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Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Materials Science in UK 2017"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Duncan H. Gregory
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Guest Editor
School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
Interests: nitrides; chalcogenides; carbides; hydrides; synthesis; structure; solid-state chemistry; materials chemistry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Materials science in the UK is arguably stronger than it has ever been. In part, this might be attributed to the sheer breadth of research activity in the country and the expansion of the boundaries of the topic from the traditional core subjects of materials engineering—mechanics of alloys, polymers and ceramics, for example—to the interdisciplinary fringes. Materials science is no longer practised only in Material Engineering departments but equally in other Engineering disciplines, in Chemistry, in Physics and in Life Science departments. This change in emphasis reflects the major challenges that face not just the UK but the entire planet. Issues such as energy, the environment, health, food & water and digital technologies are all within the remit of Materials Science and all these areas are under scrutiny from researchers across the UK. New methods of synthesis, integration of multiple characterisation techniques (often in situ or in operando) and developing understanding at multiple length scales (often where the boundaries between bulk behaviour and surface behaviour become blurred) are key aspects of modern materials science in the UK and increasingly the major challenges are being met by experimentalists, computational modellers and powerful combinations of the two.

This Special Issue aims at presenting an overview of materials science activities in the UK; a snapshot of some of the very best and most imaginative research currently being performed. All types of contribution are welcome from in-depth reviews through full papers, to brief communications of the latest advances.

Prof. Duncan Gregory
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Functional materials
  • Structural materials
  • Energy materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Synthesis
  • Structure
  • Characterisation
  • Calculation
  • Properties
  • Performance

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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