Rising Stars in Computational Materials Science

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We are seeking nominations for the inaugural Rising Stars in Computational Materials Science 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 Computational Materials Science will invite a selection of the nominees to submit a short 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 Computational Materials Science. All authors in this issue will receive a certificate outlining their selection, and there will be one recipient of the overall prize of $500 who will also be invited to join the Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science. 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.

  • Candidates should be within 10 years of receiving their PhD,
  • Candidates are active in the area of computational materials science and engineering. All aspects of modern materials modeling are of interest, including quantum chemical methods, density functional theory, semi-empirical and classical approaches, statistical mechanics, atomic-scale simulations, mesoscale modeling, and phase-field techniques. The nominee's work may involve properties of materials or phenomena associated with their design, synthesis, processing, characterization, and utilization. Most materials are of interest, including metals, ceramics, electronic materials, polymers, and composites. Research that focuses on computational molecular or nanocluster chemistry, biochemistry or biomedical modeling, continuum level mechanics of materials, or structural materials, such as concrete, will generally fall outside the scope of this award.
  • Candidate must be nominated through MaterialsToday.com (self-nominations are accepted). 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
  • 31st March 2018: Deadline for nominations
  • 1st May 2018: The editors of Computational Materials Science will invite a selection of the nominees to submit a short review on their specific area of research. Guidelines for the review can be found here.
  • 31st October: deadline for invited nominees to submit their reviews.
  • Jan-March 2019: reviews will be published in a special section in Computational Materials Science and MaterialsToday.com.
  • 31st March 2019: Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science will select the recipient of the overall prize.

For more information on Computational Materials Science please visit: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/computational-materials-science/

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