Materials Horizons & Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards

Call for Nominations

General information

The purpose of the Community Board for both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons is to provide a channel for communication between the materials and nanoscience student and early career researcher community and the journals’ Executive Editor and Editorial Boards, and also to facilitate student and postdoctoral (or equivalent) engagement with Materials Horizonand Nanoscale Horizons. We are looking for engaged and interested early career researchers who will see this as an opportunity to assist in the development of an innovative journal, from a learned society publisher, in rapidly expanding areas of science. We are inviting nominations for both journals at this time, please do feel free to state a preference of journal in your nomination, however this is not mandatory and each nomination will be assessed for suitability for both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards.

Guidelines for Nominators

We are inviting nominations for both journals at this time, please do feel free to state a preference of journal in your nomination, however this is not mandatory and each nomination will be assessed for suitability for both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards.

  • Any Principle Investigator can nominate someone for the Community Board of either Materials Horizons or Nanoscale Horizons. Candidates must not nominate themselves.
  • Nominations are open to PhD candidates and active researchers who received their PhD (or equivalent degree, if applicable) no more than eight years prior to 1 November 2019. Appropriate consideration will be given to candidates from all research backgrounds (academic or industrial) and to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.

To make a nomination please provide the information outlined below to materialshorizons-rsc@rsc.org.

  • The nominator’s name, affiliation, position and contact details
  • The candidate’s name, affiliation, research group, position and contact details
  • A supporting statement from the nominator (no more than 750 words) addressing the selection criteria (see below)
  • A short personal statement from the candidate describing what they will bring to the role in terms of advising and being an advocate for the journal. This must be no longer than 250 words.
  • An up-to-date CV for the candidate, including publication history (if any)

Selection criteria for Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards

The Executive Editor and members of the Editorial Boards will consider the following aspects of all nominations for the Community Boards as appropriate:

  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Profile within institute and/or community
  • Service to the community

Materials and Nanoscale Horizons Community Board_FAQs

For more information about the journal and for a list of current Community Board members, please visit the journal webpage at: rsc.li/materials-horizons

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11th CIRP Conference on Photonic Technologies [LANE 2020] calls for papers

You have gained interesting research results in the field of laser material processing and want to discuss them with experts from all over the world? If so, submit an abstract for the 11th CIRP Conference on Photonic Technologies [LANE 2020] until January 24, 2020.

 

Especially recent developments in the field of

 

Laser Material Processing

  • Beam sources & components
  • Laser beam welding, brazing & soldering
  • Laser beam cutting & drilling
  • Surface treatment & forming
  • Laser assisted processes

including

  • Experimental results
  • Simulation & modeling
  • Sensing & control
  • Laser safety

 

and the Emerging Technologies

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Precision processing with ultrashort laser pulses
  • Fast laser beam manipulation
  • Laser material processing in the visible wavelength range
  • E-Mobility/Batteries

 

are of interest.

 

In order to give a detailed overview, LANE aims not only at scientific contributions, but integrates the industrial perspective and their relevance for application, as well. It takes place from September 06-10, 2020 in Fürth, Germany. Visit the conference website for more information: https://www.lane-conference.org

 

Materials Horizons is delighted to support the conference with two prizes for the best talks.

 

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Materials Horizons Outstanding Paper Awards 2018

Outstanding paper – Materials Horizons

Bioinspired hierarchical composite design using machine learning: simulation, additive manufacturing, and experiment

Grace X. Gu, Chun-Teh Chen, Deon J. Richmond and Markus J. Buehler, Mater. Horiz., 2018, 5, 939–945, DOI: 10.1039/CiMH00653A

In this outstanding paper, the authors propose an innovative approach to design hierarchical materials using machine learning trained with a database of hundreds of thousands of structures from finite element analysis, together with a self-learning algorithm for discovering high-performing materials where inferior designs are phased out for superior candidates. They say that their new approach can aid in the discovery and fabrication of new material designs with an orders of magnitude increase in computational efficacy over conventional methods.

Runner-up – Materials Horizons

Unidirectional water delivery on a superhydrophilic surface with two-dimensional asymmetrical wettability barriers

Hui Geng, Haoyu Bai, Yangyang Fan, Shaoyu Wang, Teer Ba, Cunming Yu, Moyuan Cao and Lei Jiang, Mater. Horiz., 2018, 5, 303–308, DOI: 10.1039/C7MH01138E

In this outstanding paper, the authors demonstrate unidirectional liquid transport by incorporating asymmetric 2D water barriers into a flat superhydrophilic surface. Their method simplifies the design and fabrication of functional interface materials, enabling manipulation of fluid delivery on 2D patterned surfaces.

