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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Hydrogen Embrittlement of Metals
edited by Poulami Chakraborty and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 865 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrogen embrittlement; hydrogen diffusion; hydrogen degradation; metallic alloys; hydrogen-assisted cracking
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
The Crystal Structure and Characteristics of Enzymes
edited by Wonchull Kang and Armin Wagner
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 572 | Submission Open
Keywords: structure; X-ray crystallography; crystallization; enzyme; engineering; direct evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
First-Principles Studies and Electronic Structures of Nano-Scale Materials
edited by Duc Nguyen-Manh
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 241 | Submission Open
Keywords: nano-scale materials; crystalline materials; crystalline structures; crystalline alloys; first-principles studies; electronic structures; density functional theory (DFT); ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD); metal– organic frameworks (MOFS); nuclear materials; nuclear energy; nuclear applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Fatigue and Fracture of Anisotropic Materials
edited by Zheng Liu, and Shengkun Wang
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 199 | Submission Open
Keywords: anisotropic behaviour; fracture mechanics; fatigue crack propagation; fatigue; fracture toughness test; size effect; failure analysis; fatigue damage mechanism; crystal plasticity; strain incompatibility; slip and twining behaviour; digital image correlation method; stress– strain response; orientation analysis; structural engineering; finite element analysis; engineering metallic materials; deformation analysis; multiscale simulation; microscopic characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Electrochemical Materials for the Future of Society
edited by Robson Rocha and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 150 | Submission Open
Keywords: simulation of new electrochemical materials; new electrochemical materials; new electrochemical applications or processes; green synthesis of new electrochemical materials; materials in electrochemical processes; materials for energy storage; electrochemical materials in pollution control; materials with photo-electroactivity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Recent Advances in III-Nitride Semiconductors and Correlated Wide Bandgap Semiconductors, 2nd Edition
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 123 | Submission Open
Keywords: nitrides; GaN; Ga2O3; NiO; diamond; AlScN; heterostructures; epitaxy; electro-optics devices; micro-electronics devices; power devices; integrated circuits and modules; photonic crystal enhanced light-matter interaction; photonic crystal and plasmonics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Properties of Transition Metals and Their Compounds at Extreme Conditions (2nd Edition) submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8999 | Submission Open
Keywords: extreme conditions research; phase transitions; structural; electronic and magnetic properties; textural evolution; phase diagrams modelling and characterisation; new materials; equation of state; melting curves; symmetry-breaking
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Corrosion and Mechanical Performance of Magnesium Alloys
edited by , and Norbert Hort
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4675 | Submission Open
Keywords: mg alloys; magnesium alloys; mg-based materials; processing; microstructure; precipitation; mechanical properties; corrosion; coating; degradation; modelling; simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Advanced Optoelectronic Crystals and Devices: Designing and Characterization
edited by , Cheng Qiu, Peng Jia and Yue Song
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3404 | Submission Open
Keywords: nano-fabrication technology; crystalline material characteristic; data-driven photonic inverse design method; novel OE materials; perovskite photoelectric devices; quantum dot photoelectric devices; graphene photoelectric devices; organic photoelectric devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advances in the Oxidation and Corrosion Behavior of Alloys
edited by Uyime Donatus, Isolda Costa and
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1554 | Submission Open
Keywords: dual-atmosphere corrosion; breakaway corrosion; high-temperature oxidation; oxide growth kinetics; atmospheric corrosion; corrosion protection; surface treatment; coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Advanced Technologies in Graphene-Based Materials submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 16155 | Submission Open
Keywords: graphene and its related materials; reduced graphene oxide; carbon nanotubes; nanocomposites; synthesis and preparation; functionalization; surface characterization; coatings; (bio)sensors; energy storage devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Co-Crystals and Polymorphic Transition in Energetic Materials
edited by , and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6311 | Submission Open
Keywords: energetic co-crystals; crystal phases control; polymorphic transition inhibition; crystal structure prediction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
The Progress of In-Situ Study of Mineralogy and Gemmology
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3673 | Submission Open
Keywords: gemology; origin; isotopes; spectrum; microanalysis; beryl; gold
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineralogical Crystallography and Biomineralization)
Pathological Biomineralization: Recent Advances and Perspectives submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3425 | Submission Open
Keywords: pathological mineralization; spontaneous precipitations; kinetics of precipitation; additives; biomineralization; crystallization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineralogical Crystallography and Biomineralization)
Modelling of Crystal Growth Processes
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3222 | Submission Open
Keywords: modelling; crystal growth; Cz process; FZ process
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Recent Advances in Electrode Interface Microstructure of Battery submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 75 | Submission Open
Keywords: battery microstructure; battery interfaces; li-ion battery; structural characterization; microscopy; nano materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Structural Studies in Drug Discovery and Development: From the Lead to the Pharmaceutical Form submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 8998 | Submission Open
