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Special Issue "Experimental and Theoretical Studies on the Physical Properties of Actinides and Their Oxides"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Tel. (505) 667-5222
Interests: phase diagram of condensed matter, equation of state, phase transitions; topological properties of condensed matter, linear defects: dislocations, disclinations, defect-mediated phase transitions, geometrical frustration; amorphous, granular, and polycrystalline matter; shock waves in granular and polycrystalline materials; analytic modeling of the physical properties of condensed matter; molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, both classical (MolDy, DL−POLY) and first-principles quantum (VASP); phase diagram studies; high pressure – high temperature polymorphism
The fundamental understanding of the physical properties of actinides is of considerable practical importance for space research, industrial radiography, geological prospecting, and medical applications. The fundamental understanding of the physical properties of their oxides, specifically under intense radiation and high temperature gradients, is crucial for predicting the performance of nuclear reactor fuels. The actinide elements are now sufficiently well understood to establish analogies of their physical properties and those of rare-earth and transition elements for which certain systematics exist. Past research on actinides has revealed systematic variations in bonding properties such as bulk modulus and melting point, transport properties such as resistivity, and electronic properties such as specific heat. The lighter actinides are believed to exhibit a transition type behavior, however a substantial contribution to bonding is made by 5f electrons. There are also important differences between the behavior of the heavier actinides and those of rare earth elements. The potential economic gains from the fundamental understanding of the physical properties of actinides are their oxides, which are more effective for everyday use, and which are very likely to ensure continuing research activity that will keep advancing this field of research.
This Special Issue is aimed at highlighting the current state-of-the-art of both experimental and theoretical research on the physical properties of actinides and their oxides, on a broad spectrum of topics such as equations of state, phase diagrams, mechanical and thermophysical properties, elasticity, plasticity, strength, and damage. Theoretical studies will include both modeling and computer simulations. Original contributions from researchers in all the fields relevant to the physical properties of actinides and their oxides are welcome. All manuscripts will undergo peer review process prior to publication.
Dr. Leonid Burakovsky
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Applied Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. Group of Dr. Landa from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will contribute 2 papers in theoretical studies, on actinides specifically.
2. Group of Dr. Yang from Los Alamos National Laboratory will contribute 1 paper;
3. The Guest Editor Dr. Leonid Burakovsky will write a paper for this Special Issue.