Proposal for special issue


Call for Proposals on the 'Advancement of Materials to Global Excellence 2020'

Deadline for special issue proposal submissions: 10 June 2020 I Submissions should be sent to Dr. Pan Wang, Managing Editor at 

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, International Association of Advanced Materials, IAAM invites scholars to submit special issue proposals for Advanced Materials Letters: a Diamond Open Access (DOA) Journal on the theme “Advancement of Materials to Global Excellence”, with special focus on Health, Energy, and Environment. The primary aim behind releasing this special issue is to provide a collection of informative articles on a special set of advanced materials. The purpose of these special issues is to compile a set of comprehensible sets of papers and articles that can help the readers develop an understanding of a topic in an intelligible manner. These issues would feature a consistent and intensive focus on a critical issue that will surely ignite interest among the readers towards advanced materials and related fields. Such issues allow the journal to evaluate and present the existing research in a specific area of the sphere of Advanced Materials that the readers find interesting.

The number of articles and their length in a special issue will solely depend on the selected topic and the approach of the author. The size of a special use might be adjusted if the selection of articles is consistent with the overall aim of the issue and also meets the high standard of quality of the journal.

In the last decade, IAAM has achieved various heights and become the leader in not-for-profit scientific publishing. Today, it is one of the world’s oldest not-for-profit open access scientific publishing houses. Shortly after being established in 2010, in the same year, IAAM launched Advanced Materials Letters, an open access international scientific journal. Since then, the journal has been publishing top-quality peer-reviewed articles, research papers, etc. on materials science, engineering, and technology. After making a name for itself in the world of publishing with Advanced Materials Letters, IAAM releases another international journal called Advanced Materials Proceedings. The journal publishes peer-reviewed conference proceedings and informative articles on science and technology.


Potential guest editor(s) should submit written proposals that include the grounds for selecting the special issue topic, places it in the literature, and a few demonstrative topics for the papers to focus upon. The written proposal should also include a draft of the actual call for papers and the credential of the guest editor(s). Please submit the following documents:

  1. The proposal, including the title, description, and topics to be covered.
  2. CVs/short biographies of the guest editors.
  3. Any supplementary information such as plans for special issue workshops or symposia in Advanced Materials Congress 2020, organized by IAAM.

After the last date for submissions, the IAAM editorial team will evaluate the submitted proposals and shortlist 3-5 out of them for further review. Once the final selection is done, the Managing Editor will be responsible for acting as a link between the editorial team of the journal and the selected guest editor(s) and for making sure that the journal standards are met through this entire process. The Managing Editor will also be involved in the editorial process, including selecting papers to be sent for review, identifying and assigning reviewers, and also all the other decisions throughout the review process. However, the final verdict on accepting or rejecting paper will be of the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.


One of the responsibilities of the guest editor(s) will be to publicize the call for papers and to generate submissions for the special issue. They may also host a workshop/ symposia in the Advanced Materials Congress 2020 for papers under consideration for the special issue. However, attendance at the workshop/symposia cannot be considered a parameter for the papers to be accepted. The Guest Editors will also be a part of all stages of the review process, including the reviewers and deciding on submissions. The review process will be conducted online. The guest editors are expected to conduct the review process keeping in mind the journal’s high standards in quality and efficiency of the process. Moreover, the guest editors are also expected to write an introductory article to place the special issue in the concerned literature and also give a brief introduction of the papers in the issue.


Topics should be on the interdisciplinary advanced materials research with a special focus in Health, Energy, and Environments. Issues should cover emerging and progressing fields in materials science for the “Advancement of materials to global excellence. Any queries regarding the special can be sent to and/or

Special issue on “Advanced Healthcare Biomaterials”

Biomedical field is developing towards the regeneration and reconstruction of damaged tissues and organs, the restoration and enhancement of physiological functions, personalized and minimally invasive treatment, and early detection and diagnosis. Traditional medical materials such as metal, macromolecule and bioceramics cannot meet the needs of the rapid development of medicine. The emergence of advanced healthcare biomaterials with novel technology brings new opportunities and challenges. Especially in the recent 10 years, the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) has been committed to promoting the advancement of materials to global excellence, certainly would include advanced healthcare biomaterials.

The goal of this Special Issue is to publish review/original articles covering the recent studies and progress in different aspects of advanced healthcare biomaterials to celebrate 10th anniversary of IAAM in the thematic issue of “Advancement of Materials to Global Excellence”. Manuscripts involving the development and challenge of the newest findings, designs, emerging techniques, methodologies, test and analysis approaches, innovative insights, and something of the same nature are the main focus and quite welcome.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  1. Advanced biomaterials for cardiovascular stent
  2. Advanced biomaterials for bone implants
  3. Advanced biomaterials for drug delivery
  4. Advanced biomaterials for tissue engineering
  5. Advanced biomaterials for esophageal stent

All manuscripts are expected to be submitted before June 30, 2020.


Prof. Jingan Li, Zhengzhou University, China


Dr. Jingan Li is a professor at Zhengzhou University, China, and one of the well-known researchers in the field of Advanced healthcare materials. He has been serving as the editorial board member of repute journals, such as Biomed Research International (Lead Guest Editor), Recent Patents on Nanotechnology, Current Drug Delivery (Executive Guest Editor), Current Nutrition & Food Science (Section Editor: Bioengineering, materials and surfaces), Smart Materials in Medicine, and Current Chinese Biotechnology (Section Editor). For his excellent scientific contribution, he also been honored with repute awards, such as “China-Korea Young Scientist Award” (2015), “IAAM Scientist Award” (2017), “IAAM Medal” (2019), “IAAM Fellow” (2020), and “Outstanding Reviewer Award” of repute journals.

