Call for papers: Journal of Materials Research focus issue on Interconnects and Interfaces in Energy Conversion

Interconnect and Interface Materials for High-Temperature Energy Conversion Technologies
Submission Deadline—February 1, 2018

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One major roadblock to the wide-scale commercialization of state-of-the-art energy materials
(e.g., SOFC, high-temperature PV, and high-temperature thermoelectrics) is the great difficulty
involved with interfacing these materials with electrical interconnects in a way that results in low parasitic electrical losses and low degradation rates. Many of these materials consist of reactive and sometimes volatile elements from the chalcogen (including oxygen), pnictogen, and halogen groups, which tend to react strongly with metallic interconnect and interface materials that are usually desired for low Ohmic losses at the device level.

This JMR Focus Issue will cover advances in the synthesis, processing, and performance of both conventional alloys and unconventional compounds designed for use as electrical interconnects and interfacing materials for these high-temperature energy conversion technologies. Special attention may be given to work relating to experimental and theoretical assessment of the reaction and diffusion kinetics of these interface materials and the volatile, reactive species of energy materials.

Manuscripts are solicited in the following areas:

  • Development and performance of in-situ-formed diffusion barriers
  • Modeling of high-temperature interface evolution (kinetics and properties evolution)
  • Reaction kinetics of volatile “p-block” elements with transition metals and alloys
  • Mechanical properties of interconnect-energy material interfaces
  • Interface degradation mechanisms and mitigation
  • Characterization and improvement of electrical and thermal contact/interface resistance

Tim C. Holgate, Teledyne Energy Systems, Inc., USA
Vincenzo Esposito, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Neil Dasgupta, University of Michigan, USA

To be considered for this issue, new and previously unpublished results significant to the
development of this field should be presented. The manuscripts must be submitted via the JMR electronic submission system by February 1, 2018. Manuscripts submitted after this deadline will not be considered for the issue due to time constraints on the review process. Please select “Focus issue: Interconnect and Interface Materials for High-Temperature Energy Conversion Technologies” as the manuscript type. Note our manuscript submission minimum length of 6000 words, with a maximum of 6-8 figures. Review articles must be pre-approved by proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. The proposal form and author instructions may be found at All manuscripts will be reviewed in a normal but expedited fashion. Papers submitted by the deadline and subsequently accepted will be published in the Focus Issue. Other manuscripts that are acceptable but cannot be included in the issue will be scheduled for publication in a subsequent issue of JMR.