Materials & Design: Special Issue on Materials for Laser Additive Manufacturing

Aims and scope of the Special Issue:
An important and distinct theme in Additive Manufacturing concerns the rational design and optimization of materials used in powder-based production processes. 
This Special Issue (VSI) is dedicated to recent progress in materials selection and elaboration for additive manufacturing (AM), in particular for such laser-based AM methods as powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition. 

The VSI will cover recent advances in the synthesis of new metal and polymer powder materials for efficient laser-based 3D additive manufacturing through material formulation, additivation (including nano-additivation), and chemical modification of both newly developed and commercial powders. 

Examples of topics to be covered in this VSI are:
- Specific adaptation of material parameters such as the absorption coefficients for infrared and visible lasers, glass transition and crystallization temperatures, as well as crystallization kinetics and enthalpy of powders to optimize laser-based additive manufacturing processes.
- Developments of (scalable) powder synthesis processes that aim at creating optimized crystallization-melting windows, e.g. by additive dispersion, providing shape and size-controlled powders, improved polymer chain mobility, kinetic control of melting and resolidification, and/or defined alloy recrystallisation.
- Significant extension of the property profiles of laser-based additive manufacturing parts by new and improved materials with e.g. adapted meltability, flowability, and wetting behavior.
- Improved understanding of the melting and sintering dynamics by in situ process monitoring, as well as analytical and theoretical methods.
- Improved understanding of the relationship between material structure and processability at different length scales via modelling and simulation. 

Submission Guidelines:

All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference. Papers must not exceed 25 pages (one-column, at least 11pt fonts) including figures, tables, and references. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:
http://www.journals.elsevier.com/materials-and-design/
All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES). The authors must select as “VSI:Materials for AM” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. The EES website is located at:
http://ees.elsevier.com/jmad/
All papers will be peer-reviewed by three independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: 2020/7/15 
Acceptance Notification: 2021/1/15 
Expected Publication: 2021/3/15

Guest Editors:
PD Dr. Bilal Gökce, University of Duisburg-Essen, Technical Chemistry and Center for NanoIntegration Duisburg-Essen CENIDE
Prof. Dr. Dongdong Gu, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Materials Science and Technology 
Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Dr. Stephan Barcikowski, University of Duisburg-Essen, Technical Chemistry and Center for NanoIntegration Duisburg-Essen CENIDE