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New Editor-in-Chief appointed for Journal of Photonics for Energy

Sean Shaheen will lead the journal beginning in July 2020

SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics

BELLINGHAM, Washington - On 1 July, Sean Shaheen, associate professor of optics, nanostructures, and bioengineering in the University of Colorado Boulder's Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, will become the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE). He succeeds the journal's founding editor-in-chief, Zakya Kafafi, who has served since 2011.

"JPE has become a valuable platform for the dissemination of knowledge generated in laboratories around the world working on new photovoltaic and related energy-harvesting devices," Shaheen noted. "I look forward to leading its future efforts in publishing emerging science and technology concepts and in showcasing the talents of researchers with a variety of diverse and interdisciplinary backgrounds."

"The topic of photonics for energy remains as relevant to environmental sustainability as it was when JPE was launched ten years ago," said Chair of the SPIE Publications Committee David Sampson. "In warmly welcoming Professor Sean Shaheen as editor-in-chief, I am impressed by his excellence and eminence as a scholar and excited by the energy and fresh ideas he will bring to JPE. SPIE aspires to enhance its journal publishing to better serve the global optics and photonics community, and Sean's appointment will undoubtedly help drive that."

JPE covers fundamental and applied research areas focused on the applications of photonics for renewable energy harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, monitoring, consumption, and efficient usage.

Shaheen is also an associate professor by courtesy in the University of Colorado Boulder's Department of Physics; a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), joint appointee to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and director of the university's Authentic Research Experiences for Teachers (ARETe) Program, which matches faculty from Colorado two-year colleges with research laboratories in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder for in-depth, collaborative research experiences.

Prior to his current role, Shaheen held a faculty position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver and was a Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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