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Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 36 days***
Editors-in-chief: Anders Hagfeldt, Jeroen Cornelissen, Natalie Stingelin
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Bioinspired Artificial Synapses and Neurons Based on Memristors, Guest Edited by Niloufar Raeis-Hosseini (Cranfield University, UK), Ruomeng Huang (University of Southampton, UK) and Sujaya Kumar Vishwanath (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India). Deadline extended to 30 June 2023
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Welcome from our Editors
“We’re truly excited about the addition of Materials Advances to the Journal of Materials Chemistry family. The JMC journals have become go-to publications for readers and authors in the materials chemistry community, and we’re proud to add another venue for high quality work to the portfolio. Materials Advances is gold open access, and is also free-to-publish in for the first two years, meaning it will have a large, international audience, and be fully accessible to all. Along with our international and diverse team of associate editors, we look forward to receiving your submissions, and supporting further advances to the field of materials science.”
Free to read
Materials Advances is an international, gold open access journal, publishing high-quality research across the breadth of materials science.
Free to read, the journal builds on and complements the materials research published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal portfolio.
Interdisciplinary & thorough
We are home for high quality, reproducible research that makes an important advance to the existing literature. With our journals, we provide complete coverage of crucial advances.
All materials researchers should have a quality, subject-focused option for publishing open access. Our APCs are lower than the industry average, and discounts and waivers are available to make publishing open access achievable and sustainable.
Our materials journals work together to make sure research reaches the right audience. Sharing an editorial board with our Journal of Materials Chemistry journal family allows smooth article transfers and a consistent assessment process.
A trusted society publisher
The Materials Advances publishing experience comes with the reputation, standards, commitment and expertise you would expect from an RSC journal, plus the visibility boost that comes from being open access and part of the Journal of Materials Chemistry family.
Published fortnightly, the journal accepts experimental or theoretical studies that report new understanding, applications, properties and synthesis of materials, building on and complementing the materials content already published across the Royal Society of Chemistry journal portfolio.
Submissions are initially assessed and taken through peer review by our high profile associate editors, all of whom also look after submissions to Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C. A single-anonymised peer review model is used and a minimum of two reviewer reports are required. Our editors are internationally recognised in their respective areas, and taking responsibility for these journals will ensure a common overview and consistent application of expertise – streamlining the assessment process for authors and reviewers.
Our materials journal family
Materials Advances is part of our materials family of journals, which also includes Materials Horizons and Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C. The journals provide full coverage of interdisciplinary advances in materials science.
Jeroen Cornelissen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Anders Hagfeldt, Uppsala University, Sweden
Natalie Stingelin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Veronica Augustyn, North Carolina State University, USA
Viola Birss, University of Calgary, Canada
Jiang Chang, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Rachel Crespo-Otero, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Gemma-Louise Davies, University College London, UK
Goutam De, Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, India
Renaud Demadrille, Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble, France
Antonio Facchetti, Northwestern University and Flexterra Corporation, USA
Ghim Wei Ho, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Luis Hueso, CIC nanoGUNE, Spain
Yun Jeong Hwang, Seoul National University, South Korea
Unyong Jeong, POSTECH, South Korea
Ji Jian, Zhejiang University, China
Oana Jurchescu, Wake Forest University, USA
Kisuk Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea
Subrata Kundu, Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), India
Dan Li, Jinan University, China
Shaoqin Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
David Lou, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Yi-Chun Lu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Martyn McLachlan, Imperial College London, UK
Yoshiko Miura, Kyushu University, Japan
Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, Spain
Ana Flávia Nogueira, University of Campinas, Brazil
Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong, Australia
Shizhang Qiao, University of Adelaide, Australia
Xiaogang Qu, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Erin Ratcliff, University of Arizona, USA
Neil Robertson, University of Edinburgh, UK
Federico Rosei, University of Trieste, Italy
Jennifer Rupp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Miriam Unterlass, University of Konstanz, Germany
Yana Vaynzof, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Jessica Winter, Ohio State University, USA
Lydia Helena Wong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Li-Zhu Wu, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China
Zhiguo Xia, South China University of Technology, China
Yusuke Yamauchi, University of Queensland, Australia
Yadong Yin, University of California, Riverside, USA
Xiaowei Zhan, Peking University, China
Hao-Li Zhang, Lanzhou University, China
Ni Zhao, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Zhen Zhou, Nankai University, China
Rajeev Ahuja, Uppsala University, Sweden
Jong-Beom Baek, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Zhenan Bao, Stanford University, USA
Christopher Bettinger, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Kanishka Biswas, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
Edith Bucher, University of Leoben, Austria
Paola Carbone, University of Manchester, UK
Juan Casado, University of Malaga, Spain
Michael Chabinyc, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Rajadurai Chandrasekar, University of Hyderabad, India
Arun Chattopadhyay, IIT Guwahati, India
Jie-Sheng Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Lin X. Chen, Northwestern University, USA
Yen-Ju Cheng, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Manish Chhowalla, University of Cambridge, UK
Chunyan Chi, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Laylay Chua, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Will Chueh, Stanford University, USA
Helmut Cölfen, University of Konstanz, Germany
Tatiana Da Ros, Trieste University, Italy
Przemek Data, Silesian University of Technology, Poland
