Special Issues

Crystals publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building 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 on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Synthesis and Application of Nanocomposite Materials submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2296
Keywords: nanocomposites; nanostructures; multifunctional; carbon nanoparticles; metallic nanoparticles; sensing; strain sensors; mechanical properties; electrical properties; smart robotics; human motion monitoring; structural health monitoring; batteries; supercapacitors
Two-Dimensional Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Device Applications
edited by Yijing Y. Stehle, Fangzhu Qing and
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2155
Keywords: two-dimensional materials; synthesis; top-down; bottom-up; transistor; two-dimensional devices; nanofabrication; applications of 2D materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Pushing the Boundaries of Liquid Crystal-Enabled Technologies and Applications
edited by
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1129
Keywords: liquid crystals; liquid crystal beam steering; liquid crystal devices and sensors; liquid crystal at GHz and THz; liquid crystal optics and photonics; photosensitive liquid crystals; liquid crystal driving and alignment; liquid crystal transmission line and waveguide; liquid crystal synthesis and characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Hot Corrosion and Oxidation of Alloys submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 9287 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-temperature oxidation; hot corrosion phenomena; coatings for oxidation and hot corrosion protection; development of advanced high-temperature corrosion-resistant alloys; oxidation of thin films; kinetics of oxidation; effect of material composition and microstructure on oxidation and hot corrosion behaviour; investigation of the oxidation and hot corrosion mechanism; molecular dynamics simulation; DFT; machine learning in oxidation; and hot corrosion study; corrosion simulation calculation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Polycrystalline Materials—from Microstructure Characterization to Applications submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1576 | Submission Open
Keywords: polycrystalline materials; microstructural analysis; polycrystalline thin films; solvothermal synthesis; mechanism; model; performance characterization; preparation methods; porous materials; magnetic materials; 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 Crystalline Materials)
Epitaxial Growth and Application of Metallic Oxide Thin Films
edited by Fengmiao Li and Ronny Sutarto
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1488 | Submission Open
Keywords: metallic oxide films; epitaxial growth; oxide interfaces; molecular beam epitaxy; pulsed laser deposition; atomic layer deposition; sputtering deposition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advanced Research of Electroceramics for Energy Conversion, Storage and Devices
edited by , , and Sílvia Soreto Teixeira
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 403 | Submission Open
Keywords: electroceramics; synthesis processes; structural characterization; morphological characterization; dielectric properties; magnetic properties; piezoelectric properties; energy conversion; energy storage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Crystal Engineering in Conducting and Magnetic Molecular Materials
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 390 | Submission Open
Keywords: synthesis of novel tetrathiafulvalene-based compounds; synthesis of novel transition metal bis(dithiolene) compounds; crystal engineering; self-assembling; molecular conductors; molecular magnets; chiral molecular materials; non-covalent interactions; hydrogen bonds; halogen bonds; chalcogen bonds; π – π interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Emerging Applications of Ferroelectrics in Nanoelectronics and Renewable Energy
edited by Dawei Zhang, , Ran Su and Ying Pan
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 263 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectrics; nanoferroelectric materials; nanoelectronics; catalysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advances of Shape Memory Alloys
edited by Jianing Zhu and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 219 | Submission Open
Keywords: shape memory effect  ; superelasticity; alloying composition design; post-treatment; characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Synthesis, Processing and Characterization of Micro- and Nanostructured Functional Materials for Advanced Applications
edited by Osama Ahmed Fouad, and Ramadan A. Geioushy
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 180 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanostructured functional materials for advanced applications; advanced functional composite materials; advanced processing and manufacturing for functional materials; advanced functional materials for flexible optoelectronics; advanced magnetic materials; advanced piezoelectronic; ferroelectric; pyroelectric; and multiferroic materials; advanced ceramic and bio-ceramic materials; advanced materials for energy storage and harvesting; advanced functional materials for sensor and actuator applications; advanced functional materials for environmental remediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Optical Crystals: Preparation, Properties and Applications
edited by Zhen Zhang
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 160 | Submission Open
