Special Issues

Crystals runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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New Hybrid Architectures Based on Clays and Biopolymers submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 243
Keywords: Clays; Biohybrid; Biopolymers; Halloysite; Nanotubes; Functional materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Rare Earths-Doped Materials
edited by Maria Milanova and Martin Tsvetkov
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 11848
Keywords: rare earth elements; single crystals; bulk materials; nano crystals; phosphors; composite materials; semiconductors; insulators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Crystals for Optoelectronics
edited by Hassan Hafeez, , and
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2835
Keywords: Optoelectronics; Photo-responsive materials and devices; Photonics; Light emitting diodes; Solar cells; Photodetectors; Crystalline materials; Perovskite materials for energy harvesting; Organic/inorganic hybrid materials and devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Optical Field Modulation Based on Liquid Crystals and Beyond
edited by , , Haiwei Chen, Miao Jiang and
submission deadline 16 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2383
Keywords: Optical field modulation; Spatially structured light beams; Phase; Amplitude; Polarization; Spatial light modulation; Time domain modulation; Frequency modulation; Liquid crystal
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Recent Advances in Fusion Reactor Materials submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1076
Keywords: fusion reactor materials; plasma-facing materials; tungsten alloys; high-entropy alloys; metal-matrix composites; processing/microstructures/properties; metallurgical stability at high temperatures; mechanical behavior at room and elevated temperatures; oxidation; irradiation; plasma exposure; thermal conductivity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Scalable and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells
edited by Minchao Qin, Xudong Xiao, , Han Wang and Shenghe Zhao
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 978
Keywords:   perovskite;   crystallinity;   crystallization;   composition engineering;   defect engineering;   additive engineering;   inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite;   lead-free tin based perovskite;   all inorganic perovskite;   double perovskite;   stability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Nanocellulose Crystals and Its Materials for Advanced Applications submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 602
Keywords: Cellulose nanofiber (CNF); Cellulose nanocrystal (CNC); Bacterial cellulose (BC); Cellulose material; Polymer-cellulose composite; Cellulose aerogel and foam; Cellulose nanopaper
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Perovskite-Based Material and Device: Characterization, Modelling and Application submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1030
Keywords: Hybrid perovskite devices; Flexible photovoltaics; Nonlinear devices; Solution process materials; Biohybrid devices; Optoelectronic devices; Flexible electronics; Materials and physics of organic– inorganic hybrid perovskites; Fabrication; testing and stability of perovskite devices; Sensors; Solar cells; Hysteresis; Energy efficiency; Brain-inspired computing; Space application; Novel applications of perovskite devices such as but not limited to perovskite memories; and biomedical applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advances in Chiral Crystallization, Resolution and Deracemization
edited by , and Joop H. ter Horst
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2047
Keywords: chiral crystallization and resolution; deracemization; preferential crystallization; thermodynamics and phase diagrams; supramolecular chirality; enantiomers and diastereomers; crystal growth and nucleation; polymorphism and crystal structure; racemization and epimerization; chiral amplification and mirror symmetry breaking
(This special issue belongs to the Section Industrial Crystallization)
Defects in Crystals submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3778
Keywords: Defect-driven phenomenon; Crystal engineering; Composite interfaces; Metal-organic frameworks; Advanced ceramics; Catalysts
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Optoelectronics of Thin Films and Nanoparticles submission deadline 30 May 2022 | Viewed by 133
Keywords: nanoparticles synthesis; liquid crystals; crystalline supramolecular polymers; electrochromism; non-linear optical properties; metals oxides; optoelectronic devices; advanced nanomaterials; photoconductive materials; characterization of optoelectronic materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Novel ZnO-Based Nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications
edited by , Guangyin Jing and Basma El Zein
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 823
Keywords: ZnO nanostructures; synthesis; photocatalysis; water slitting; water purification; air purification; solar cells; piezoelectric generator; bio-application; non-wetting and self-cleaning; antimicrobial; opto-fluidics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Structural and Spectroscopic Studies of Rare Earth Doped Crystals submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 611
Keywords: rare-earth ions; optical spectroscopy; crystal growth; single crystals; glass ceramics; solid state; Stark energy levels; electron transitions; Raman spectroscopy; vibrational spectroscopy; luminescence; laser cooling; magnetic properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advanced Materials and Composites for Thermoelectric Applications
edited by , and Yu Zhang
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 710
Keywords: thermoelectric materials; chalcogenides; solution processing; solid-state; composite; flexible thin films; conducting polymer; thermoelectric property; thermoelectric devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Liquid Crystal Phases and Phase Transitions
edited by Yanzi Gao, Cheng Zou, Meina Yu and Vladimir Chigrinov
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 151
Keywords: liquid crystal; cholesteric phase; SmA-Ch phase transition; anti-counterfeiting; polymer dispersed liquid crystals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Mineralogical Crystallography Volume II submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 12 articles | Viewed by 7415
