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Best Paper Award

General Introduction

Materials Best Paper Award is granted annually to highlight publications of high quality, scientific significance, and extensive influence. The evaluation committee members choose 18 articles of exceptional quality that were published in the journal the year before the previous year and announce them online by the end of June.

The Prize:
– Nine research articles and nine reviews will be selected.
– The first prize (two research and two review articles): CHF 500 each;
– The second prize (three research and three review articles): CHF 300 each;
– The third prize (four research and four review articles): CHF 200 each;
– A voucher to cover applicable paper article processing fees (valid for one year);
– Each winner will also receive a certificate.

 
Materials Best Paper Award
 
Winner announcement: 31 March 2025

Eligibility and Requirements

– All papers published in Materials will be eligible (both regular and Special Issue submissions).

Selection Criteria

– Scientific merit and broad impact;
– Originality of the research objectives and/or the ideas presented;
– Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of the approaches and concepts;
– Clarity of presentation;
– Citations and downloads.

 
Past Winners
 
Year: 

Winner

21 pages, 4403 KiB  
Article
Back-Propagation Neural Network Optimized by K-Fold Cross-Validation for Prediction of Torsional Strength of Reinforced Concrete Beam
by Zhaoqiu Lyu, Yang Yu, Bijan Samali, Maria Rashidi, Masoud Mohammadi, Thuc N. Nguyen and Andy Nguyen
Materials 2022, 15(4), 1477; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15041477 - 16 Feb 2022
32 pages, 8924 KiB  
Article
Chirality in the Solid State: Chiral Crystal Structures in Chiral and Achiral Space Groups
by Gerhard H. Fecher, Jürgen Kübler and Claudia Felser
Materials 2022, 15(17), 5812; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15175812 - 23 Aug 2022
21 pages, 4470 KiB  
Article
Hydroxyapatite Coating on Ti-6Al-7Nb Alloy by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation in Salt-Based Electrolyte
by Avital Schwartz, Alexey Kossenko, Michael Zinigrad, Yosef Gofer, Konstantin Borodianskiy and Alexander Sobolev
Materials 2022, 15(20), 7374; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15207374 - 21 Oct 2022
14 pages, 3519 KiB  
Article
Antenna Characteristics of Helical Coil with 2.45 GHz Semiconductor Microwave for Microwave-Enhanced Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (MW-LIBS)
by Yuji Ikeda, Yoshihiko Hirata, Joey Kim Soriano and Ikuo Wakaida
Materials 2022, 15(8), 2851; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15082851 - 13 Apr 2022
26 pages, 16666 KiB  
Article
Strength Properties of 316L and 17-4 PH Stainless Steel Produced with Additive Manufacturing
by Slawomir Kedziora, Thierry Decker, Elvin Museyibov, Julian Morbach, Steven Hohmann, Adrian Huwer and Michael Wahl
Materials 2022, 15(18), 6278; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15186278 - 9 Sep 2022
15 pages, 6743 KiB  
Article
EIS Characterization of Ti Alloys in Relation to Alloying Additions of Ta
by Pedro P. Socorro-Perdomo, Néstor R. Florido-Suárez, Julia C. Mirza-Rosca and Mircea Vicentiu Saceleanu
Materials 2022, 15(2), 476; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15020476 - 8 Jan 2022
27 pages, 8211 KiB  
Review
Solid Lubrication at High-Temperatures—A Review
by Rahul Kumar, Irina Hussainova, Ramin Rahmani and Maksim Antonov
Materials 2022, 15(5), 1695; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15051695 - 24 Feb 2022
29 pages, 2867 KiB  
Review
Root Causes and Mechanisms of Failure of Wind Turbine Blades: Overview
by Leon Mishnaevsky, Jr.
Materials 2022, 15(9), 2959; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15092959 - 19 Apr 2022
30 pages, 7319 KiB  
Review
Photovoltaic Cell Generations and Current Research Directions for Their Development
by Justyna Pastuszak and Paweł Węgierek
Materials 2022, 15(16), 5542; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15165542 - 12 Aug 2022
32 pages, 8711 KiB  
Review
Magnesium-Based Alloys Used in Orthopedic Surgery
by Iulian Antoniac, Marian Miculescu, Veronica Mănescu (Păltânea), Alexandru Stere, Pham Hong Quan, Gheorghe Păltânea, Alina Robu and Kamel Earar
Materials 2022, 15(3), 1148; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15031148 - 2 Feb 2022
40 pages, 8505 KiB  
Review
Surface Engineering of Nanomaterials with Polymers, Biomolecules, and Small Ligands for Nanomedicine
by Ana M. Díez-Pascual
Materials 2022, 15(9), 3251; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15093251 - 30 Apr 2022
51 pages, 6077 KiB  
Review
Additive Manufacturing of Biomaterials—Design Principles and Their Implementation
by Mohammad J. Mirzaali, Vahid Moosabeiki, Seyed Mohammad Rajaai, Jie Zhou and Amir A. Zadpoor
Materials 2022, 15(15), 5457; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15155457 - 8 Aug 2022

