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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Advances in Machine Learning for Atomistic Simulations: Paving the Way for Next-Generation Material Design
edited by Riccardo Dettori and Antonio Rossi
submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 72 | Submission Open
Keywords: machine learning; material science; computer simulations; quantum mechanical calculations; molecular dynamics; density functional theory; atomic-scale modeling; neural networks; physical chemistry
Physical Phenomena, Microstructures, and Properties Unique to Metal Additive Manufacturing
edited by Saket Thapliyal and Dehao Liu
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 68 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal additive manufacturing; solidification; microstructural evolution; mechanical behavior; alloy design; in situ monitoring; machine learning; multi-material printing; process optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Laser Surface Modification of Materials
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1479 | Submission Open
Keywords: laser surface modification; functional surface; surface microstructure; surface chemistry; surface roughness; surface characterization; laser– material interaction mechanism; wettability; optical property; corrosion; abrasion; mechanical property
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Tailoring of Microstructures through Additive Manufacturing
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1267 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainability; material design; lightweight construction; anisotropy; inhomogeneity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Key Materials for Superconducting Devices
edited by , Haitao Yang and Gianmarco Bovone
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 141 | Submission Open
Keywords: superconductivity; superconducting materials; superconductors; high temperature superconductors (HTS); REBCO; superconducting tapes; Nb3Sn; MgB2; low-temperature superconductors (LTS); iron-based superconductors (IBS); superconducting coils; flux pumps
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
Complex Oxide Thin Films
edited by , and Hongguang Wang
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 52 | Submission Open
Keywords: complex oxide thin films; novel thin films /membrane; new film growth method; film/substrate interface; physical properties; structural characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advanced Technologies for Protein Crystal Optimization and Delivery of Protein Crystals
edited by and Hévila Brognaro
submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 63 | Submission Open
Keywords: distinct crystals growth; in-vivo crystallization; crystal nucleation and liquid dense protein clusters; crystal growth for neutron diffraction; external electrical and magnetic fields; microgravity crystallization; mass transport in crystallization; in situ analysis of crystals; in situ optimization of crystals; physicochemical characterization of crystals; scoring crystal suspensions; instrument and software development; crystal delivery for XFEL and synchrotron radiation sources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomolecular Crystals)
Crystal Structure and Dielectric Properties of Ceramics
edited by Gang Wang and Jie Li
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 17 | Submission Open
Keywords: ceramics; dielectric properties; crystal structure; synthesis and preparation of ceramics; theoretical Investigations; simulations and modeling; applications of ceramics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polycrystalline Ceramics)
Advanced Research on Metal Phosphate Materials for Supercapacitor and Sensing Applications submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 556 | Submission Open
Keywords: supercapacitor; thin films; transition metal phosphate; solid-state device; electrochemical characterizations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing of Metallic Materials: Process-Structure-Property-Performance Relationships
edited by , Asad Waqar Malik and
submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 179 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; subtractive manufacturing; in situ monitoring and feedback; physics-based and data-driven modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Recent Advances in Additive Manufacturing of Metallic Materials: Characterization, Properties, and Modeling
edited by Yaojia Ren and
submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 101 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal additive manufacturing; modeling; microstructure characterization; mechanical properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Growth and Properties of Photovoltaic Materials
edited by Mahmoud H. Hammouri and
submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 87 | Submission Open
Keywords: photovoltaic materials; solar energy; crystal growth; semiconductor properties; energy conversion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Syntheses, Characterizations and Reactivities of Heterogeneous Catalysts: From Fundamentals to Materials
edited by , Xiao Zhao and Chunyan Shang
submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 35 | Submission Open