Keywords: single-crystal x-ray diffraction; structural analysis; spectroscopic methods; spectrometric methods; pharmaceutical compounds; biologically active molecules; organic molecules; metal complexes; synthetic intermediates; atropisomers; absolute configuration; asymmetric synthesis; catalysis; mechanistic investigations; polymorphism; co-crystals; solubility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Synthesis and Characterization of Ammonia Synthesis Catalysts
edited by Constantinos D. Zeinalipour-Yazdi
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 788 | Submission Open
Keywords: ammonia synthesis; mechanism; DFT; screening; catalysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Shape Memory Alloys: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives
edited by , Chong Gao and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 607 | Submission Open
Keywords: shape memory alloys; shape memory effect; smart materials; microstructures; mechanical properties; phase transformations; 3D/4D printing; grains; textures; programmed morphing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Thermochromic Liquid Crystals: Materials and Applications submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 312 | Submission Open
Keywords: thermochromics; liquid crystals; smart packaging; applications; optics; image processing; multispectral imaging; bio-based substrates; temperature indication; security; lightfastness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Electrocatalyst Design for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
edited by Zhen Zhang
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 137 | Submission Open
Keywords: CO2 reduction; electrocatalysts; nanomaterials; carbon conversion and utilization; electrochemistry; energy conversion; electrolyzer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advances in Zr-Based Alloys (Volume II)
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 116 | Submission Open
Keywords: microstructure; corrosion resistance; irradiation resistance; strengthening and toughening; mechanical properties; simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Advances in Materials for Early Detection and Response to Hazards in Lithium-Ion Batteries
edited by Lingxi Kong and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 113 | Submission Open
Keywords: lithium-ion batteries; battery hazard; synthesis of novel positive/negative electrode materials for safer lithium systems; development of novel non-flammable electrolytes; advanced materials for thermal management; prognostics and health management; failure analysis; early detection; functional separator; positive temperature coefficient thermistor; current interrupt device; venting system engineering/design; in situ characterizations; strain and stress; microstructure analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advanced Crystalline Materials, Mechanical Properties and Innovative Production Systems (2nd Edition) submission deadline 21 Jul 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 8325 | Submission Open
Keywords: metals and alloys; nanomaterials; composites; solidification and crystallization; phase transformations; materials modelling; casting and welding; additive manufacturing; heat treatment; corrosion; mechanical properties; fracture mechanics; production management; production processes and systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Manufacturing, Welding, Testing and Applications of the Advanced Materials submission deadline 22 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2595 | Submission Open
Keywords: advanced manufacturing; welding; material testing; surface treating; wear; corrosion; electromagnetic radiation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Porous Materials and Their Adsorption Properties
edited by Leticia Santamaría, and
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1751 | Submission Open
Keywords: adsorption mechanism; surface characterization; theoretical modelling; kinetic and thermodynamic studies; crystal structure; surface acidity and basicity; porosity effect
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Microstructure and Deformation of Advanced Alloys submission deadline 29 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3927 | Submission Open
Keywords: metals and alloys; defects; texture; microstructure; deformation; aging; properties; hot-working; cold-working
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Liquid Crystal Research and Novel Applications in the 21st Century
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3070 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Polycrystalline Materials – from Design to (Micro)Structural Characterization and Applications submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8831 | Submission Open
Keywords: structure determination from PXRD data; microstructural analysis; powder diffraction software; Rietveld refinement; polycrystalline thin films; synchrotron radiation; spin coating; mechanochemistry; solvothermal synthesis; electrochemical materials; magnetic materials; thermal expansion materials; porous materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Crystalline Electroconductive Polymers
edited by Rocco Carcione, , Giorgio Scordo and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 487 | Submission Open
Keywords: electroconducting polymer-based materials; nanocomposites; carbon-based nanomaterials; biocomposite materials; polymerization processes; polymer matrix; surface modification; interfacial properties; applications; sensors and devices; morphological and structural characterizations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Topological Photonic Crystals
edited by Claudionor Gomes Bezerra, Carlos Humberto Oliveira Costa and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 260 | Submission Open
Keywords: topological photonic crystals; topological phases; edge states; localization of light; waveguides; lasers; filters; resonators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Green Approach in Synthesis of Bio-Inspired Materials (Second Edition) submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 224 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomineralization; pathological biomineralization; green synthesis; bioinspired synthesis; biologically active compounds; additives; antioxidants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Pressure-Induced Phase Transformations (Volume III)
edited by and Akun Liang
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 129 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-pressure research; phase transitions; structural properties; transition mechanisms; equation of state; symmetry breaking; melting curves
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Transition-Metal-Catalyzed C–N Formation and Its Application
edited by Seoungtae Kim and Han-jun Ai
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 113 | Submission Open
Keywords: organic synthesis; transition metal catalysis; cross-coupling reaction; C– N formation; mechanistic study; computational study; heterocycles; amides; amines
(This special issue belongs to the Section Organic Crystalline Materials)
Materials for Applications in Water Splitting and Battery
edited by Xiaoyong Yang