Thomas Davis, Monash University, Australia
Tejal Desai, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Fernando Dias, Durham University, UK
Tomas Edvinsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
Ying Fang, NCNST, China
Xinliang Feng, TU Dresden, Germany
Jurgen Fleig, TU Wein, Austria
Mihaela Florea, University of Bucharest and National Institute of Materials Physics, Romania
Ross Forgan, University of Glasgow, UK
Marc Fourmigué, University of Rennes 1, France
Gitti Frey, MIT WPU Campus, Israel
Jun Fu, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Aiko Fukazawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Giulia Galli, University of Chicago, USA
Aharon Gedanken, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Carlos F. O. Graeff, São Paolo State University, Brazil
Mark Green, King's College London, UK
Melissa Grunlan, Texas A&M University, USA
Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Brendan Harley, University of Illinois, USA
Elizabeth von Hauff, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sandrine Heutz, Imperial College London, UK
Akon Higuchi, National Central University, Chinese Taipei, and Wenzhou Medical University, China
Jiaxing Huang, Northwestern University, USA
Cheol Seong Hwang, Seoul National University, South Korea
Hiroshi Imahori, Kyoto University, Japan
Tatsumi Ishihara, Kyushu University, Japan
Saiful Islam, University of Bath, UK
Yoshihiro Ito, RIKEN, Japan
Feng Jiao, University of Delaware, USA
Emma Kendrick, University of Birmingham, UK
Benjamin Keselowsky, University of Florida, USA
Jayant Khandare, MIT WPU Campus, India
Bumjoon Kim, KAIST, Korea
Dong Ha Kim, Ewha Womens University, Korea
April Kloxin, University of Delaware, USA
Akiko Kobayashi, Nihon University, Japan
Anna Köhler, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Nicholas Kotov, University of Michigan, USA
Ulrike Kramm, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Hua Kuang, Jiangnan University, China
Yung Jung Lee, Hangyang University, South Korea
Jing Li, Rutgers University, USA
Zi-Chen Li, Peking University, China
Zhiqun Lin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Elizabeth Lipke, Auburn University, USA
Monica Lira-Cantú, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain
Luis Liz-Marzán, CIC biomaGUNE, Spain
Yogendra Mishra, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Maria Loi, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Bettina Lotsch, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Jingshan Luo, Nankai University, China
David Lynn, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Edmond Dik-Lung Ma, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
George Malliaras, University of Cambridge, UK
Hai-Quan Mao, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Silvia Marchesan, University of Trieste, Italy
Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Kristyn Masters, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Marta Mas-Torrent, Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, Spain
Iain McCulloch, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Ali Miserez, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yoshiko Miura, Kyushu University, Japan
Ellen Moons, Karlstad University, Sweden
Christian Müller, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
C. Buddie Mullins, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Arun K. Nandi, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India
Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, Canada
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Markus Niederberger, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Rachel O'Reilly, University of Birmingham, UK
Frank Osterloh, University of California, Davis, USA
Chinedum Osuji, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jianyong Ouyang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Angela Pannier, University of Nebraska, USA
Ji-ho (Joe) Park, KAIST, South Korea
Steve Parker, University of Bath, UK
Thomas Penfold, Newcastle University, UK
Igor Perepichka, Institute of Flexible Electronics of Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China
Sébastien Perrier, University of Warwick, UK
Bruno G. Pollet, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway
Cyril Poriel, University of Rennes 1, France
Dong Qin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Erin Ratcliff, University of Arizona, USA
Marina Resmini, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Chad Risko, University of Kentucky, USA
Paolo Samori, University of Strasbourg, France
Clara Santato, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
David Scanlon, University College London, UK
Zoe Schnepp, University of Birmingham, UK
Udo Schwingenschlögl, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Laura Segatori, Rice University, USA
Takeshi Serizawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Roberta Sessoli, University of Florence, Italy
Zongping Shao, Curtin University, Australia
Youqing Shen, Zhejiang University, China
Yuichi Shimakawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Carlos Silva, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Peter Skabara, University of Glasgow, UK
Stephen Skinner, Imperial College London, UK
Yanlin Song, Institute of Chemistry, CAS, China
Sarah Staniland, University of Sheffield, UK
Mihaela C. Stefan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Nicole Steinmetz, University of California, San Diego, USA
Martina Stenzel, University of New South Wales, Australia
Sarah Stoll, Georgetown Washington, USA
Cheng-Yong Su, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Laura Suggs, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Shi-Gang Sun, Xiamen University, China
Madoka Takai, University of Tokyo, Japan
Johnna Temenoff, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Venkataraman Thangadurai, University of Calgary, Canada
Patrick Théato, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Magdalena Titirici, Imperial College London, UK
Jadranka Travaš-Sejdić, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Alessandro Troisi, University of Liverpool, UK
Seung Uk Son, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Jan van Hest, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Koen Vandewal, Hasselt University, Belgium
Mengye Wang, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Christoph Weder, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Gregory Welch, University of Calgary, Canada
Charlotte Williams, University of Oxford, UK
Yang Xu, University College London, UK
Yi-Jun Xu, Fuzhou University, China
Meidan Ye, Xiamen University, China
Anatoly Zayats, King's College London, UK
Qiang Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
Qichun Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
X S (George) Zhao, University of Queensland, Australia
Gengfeng Zheng, Fudan University, China
Jie Zheng, University of Akron, USA
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The mass percent and theoretical capacity of the active material should be provided if the theoretical capacity of the studied material is known. The theoretical capacity should be used to calculate C-rate. Alternatively, rigorous use of A g-1 is recommended.
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