Harnessing light energy with molecules

Prof. Grace Han, Brandeis University
Prof. Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, University of Copenhagen
Prof. Hermann A. Wegner, Justus Liebig University Giessen


Photo-irradiation is one of the most effective ways of introducing energy into a molecule with a great spatiotemporal resolution. From the photo-excited states, molecules relax via various pathways, which essentially converts photon energy to other forms including chemical and thermal energy. This thematic issue highlights the photochemical processes where some of the photon energy is stored within the molecule and can be potentially used at a later stage. Therefore, we seek to include all studies reporting processes involving:

1) light absorption on the molecular level (i.e., uptake of photon energy),
2) photochemical transformations of molecules, or
3) release of the stored energy.

Submission deadline

April 30, 2024 to be considered for the Young Investigator Award (see below).
January 31, 2025 for all other contributions.

Young Investigator Award

This thematic issue is related to the Beilstein Symposium Harnessing Light Energy with Molecules. From accepted manuscripts by early career researchers (within a maximum of 10 years after they received their PhD), we will select up to three papers to be presented at the symposium. To apply, please include a statement in the cover letter that, with your submission, you wish to be considered for the Young Investigator Award. The award includes a signed certificate, economy class airfare, hotel accommodation and meals as well as free registration for the symposium. More details, including the rules and manuscript evaluation criteria, can be found here.

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