Keywords: catalyst design; heterogeneous catalysis; interfacial microenvironment; regulation of catalytic active centers; reaction kinetics; in situ techniques; theoretical studies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Crystal Structures and Magnetic Interactions of Magnetic Materials
edited by Alina Crisan
submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 27 | Submission Open
Keywords: RE-free nanocomposite magnets; hard– soft exchange coupling; magnetic stability; structural phase transformation; L10 phase; ferromagnetism; antiferromagnetism; soft magnetic materials; hard magnets; magnetocaloric materials; functional magnetic materials; magnetocaloric; magnetoelastic; multiferroic materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Microstructure and Properties of Steels and Other Structural Alloys, Second Edition
edited by
submission deadline 25 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 75 | Submission Open
Keywords: steels and structural alloys; material characterization; phase transformations; mechanical properties; heat-resistant alloys; phase transformations; thermodynamic simulations; microstructure– property relationship; material design and development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Optoelectronics of Thin Films and Nanoparticles (2nd Edition) submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 33 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanoparticles synthesis; liquid crystals; crystalline supramolecular polymers; electrochromism; non-linear optical properties; metals oxides; optoelectronic devices; advanced nanomaterials; photoconductive materials; characterization of optoelectronic materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Young Crystallographers Across Europe submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5495 | Submission Open
Keywords: young crystallographers; crystallography; structural investigation
Advances of High Entropy Alloys
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5481 | Submission Open
Keywords: high entropy alloys; corrosion-resistant properties; mechanical properties; microstructures; anti-oxidation properties; passivation properties; electrochemical properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Photocatalytic Materials: New Perspectives and Challenges
edited by Kai Yu, Yue Chang and Minmin Han
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2779 | Submission Open
Keywords: novel semiconductor photocatalyst; nanostructure photocatalyst; photoanode materials and photocathode materials; machine learning for photocatalysts; heterojunction photocatalyst; photocatalytic biomass conversion; photocatalytic CO2 reduction; photoelectrochemical behavior and performance; photocatalytic degradation; photocatalytic water treatment; photo(electro)catalytic hydrogen generation; photocatalytic nitrogen fixation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Heterocyclic Organic Compounds: Crystal Structure and Their Properties submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 71 | Submission Open
Keywords: heterocyclic compounds; biological activity; crystal structure; multicomponent reactions; new methodologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Organic Crystalline Materials)
Advances in New Multifunctional Hard Materials
edited by Tomas Soria-Biurrun, María de Nicolás Morillas, and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 141 | Submission Open
Keywords: alternative metallic binders; alternative ceramic phases; additive manufacturing; conventional proccesing; microstructural characterization; mechanical properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
The Synthesis and Prospects of Magnetic Materials
edited by Jiayi He, Xuefeng Liao and Jiasheng Zhang
submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 141 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnetism; magnetic material; magnetic device; micromagnetic simulation; electromagnetic simulation; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Progress and Challenges towards Additive Manufacturing of Structural Materials
edited by , Wencai Li, Pengcheng Zhu and Wangwang Xu
submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 96 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; defect mechanism; microstructure analysis; mechanical properties; optimization; AM simulation; alloy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Advances in Liquid Crystal Dimers and Oligomers
edited by Sergio Diez Berart and Jordi Sellarés
submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 94 | Submission Open
Keywords: liquid crystal (LC) dimers; LC oligomers; design; synthesis; simulations; theory; physical characterization; twist-bend nematic; applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
New Insights into Perovskite Materials: From Fundamental Science to Applications
edited by Tengteng Li, Shiqi Li and
submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 34 | Submission Open
Keywords: perovskite materials; perovskite solar cells; perovskite light-emitting diodes; perovskite photodetectors; perovskite lasers; perovskite-based new theory; perovskite-based applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Advanced Laser Crystals and Ceramic Materials
edited by Chao Feng, Liang Gao, Yunzheng Wang, Junlei Wang, and Feifei Chen
submission deadline 24 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 174 | Submission Open
Keywords: ultrafast lasers; ceramic lasers; ceramic nonlinear optics; nanomaterials; optical nano-manipulation; laser crystals; NOL crystals; crystal growth
