The development of integrated energy modules, including photovoltaic, thermoelectric, photoelectrochemical, fuel cells, and batteries that are safe, reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally benign, is one of the most important challenges today. Integrated energy modules will provide sustainable power for human-centric infrastructure including smart cities, transport, and the myriad of sensors needed to enable the internet of things (IoT).The development of efficient and sustainable energy modules involves not only electronic materials that meet certain requirements, but also the integration of electronic energy materials with interconnects and packaging, so identification of weak links in integrated systems is critical.This topical collection highlights the recent progress and challenges in developing emerging integrated energy modules, and explores the challenges faced when integrating electronic energy materials, interconnects, and packaging into efficient sustainable integrated energy systems.
Guest Editors: John David Baniecki (Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan); Tomasz Brylewski (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland); Chih-Ming Chen (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan); Armin Feldhoff (Leibniz University, Germany)
The recent explosive growth in wireless communication, electronics, and automation devices operating at high frequencies (MHz and GHz) has increased the level of electromagnetic (EM) pollution, which can be harmful to human health. Furthermore, EM radiation interferes with sophisticated electronic equipment and may adversely affect its performance, efficiency, and energy consumption as well as lead to a sudden breakdown in radar, telecommunication, and other electronic devices resulting in a loss of operation time. These problems have stimulated research interest in lightweight and thin microwave shielding materials with strong absorption or reflection over wide frequency bands. Recently, there has been an increase in demand for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials capable of eliminating or reducing the spurious EM radiation levels in different applications. Moreover, the implementation of 5G and the internet of things (IOT) in the coming years, which are in the millimeter wave region, increase the challenges in developing suitable EMI materials.This topical collection highlights the recent progress and challenges in developing emerging (lightweight and thin) EMI materials over a wide range of frequencies.
Guest Editors: M T Sebastian (Formerly at National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology, India); Balaram Sahoo (Indian Institute of Science, India); John Baniecki (Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan); Ratiba Benzerga (Université de Rennes 1, France)