Special Issue "Metal and Molecular Clusters"


A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. M. Samy El-Shall

Department of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2006, USA
Website: http://www.virginia.edu/ccu/El-Shall.html
Phone: 804-828-3518
Fax: +1 804 828 1280
Interests: molecular clusters; gas phase and cluster polymerization; nucleation phenomena and nanostructured materials

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  • molecular clusters
  • molecular beam techniques
  • bound
  • mass spectrometry
  • size-dependent spectroscopic lineshifts

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Metals 2014, 4(2), 235-313; doi:10.3390/met4020235
Received: 9 January 2014 / Revised: 1 June 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 23 June 2014
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Metals 2014, 4(2), 84-107; doi:10.3390/met4020084
Received: 9 January 2014 / Revised: 4 March 2014 / Accepted: 19 March 2014 / Published: 1 April 2014
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Planned Papers

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Type of Paper: Review
Title: Cluster-Assembled Structure and Deformation in Metallic Glass
Authors: W. D. Liu and L. C. Zhang *
Affiliation: School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052 Australia; E-Mail: Liangchi.Zhang@unsw.edu.au
Abstract: Metallic glass (MG) is a newcomer of the metal family, which has a disordered structure and many outstanding properties such as ultrahigh strength, super elasticity, and excellent thermo-plasticity. However, due to the lack of translational periodicity, its cluster-assembled structure and deformation-induced collective atomic rearrangement (dynamic cluster) are long-standing mysteries without sufficient fundamental understanding. In this paper, the authors will review what have been done in the past few decades and aim to unravel the atomic-level structure of MGs and the underlying plastic deformation mechanism. The focus will be on (1) the formation of the cluster-assembled structure through glass transition, (2) structural characterization and theoretical models, (3) plastic event identification and micromechanics, and (4) the correlation between cluster-assembled structure and unique mechanical properties. A number of key questions and outlook in this research area will also be outlined.

Last update: 11 July 2014

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