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 188 | Submission Open
Keywords: low-dimensional materials; nanocrystals; nanocage; sustainable materials; emerging functional nanomaterials; heterostructures; energy storage and conversion; battery research; electrode– electrolyte interfaces; high-energy electrode materials; material design; photoelectrochemical water splitting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Sustainable Heterogeneous Catalyst: From Structure to Application
edited by and
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 139 | Submission Open
Keywords: heterogeneous catalyst; electrocatalysts; photocatalysts; thermal catalysts; green chemistry; structural-activity studies; biofuels platform molecules energy CO2 conversion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Electronic Phenomena of Transition Metal Oxides Volume II
edited by Krzysztof Szot and
submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8599 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal– insulator transitions and superconductivity; atomistic processes at surfaces; interfaces; and extended defects; electronic structure and lattice dynamics; redox reactions and oxygen transport; segregation and phase transformations; multiferroic properties; machine learning for transition metal oxides design and discovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Synthesis of Liquid Crystals and Cellulose Derivatives Liquid Crystalline Phases: Recent Advances submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3955 | Submission Open
Keywords: liquid crystal materials; nature-inspired liquid crystals; cellulose; cellulose derivatives; stimuli-responsive liquid crystals; active materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Liquid Crystals from Cellulosic Materials and Their Applications submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 158 | Submission Open
Keywords: liquid crystal; cellulose; responsive; smart devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
Crystalline Materials: Polymorphism submission deadline 12 Aug 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7630 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymorphism; pharmaceuticals; crystallisation; structure– property relationships; phase transformations; supramolecular chemistry; crystallography
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystal Engineering)
Advanced Surface Engineering Materials: Characterization and Properties (2nd Edition) submission deadline 13 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 110 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface characterization; ultra-thin films; surface treatments; functionalized surface; SPM techniques
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advances in Thin Structures and Materials Modelling
edited by , and
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7937 | Submission Open
Keywords: couple stress theories; strain gradient theories; surface elasticity theories; flexoelectricity theories; isogeometric analysis; beam theories; plate theories; functionally graded materials; wave propagation; band gaps; materials modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Research in Thermal Energy Storage Materials submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2719 | Submission Open
Keywords: sensible storage materials; latent storage materials; thermochemical storage materials; material screening; photoinduced thermal storage; reaction mechanisms; structure related materials properties; thermochemical and thermophysical materials properties; (re-) crystallization; crystal morphology; defect structures and doping
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Recent Advances in the Mechanical Properties of Fiber Composite Materials
edited by Shouzheng Sun and Zhenyu Han
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2039 | Submission Open
Keywords: resin-based composites; fiber-reinforced polymers; biocomposites  ; nanocomposites  ; manufacturing methods  ; process research  ; mechanical properties; natural fibers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Porous Materials for Sustainable Energy and Catalysis
edited by
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1555 | Submission Open
Keywords: porous materials; catalysis; surface reactions; electrocatalysis; plasmon-enhanced porous catalysts; photocatalysis; active site engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Recent Advances in Green Synthesis of Spinel-Type Composites
edited by
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 196 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnetism; spinel-type composites; surface; electrical and electrochemical properties; spinel-based supercapacitors; spinel-based sensors; ferrite-; cobaltite- and manganite-based materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Computational and Theoretical Insights into Superconductors Advancements
edited by Xiaoyu Wang, Francesco Belli and
submission deadline 16 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 144 | Submission Open
Keywords: superconductor; electron– phonon interaction; crystal structure prediction; quantum anharmonic effect; superconductivity; machine learning; material discovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Fatigue and Fracture of Crystalline Metal Structures
edited by Xiangnan Pan and
submission deadline 18 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 223 | Submission Open
Keywords: fatigue and fracture; fatigue regimes; engineering vibration; elastic and plastic waves; metals and alloys; additive manufacturing; microstructure modeling; microstructure characterization; civil engineering; aerospace structure
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Welding and Joining of Metallic Materials: Microstructure and Mechanical Properties
edited by Reza Beygi, and
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 7583 | Submission Open
Keywords: friction stir welding; laser welding; electron beam welding; hybrid welding; adhesive bonding; welding-based additive manufacturing (WAAM); gas metal arc welding (GMAW); gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW); shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); welding parameters and optimization; microstructure; post-weld heat treatment; grain structure; phase transformations; precipitates; defects; residual stresses; mechanical properties; non-destructive testing; fatigue analysis; fracture mechanics; weld integrity; reliability assessments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Progress and Prospects of Perovskite Films
edited by Zhenhuang Su and Lingfeng Chao
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6323 | Submission Open
Keywords: perovskite solar cells; perovskite films; perovskite light-emitting diode; perovskite photodetectors; perovskite lasers; synchrotron scattering; interface electronic structure; GIWAXS; XRD; crystallization kinetics; optical properties; transport properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
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