Keywords: Minerals; Crystallography; Crystal chemistry; X-ray diffraction; Crystal structures; Crystal growth; Mineral evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineralogical Crystallography and Biomineralization)
Development of AlGaN-Based LED and LD submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 241
Keywords: Crystal structure; Device fabrication; Optical properties; UV LED; UV LD; AlGaN; AlN; GaN; Simulation; MOCVD; MBE; Stimulated emission
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advances of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 281
Keywords: solid oxide fuel cells; proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells; electrolyte  ; cathode  ; anode  ; interconnect; ammonia synthesis; internal reforming; external reforming; CO2 reduction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
The Joining of High Entropy Alloys and the Brazing Filler Metals Using High Entropy Alloys
edited by Jiangtao Xiong
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2950
Keywords: high entropy alloy; diffusion bonding; high entropy filler metals; friction welding; laser welding; high entropy interface
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Computational and Experimental Approaches in Pharmaceutical Crystals
edited by Patrizia Rossi
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1088
Keywords: Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API); computational methods; crystal engineering; complementary techniques; X-ray diffraction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Active, Tunable and Reconfigurable Elastic Metamaterials
edited by Kuo-Chih Chuang, and Yongquan Liu
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1292
Keywords: active metamaterials; origami metamaterials; tunable metamaterials; reconfigurable metamaterials; piezoelectric metamaterials; programmable metamaterials; tunable metasurfaces; reconfigurable metasurfaces; active metasurfaces; programmable metasurfaces
Corrosion and Corrosion Protection of Metals and Alloys
edited by and Ayman H. Ahmed
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2259
Keywords: corrosion; corrosion protection; anticorrosive materials; corrosion-resistant materials; epoxy coatings; electrochemical techniques
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Towards High-Performance and Stable Organic Solar Cells: Processing and Characterization
edited by and Pratik Sen
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 962
Keywords: organic solar cells; semiconducting polymers; structure– function– property relations; mechanical properties; thermal transitions; scattering measurements; morphological stability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advances in Thermal Conductivity of Porous Materials for Energy Applications
edited by Qiye Zheng and Yuqiang Zeng
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 77
Keywords: porous materials; thermal conductivities; thermoelectrics; batteries materials; phase transition; complex materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Research on Recrystallization of Metallic Materials submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 138
Keywords: static recrystallization; dynamic recrystallization; EBSD; TEM; in situ annealing; texture; modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
State-of-the-Art Liquid Crystals Research in UK
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1617
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Advances in InGaN/GaN-Based LED submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 100
Keywords: Efficiency droop; Thermal droop; Numerical simulations; High indium content effects; Random alloy fluctuation effects; High carrier densities effects; Injection-related issues; Multi quantum-well (MQW) design; Electron-blocking layer (EBL) optimization; Advances in epitaxial growth Improvements in light extraction efficiency; Material characterization; Nanowire LEDs; Micro-LEDs; UV-A sources; Degradation mechanisms and device reliability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Nano-Semiconductors: Devices and Technology
edited by and Chun-Yeon Lin
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 757
Keywords: nano process technology; characteristics; and performance; nano device design; characteristics; and models; sensing system for semiconductor manufacturing; nano semiconductor simulation with physical data; nano reliability; failure analysis; and semiconductor Physics; nano-node chips for AI; bio; or HPC applications; nano semiconductor materials; advanced 2.5/3D IC package or system on integrated circuits; management technology in nano-node fabrication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Rare Earth Based Crystals: Theory and Practice submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1256
Keywords: single crystal technologies; powder technologies; X-ray diffraction; rare earth elements; luminescence; vibration spectroscopy; magnetic properties; electronic and ionic conductivity; optical properties; thermal expansion; semi-conductivity; solid-state synthesis; solvothermal synthesis; thermodynamics and kinetics of reactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Structure-Driven Design of Novel Crystalline Compounds submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 134
Keywords: Synthesis; Functional materials; Structural characterization; Structure– properties relationship; Crystal structure databases; Structure-driven design; Phase transitions; Phase diagrams; Disorder; Superstructure; Single crystals; Polycrystalline powder; Nanostructured materials; X-ray and neutron diffraction; Synchrotron radiation; Software for structure solution and refinement; AI-based approaches towards structure and properties prediction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Materials)
Research of Construction and Building Materials in Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Crystals
edited by Yurii Barabanshchikov
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 12198
Keywords: concrete; high thermal crack resistance; active mineral additives; properties of concrete and the technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Anisotropic/ Isotropic Microstructural Design in Additive Manufacturing
edited by , and Evren Yasa
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 229
