We are seeking nominations for the Rising Stars in Materials Today Catalysis special issue and prize. The aim of this initiative is to recognize the accomplishments and promise of researchers in the early stages of their independent careers and draw international attention to the work they are doing.

Once the nominations have been received, the editors of Materials Today Catalysis will invite a selection of the nominees to submit a comprehensive review paper outlining their work and the impact it has made on the field. The papers invited for inclusion in the Rising Stars initiative will feature in a special issue of Materials Today Catalysis. All authors in this issue will receive a certificate outlining their selection, and there will be one or two recipient(s) of the overall prize of $1000 who will also be invited to join the Editorial Board of Materials Today Catalysis. The criteria for the prize will be based on degree of scientific innovation outlined in the review, impact of the research, and the overall quality of the paper.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Candidates should be within 10 years of receiving their PhD,
  • Candidates are active in the area of catalysis. All aspects of catalysis are of interest, including catalyst synthesis, catalytic theory and mechanism, in-situ characterization of catalysis, computational catalysis, intelligent catalysis, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, thermocatalysis, biocatalysis, organometallic catalysis, environmental catalysis, nanostructured catalysts, large-scale and industrial catalysis. The nominee's work should present novel synthesis strategies, advanced technologies, ground-breaking concepts, and solid data that are recognized by the research community. This journal gives particular emphasis to articles that provide insights into atomic-scale catalytic processes, catalyst design principles, and real-world catalyst implementations.
  • Candidate must be nominated via sending the documents to the following email: f.jiang.1@elsevier.com (the publisher, Dr. Feng Jiang). The nomination must include:
    • Short CV of nominated person
    • Year of completion of PhD and additional supporting information if more than 10 years ago (e.g. career break, etc)
    • Area of research nominee is involved in
    • A letter that illustrates why this person qualifies for the award


  • 7th Jan 2022: Calls for nominations are sent out and begin to be accepted.
  • 15th June 2023: Deadline for nominations from the Editorial Board of Materials Today Catalysis and the community of catalysis (Self nomination is accepted)
  • 30th June 2023: Finalists selected, and the editors of Materials Today Catalysis will invite a selection of the nominees to submit a short review/research paper on their specific area of research. The submission portal will open. 
  • 15th Sep 2023: All papers due to the journal
  • 30th Sep 2023: Submission portal will close, the papers will be reviewed and published in a special section in Materials Today Catalysis and MaterialsToday.com.
  •  15th Nov 2023: Editorial Board of Materials Today Catalysis will select the recipient of the overall prize. The virtual special issue will be wrapped up.

For more information on Materials Today Catalysis please visit: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/materials-today-catalysis

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