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

Technologies of Using Waste as Substitutes for Primary Raw Materials

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Mohamed Alwaeli, PhD, Associate Professor

Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland 

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Research Interests: municipal solid waste; waste management; recycling; concrete; primary raw materials.

About the topic

Dear Colleagues,

As a result of the modernisation and growing urbanisation across worldwide, demand for resources has increased significantly. Thus, the depletion of natural resources is nearly inevitable. Identifying alternative materials to decrease the consumption of natural resources has become an imperative task at this point to safeguard the interests of future generations.

Waste generation is one of the most obvious impacts of exponential population growth, industrial and technological development, and rising consumerism. Most of the wastes do not find any effective use and cause a waste disposal crisis and environmental degradation, and the appropriate management of such waste is one of the most pressing technological challenges.

It has been observed that some of these wastes have high potential and can be utilized as substitute of raw materials. One of the possibilities for the utilisation of industrial and muncipal wastes is to develop a waste management program based on the waste-generation hierarchy for preventing waste production through waste minimization and through the use of waste as a substitute for primary materials as the primary waste management technology, followed by various methods available for waste disposal. Closed loop recycling of wastes as subtitutes for raw materials is the best sustainable method in order to compensate the lack of natural resources and to find alternative ways for conserving the environment.

Preserving natural resources is a matter of sustainable development to ensure sufficient resources for future generations. Utilization of wastes as substitutes of raw materials has threefold advantages of eliminating the costs of dumping, reducing energy consumption, and decreasing pollution problems. This would also lead additional benefits in terms of cost production savings, promoting ecological balance and conservation of raw resources, etc.

Areas and topics of contributed papers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Waste as alternative raw materials;
  • Recycling in the circular economy;
  • Policy and regulations;
  • Evaluation of alternative energy systems;
  • Closed loop recycling of industrial waste as aggregates in construction engineering;
  • Sustainable natural resource management;
  • Sustainable utilization of waste materials;
  • Sustainable land management;
  • Conventionaland non-conventional methods for waste material utilization;
  • Hazardous material utilization.
  • Sewage treatment methods;
  • Planning.


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