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Mechanics of Materials Special Issue on Mechanics of Energy Conversion and Storage

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As advanced energy materials with higher conversion efficiencies, enhanced storage capacities, and better reliabilities are being developed to meet the ever-increasing global energy needs, mechanics has emerged as one of the key factors that affect the performance of energy systems. In thermoelectric energy conversion for waste heat recovery, thermal stress is a big concern for reliabilities, and the efficiency and reliability of photovoltaic materials is similarly affected by strain and mechanical defects. In electric energy storage, the capacity and cyclic stability of lithium ion batteries are often limited by stress induced during ion insertion and extraction, and mechanical deformation has also been found to be a key factor that impacts the functionality of capacitors. The importance of mechanical properties of materials for renewable energies is widely recognized, and the very nature of vibration and frictional energy harvesting is mechanical. It is evident that mechanical issues are universal in all aspects of energy conversion, storage, and harvesting, and mechanics plays critical role in the performances of advanced energy materials and systems.


In the last decade, we have witnessed rapid advances in modeling, simulations, and characterizations of advanced energy materials and systems. In lithium-ion batteries, transmission electron microscopy and electrochemical strain microscopy have enabled direct observation of lithium ion intercalation and extraction in-situ, and ab initio calculations and phase field simulations has offered key insights on kinetics and dynamics of phase transformation in lithium iron phosphate. In thermoelectrics, novel module design that mitigates thermal stress has been proposed, and nanostructured materials with advanced interface engineering and superior thermoelectric performance have been developed. The importance of mechanics in all aspects of energy conversion, storage, and harvesting has become recognized, and tremendous opportunities arise for further understanding of mechanics in energy materials and systems.


This Mechanics of Materials Special Issue on Mechanics of Energy Conversion and Storage is intended to bring together experts from mechanics, materials sciences, chemistry, and engineering communities interested in energy conversion, storage, and harvesting to review current state of art and formulate the outstanding research needs and grand challenges in mechanics of advanced energy materials. We welcome contributions on any aspects of mechanics of energy conversion and storage, and regular peer review process will be followed. Manuscript should be submitted online before 12/31/2014 through under SI: Mechanics of Energy.  Any questions and inquiries should be directed to the following three guest editors.



Guest Editor


Jiangyu Li

University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2600, USA

Tel 1-206-543-6226, Fax 206-685-8047,


John Huber

University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PJ, UK

Tel 44-1865-2-83478, Fax 44-1865-2-73010,


Kaiyang Zeng

National University of Singapore, Blk EA 07-36, Singapore 117576


Tel: 65-6516 6627, Fax: 65-6779 1459,

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