Special Issues

Crystals publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Synthesis, Characterization, Applications and Computational Studies of Nanomaterials
edited by
submission deadline 26 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3499 | Submission Open
Keywords: synthesis; characterization; nanomaterials; adsorbents; catalysts; sensors; energy storage materials; computational methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Coordination Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization and Application submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 13 articles | Viewed by 12944 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal-organic frameworks; luminescence; magnetism; conducting materials; sensors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Novel ZnO-Based Nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications (Volume II) submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1934 | Submission Open
Keywords: ZnO nanostructures; synthesis; characterization; photocatalysis; water slitting; water purification; air purification; solar cells; piezoelectric generator; sensing; thermoelectric properties; non-wetting and self-cleaning; antimicrobial; opto-fluidics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Semiconductor Nanocrystal Studies for Optoelectronic Applications
edited by Hao-chung Kuo and Yu-Heng Hong
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1292 | Submission Open
Keywords: semiconductor nanocrystals; nanostructured optoelectronics; quantum dots; light-emitting diodes; organic photovoltaics; perovskite light-emitting diodes; optoelectronic devices; quantum wells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Materials and Devices Grown via Molecular Beam Epitaxy
edited by Daqian Guo, Wuyang Ren and Thorsten Hesjedal
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1238 | Submission Open
Keywords: epitaxy growth; lattice-mismatch epitaxy; heterostructure; superlattice; characterization methods; semiconductor devices
AI-Enhanced Study of Biomolecular Dynamics with Molecular Dynamics Simulations
edited by and Muhammad Junaid
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1205 | Submission Open
Keywords: computational biophysics; machine learning; biomolecular interactions; enzymatic reactions; drug discovery; membrane protein; deep neural network
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Periodic and Quasi-periodic Structures
edited by and Zhaketov Vladimir
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1107 | Submission Open
Keywords: periodic structures; quasi-periodic structures; photonic crystal; phononic crystal; theoretical modeling; multilayers; polarized neutron reflectometry; X-ray diffraction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advanced Nanomaterials for Thermal Energy Storage Applications submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 677 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanomaterial; nano-enhanced phase change material; thermal energy storage; heat transfer; building heating and cooling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Porous Materials and Their Adsorption Behaviors
edited by Peng Ren and Xuemei Yang
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 233 | Submission Open
Keywords: porous materials; adsorption; synthesis of novel complexes/materials for adsorption; metal-organic frameworks; covalent organic frameworks; chemical sensors; X-ray diffraction; optical properties
Development of Electrode and Electrolyte Materials for Next-Generation Batteries
edited by Jun Wang and Chunguang Kuai
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 212 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrode materials; electrolyte materials; energy density; cycle life; sustainability; battery safety; cost-effectiveness; performance at extremes; environmental impact
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Microstructure Evolution and Deformation Mechanisms in Lightweight Alloys
edited by Song Tang, Yuze Li, Zongde Kou and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 201 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnesium alloys; aluminium alloys; titanium alloys; microstructure evolution; plastic deformation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Challenges and Opportunities in 2D Optoelectronic Materials: Towards Enhanced Performances and Scalability submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 174 | Submission Open
Keywords: 2D optoelectronic materials; challenges; quantum efficiency; scalability; integration; spectral limitations; photoluminescent effect
Advances in Perovskite Solar Cells: Current Trends and Future Perspectives submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 165 | Submission Open
Keywords: perovskite solar cells; lead-free perovskites; low-dimensional perovskites; single crystal; perovskite hybridization; device fabrication; film fabrication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Simulation of Abrasive Processes for Crystalline Materials by Means of Molecular Dynamics and Multiscale Methods submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 143 | Submission Open
Keywords: abrasive processes  ; simulation; molecular dynamics; meshless methods; multiscale methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
In Situ Characterization of Nanocrystals: Electron Microscopy and Beyond
edited by and Wen Wang
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 138 | Submission Open
Keywords: in situ characterization; electron microscopy; nanocrystal; dynamics on the nanoscale; structure– property relationship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Research on REBCO Films and Conductors submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4663 | Submission Open
Keywords: thin films; superconductor; REBCO compounds; sol– gel; chemical solution deposition (CSD); nanoparticles; pinning; nanocomposites; transport properties; magnetic properties.
