The journal Carbon is an international multidisciplinary forum for communicating scientific advances in the field of carbon materials, including low-dimensional carbon-based nanostructures. The journal reports new, relevant and significant findings related to the formation, structure, properties, behaviors, and technological applications of carbons, which are a broad class of ordered or disordered solid phases composed primarily of elemental carbon. These materials can be either synthetic or of natural origin, and include, but are not limited to: carbon black; carbon fibers and filaments; carbon nanotubes; diamond and diamond-like carbon; fullerenes; glassy carbon; graphite; graphene; graphene-oxide; porous carbons; pyrolytic carbon; and other sp2 and non-sp2 hybridized carbon systems.

Papers may also be considered by the Editors provided: (i) the carbon component is the major focus of the paper's scientific content, for example, in composites (including vertical stacking of two-dimensional (2D) systems); or (ii) the focus is on organic substances if they are new precursors for carbon materials with novel characteristics; or, (iii) relate to carbon compounds such as nitrides and carbides (e.g. C3N4, MXenes) if the new properties or findings can be attributed to the carbon compositions.

Relevant application areas for carbon materials include, but are not limited to: biology and medicine; catalysis; electronic, optoelectronic, spintronic, high-frequency, and photonic devices; energy storage and conversion systems; environmental applications and water treatment; smart materials and systems; and, structural and thermal applications.

In addition to regular issues, Virtual Special Issues on selected topics are organized from time to time in this journal. Each submission will be evaluated using the same editorial process as that used for regular submissions, and once accepted, will be published online as soon as possible and featured as part of the Virtual Special Issue. To find out more about the ongoing special issues, please refer to the Announcement section of the journal homepage.

Carbon is the companion title to the open access journal Carbon Trends.

Editorial board


  • Mauricio Terrones PhD
    The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Physics, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States

Emeritus Editor-in-Chief

  • Peter Thrower
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park, United States

Former Editor-in-Chief

  • Robert Hurt
    Brown University, Providence, United States

Senior Editor

  • Vincent Meunier
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, United States


  • Conchi O. Ania
    Extreme Conditions and Materials High Temperature and Irradiation, Orleans, France
  • Alberto Bianco
    CNRS Alsace Delegation, Strasbourg, France
  • Yongsheng Chen PhD
    Nankai University, Nankai, Tianjin, China
  • Yuan Chen
    The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Toshiaki Enoki
    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hiroaki Hatori
    National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Tsukuba Center Tsukuba Central, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Yoong Ahm Kim
    Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
  • Nikhil Koratkar
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, United States
  • Qingwen Li
    Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics, Suzhou, China
  • Chang Liu
    Institute of Metal Research Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China
  • Gareth Neighbour
    The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • Riichiro Saito
    Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  • Michael Strano
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Juan Tascon
    Spanish Scientific Research Council, Oviedo, Spain

Editorial Associates

  • Rosemary Bittel
    The Pennsylvania State University Materials Research Institute, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Carla de Tomas
    Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Honorary Advisory Board

  • Peter Boehm
    Munich, Germany
  • Tim Burchell
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Hui-Ming Cheng PhD
    Shenyang, China
  • Morinobu Endo PhD
    Matsumoto, Japan
  • Elzbieta Frackowiak
    Poznan, Poland
  • Yury Gogotsi
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Sumio Iijima
    Nagoya, Japan
  • Takashi Kyotani
    Sendai, Japan
  • Marc Monthioux PhD
    Plaisance du Touch, France
  • Chong Rae Park
    Gwanak-gu, Korea, Republic of
  • Ljubisa Radovic
    University Park, United States
  • Francisco Rodriguez-Reinoso
    Alicante, Spain
  • Ralph Yang
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Editorial Board

  • Rodney Andrews
    Lexington, Kentucky, United States
  • R. Terry K. Baker
    Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States
  • Teresa Bandosz PhD, DSC
    New York, New York, United States
  • François Béguin
    Poznan, Poland
  • Clara Blanco Rodríguez
    Oviedo, Spain
  • Joseph Calo
    Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Y. Chen
  • Deborah Chung PhD
    Buffalo, New York, United States
  • Jonathan Coleman
    Dublin, Ireland
  • Cristian Contescu
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Andrea Ferrari
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Jose Luis Figueiredo
    Porto, Portugal
  • Micah Green
    College Station, Texas, United States
  • Peter Harris
    Reading, United Kingdom
  • A. John Hart
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Michael Holzinger
    Grenoble Cedex 9, France
  • Jiaxing Huang
    Evanston, Illinois, United States
  • Katsumi Kaneko
    Ueda, Japan
  • Feiyu Kang
    Beijing, China
  • Ladislav Kavan
    Praha, Czech Republic
  • Gang Liu
    Shanghai, China
  • G.Q. Max Lu
    Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Rosa Menendez
    Madrid, Spain
  • Sergey Mikhalovsky
    Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Carlos Moreno-Castilla
    Granada, Spain
  • Elena Obraztsova
    Moskva, Russian Federation
  • Rodney S. Ruoff
    Ulsan, Korea
  • Ashutosh Sharma
    Mumbai, India
  • S. Ravi P. Silva
    Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Mark Thies
    Clemson, South Carolina, United States
  • Magda Titirici
    London, United Kingdom
  • Q. (Abe) Wang
    Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Fei Wei
    Beijing, China
  • Raymond Whitby
    Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Quan-Hong Yang
    Tianjin, China
  • Hua Zhang
    Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Jin Zhang
    Beijing, China

Extended Advisory Board

  • Hüseyin Enis Karahan
    Singapore, Singapore
  • Ruopian Fang
    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Julker Nine
    Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Fatemeh Ostadhossein
    Stanford, California, United States
  • Maria Canal Rodríguez
    Alava, Spain
  • Chong Luo
    Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Juyoung Leem
    Stanford University, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Stanford University, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Stanford, California, United States