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Reverse gear makes metamaterial stand out

Article written by Emma Lockyer

Engineers have made a metamaterial that can change its shape and properties, then fully return to its original configuration on demand.

Metamaterials have properties that do not occur in natural materials. However, these properties are typically fixed.

An image showing 4D-printed metamaterials

Source: © Chen Yang/Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The material returns to its original shape when heated

Now, Howen Lee from the State University of New Jersey, US, and his colleagues have used 3D printing to make a shape memory polymer lattice out of acrylic acid crosslinked with bisphenol A ethoxylate dimethacrylate that is both geometrically reconfigurable and mechanically tunable.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

4D printing reconfigurable, deployable and mechanically tunable metamaterials
Chen Yang, Manish Boorugu, Andrew Dopp, Jie Ren, Raymond Martin, Daehoon Han, Wonjoon Choi and Howon Lee
Mater. Horiz., 2019, Advance Article

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Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Horizons in 2018

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Horizons in 2018, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Antonio di Bartolomeo, Universita degli Studi di Salerno, ORCID: 0000-0002-3629-726X
Professor Dr Stefan Bon, University of Warwick, ORCID: 0000-0001-5156-3901
Professor Jonas Croissant, University of New Mexico, ORCID: 0000-0003-0489-9829
Professor Lorenzo Di Bari, Universita degli Studi di Pisa, ORCID: 0000-0003-2347-2150
Dr Shaolong Gong, Wuhan University, ORCID: 0000-0002-1166-9047
Professor Weida Hu, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, ORCID: 0000-0001-5278-8969
Dr Ville Jokinen, Aalto-yliopisto, ORCID: 0000-0001-6347-7461
Dr Dominik Konkolewicz, Miami University, ORCID: 0000-0002-3828-5481
Dr Igor Perepichka, Bangor University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6672-3103
Dr Michal Piasecki, Uniwersytet Humanistyczno-Przyrodniczy im Jana Dlugosza w Czestochowie, ORCID: 0000-0003-1040-8811

We would also like to thank the Materials Horizons board and the materials community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé. You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Lanthanide macrocycle complexes endow graphene electronics with unprecedented stability

Article written by Amy Southall|

Scientists in India have made graphene field-effect transistors that work for over 10 months with some help from discrete inorganic structures. The approach has led them to produce a graphene logic inverter that is stable in ambient conditions.

Conventional electronics tend to be silicon based, due to the ease of doping silicon with either electrons or holes. These two forms of silicon, n- and p-type, are the building blocks of electronic devices. However, it isn’t possible to make silicon electronics on the nanoscale, so many researchers are turning to materials like graphene.

An essential component of digital electronics is a logic inverter – a device for switching between fixed voltage levels. Inverters combine n-type field effect transistors and p-type field effect transistors, so require both n-type and p-type graphene.

Source: © Maheswaran Shanmugam/Indian Institute of Technolgy Bombay
The lanthanide-macrocyclic complexes exhibit strong C-H–π interactions with graphene, leading to a sharp and stable negative shift in the Dirac point

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Lanthanide complexes as molecular dopants for realizing air-stable n-type graphene logic inverters with symmetric transconductance
Ashwini S. Gajarushi, Mohd Wasim, Rizwan Nabi, Srinivasu Kancharlapalli, V. Ramgopal Rao, Gopalan Rajaraman, Chandramouli Subramaniam and Maheswaran Shanmugam
Mater. Horiz., 2019, Advance Article
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8MH01241E

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the winners of POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 prizes!

POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 was the second edition of a series of meetings that take place in San Sebastian (Northern Spain), which after the success of the first edition in 2016 is now organized on a biannual basis.

 

POLYMAT Spotlight is organized by Aurelio Mateo-Alonso from POLYMAT, an institution which encompasses two research organisations that focus in fundamental and applied polymer research, respectively. The meeting brings together a small audience of world-wide recognized scientists (~100 participants) in a beautiful location, San Sebastian’s Miramar Palace, with some of the most spectacular views of the bay, which favour interactions between the participants with a social and gastronomical program in the same Palace.