Keywords: Additive manufacturing of metals and alloys; Processing– structure– properties relations; Processing optimization; Anisotropic/isotropic microstructure; Customized properties; Defect formation; Residual stresses and distortion; Post-processing; Finite element analysis; Machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advances in Phononic Crystals and Elastic Metamaterials
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1128
Keywords: phononic crystal; elastic metamaterials; optomechanics; elastic topological insulators; phonon heat conduction; phoXonic structure; negative refraction; cloaking
Topological Materials
edited by , and Jimin Wang
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2205
Keywords: Prediction of new topological materials; Crystal growth and exploration of new topological materials; Growth and characterization of topological material nanostructures; Novel physical properties in topological materials; Fabrication of devices based on topological materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Semiconductor Nanocrystals
edited by Wei Xu, and Hua Zheng
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1301
Keywords: semiconductor nanocrystals; size effect; photoelectric devices; quantum dot
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Structure Determination of Polycrystalline Materials
edited by Aurelia Vișa and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 872
Keywords: Covalent organometallic frameworks; Post-synthesis of porous materials; Morphology tuning; Processing of polycrystalline materials; High surface area materials; Supramolecular interactions; Metal– organic frameworks (MOFs); Layered materials; Polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Advanced Technology and Development in the Pavement Materials
edited by Qingli (Barbara) Dai, Jie Ji, Songtao Lv, Dawei Wang, Tao Ma and Hui Yao
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 879
Keywords: asphalt; pavement materials; numerical simulation; computational analysis; characterization of cementitious materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Advanced Research in Smart Polymer Composites submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 211
Keywords: Smart materials; External stimuli; Reversibility; Lower critical solution temperature; Self-healing property; Tailored polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Nematic Liquid Crystals 2022
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 818
Keywords: liquid crystals; insertion loss; tunable dielectrics; dielectric anisotropy; microwave tunable devices; millimeter-wave tunable devices; electronic beam steering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Advances of Gold Nanoparticles as Drug Delivery
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 76
Keywords: plasmonic gold nanoparticles; mono- and bimetallic gold nanoparticles; fluorescent gold nanostructures; mono- and bimetallic gold nanoclusters; fluorescent labelling; design of plasmonic or fluorescent drug delivery systems; magneto-plasmonic nanoparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Wide Bandgap Semiconductor: GaN and SiC Material and Device
edited by Hao-chung Kuo, Chun Hsiung Lin and Kung-Yen Lee
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2458
Keywords: power devices; RF devices; LED; micro-LED; lasers; LiFi GaN SiC
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Liquid Crystal Lens and Liquid Lens
edited by Chao Liu, Lujian Chen and Bo Dai
submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 762
Keywords: liquid crystal lens; liquid lens; microlens
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Advanced Electroceramics for Energy Conversion, Storage, and Harvesting Volume II
edited by Dawei Wang
submission deadline 8 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 649
Keywords: piezoelectrics; ferroelectrics; energy storage; energy harvesting microwaves; ionic conductors; thermoelectrics; advanced processing techniques; advanced structural characterizations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Nematic Liquid Crystals
edited by Xiao Li, Jose Adrian Martinez-Gonzalez and Camille Bishop
submission deadline 10 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3026
Keywords: Nematic liquid crystal; Nematic active matter; Liquid crystal elastomer; Self-assembly; Liquid crystal glasses; Interfacial structures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Optical and Spectroscopic Properties of Rare-Earth Doped Crystals submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6007
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Molecular Dynamics and Analysis of Intermolecular Interactions in Energetic Materials
edited by and Amin Hamed Mashhadzadeh
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 181
Keywords: molecular interactions; solar energy; phase change materials; thermal energy storage; molecular dynamics; battery; fuel cell
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Current Advances in Mechanics of Crystalline Materials
edited by and Long Yu
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 566
Keywords: mechanical behaviors; metallic materials; multi-scale
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Microstructure Evolution, Property and Characterization of Crystalline Materials after Ion Irradiation
edited by , and Huaican Chen
submission deadline 20 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 509
Keywords: ion irradiation; microstructural characterization; displacement damage; irradiation defects dislocation loops; helium bubbles; helium embrittlement; irradiation-induced hardening/softening; helium embrittlement swelling; synergistic effect between irradiation and corrosion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Membrane Technology for Solid Particles Production
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2506
Keywords: membrane-assisted crystallization; solid particle production; reactive crystallization; protein crystallization; process intensification strategy; membrane technology; membrane-assisted precipitation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Industrial Crystallization)
Crystals for Pharmaceutical Applications submission deadline 20 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 682
Keywords: drug preformulation; inclusion complexes; pharmaceutical products development; physicochemical characterization of materials; drug delivery systems; pharmaceuticals optimization
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