American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Developments and Challenges in Innovative Functional Materials for Solar Cells


The prosperity of human society mainly depends on finding clean and renewable energy solutions. The efficient usage of solar energy has been considered as the most promising way to meet global demand for energy. To date, innovative functional materials have become highly desirable to achieve high performance and long-term fidelity of solar cells.

This Special Issue will focus on the innovative functional materials for solar cells, in particular, to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit of a single junction solar cell and to boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells. It is my great pleasure to invite you to submit original and review papers within the scope of this Special Issue. Both theoretical and experimental works of the groundbreaking materials are warmly welcomed. We look forward to your contribution to this Special Issue.

This issue will publish high-quality reviews and research articles. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Full experimental and methodological details, as applicable, must be provided, and the special issue will be supported by American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences ( All submissions must adhere to the AJEAS journal's format requirements.

AJEAS is an open-access peer-reviewed technical journal which publishes original research contributions and is an unparalleled resource for key advances in the field of engineering. Scope of the journal includes, but not limited to, applied physics and applied mathematics, automation and control, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, data engineering and software engineering, earth and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and operations research, information technology, and informatics, materials science, measurement and metrology, mechanical engineering, medical physics, power engineering, signal processing, and telecommunications. Manuscripts regarding original research proposals and research ideas are highly appreciated. Manuscripts containing summaries and surveys on research cooperation and future projects (as those founded by national governments or others) are likewise appreciated, as they provide interesting information for a broad field of users.

All accepted works will be published free of charge for authors.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells
  2. perovskite solar cells
  3. dye-sensitized solar cells
  4. 2D materials
  5. transparent electrode materials
  6. transparent charge transfer materials
  7. interface engineering

Guest Editors

Name Affiliation
Xuegang Chen Professor, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States
Francisco M Marquez Professor, Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus, United States
Nan Yao Professor, Princeton University, United States
Muftah H. El-Naas Professor, Qatar University, Qatar
Hongseok Choi Professor, Clemson University, United States
Vijay Kumar Thakur Professor, Washington State University, United States
Muhammad Shuja Khan Professor, The University of Utah, United States
Mehmet Kanik Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Meikang Han Professor, Drexel University, United States
Santosh K. Misra Professor, The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, United States

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline October 30, 2022
Review Completed by November 30, 2022
Possible Publication Date December 30, 2022