Award Committee

Dr. Maryam Tabrizian Chairman
McGill University
Prof. Francesco Baino
Politecnico di Torino
Dr. Katsuhiko Ariga
NIMS
Prof. Dr. Zhifeng Wang
Hebei University of Technology

Winner

27 pages, 8866 KiB  
Review
Current Trends in Automotive Lightweighting Strategies and Materials
by Frank Czerwinski
Materials 2021, 14(21), 6631; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14216631 - 3 Nov 2021
57 pages, 11428 KiB  
Review
Charge Carrier Processes and Optical Properties in TiO2 and TiO2-Based Heterojunction Photocatalysts: A Review
by Stefano Lettieri, Michele Pavone, Ambra Fioravanti, Luigi Santamaria Amato and Pasqualino Maddalena
Materials 2021, 14(7), 1645; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14071645 - 27 Mar 2021
54 pages, 3164 KiB  
Review
Antioxidants: Classification, Natural Sources, Activity/Capacity Measurements, and Usefulness for the Synthesis of Nanoparticles
by Jolanta Flieger, Wojciech Flieger, Jacek Baj and Ryszard Maciejewski
Materials 2021, 14(15), 4135; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14154135 - 25 Jul 2021
17 pages, 2685 KiB  
Article
High UV and Sunlight Photocatalytic Performance of Porous ZnO Nanostructures Synthesized by a Facile and Fast Microwave Hydrothermal Method
by Sofia Henriques Ferreira, Maria Morais, Daniela Nunes, Maria João Oliveira, Ana Rovisco, Ana Pimentel, Hugo Águas, Elvira Fortunato and Rodrigo Martins
Materials 2021, 14(9), 2385; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14092385 - 4 May 2021
10 pages, 1777 KiB  
Article
A Stretchable, Self-Healable Triboelectric Nanogenerator as Electronic Skin for Energy Harvesting and Tactile Sensing
by Xi Han, Dongjie Jiang, Xuecheng Qu, Yuan Bai, Yu Cao, Ruizeng Luo and Zhou Li
Materials 2021, 14(7), 1689; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14071689 - 30 Mar 2021
18 pages, 4324 KiB  
Article
Behaviour and Properties of Eco-Cement Pastes Elaborated with Recycled Concrete Powder from Construction and Demolition Wastes
by Laura Caneda-Martínez, Manuel Monasterio, Jaime Moreno-Juez, Sagrario Martínez-Ramírez, Rosario García and Moisés Frías
Materials 2021, 14(5), 1299; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14051299 - 8 Mar 2021

Award Committee

Dr. Maryam Tabrizian Chairman
McGill University
Prof. Seung Hwan KO
Seoul National University
Prof. Francesco Baino
Politecnico di Torino
Dr. Katsuhiko Ariga
NIMS

Winner

Karim Zaghib
Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage (CETEES), Hydro-Québec, 1806, Lionel-Boulet blvd., Varennes, QC J3X 1S1, Canada
Suresh C. Pillai
1 Nanotechnology and Bio-Engineering Research Group, Department of Environmental Science, Institute of Technology Sligo, F91 YW50 Sligo, Ireland 2 Faculty of Science, Institute of Technology Sligo, F91 YW50 Sligo, Ireland
María Carmen Garrigós
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition & Food Sciences, University of Alicante, ES-03690 Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
Yongzhi Cheng
School of Information Science and Engineering, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081, China
Christian Wesemann
Department of Orthodontics, Dentofacial Orthopedics and Pedodontics, Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Aßmannshauser Str. 4–6, 14197 Berlin, Ge
Maryam Safa
Institute of Research and Development, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam

Award Committee

Dr. Shirley Chiang Chairman
University of California Davis
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