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Materials Today Editorial Update

Journal News:

New launches: Biomaterials and Biosystems (No APCs for papers submitted this year)

Biomaterials and Biosystems is the newest title in Elsevier's biomaterials science portfolio; it sits alongside Biomaterials, Materials Today Bio and Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications. As part of the broader Materials Today family, Biomaterials and Biosystems...

Materials Today Nano, Materials Today Advances and Materials Today Bio now indexed in Scopus!

Applied Materials Today receives its first impact factor

Materials Today Physics to receive its first impact factor in June 2020 + Expanded indexing

Materials Today Physics + Energy Storage Materials will be indexed and abstracted in the following Clarivate Analytics services:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • Current Contents/Physical Chemical and Earth Sciences

Energy Storage Materials to receive its first impact factor in June 2020 + Expanded indexing

Energy Storage Materials journal will be indexed and abstracted in the following Clarivate Analytics services:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • Current Contents/Physical Chemical and Earth Sciences
  • Current Contents/Engineering Computing and Technology
Materials Today Editorial Update
Materials Today Editorial Update
Winner of the 2019 Materials Today Innovation Award - Prof Russell Dupuis
Winner of the 2019 Materials Today Innovation Award - Prof Russell Dupuis


Announcing the launch of Best Paper Prizes on Elsevier's Leading Polymer Journals:

This year from 1 April, we are pleased to announce the launch of the following three best paper prizes and hope that whether you are an early-career, mid-career or established scientist, you may be interested in applying for one of these prizes. An overview is below with links to further details. This is an open call and all entries are welcome provided that the nominee meets the relevant entry criteria for the following best paper prizes:

-2020 Donald R. Paul Polymer Prize for Innovation

-2020 Materials Today EPJ Award

-2020 Reactive and Functional Polymers Rising Star Award

Acta Medal Awards:

2020 Acta Materialia Gold Medal Recipient - Enrique J. Lavernia

The recipient of the 2020 Acta Materialia Gold Medal is Dr. Enrique J. Lavernia, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for the University of California, Irvine. As provost, Dr. Lavernia is UCI’s chief academic and operating officer, with primary responsibility for the university’s teaching and research enterprise, which includes 16 schools, nearly 5,500 faculty and 192 degree programs.

2020 Acta Materialia Silver Medal Recipient - Diana Lados 

The recipient of the 2020 Acta Materialia Silver Medal is Professor Diana Lados, Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  She is also the founder and director of WPI’s Integrative Materials Design Centre (iMdc), an industry-government-university consortium with more than 35 members representing all major transportation and defence industries, national laboratories and other governmental organizations, as well as several partner universities.

2020 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Recipient - Cato T. Laurencin 

The recipient of the 2020 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal is Professor Cato T. Laurencin of the University of Connecticut. An engineer, surgeon and scientist, Prof. Laurencin earned his B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was named a Hugh Hampton Young Fellow, and earned his M.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Harvard Medical School where he also received the Robinson Award for Surgery.

2020 Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal Recipient - Molly M. Stevens

The recipient of the 2020 Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal is Prof. Molly M. Stevens, Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine at Imperial College London (UK). She graduated with a First Class Honours B.Pharm degree from Bath University in 1995 and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham in 2001. Later she joined Prof. Robert Langer’s group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher, where she worked on bone regeneration. In 2004 she joined Imperial College London as a lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2008, making her one of the youngest professors in the history of the institution.

CONMAT Rising Stars:

Rising Stars in Computational Materials Science 2020

  • 30th Sept 2019: Deadline for nominations from the Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science and the community of computational materials science at large
  • 1st Nov 2019: 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.
  • 3oth April 2020: deadline for invited nominees to submit their reviews.
  • July-Sept 2020: reviews will be published in a special section in Computational Materials Science and
  • 1st Oct 2020Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science will select the recipient of the overall prize.

Materials Today Innovation Awards: 

Winner of the 2019 Materials Today Innovation Award announced

The Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes leaders within the field of materials science who have brought the field to the fore and made advancements through cutting-edge research and thought-leading insight. The award seeks to recognise candidates that have contributed “monumental” work, which has opened a new, significant field of research and resulted in impactful, practical applications. 

This year, the 2019 Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes the impact of the development of high-quality growth methods for III-V compound semiconductor materials. Over the last forty years, metalorganic chemical vapor deposition or MOCVD has facilitated a new generation of modern electronic and optoelectronic devices based on III-V compound semiconductor heterostructures.

Carbon Journal Prize 2020 winners Announced

Elsevier is pleased to announce that Carbon Journal Prize for 2020 goes to Dr. Chong Luo and Dr. Farjana J. Sonia.

This annual award aims to recognize recent graduates with "an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in carbon material science and technology”.

Editorial Board News:

Introducing 3 new NME editors

Nuclear Materials & Energy  was launched in 2015 with the support of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (MPIPP). The journal aims to provide a unique open access venue for the nuclear materials community to share their results. Since the journal’s launch it has published over 700 papers and received its first Impact Factor in mid-2019.”

Nano Today – New Editor in Chief: Professor Yuliang Zhao

We are delighted to announce that Professor Yuliang Zhao, Professor of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Director-General, National Center for Nanosciences and Technology, China is the new Editor in Chief of Nano Today.

Introducing: Editor in Chief, Professor Deren Yang, Zhejiang University, China

Prof, Dr. Deren Yang was born in 1964 in China. He is an academician of China Academy of Science, and a Cheung Kong Professor at Zhejiang University in China. He is the director of the State Key Lab of Silicon Materials and the director of Semiconductor Materials Institute at Zhejiang University.

Introducing Professor Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, new Editor in Chief of Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications

Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and co-director of the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment at the University of Glasgow. He did a PhD in Valencia and then postdoctoral research at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry in Prague and the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven. He was Associate Professor and then Full Professor at the Technical University of Valencia and Visiting Professor in Georgia Tech.

Materials Today Editorial Update

Special Issues:

Recent Releases:

Materials Research at Tsinghua University: 30th Anniversary of the School of Materials Science and Engineering

Journal of Alloys and Compounds Special Anniversary Issue: "60 years Less Common Metals and 20 years Journal of Alloys and Compounds"


Call for Submissions:

Material Today Physics:

Special issue: Soft Materials and Flexible Electronics in Material Today Physics

'This special issue calls for cutting-edge and exciting research on physics, mechanics, manufacturing, materials, devices, and systems of flexible electronics and soft materials.' Please follow the link to find out more.

Hardware X:

Special Issue on Open-Source COVID19 Medical Hardware

This special issue is dedicated to vetting the technical specifications and reproducibility of open medical hardware that can help during this global pandemic. Due to the urgency all articles will be rapidly peer-reviewed, published open access upon acceptance, and all article processing charges will be waived.

We are specifically looking for hardware that: 1) can be digitally manufactured using accessible low-cost fabrication tools like 3-D printers and 2) those that can be readily constructed from widely accessible materials and simple tools (e.g. DIY hardware store sourced).



Materials Innovation for Energy and Water22 July 2020, 4.00pm BST, 5.00pm CEST, 11.00am EDT | Prof Jeffrey C. Grossman

11th World Biomaterials Congress - 11–15 December 2020 Virtual