Introducing Materials Science Research at Heliyon

Heliyon, Elsevier’s open access journal publishing quality research papers across all disciplines, is seeking materials science submissions.  Why should you submit your paper to Heliyon?

  • Editorial excellence: All papers are subject to a thorough peer review led by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Claudia Lupp and carried out by an editorial board of over 900 researchers, including 105 specializing in materials science.
  • Fast publication: Typically, editorial decisions are made within just three days of submission, peer review takes two months, and papers are published online within only four months.
  • High visibility: Your published paper will be available on both and ScienceDirect, and will be indexed by both PubMed and Scopus, ensuring the widest possible audience. In addition, Heliyon’s focus on generating impact via press coverage and social media will give your paper the opportunity to be discovered by your research community, colleagues, and future collaborators.

Heliyon has published numerous papers in materials science, including a recent research article describing a new class of carbon allotropes called novamenes, which have the potential to provide next-generation energy-efficient electronics. This research article has been viewed 5696 times and was covered by 35 news outlets.

This is just one example of exciting research published in Heliyon, other examples follow below.

Feeling inspired? Heliyon welcomes you and your research to become part of the growing selection of high quality materials science papers.

Novamene: A new class of carbon allotropes (Published in February 2017)

Larry A. Burchfield, Mohamed Al Fahim, Richard S. Wittman, Francesco Delodovici, Nicola Manini

Views: 5696; News articles: 35; Tweets: 24

Different allotropic forms of elemental carbon display distinct properties in nature. Burchfield and colleagues predicted a new class of carbon allotropes which they called novamene, and computationally analyzed their structural and electronic properties. Novamenes displayed improved properties, which may be useful for the production of next-generation energy-efficient electronics.

Synthesis of nickel and cobalt sulfide nanoparticles using a low cost sonochemical method (Published in March 2017)

Matjaž Kristl, Brina Dojer, Sašo Gyergyek, Janja Kristl

Views: 1365

Transition metal sulfide nanoparticles have unique optical and electrical properties, depending on their phase, morphology, and size. Kristl and colleagues synthesized nickel and cobalt sulfide nanoparticles using a green-chemistry approach, and studied their structural, morphological and optical properties. The optical band gap of these newly-synthesized sulfide nanoparticles can be engineered, making them ideal for solar cell applications.

Synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide thin films for optoelectronic applications (Published in April 2017)

E. Muchuweni, T. S. Sathiaraj, H. Nyakotyo

Views: 3211; Citations: 2

Zinc oxide is a promising material for optoelectronic devices due to its superior optical and electrical properties, low cost and non-toxicity. E. Muchuweni and colleagues grew micro-ring structured ZnO thin films on glass substrates using spray pyrolysis, and investigated their structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties. These ZnO thin films exhibited high electrical conductivity and high optical transparency, making them ideal for use in touch screens, liquid crystal displays, solar cells and light emitting diodes.

Mechanical properties in crumple-formed paper derived materials subjected to compression (Published in June 2017)

D. A. H. Hanaor, E. A. Flores Johnson, S. Wang, S. Quach, K. N. Dela-Torre, Y. Gan, L. Shen

Views: 395; Tweets: 2

The fabrication of bulk materials from parallel layering of component materials results in improved bulk material properties. Hanaor and colleagues investigated the physical and mechanical properties of layered densely- compacted cellulose tissue-based structures using quasi-static and high strain-rate testing. The exceptional mechanical properties of these layered structures demonstrate the potential of such approaches in the fabrication of novel energy-absorbing materials from low-cost precursors such as recycled paper. 

Trapping and proliferation of target cells on C60 fullerene nano fibres (Published in August 2017)

Seiki Iwai, Shunji Kurosu, Hideki Sasaki, Kazunori Kato, Toru Maekawa

Views: 209

The huge area per unit volume of nano fibers enhances the chances of trapping target molecules and cells on their surfaces. Iwai and colleagues synthesized nano fibers composed of C60 and sulphur to trap esophageal and colon cancer cells. The successful trapping and growth of cancer cells on these novel nano fibers paves way for their use in the early detection of cancer. 

Dr. Sneha K Rhode.
Dr. Sneha K Rhode.

Meet Heliyon’s Materials Science Editor

Dr. Sneha K Rhode is Heliyon’s Materials Science Editor. She grew up in India where she completed both a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Materials Science. A Cambridge Commonwealth Trust fellowship allowed her to conduct her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge, investigating the atomic structure of light-emitting diode material defects using the most powerful aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopes in the world. Her work was awarded a Professor Sir Richard Brooke prize for the best written thesis in the UK, and a Mary Kearsley prize for the best PhD project in the physical sciences.

Sneha’s passion to use Materials Science to give back to society gained her a Schlumberger Faculty for the Future fellowship at Imperial College London, which she used to develop efficient and inexpensive ultra-violet light-emitting diode devices for water purification in rural India. Her work was published in 25 peer-reviewed articles.

Now an editor at Heliyon, Sneha is using her background in materials science to support other scientists in the field to get their quality research published.