Special Issue "Smart Materials"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 December 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tahir Shah
Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, The University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB, UK
Website: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/IMRI/Staff/StaffPages/ProfTahirShah.aspx
E-Mail: ths1@bolton.ac.uk
Guest Editor
Dr. Navneet Soin
Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI) Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC), The University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB, UK
Website: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/IMRI/Staff/StaffPages/Dr-Navneet-Soin.aspx
E-Mail: navneet.soin@gmail.com

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart Materials respond to environmental stimuli. They are therefore often referred to as responsive materials. These materials respond to external stimuli by either changing their properties or their structures and compositions. Smart Materials have widespread applications (for example, they concern composites, interface science, sensor/actuator materials, chromic, piezoelectric, shape memory, electromagnetic, and acoustic, chemical and mechanical sensing and actuation, wearable devices, drug delivery systems, construction, energy harvesting, smart packaging, etc.). Smart materials are also normally embedded in systems in order to modify their performance as required. Due to their ubiquitous nature, Smart Materials will play a critical role in numerous advanced applications, particularly where these materials will form part of a smart structural system that has the capability to sense its environment and then respond to an external stimulus via an active control mechanism. The main aim of this special issue on ‘Smart Materials’ is to encapsulate the current interest and state of research related to these materials; the issue will provide not only a thorough overview of the field but will also provide competitive advantages in the development of products and systems with increasing levels of functionality.

We are pleased to invite you to submit manuscripts for the special issue on Smart Materials in the form of full research papers, communications, and review articles. We look forward to your contribution in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Tahir Shah
Dr. Navneet Soin
Guest Editor


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  • stimuli-responsive polymers
  • electroresponsive
  • E-textiles, piezoelectric
  • smart composites
  • self-healing materials
  • shape memory
  • energy harvesting
  • piezochromic

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Materials 2015, 8(4), 1626-1635; doi:10.3390/ma8041626
Received: 20 January 2015 / Revised: 13 March 2015 / Accepted: 30 March 2015 / Published: 8 April 2015
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Materials 2015, 8(2), 815-828; doi:10.3390/ma8020815
Received: 24 November 2014 / Revised: 7 January 2015 / Accepted: 12 February 2015 / Published: 17 February 2015
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