Keywords: new technologies in crystal growth; laser crystals; nonlinear optical crystals; scintillation crystals; acousto-optic/electro-optic/magneto-optic crystals; single crystal fibers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Materials)
Research on Crystalline Metamaterials
edited by Meiqin Liu, Ningfeng Bai and Weihua Jiang
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 138 | Submission Open
Keywords: O-type device miniaturization; M-type device miniaturization; single-negative metamaterials; double-negative metamaterials; material EM excitation; tunable metamaterial; reconfigurable metamaterials; pulsed power system miniaturization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Materials)
Surface Modification Treatments of Metallic Materials
edited by , and Zongwei Ren
submission deadline 24 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3060 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface modification; surface integrity; microstructure; residual stress; surface morphology; microhardness; metallic materials; mechanical property; fatigue; high-performance manufacturing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Wide Bandgap Semiconductor: GaN and SiC Material and Device
edited by Hao-chung Kuo, Chun-Hsiung Lin and
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 23806 | Submission Open
Keywords: power devices; RF devices; LED; micro-LED; lasers; LiFi GaN SiC
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Structure, Thermal and Magnetic Properties of Nanocrystalline Materials submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2410 | Submission Open
Keywords: Nanocrystalline materials; ; Powder alloys; ; Thin films; ; Ribbons alloys; ; Structure; ; Microstructure; ; Magnetic properties; ; Thermal behavior.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Metal Oxides: Crystal Structure, Synthesis and Characterization submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 13186 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal oxides; material characterization; synthesis; crystal structure; nanomaterials; applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Schiff Base Derivatives: Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Applications, Hirshfeld Surface Analysis submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 10412 | Submission Open
Keywords: schiff bases; heterocycles; hirshfeld; X-ray crystal structure; biological activities; nonlinear optics; nanoparticles; MOFs; metal complexes; supramolecular coordination chemistry; computational chemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Organic Crystalline Materials)
Dynamic Properties of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals
edited by Yuri Panarin
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1491 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectric smectic liquid crystals; bent-core liquid crystals; nematic liquid crystals; helix; dynamics; relaxation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Effects of Neutron and Ion Irradiation on Nuclear Materials submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 423 | Submission Open
Keywords: nuclear materials; neutron and ion irradiation; irradiation damage and effects; microstructure and defect evolution; synergistic effect between irradiation and corrosion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advances in Functional Inorganic Materials Prepared by Wet Chemical Methods (Third Edition) submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 328 | Submission Open
Keywords: multifunctional materials; magnetic materials; ferroelectric materials; piezoelectric materials; optical materials; processing routes; ceramics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Structure, Function, and Application of Enzymes: A Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor T. Doohun Kim, 1968–2022
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 312 | Submission Open
Keywords: crystallization methods and developments; crystallographic determination of enzyme structures; enzyme engineering based on crystal structures; computational and modeling studies of enzymes; structure-based applications of enzymes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Dissimilar Metals and Alloys: Microstructure and Mechanical Properties in Laser Welding
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 262 | Submission Open
Keywords: laser welding; dissimilar metals and alloys; microstructure evolution; mechanical properties; welding parameters; post-welding treatments; numerical simulation; manufacturing methods; metallic materials; solidification; casting; deformation; heat treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Laser–Material Interaction: Principles, Phenomena, and Applications submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 251 | Submission Open
Keywords: laser-induced phenomena; shock waves  ; phase transformations; laser parameters; laser surface modification; laser microfabrication  ; laser applications; laser-induced crystallization  ; crystal orientation  ; material properties; surface patterning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Phase Transitions and Dynamics Studies of Nanocomposite Materials submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 239 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Computational and Experimental Approaches in Drug Discovery
edited by and Antonio Coluccia
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 200 | Submission Open
Keywords: in silico studies; structure– activity relationship; bioactive compounds; artificial intelligence; machine learning; pharmacophore modeling; ADMET properties; structure-based drug design; molecular docking; high-throughput screening; virtual screening; drug development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Recent Advances in Topological Materials in 2024