Effect of Solvents and Solution Chemistry on the Properties of Perovskite Solar Cells
edited by Zhanglin Guo and Gyumin Kim
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2754 | Submission Open
Keywords: perovskite solar cell; organic solvents; working mechanism; power conversion efficiency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Synthesis and Application of Nanocomposite Materials submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2115 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanocomposites; nanostructures; multifunctional; carbon nanoparticles; metallic nanoparticles; sensing; strain sensors; mechanical properties; electrical properties; smart robotics; human motion monitoring; structural health monitoring; batteries; supercapacitors
Two-Dimensional Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Device Applications
edited by Yijing Y. Stehle, Fangzhu Qing and
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1949 | Submission Open
Keywords: two-dimensional materials; synthesis; top-down; bottom-up; transistor; two-dimensional devices; nanofabrication; applications of 2D materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Pushing the Boundaries of Liquid Crystal-Enabled Technologies and Applications
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submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 769 | Submission Open
Keywords: liquid crystals; liquid crystal beam steering; liquid crystal devices and sensors; liquid crystal at GHz and THz; liquid crystal optics and photonics; photosensitive liquid crystals; liquid crystal driving and alignment; liquid crystal transmission line and waveguide; liquid crystal synthesis and characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Hot Corrosion and Oxidation of Alloys submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8617 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-temperature oxidation; hot corrosion phenomena; coatings for oxidation and hot corrosion protection; development of advanced high-temperature corrosion-resistant alloys; oxidation of thin films; kinetics of oxidation; effect of material composition and microstructure on oxidation and hot corrosion behaviour; investigation of the oxidation and hot corrosion mechanism; molecular dynamics simulation; DFT; machine learning in oxidation; and hot corrosion study; corrosion simulation calculation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Polycrystalline Materials—from Microstructure Characterization to Applications submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1486 | Submission Open
Keywords: polycrystalline materials; microstructural analysis; polycrystalline thin films; solvothermal synthesis; mechanism; model; performance characterization; preparation methods; porous materials; magnetic materials; covalent organometallic frameworks; post-synthesis of porous materials; morphology tuning; processing of polycrystalline materials; high surface area materials; supramolecular interactions; metal– organic frameworks (MOFs); layered materials; polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Materials)
Epitaxial Growth and Application of Metallic Oxide Thin Films
edited by Fengmiao Li and Ronny Sutarto
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1059 | Submission Open
Keywords: metallic oxide films; epitaxial growth; oxide interfaces; molecular beam epitaxy; pulsed laser deposition; atomic layer deposition; sputtering deposition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Photocatalysis and Targeted Sorbent Activity of Advanced Polymer-Based Composites
edited by Hristo Penchev, and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 610 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers; composites; nanoparticles; imprinted polymers; metal/covalent organic frameworks; photocatalysis; adsorption; pollutants; dye; heavy metal
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Crystal Engineering in Conducting and Magnetic Molecular Materials
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submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 369 | Submission Open
Keywords: synthesis of novel tetrathiafulvalene-based compounds; synthesis of novel transition metal bis(dithiolene) compounds; crystal engineering; self-assembling; molecular conductors; molecular magnets; chiral molecular materials; non-covalent interactions; hydrogen bonds; halogen bonds; chalcogen bonds; π – π interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Advanced Research of Electroceramics for Energy Conversion, Storage and Devices
edited by , , and Sílvia Soreto Teixeira
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 363 | Submission Open
Keywords: electroceramics; synthesis processes; structural characterization; morphological characterization; dielectric properties; magnetic properties; piezoelectric properties; energy conversion; energy storage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Emerging Applications of Ferroelectrics in Nanoelectronics and Renewable Energy
edited by Dawei Zhang, , Ran Su and Ying Pan
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 194 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectrics; nanoferroelectric materials; nanoelectronics; catalysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advances of Shape Memory Alloys
edited by Jianing Zhu and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 179 | Submission Open
Keywords: shape memory effect  ; superelasticity; alloying composition design; post-treatment; characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Synthesis, Processing and Characterization of Micro- and Nanostructured Functional Materials for Advanced Applications
edited by Osama Ahmed Fouad, and Ramadan A. Geioushy
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 157 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanostructured functional materials for advanced applications; advanced functional composite materials; advanced processing and manufacturing for functional materials; advanced functional materials for flexible optoelectronics; advanced magnetic materials; advanced piezoelectronic; ferroelectric; pyroelectric; and multiferroic materials; advanced ceramic and bio-ceramic materials; advanced materials for energy storage and harvesting; advanced functional materials for sensor and actuator applications; advanced functional materials for environmental remediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Optical Crystals: Preparation, Properties and Applications
edited by Zhen Zhang
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 143 | Submission Open
Keywords: new technologies in crystal growth; laser crystals; nonlinear optical crystals; scintillation crystals; acousto-optic/electro-optic/magneto-optic crystals; single crystal fibers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Materials)
Research on Crystalline Metamaterials
edited by Meiqin Liu, Ningfeng Bai and Weihua Jiang
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 115 | Submission Open
Keywords: O-type device miniaturization; M-type device miniaturization; single-negative metamaterials; double-negative metamaterials; material EM excitation; tunable metamaterial; reconfigurable metamaterials; pulsed power system miniaturization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Materials)
Surface Modification Treatments of Metallic Materials
edited by , and Zongwei Ren
