Recent Progress in Materials is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
Characterization & Evaluation of Materials
Metallic materials 
Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
Composite materials
Polymer Materials
Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

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Special Issue

Wastes, Residues and Byproducts for the Production of Construction Materials

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Paulina Faria, PhD

Associate Professor, CERIS and Department of Civil Engineering, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Caparica, Portugal.

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Research Interests: low embodied energy construction materials, products and technologies; wastes as building materials; construction pathology; building durability and conservation

About This Topic

Construction is one of the most consuming industries in the world. Raw materials are explored to be used directly as construction materials and they are also incorporated in the formulation of different construction products, such as mortars, concrete, insulation boards or bituminous mixtures. Energy is consumed to extract, prepare and transport the materials and products to the construction products producing company and to the construction site. Simultaneously, construction and several other industries generate high volumes of wastes, residues and byproducts. In many cases, those volumes are landfilled, associated to high environmental and economic costs.

Thus, there is an urgency in using wastes, residues and byproducts, generated by the construction industry but also by agriculture and other industries, replacing virgin raw materials for the construction industry. One example is earth, that needs to be managed when high volumes are excavated in construction sites; earth construction presents good examples of using this material. Several biological wastes generated by agriculture can be incorporated as natural fibers and aggregates or, after being used to produce heat, as bio-ashes, eventually with pozzolanic reactivity, for composite construction materials. Insulation cork boards are a good example of using aggregate cork waste. The construction industry itself generates construction and demolition wastes (CDW) that can also be used, replacing raw materials. The list of examples can go on almost indefinitely, listing examples of other industries, such as mining, ceramics and others, which wastes and byproducts can replace raw materials in construction products. However, several aspects need to be addressed, such as the energy needed to prepare the wastes to be used (to cut, to thermal treat, to extract or immobilize compounds, to mill, to sieve), and if eventual toxicity that can exist on those wastes. The latter may depend on the previous, and its importance may depend on the construction product application, namely if it will be encapsulated by other elements in the construction or exposed.

This special issue welcomes articles which contribute, in different ways, for: the collecting, characterization and preparation of wastes and byproducts with the aim of being used replacing raw materials in construction; the design and overall performance of construction products produced with wastes, residues and byproducts, from mechanical-physical to indoor air quality, environmental and economic; the classification and certification of those materials and products. Original research articles, review articles and case studies are welcome in all areas pertinent to this topic. All accepted papers will be published totally free of charge.


wastes, residues, byproducts, construction materials, building products, raw material replacement, eco-efficiency