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 196 | Submission Open
Keywords: topological states of matter; topological effects; topological phase transitions; topological transport; topological electronics; topological quantum computing; topological spintronics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Ceramics and Crystals
edited by Hyunwook Nam, and Yuka Takagi
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 135 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectric; piezoelectric; and dielectric ceramics and crystals; understanding the correlation between structure and property; characterization of various piezoelectric parameters; processing design for ceramics and crystals; piezoelectric energy harvesting and energy storage materials
Ceramics: Processes, Microstructures, and Properties
edited by , and
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4870 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing of ceramics; ceramic matrix composites; polymer-derived ceramics; microstructure of ceramics; materials characterization; thermal/environment barrier coatings; bio-ceramics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polycrystalline Ceramics)
Advanced Ferroelectric, Piezoelectric and Dielectric Ceramics
edited by
submission deadline 14 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 8829 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectric ceramics; piezoelectric ceramics; dielectric ceramics; advanced functional ceramics; ceramic composites; ceramic-based actuators; ceramic-based electronic devices; ceramic processing and manufacturing; microstructure characterization of ceramics; thermodynamic and kinetic studies of ceramics; including theory; experiment; modeling; and simulation; ceramic application in energy harvesting; sensing; actuation; data storage; and electronic devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polycrystalline Ceramics)
Intermolecular Interactions in Macromolecular Complexes submission deadline 15 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 627 | Submission Open
Keywords: macromolecular complexes; protein assembly; protein– protein/DNA/RNA/ligand interactions; structural biology; structure-based drug discovery; computational biology/chemistry; machine learning/artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Macromolecular Crystals)
Advances in Low-Dimensional Materials for Electronics and Sensing Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 21747 | Submission Open
Keywords: low-dimensional materials; low-dimensional devices; medical diagnosis; gas sensors; flexible electronics; optoelectronics; nanodevices; nanomechanics; MEMS/NEMS
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Recent Advances in Graphene and Other Two-Dimensional Materials submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9511 | Submission Open
Keywords: two-dimensional materials; graphene; graphene oxide; transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs); graphene-based composites; 2D advanced devices and applications; functionalization of graphene; characterization techniques: electrical; electronic; optical; and mechanical properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Preparation and Characterization of Optoelectronic Functional Films
edited by Liangyao Chen
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6486 | Submission Open
Keywords: functional materials; optical properties; composed material; metamaterials; metals and alloys
New Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems and Catalysis submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5572 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrochemical energy storage; batteries; super-capacitors; fuel cells; catalytic conversion of CO2; hydrogen production; synthetic fuels
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
X-ray Crystallography and Drug Discovery
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3540 | Submission Open
Keywords: target protein crystal structure; ligand-protein crystal complex; structure-based drug discovery; co-crystallization; ligand soaking; protein-ligand co-expression; Cryoprotection; virtual screening; molecular docking; ligand chemical synthesis; natural compounds; X-ray source; leads identification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Advances in Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Thin Films submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2913 | Submission Open
Keywords: thin film fabrication; thin film growth; thin film characterization; thin film applications; surfaces and interfaces; thin film modeling; thin film materials in catalysis; electronics; optics; and coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Materials Used to Improve the Environment and Human Health (2nd Edition) submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2448 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Thermal and Thermomechanical Post-processing of Additively Manufactured Parts submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2194 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal additive manufacturing (AM); post-processing (thermal; thermomechanical; laser; and hybrid); phase transformations; porosity closure behavior; grain refinement; texture evolution; static and dynamic restoration processes; microstructural characterization; mechanical and functional properties; sustainability in post-processing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Corrosion Phenomena in Metals
edited by , Rajeev Gupta, Mohammad Umar Farooq Khan and Ulises Martin Diaz
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2078 | Submission Open
Keywords: stress corrosion cracking; environment-assisted cracking; localized corrosion; corrosion inhibitor; high-entropy alloys; additively manufactured alloys; transmission electron microscopy; potentiodynamic polarization test; high-temperature oxidation; nanocrystalline alloys; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy; secondary phases; metallic coating; immersion test; failure initiation and propagation mechanism; corrosion mitigation; semiconductive properties; passive film; modeling; service lifetime prediction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Research on Thermoelectric Materials: Waste Heat into Renewable Energy
edited by , and Yu-Chih Tseng
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1752 | Submission Open
Keywords: thermoelectric materials  ; electrical conductivity; thermal conductivity; Seebeck coefficient  ; nanostructured materials  ; efficiency optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advances in Processing, Simulation and Characterization of Alloys submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1307 | Submission Open
Keywords: process optimization; mechanical properties; microstructures; microstructural characterization; alloy design; modeling and simulation; heat treatments; finite element analysis (FEA); phase transformations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Advances in Halide Perovskites
edited by Jérémy Hieulle and Zonghao Liu
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1293 | Submission Open
Keywords: perovskite; long-term stability; surface passivation; 2D perovskite; halide mixing and cation mixing; crystal orientation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advances in Crystal Growth: Pioneering Materials for Tomorrow's Technologies
edited by Yong Liu, Arnaud Magrez and David Wen Hua Bi
submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4144 | Submission Open
Keywords: crystal growth of novel materials; design of solvent– solution systems; flux growth; floating zone growth; chemical vapour transport
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Nucleic Acid Crystallography Volume II
edited by
submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2615 | Submission Open
Keywords: nucleic acid synthesis and purification; RNA and DNA crystallization; RNA and DNA crystal improvement; Nucleic acid diffraction studies; RNA and DNA structure determination; RNA and DNA model building; nucleic acid structure analysis; nucleic acid structural bioinformatics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Diffractive Imaging of Crystalline Materials at XFELs and Synchrotrons
edited by Chufeng Li and
submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2512 | Submission Open
Keywords: diffractive imaging; macromolecular; organic; and inorganic crystals; quasicrystals; liquid crystals; fiber diffraction; serial crystallography; data processing in diffractive imaging; holography of crystalline materials; sample delivery for diffractive imaging; free electron laser; X-ray diffraction; ultra-fast X-ray diffraction; serial femto-second crystallography; coherent diffractive imaging; X-ray diffraction microscopy; 3-dimensional X-ray diffraction (3DXRD); grain orientation mapping; diffraction contrast tomography(DCT; X-ray topography; Bragg coherent diffractive imaging (BCDI); Bragg ptychography; high volume and throughput data analysis; machine learning; multigrain crystallography; diffraction data analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Different Kinds of Hydrogen Bonds in Crystal Structures submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 10722 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrogen bond; hydrogen bond type; hydrogen bond strength; deuterium effect; geometric H/D isotope effects; proton transfer; phase transition; ferroelectric; hydrogen bond characterization (NMR; IR; and other spectroscopy); X-ray diffraction; neutron diffraction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Characterization and Modelling of the Deformation and Failure of Engineering Metallic Materials submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 9228 | Submission Open
Keywords: manufacturing and processing; plastic deformation; fatigue and fracture; texture; microstructure; mechanical properties; finite element method; crystal plasticity; atomistic modelling; machine learning; processing– structure– property (PSP) relation; process optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
β-Ga2O3: Growth (Bulk, Thin Film, Epitaxy) and Physical Properties
edited by Sridharan Moorthy Babu and Fan Ren
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5559 | Submission Open
Keywords: β -Ga2O3; bulk crystal growth; thin film growth; epitaxy growth; physical; structural; optical; electrical; spectroscopic properties; wide-bandgap semiconductor; power electronics; solar-blind UV detectors; sensor applications; melt growth techniques; Czochralski method; Bridgman method; floating zone method; edge-defined film-fed growth method; Veneuil method
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Group-III Nitride Quantum Wells submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4529 | Submission Open
Keywords: group-III nitride semiconductors; quantum wells; epitaxial growth; strain-related effects; spontaneous and piezoelectric polarizations; alloy fluctuations; optical and electrical properties; defects; radiative and nonradiative recombination; light-emitting diodes; laser diodes; ab-initio calculations and modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
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