submission deadline 24 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2241 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface modification; surface integrity; microstructure; residual stress; surface morphology; microhardness; metallic materials; mechanical property; fatigue; high-performance manufacturing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Wide Bandgap Semiconductor: GaN and SiC Material and Device
edited by Hao-chung Kuo, Chun-Hsiung Lin and
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 25359 | Submission Open
Keywords: power devices; RF devices; LED; micro-LED; lasers; LiFi GaN SiC
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Structure, Thermal and Magnetic Properties of Nanocrystalline Materials submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1723 | Submission Open
Keywords: Nanocrystalline materials; ; Powder alloys; ; Thin films; ; Ribbons alloys; ; Structure; ; Microstructure; ; Magnetic properties; ; Thermal behavior.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Schiff Base Derivatives: Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Applications, Hirshfeld Surface Analysis submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 14971 | Submission Open
Keywords: schiff bases; heterocycles; hirshfeld; X-ray crystal structure; biological activities; nonlinear optics; nanoparticles; MOFs; metal complexes; supramolecular coordination chemistry; computational chemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Organic Crystalline Materials)
Metal Oxides: Crystal Structure, Synthesis and Characterization submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 12124 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal oxides; material characterization; synthesis; crystal structure; nanomaterials; applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Dynamic Properties of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals
edited by Yuri Panarin
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 816 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectric smectic liquid crystals; bent-core liquid crystals; nematic liquid crystals; helix; dynamics; relaxation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Effects of Neutron and Ion Irradiation on Nuclear Materials submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 399 | Submission Open
Keywords: nuclear materials; neutron and ion irradiation; irradiation damage and effects; microstructure and defect evolution; synergistic effect between irradiation and corrosion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advances in Functional Inorganic Materials Prepared by Wet Chemical Methods (Third Edition) submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 296 | Submission Open
Keywords: multifunctional materials; magnetic materials; ferroelectric materials; piezoelectric materials; optical materials; processing routes; ceramics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Structure, Function, and Application of Enzymes: A Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor T. Doohun Kim, 1968–2022
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 292 | Submission Open
Keywords: crystallization methods and developments; crystallographic determination of enzyme structures; enzyme engineering based on crystal structures; computational and modeling studies of enzymes; structure-based applications of enzymes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Dissimilar Metals and Alloys: Microstructure and Mechanical Properties in Laser Welding
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 239 | Submission Open
Keywords: laser welding; dissimilar metals and alloys; microstructure evolution; mechanical properties; welding parameters; post-welding treatments; numerical simulation; manufacturing methods; metallic materials; solidification; casting; deformation; heat treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Laser–Material Interaction: Principles, Phenomena, and Applications submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 222 | Submission Open
Keywords: laser-induced phenomena; shock waves  ; phase transformations; laser parameters; laser surface modification; laser microfabrication  ; laser applications; laser-induced crystallization  ; crystal orientation  ; material properties; surface patterning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Phase Transitions and Dynamics Studies of Nanocomposite Materials submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 217 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Computational and Experimental Approaches in Drug Discovery
edited by and Antonio Coluccia
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 165 | Submission Open
Keywords: in silico studies; structure– activity relationship; bioactive compounds; artificial intelligence; machine learning; pharmacophore modeling; ADMET properties; structure-based drug design; molecular docking; high-throughput screening; virtual screening; drug development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Recent Advances in Topological Materials in 2024
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 156 | Submission Open
Keywords: topological states of matter; topological effects; topological phase transitions; topological transport; topological electronics; topological quantum computing; topological spintronics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Novel Applications of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Covalent-Organic Frameworks
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 142 | Submission Open
Keywords: catalysis; medicine; environment; smart materials; gas storage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Ceramics and Crystals
edited by Hyunwook Nam, and Yuka Takagi
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 115 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectric; piezoelectric; and dielectric ceramics and crystals; understanding the correlation between structure and property; characterization of various piezoelectric parameters; processing design for ceramics and crystals; piezoelectric energy harvesting and energy storage materials
Ceramics: Processes, Microstructures, and Properties
edited by , and
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4328 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing of ceramics; ceramic matrix composites; polymer-derived ceramics; microstructure of ceramics; materials characterization; thermal/environment barrier coatings; bio-ceramics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polycrystalline Ceramics)
Advanced Ferroelectric, Piezoelectric and Dielectric Ceramics
edited by
submission deadline 14 Jun 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 7391 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroelectric ceramics; piezoelectric ceramics; dielectric ceramics; advanced functional ceramics; ceramic composites; ceramic-based actuators; ceramic-based electronic devices; ceramic processing and manufacturing; microstructure characterization of ceramics; thermodynamic and kinetic studies of ceramics; including theory; experiment; modeling; and simulation; ceramic application in energy harvesting; sensing; actuation; data storage; and electronic devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polycrystalline Ceramics)
Intermolecular Interactions in Macromolecular Complexes submission deadline 15 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 211 | Submission Open
Keywords: macromolecular complexes; protein assembly; protein– protein/DNA/RNA/ligand interactions; structural biology; structure-based drug discovery; computational biology/chemistry; machine learning/artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Macromolecular Crystals)
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