The role of photonics in energy

Zakya H. Kafafi, Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Ana F. Nogueira, Deirdre M. O'Carroll, Jeremy J. Pietron, Ifor D.W. Samuel, Franky So, Nelson Tansu, Loucas Tsakalakos

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In celebration of the 2015 International Year of Light, we highlight major breakthroughs in photonics for energy conversion and conservation. The section on energy conversion discusses the role of light in solar light harvesting for electrical and thermal power generation; chemical energy conversion and fuel generation; as well as photonic sensors for energy applications. The section on energy conservation focuses on solid-state lighting, flat-panel displays, and optical communications and interconnects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number050997
JournalJournal of Photonics for Energy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


  • International Year of Light
  • chemical energy conversion
  • dye sensitized cells
  • electrical energy conversion
  • energy
  • energy conservation
  • energy conversion
  • flat panel displays
  • light management
  • light-emitting diodes
  • optical communications
  • optical interconnects
  • optoelectronics
  • organic light-emitting diodes
  • organic photovoltaics
  • organic-inorganic hybrid cells
  • perovskite solar cells
  • photocatalysis
  • photoelectrochemical solar cells
  • photonic crystals
  • photonics
  • photovoltaics
  • plasmonics
  • sensors
  • solar cells
  • solar fuels
  • solar harvesting
  • solid-state lighting
  • sun-tracking systems
  • thermal energy conversion
  • water-splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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