript type.
  • Under ‘Special Issue Selection,’ choose ‘Polymers for Clean Energy.'

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

Open Access

JACS Au is a gold open access journal, which means your work will be immediately freely available for anyone to read in perpetuity. Article Publication Charges (APC) apply for publication in this fully open access journal. Please see our website for more information on Open Access Pricing, our ACS Country Discount & Waiver Policy, and ACS Read and Publish Agreements.

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