Rising Stars in Computational Materials Science 2021

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We are seeking nominations for the 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


  • 16th Aug 2021: The editors and editorial board send out call for nominations.
  • 2021: Deadline for nominations from the Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science and the community of computational materials science at large
  • 15th Nov 2021: Finalists selected, and the editors of Computational Materials Science will invite a selection of the nominees to submit a short review on their specific area of research. The submission portal will open. Guidelines for the review can be found here.
  • 10th March 2022: All papers due to the journal
  • 31th March 2022: Submission portal will close, the papers will be reviewed and published in a special section in Computational Materials Science and MaterialsToday.com.
  •  28th April 2022: Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science will select the recipient of the overall prize. The virtual special issue will be wrapped up.

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

To read the papers from the finalists and recipients of the 2019 Rising Stars award, please visit here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/computational-materials-science/special-issue/10X4N37LC02

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