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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Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2022): Submission to First Decision: 3 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 9 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 9 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019

Special Issue

Engineering Smart Materials: Properties, Design and Applications

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Fawad Inam, PhD, Professor

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, London, UK

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Research Interests: Fullerene-polymer composites; Smart materials and devices; Mechanical properties; Ceramic nanocomposites; Polymer nanocomposites; Engineering applications; Structural composites; Multiscale hybrid composites

About This Topic

Human evolution is linked to the manipulation of its surroundings including materials. We are now in the era of advanced and smart materials. In particular, smart materials (aka responsive materials) are engineered to respond in a controllable and reversible manner, modifying some of their properties as a result of external stimuli such as certain mechanical stress or a certain temperature, among others. These are usually translated as "active" materials although it would be more accurate to say "reactive" materials. We encourage submission of original research articles related to, though not limited to, smart nanocomposites, fullerene based smart materials, piezoelectric materials, shape memory alloys, metamaterials, chromoactive and photoactive materials and magnetorheological materials. Research focussing on applications of these materials are highly recommended for submission as well. In addition, research commentaries, short publications/ letters and review papers in these area are also welcome.


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