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Structural materials

Edited by Professor Dr Ehrenfried Zschech

This section covers all aspects of design, processing, development and application of structural materials, considering all classes of materials including metals and alloys, ceramics and glasses, polymers and composites. The scope includes fundamental and applied papers on innovative manufacturing processes, including additive manufacturing, as well as on materials microstructure and materials mechanical properties. The section particularly welcomes papers on multi-scale modeling and simulation as well as on multi-scale materials characterization for process monitoring and reliability engineering. There is a main emphasis on mechanical properties of materials, with a particular focus on kinetic processes of materials ageing and degradation on the micro- and nano-scale.

Functional materials

Edited by Professor Haiyan Wang

This section welcomes materials research with a focus on functional materials. This includes fundamental and applied material research for a broad range of materials functionalities including electrical, magnetic, optical, thermal, electrochemical properties, as well as multifunctionalities combining more than two of the functionalities. Materials systems include but are not limited to ceramics, metals, polymers and organic molecules in the forms of bulk, thin films, powders, nanocomposites and nanostructures. The section also considers the fundamental and enabling materials research in design, processing and characterization and new approaches to expedite such feedback loops. Materials applications cover microelectronics, optoelectronics, optical devices, sensors, actuators, and beyond.

Energy materials

Edited by Professor Emmanuel Kymakis

This section considers all materials science and engineering research related to energy generation, conversion, saving and storage. This includes, but is not limited to, work on organic, inorganic and hybrid photovoltaic materials; materials for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells; electrochromic and thermochromic materials; energy harvesting materials; solar fuels for hydrogen generation; water splitting, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis and thermoelectrics. The section welcomes fundamental and theoretical work, materials development, materials characterization, modelling and device integration.

Biological and biomedical materials

Edited by Dr Wenguo Cui

This section of “Biological and biomedical materials” bridges the gap between fundamental laboratory research and clinical practice, covering all aspects of materials science in medicine and biotechnology. Sub-categories include synthesis, bioavailability, and biodistribution of nanomedicines; delivery, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of nanomedicines; imaging; diagnostics; improved therapeutics; innovative biomaterials; interactions of nanomaterials with cells, tissues, and living organisms; regenerative medicine; public health; toxicology; point of care monitoring; nutrition; nanomedical devices; prosthetics; biomimetics; and bioinformatics.

Polymeric materials

Edited by Dr Drew Evans

This section considers the synthesis, characterisation and application of polymer materials. This includes fundamental work on polymer design, properties and behaviour, as well as simulation and theoretical works to explain experimental observations and results. Properties of interest include electrical, optical, mechanical, thermal and beyond.  Studies that explore how polymers interact with other materials and/or their surrounding environment will be considered.  The section will also consider papers that apply polymers in areas such as, but not limited to, chemical, agricultural, food, pharmaceutical, materials and energy industries.

Materials for interfaces and films

Edited by Dr Pedro Barquinha

The section welcomes contributions enabling significant advances on the properties of organic and inorganic coatings, thin films and interfaces, as well as on understanding their physical, electrical, chemical, electrochemical and photochemical performance. This includes papers dealing with film growth, post-growth processes, film and/or interface characterization, material design, modeling and device integration. Contributions dealing with multifunctional and sustainable materials and processes are particularly welcome.