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polycrystalline Ceramics)
Plastic Deformation and Welding on Metallic Materials submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 115 | Submission Open
Keywords: plastic deformation; hot working; cold working; welding; innovative methodology research; new technologies; physical and numerical simulation of plastic deformation; structure and mechanical properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Feature Papers on "Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials" 2023–2024
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7581 | Submission Open
Keywords: hybrid materials; composite materials; intermolecular interactions; molecular crystals; coordination polymers; metal– organic frameworks; covalent organic frameworks; hierarchical zeolites; zeolite-like materials; organic– inorganic hybrids; graphene; carbon nitride; layered sulfides; metal nanoparticles; metal oxide nanoparticles; metal chalcogenide nanoparticles; metal pnictide nanoparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
X-ray Protein Crystallography
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2648 | Submission Open
Keywords: protein crystallography; X-ray crystallography; serial crystallography; structure determination; crys-tallization; data processing; radiation damage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Macromolecular Crystals)
Solution Processing and Properties of Oxide Films and Nanostructures
edited by , Chin-Hau Chia and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 603 | Submission Open
Keywords: solution; synthesis; oxide; nanostructure
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
New Advanced Functional-Material-Based Photocatalysts
edited by Siming Wu, Yi Lu and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 300 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanomaterials; semiconductors; functional materials; energy conversion; photocatalysis; water splitting; CO2 reduction; photodegradation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Crystallization of High Performance Metallic Materials (II)
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 203 | Submission Open
Keywords: solidification of steels and alloys; casting process; solid phase transformation; high-performance metallic materials; in-situ characterization; nucleation and growth in metals; inclusion/precipitate engineering in steels and alloys; slag and flux engineering; thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallization; process– structure– property correlation in alloys; simulations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Molecular Beam Epitaxy of Metal Oxides Thin Films
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 29 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular beam epitaxy (MBE); metal oxide thin films; growth mechanisms and kinetics; in situ characterization; oxide heterostructures; strain engineering; electronic devices; optoelectronics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Materials for Energy Applications)
Recent Advances in Non-destructive Testing Methods
edited by , and Hong Tang
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 27 | Submission Open
Keywords: silicon solar cell; composite materials; microwave detection; THz detection; iInfrared detection; ultrasound detection; iInfrared thermography; photoluminescence/electroluminescence; defect detection; reliability diagnosis; machine learning; signal and imaging processing.
New Trends in Materials for Permanent Magnets submission deadline 20 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 85 | Submission Open
Keywords: permanent magnet; magnetic materials; magnetic properties; maximum energy product; rare earth; nanocomposite; powders; melt-spun ribbons; recycling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Inorganic Crystalline Materials)
Advancements in High-Strength Silicon-Aided Steel and Their Phase Transformations submission deadline 1 Feb 2025 | Viewed by 167 | Submission Open
Keywords: bainitic transformation; steels; austempering; quench and partitioning; si-aided steels
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystalline Metals and Alloys)
Porous Ceramics and Their Composite Materials
edited by , and Xinxin Jin
submission deadline 20 Mar 2025 | Viewed by 54 | Submission Open
Keywords: porous ceramics and composites; lightweight ceramics; porous geopolymer; ceramics for water purification; 3D-printed porous ceramics; sustainable ceramics derived from solid wastes; glass ceramic foams
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polycrystalline Ceramics)
Synthesis, Crystal Structures and Hirshfeld Surface Analysis of Coordination Compounds (3rd Edition) submission deadline 20 Mar 2025 | Viewed by 30 | Submission Open
Keywords: coordination complexes  ; synthesis  ; crystal and molecular structure  ; hirschfeld surface analysis; non-covalent interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials)
State-of-the-Art Liquid Crystals Research in Japan (2nd Edition) submission deadline 30 Sep 2025 | Viewed by 88 | Submission Open
Keywords: liquid crystals; blue phase; stimulus responsiveness; photoalignment control; molecular dynamics simulations; rheology; X-ray diffraction; luminescence; electrical conductivity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid Crystals)
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