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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science (TNS) is organizing a Special Issue entitled “Nuclear Batteries”. We invite you to submit an original research article to this issue. We are targeting October 2024 for the print publication of the special issue, although articles will appear online on IEEE Xplore, and available for citation, as soon as they are accepted.

Nuclear batteries have the potential to fulfill critical roles across various industrial applications, encompassing space exploration, remote devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), and medical devices, among others. These batteries harness radiation energy through different mechanisms such as direct charge collection from ionization in semiconductors, direct conversion of decay heat to electricity using radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), or the conversion of scintillation light into electricity utilizing commercially available photovoltaics or other novel approaches.

As we look towards the future, significant research is needed to address the challenges and optimize the performance of nuclear batteries. The multidisciplinary nature of nuclear batteries makes this field an exciting area for collaboration and innovation. It has the potential to transform the way we approach energy generation, particularly in areas where traditional batteries are not feasible. The goal of this Special Issue is to showcase the state-of-the-art of technology and to identify areas for further development by bringing together research from the global community.

The Special Issue includes – but is not limited to – the following areas:

  • Radioisotopes for nuclear batteries
  • Nuclear voltaic batteries (beta voltaic, gamma voltaic, alpha voltaic etc.)
  • Nuclear photovoltaic batteries
  • Hybrid voltaic and novel ideas
  • Measurement and testing of nuclear batteries
  • Novel applications of nuclear batteriesThe Special Issue is open now for submission and will be open for submissions until March 15, 2024. Contact Prof. Lei R. Cao at if you have any questions.

    All manuscripts will undergo TNS’ rigorous peer-review process.

    TNS is one of the premier journals covering nuclear science and instrumentation. You can find information about TNS at TNS Information.

  • Click here to submit – Select Nuclear Battery 2024 manuscript type


Prof. Lei R. Cao
The Ohio State University Senior Editor, Special Issue

Dr. Zane W. Bell
Editor in Chief
IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science