Materials Best Paper Award 2014, March 11, 2014 10:44

In 2013 Materials started to award an annual price to recognize outstanding papers in the area of materials science and engineering published in Materials. We are pleased to announce the second Materials Best Paper Award for 2014. Nominations were solicited from the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board members, with all papers published in 2010 eligible for consideration.

Article Award

1st prize: Andreas Klein, Christoph Körber, André Wachau, Frank Säuberlich, Yvonne Gassenbauer, Steven P. Harvey, Diana E. Proffit and Thomas O. Mason
Transparent Conducting Oxides for Photovoltaics: Manipulation of Fermi Level, Work Function and Energy Band Alignment

2nd prize: Aneta Slodczyk and Philippe Colomban
Probing the Nanodomain Origin and Phase Transition Mechanisms in (Un)Poled PMN-PT Single Crystals and Textured Ceramics

3rd prize: Osama Shekhah
Layer-by-Layer Method for the Synthesis and Growth of Surface Mounted Metal-Organic Frameworks (SURMOFs)


Review Award

1st prize: Lutz-Christian Gerhardt and Aldo R. Boccaccini
Bioactive Glass and Glass-Ceramic Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering

2nd prize: Koen Van den Eeckhout, Philippe F. Smet and Dirk Poelman
Persistent Luminescence in Eu2+-Doped Compounds: A Review


For more details, please refer to the Materials Best Paper Award 2014 Editorial.

Earlier Edition of the Award:
Materials Best Paper Award 2013


New Book Received: Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting. By Hans-Joachim Lewerenz, Laurie Peter, RSC Publishing, 2013; 468 Pages. Price £139.99, ISBN 978-1-84973-647-3, January 13, 2014 04:19

There has been a resurgence of interest in light-induced water splitting as the search for storable carbon neutral energy becomes more urgent. Although the history of the basic idea dates back more than four decades, efficient, economical and stable integrated devices have yet to be realized. In the continuing quest for such devices, the field of photoelectrochemistry is entering a new phase where the extraordinary interdisciplinary of the research and development efforts are opening new avenues. This aspect of current research effort is reflected in the chapters of this book, which encompass present thinking in the various disciplines such as materials science, photo-electrochemistry and interfaces that can contribute to realization of viable solar fuel generators. This book presents a blend of the background science and recent advances in the field of photoelectrochemical water splitting, and includes aspects that point towards medium to long term future realization. The content of the book goes beyond the more traditional approaches to the subject by including topics such as novel excitation energy processes that have only been realized so far in advanced photonics. The comprehensive overview of current activities and development horizons provided by the impressive collection of internationally renowned authors therefore represents a unique reflection of current thinking regarding water splitting by light.!divbookcontent

Updated 2012 Impact Factor for Materials, June 21, 2013 06:20


We are pleased to report an increased Impact Factor for Materials for 2012. According to the newly released 2012 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2013), the new Impact Factor for Materials is 2.247. The 5-Year Impact Factor is 2.338. Materials now ranks 54/234 (Q1) in the category 'Materials Science, Multidisciplinary'.

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Evolution of citations to Materials since 2008: