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Advanced Sheet/Bulk Metal Forming submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1325 | Submission Open
Keywords: sheet metal forming; bulk metal forming; manufacturing process conditions; constitutive modelling; finite element analysis; material characterization; experimental validation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Manufacturing Processes and Systems)
Properties of Ceramic Composites submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1287 | Submission Open
Keywords: ceramic matrix composites; ceramics; ceramic fiber; ceramic aerogel
(This special issue belongs to the Section Porous Materials)
Optoelectronic Semiconductor Materials and Devices
edited by Mingjie Li
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1263 | Submission Open
Keywords: optoelectronic materials; device fabrication and characterization; solar cells; sensor technology; light-emitting devices; material synthesis; device modeling; performance optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Optical and Photonic Materials)
Advances in Transition Metal Oxides for Energy- and Electronic-Related Applications submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1203 | Submission Open
Keywords: oxides; transition metals; nanomaterials; nanoparticles; energy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology)
Micro-nano Optical Structure Materials and Their Applications
edited by Yanxia Cui
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1168 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface plasmon; photodetector; perovskite; micro- and nano-scale optical structures; imaging device
(This special issue belongs to the Section Optical and Photonic Materials)
Fabrication and Properties of Functional Coatings under Extreme Conditions
edited by Guoqin Cao
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1078 | Submission Open
Keywords: coatings; films; interface; oxidation; corrosion; Properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films and Interfaces)
Material Processing through Microwave Energy submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1006 | Submission Open
Keywords: microwave treatment; thermal processes; microwave sources; magnetron; gyrotron; microwave properties of materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Materials Characterization)
Advanced Perovskite Solar Cells: Compatible Materials and Processes
edited by and Tao Zhu
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 967 | Submission Open
Keywords: perovskite solar cells; compatible materials; manufacturing processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Energy Materials)
Advanced Chalcogenide Materials for Optoelectronic Applications
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 871 | Submission Open
Keywords: phase-change materials; chalcogenide glasses; chalcogenide thin film solar cells; 2D and layered chalcogenide materials; ovonic threshold switching; amorphous semiconductors; nanocrystalline chalcogenides; structural characterization of chalcogenide materials; optical and electronic properties; chalcogenide material synthesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Optical and Photonic Materials)
Current and Future Trends in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 842 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineral processing; extractive metallurgy; hydro-metallurgy; pyro-metallurgy; utilization; mineral properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials Chemistry)
Dental Materials: Design, Mechanical Properties and Applications
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 840 | Submission Open
Keywords: computer-aided surgery; three-dimensional imaging; dental tissue conditioning; connective tissue; keratinized tissue; bone regeneration; immediate implant placement; zirconia; small diameter; narrow diameter; atrophic maxilla; short implant; patient satisfaction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomaterials)
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials for Energy Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 805 | Submission Open
Keywords: novel nanomaterials; nanomaterial fabrication and characterization; nanotechnology applications; environmental energy harvesting; nanogenerators; self-powered systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology)
Stone Building Materials: Characterization, Decay, and Conservation (Second Volume) submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 730 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural stone materials; mortars and plasters; concrete; mechanisms of decay; decay monitoring; conservation treatments; cleaning methods; protective coatings; consolidation; durability; weathering effects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
Advances in Superalloys: Microstructure, Manufacturing, and Performance
edited by Qingqing Ding
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 693 | Submission Open
Keywords: superalloys; alloy design; microstructure characterization; mechanical property; alloy fabrication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Metals and Alloys)
Materials, Structures and Designs for Durable Roads
edited by , , Chonghui Wang and Mohd Rosli Hainin
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 690 | Submission Open
Keywords: transportation infrastructures; sustainable materials; durable structures; smart and resilient roads; multiscale modeling; road resilience
(This special issue belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
Biomedical Materials Investigated with Optical Methods
edited by and Cosmin Sinescu
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 470 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials; biocompatibility; scaffolds; optical methods; biophotonics; biomedical imaging; optical coherence tomography (OCT); optical microscopy; confocal microscopy; X-ray investigations; micro-CT; data/image processing; dental medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomaterials)
Crystallization and Foaming of Fibrillated Polymer Composites
edited by Amirjalal Jalali
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 301 | Submission Open
Keywords: fibrillated polymer composites; crystallization; foaming
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Composites)
Photocatalysis for a Green Future: Breaking Barriers in Energy, Environment, and Healthcare submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 300 | Submission Open
Keywords: novel photocatalysts; semiconductor; photocatalysis; environmental applications; water splitting; wastewater treatment; air purification; pollutants photocatalytic removal; energy conversion; drug delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Catalytic Materials)
Advances in Strength and Capacity of Metallic Materials
edited by Yongxiang Zhao and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 282 | Submission Open
Keywords: materials; strength; capacity; measurement; characterization; application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Metals and Alloys)
Sustainable Fuel Cells: From Synthesis to Application
edited by and Yiqiong Zhang
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 258 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrocatalyst; anion/cation exchange membrane; membrane electrode structure; fuel cells resist toxicity; new system fuel cell; fuel cell assembly; in situ characterization of fuel cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Energy Materials)
Structural Dynamics and Health Monitoring of Engineering Materials
edited by , Zhenghao Ding and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 256 | Submission Open
Keywords: structural health monitoring; structural dynamics; non-destructive evaluation; damage detection; advanced sensing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
Research Progress in Topological Materials
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 253 | Submission Open
Keywords: topological insulators; topological superconductors; topological semimetals; crystal growth; device fabrication; quantum transport; topological phase transition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Quantum Materials)
Integrating Topology Optimization and Metal Additive Manufacturing for Functionally Graded Material Structures
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 245 | Submission Open
Keywords: topology optimization; functionally graded materials; additive manufacturing; wire arc additive manufacturing; full-field identification methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Manufacturing Processes and Systems)
Advances in Tribological and Other Functional Properties of Materials
edited by , and Rima Mickevičienė
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 205 | Submission Open
Keywords: composite materials; biodegradable materials; anti-frictional and frictional materials; wear-resistant materials; materials degradation mechanisms; green tribology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Materials Characterization)
Advances in Carbon Nanotubes: Preparation, Properties and Applications submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 201 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbon nanotube; nanomaterial; ecomaterial; water purification; environmental protection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Carbon Materials)
Advances in Plasma and Laser Engineering (Second Edition)
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 185 | Submission Open
Keywords: plasma deposition; laser deposition; plasma treatment of materials; laser treatment of materials; plasma activation of surfaces; laser activation of surfaces; pulsed plasmas; pulsed lasers; new materials; plasma sources; laser sources; plasma engineering; laser engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Materials Characterization)
Advances in the Properties and Applications of Liquid Crystals
edited by , , Qian Wang and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 178 | Submission Open
Keywords: liquid crystal; liquid crystal networks; liquid crystal elastomers; smart windows; liquid crystal-based devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials Physics)
Novel Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems
edited by Lin Fu
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 160 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-energy density rechargeable batteries; high-capacity anode materials; metallic lithium/sodium anodes; lithium– sulfur battery cathodes; electrolytes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Energy Materials)
Biomaterials for Dental Bone Regeneration: Current Trends, Novel Applications and Strategies
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 151 | Submission Open
Keywords: tooth extraction; bone graft; socket preservation; biomaterials; bone regeneration; implant; peri-implant disease; surfaces; growth factors; mechanical properties; biological response; remineralization; osteogenesis; osteoinductive; osteoconductive; bioactive
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomaterials)
Luminescent Properties of Advanced Materials submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 151 | Submission Open
Keywords: photoluminescence; electroluminescence; cathodoluminescence; bioluminescence; glasses; ceramics; semiconductors; metals; MOF; crystals; hybrids; photonics and optoelectronics; quantum cutting; up- and down-conversion; persistent luminescence; UV-Vis-NIR-MIR thermometry; manometry; Judd– Ofelt theory; charge carrier dynamics; electron– phonon interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Optical and Photonic Materials)
Piezoelectric, Ferroelectric, and Dielectric Materials: Properties and Related Applications
edited by , and Baoyan Fan
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 149 | Submission Open
Keywords: piezoelectrics; ferroelectrics; dielectrics; relaxor; electrostrain; electromechanical; energy storage; electrocaloric; electronic; ceramics; crystals; films; composites; functional materials; fundamentals; processing; theory; characterization; application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials Physics)
Electrical and Thermoelectric Research of Advanced Ceramic Materials
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 147 | Submission Open
Keywords: thermoelectric and electrical device; advanced ceramics; electrical conductivity; thermal conductivity; high temperature
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced and Functional Ceramics and Glasses)
Advances in Discontinuous Structure and Fractured Mechanical Behaviors of Rock Materials
edited by Yongming Yang, Peng Liu and Zhangyu Ren
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 145 | Submission Open
Keywords: rock materials; discontinuous structure; fracture mechanics; fluid mechanics; porous media; rock deformation; energy engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
Advanced Research on Deformation and Phase Transformation of Metallic Materials
edited by Shiyan Pan
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 142 | Submission Open
Keywords: phase transition; deformation; multi-scale simulation; synchrotron observation; additive manufacturing; high entropy alloy; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Metals and Alloys)
Advances in Graphite Electrode
edited by Arihant Bhandari
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 130 | Submission Open
Keywords: li-ion intercalation; li-ion transport; solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI); solvent decomposition; li-plating; dendrite growth
(This special issue belongs to the Section Energy Materials)
Recent Development of Quantum Characterization Techniques for Advanced Materials
edited by Myoung-Hwan Kim
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 120 | Submission Open
Keywords: quantum transport measurement; optical characterization in underexplored spectral region; subwavelength scale optical characterization; material characterization in extreme conditions; nano-engineered quantum materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Quantum Materials)
Research on High-Efficiency Catalytic Materials for Energy and Environment submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 111 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-efficiency catalytic materials; energy conversion; energy storage; renewable energy; environmental remediation; sustainable fuels; computational modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Catalytic Materials)
Advances in Binder Materials and Binder Jetting Technology submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 106 | Submission Open
Keywords: binder; 3D printing; powder particles; additive manufacturing; innovative materials; rapid prototyping
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Composites)
Nuclear Materials Fundamentals and Applications
edited by , and
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1559 | Submission Open
Keywords: nuclear materials; irradiation effects; moderator and control components for fission reactors; fuel elements; pressure vessels; first wall materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Energy Materials)
Advanced Dielectric Ceramics (2nd Edition)
edited by and Yen-Yu Chen
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1311 | Submission Open
Keywords: low-temperature cofired ceramics; piezoelectric ceramics; magnetic ceramics; superconducting ceramics; glass ceramics; electronic insulation ceramics; dielectric ceramics; microwave ceramics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced and Functional Ceramics and Glasses)
Metallic Materials: Microstructure, Phase Equilibria and Thermodynamics
edited by , , and Qun Luo
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 15 articles | Viewed by 15733 | Submission Open
Keywords: phase diagram; CALPHAD; thermodynamics; microstructure; materials design; phase transformation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Metals and Alloys)
Advances of Photoelectric Functional Materials and Devices
edited by Shiming Zhang, and Clement Cabanetos
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 14131 | Submission Open
Keywords: solar cells; field-effect transistors; light-emitting diodes; photodetectors; fluorescent sensors; up-conversion luminescence; flexible electronics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Optical and Photonic Materials)
Damage, Fracture and Fatigue of Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs)
edited by and Zhaoke Chen
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 13530 | Submission Open
Keywords: ceramic– matrix composites (CMCs); damage; fracture; fatigue; strength; lifetime; acoustic emission; electrical resistance; digital image correlation; x-ray computed tomography; matrix cracking; interface debonding; interface oxidation; fiber fragmentation; material simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Composites)
Opto/Electronics Materials and Devices Applied for Telecommunications
edited by Yeong-Her Wang
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8934 | Submission Open
Keywords: B5G/6G; III-V compounds; microwave device; power device; photonic device; materials growth
(This special issue belongs to the Section Optical and Photonic Materials)
Sustainable Materials and Structures Used in Pavement Engineering
edited by , , Bochao Zhou and Wentong Wang
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 7168 | Submission Open
Keywords: recycled pavement materials and structures; low-carbon or low-emission materials and structures; sustainable structures based on recycled materials; functional pavement materials and structures; high-performance pavement materials and structures for long-term service; green construction; maintenance; and management technologies; smart monitoring technologies and evaluation methods; life-cycle assessment after using sustainable materials and structures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
Low-Carbon Building Materials submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6658 | Submission Open
Keywords: industrial solid waste resource utilization; fiber-reinforced cementitious composite; geopolymer material; low-clinker cement; FRP reinforced structure; durability of engineering materials; alkali-activated cement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
Anisotropic Functional Nanomaterials: Preparations, Characterizations, and Applications
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5987 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanocarbon materials; semiconductor nanowires; transition metal dichalcogenides; IV-atomic nanosheets; nanoribbons; surface modifications; surface and interfaces; heterojunctions; functional composites; confined nanostructures; energy conversion/storage devices; sensors/actuators; semiconductor devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology)
Research and Application Progress of Wood Adhesives submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5256 | Submission Open
Keywords: proecological adhesives; polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) adhesives; hot melt (HM) adhesives; polyurethane (PUR) adhesives; upholstery adhesives; epoxy resins; polycondensation resins; gluing; surface activation of wood and wood-based materials; adhesion promoter; plasma surface treatment; gluability of modified wood species and wood-based composites; wettability of wood and wood-based materials and their treated surfaces; strength and durability of glue lines; additives for bonding agents
(This special issue belongs to the Section Advanced Composites)
Smart Materials, Intelligent Structures and Innovative Applications of 3D Printing and Bio-Printing Methods submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4918 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; 3D printing; bio-printing; rapid tooling; hybrid manufacturing; lattice structures; topological optimization; bionic design; computer aided design; finite element analysis; smart materials; medical implants; bone structures; osseo-conductivity; bio-activity; mechanical testing; material characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Manufacturing Processes and Systems)
Development of High-Durability, Sustainable, and Carbon-Neutral Concrete Composites
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4667 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbon dioxide curing; carbon dioxide mineralization; carbon sequestration; supplementary; cementitious materials; zero cement composites; biochar; sustainability; waste recycling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
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