Materials Today announced its latest impact factor last month of 11.452; it is one of the highest ranking publications in the category of Materials Science, Multidisciplinary titles of the Thompson Reuters Web of Knowledge. This result confirms the magazine as an influential publication for the materials science community providing up to date news, solutions, reviews and current research.

The current research column is a new feature to the magazine, the papers featured here represent the latest primary peer reviewed data brought to you as rapidly as possible. The papers will not necessarily follow the theme for the month as we want to bring you cutting edge findings and ground breaking research from some of the most influential scientists and departments.

In the first paper to feature in this section (in our July/August issue) Professor Huang and co-workers at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University look at shape memory alloys, summarizing some of the latest advances, with a focus on the new features found in traditional shape memory materials namely shape memory alloys and shape memory polymers and a newly emerging type of shape memory material namely shape memory hybrid.

Septembers current research column features two interesting papers; the first from Professor C. N. R. Rao, and Voggu, who look at the charge transfer phenomenon in graphene and single walled nanotubes.

The second current research paper this month from Professor T. G. M. van de Ven and Tejado from McGill University sheds some new light in to why paper gets stronger as it dries… What do you think?

Our themed microscopy cover story features spin structures with x-ray microscopy; magnetic microscopes using polarized soft x-ray, which offers a close-up view in to magnetism with some unique features.

The second of our themed papers this month looks at bistability, higher harmonics, and chaos in AFM.

Make your impact on Materials Today in 2011 by entering one of our competitions.

I'd like to end this month by encouraging you to take part in either our writing competition or cover competition or even both. Past winners of our writing competition have gone on to write news stories for Materials Today on either an adhoc or regular basis, so who knows it could lead to the start of a brilliant writing career for you. More details on the competition can be found by visiting our website closing date is October 26th so get pen to paper soon.

Our cover competition will give those artists amongst you the chance to be featured on one of our covers in 2011. As a cover competition winner you will also receive a number of complimentary copies of your winning issue along with a poster of the cover for your wall. More details can be found

Winners of both competitions will be announced at this years Fall MRS meeting!

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(10)70146-2