 

POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 was devoted to 2D and Porous Polymers and had arranged an impressive line-up of plenary and keynote speakers from all over the world:

  • William Dicthel
  • Dirk Guldi
  • Andreas Hirsch
  • Kiang Ping Loh
  • Dieter Schlüter
  • Omar Yaghi
  • Rahul Banerjee
  • Thomas Bein
  • Cinzia Casiraghi
  • Carlos Martí-Gastaldo
  • Francesco Paolucci
  • Diego Peña
  • Dmitrii Perepichka
  • Stephanie Schubert
  • Ronald Smaldone
  • Arne Thomas
  • Cafer Yavuz
  • Felix Zamora

In addition, 19 contributing lectures, 10 flash presentations and 26 posters have been carefully selected to provide a solid research forum.

 

Journal of Materials Chemistry C and Materials Horizons have supported POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 with the award of two poster prizes that were selected by Plenary Lecturers William Dichtel and Dieter Schlüter in a ceremony conducted by Luis Hueso, associate editor of Journal of Materials Chemistry C.

 

Awardees:

Journal of Materials Chemistry C Prize

Elisabetta Zuccatti, CIC NanoGUNE, Spain

Ambipolar Vertical Organic Field-Effect Transistors and Inverters

Materials Horizons Prize

Dr. Jose I. Martínez, POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Making it Functional from Trivial Starting Materials: Gaining Processability in 2D Conjugated Microporous Polymers

After this second edition, POLYMAT Spotlight has established itself as reference scientific meeting in macromolecular materials and we are looking forward for the next edition in 2020.

 

You can find all pictures at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/142817369@N04/albums/72157696916725371

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Congratulations to the winners of ICEAN 2018 poster awards!

Materials Horizons is delighted to have supported the International Conference on Emerging Advanced Nanomaterials (ICEAN) 2018, along with the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C.

A special congratulations to Van Chinh Hoang (University of Sydney, Australia) and Sung Ho Kim (University of Newcastle, Australia) for winning the Materials Horizons poster awards!

Sung Ho Kim receives his Materials Horizons poster award, presented by Professor P. M. Ajayan, Rice University USA.

Van Chinh Hoang was awarded first prize for his poster entitled “High efficiency supercapacitors based on carbon quantum dots from vegetable waste”.

Sung Ho Kim was awarded the runner-up prize for his poster entitled “Ordered N-rich mesoporous carbon nitride-MoS2 hybrids as an anode materials for Li and Na ion batteries”.

The poster awards were evaluated by an international team of expert researchers:

  • Professor Thomas Nann, Victoria University, New Zealand
  • Professor Huijun Zhao, Griffith University, Australia
  • Professor Siva Umapathy, Indian Institute of Science, India
  • Professor Samuel Adeloju, Monash University, Australia
  • Professor Yoshio Bando, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Professor Vipul Bansal, RMIT University, Australia
  • Professor Seong-Ju Hwang, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
  • Professor Dmitri Golberg, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Professor Prashant Sonar, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Professor Xiaolin Wang, University of Wollongong, Australia

Congratulations to everyone who presented a poster at ICEAN 2018!

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Electrochromic devices reinvented with hydrogel layer

Scientists in China have made a rewritable electrochromic display using a hydrogel for the first time.

Typical electrochromic devices contain upwards of five layers, their complicated structures contributing to high production costs and hindered performance. Now, a team led by Hong Wang of Xi’an Jiaontong University has devised a much simpler structure.

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
A lithium chloride electrolyte endows the hydrogel electrode with high ionic conductivity

Their system contains a multifunctional hydrogel deposited directly on a tungsten oxide film on top of an F-doped SnO2 (FTO) layer. To make this possible, the researchers embedded the hydrogel with aqueous lithium chloride, allowing it to simultaneously act as a transparent electrode, electrolyte and ion storage layer. By reducing the number of interfaces present in the device, the team were able to improve the performance of the device for display applications, compared to other electrochromic systems, while also reducing production costs.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Multifunctional hydrogel enables extremely simplified electrochromic devices for smart windows and ionic writing boards
Huajing Fang, Pengyue Zheng, Rong Ma, Chen Xu, Gaiying Yang, Qing Wange and Hong Wang
Mater. Horiz., 2018,5, 1000-1007

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Editorial Board Chair Seth Marder awarded Humboldt Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology and Materials Horizons founding Editorial Board Chair. He has been elected as the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Seth is internationally recognized for his leadership in developing structure-property relationships for organic and metallo-organic materials for optical and electronic applications.

Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. As part of his award, Seth will be hosted as a visiting researcher by Professor Norbert Koch at IRIS Adlershof and the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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