Special issue on "Tissue Engineering and Peripheral Nerve Regeneration"

Aims & Scope: Peripheral nerve injury occurs widely in severe trauma and significantly compromises patients’ daily life. Although peripheral nerves exhibit some self-healing potential after mild and moderate injury, successful reinnervation cannot be achieved, especially for long-range nerve defects and it calls for nerve graft implantation. Conventional surgical treatment has plateaued since the gold-standard autograft transplantation has some deficits like limited resources, size mismatch and potential damage to the donor site. Nerve scaffolds exhibit extensive capabilities for repairing large nerve defects in the peripheral nervous system. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to new nanomaterials, bioactive scaffolds, and improvement in nerve repair in basic and clinical research.

Original research and reviews are welcome concerning the progress in peripheral nerve engineering.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Design and synthesis of nano-scaffolds for nerve regeneration
  2. Nano-fabrication of biomaterials to regulate Schwann cells’ behavior
  3. Biological activities and biocompatibility of bioactive scaffold for nerve repair
  4. Mimicking the physical and chemical mechanics to impact nerve functions

Keywords (that reflect the key themes of the issue):

  1. Peripheral nerve repair
  2. Nanomaterial
  3. Biomimetic scaffolds
  4. Biomaterials
  5. Schwann cells
  6. Modification and fabrication

Dr. Yun Qian, Shanghai Jiao Tong University affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital, China


Dr. Yun Qian is a researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital and the leading scientist of Youth Science and Technology Innovation Studio of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) & Chinese Society for Biomaterials (CSBM), and editor for Frontiers in Pharmacology. Dr. Qian specializes in biomaterial functionalization and biomedical application in the nerve tissue engineering. He is a neural specialist and materialist with expertise in neural trauma, neural nanotechnology, neural pharmacology, molecular and cellular neuroscience as well as regenerative neural medicine.  He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers (24 papers as the first author or corresponding author, total impact factor: >120). He first published researches on the graphene family in the fabrication of nerve conduits for severe peripheral nerve defects. He has delivered many speeches in major translational medicine and material conferences at home and abroad.

Special issue on “Recent Advances in Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters – Materials, Technologies and Devices Efficiency”

Aim and Scope: Portable and smart electronic devices are powered by batteries whose life is limited. On the other hand, it is gaining the concept of renewable energy and methods of its obtaining by environmental friendly technologies. The conversion of energy from various sources in the surrounding environment (energy harvesting) solves the problem of battery-less power supply and satisfies the modern concepts of "clean" energy. One of the mechanisms for electrical energy generation is piezoelectric effect, which relies on mechanical activation (vibrations, pressure, force). A major obstacle for the implementation of the thin film piezoelectric generators (PEG) is their low efficiency of about 10-15%. In addition, compared to the stationary PEGs, the flexible PEGs should fulfill specific requirements such as great durability, ability to follow curves, being light weight and tiny and being able to convert efficiently deformation into electricity at small activating vibrations or forces. In the recent past, the lead zirconium titanate (PZT) has been considered as the most promising piezoelectric material in terms of efficiency, however, the nowadays concept for lead-free and environmental friendly technology excludes this material from the competition. New oxide compounds and polymers with piezoelectric properties are now intensively studied to offer the necessary characteristics as required for modern electronic devices. Their integration in the flexible electronics and the specifics related to their deposition on flexible substrates is a novel and still poorly studied branch. It is necessary to investigate PEG stability after multiple bending. It is also necessary micro- and nanoelectronic technologies to be used for deposition and patterning of coatings to obtain efficient PEG components with miniature size. There are not enough theoretical and experimental data, demonstrating the influence of the type of flexible substrate, electrodes materials, type of polymer-based, composite or blend piezoelectric materials, deposition process and patterning of the coatings (especially the polymer-based) on the efficiency and stable work of PEG at deformation. Thus, the papers, collected in the proposed special issue are expected to present results, attractive and useful for the scientists worldwide, serving as a unique guide for the design and fabrication of flexible piezoelectric energy harvesters.

Keywords: piezoelectric nanogenerators; vibrational energy harvesting devices; flexible substrates; renewable energy sources; piezoelectric films; lead-free piezoelectric materials; piezoelectric response; piezoelectric polymers; electromechanical characterization; wearable piezoelectric generators; nanostructured piezoelectrics; stretchable piezoelectric transducers.

Topics covered in this special issue:

This special issue is intended to acquire the latest achievements of scientists all over the world, working in the field of materials properties, fabrication technologies, design methods, and device characterization related to flexible piezoelectric energy harvesters. Research and review papers, demonstrating novelty, originality, and impact of the results on this field, are welcome. Contributors to this special issue are encouraged to submit manuscripts on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Processes in the materials and Structures of Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters;
  2. Materials for Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters – Substrates; Electrodes; Piezoelectric Materials; Encapsulating Materials, including: Metal-Oxide Piezoelectric Materials, Polymer Piezoelectric Materials, Inorganic and Carbon Based Composite, Piezoelectric Materials and Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Piezoelectric Materials;
  3. Thin and Thick Piezoelectric Films Deposition Technologies;
  4. Microscopic and Spectroscopic Characterizations of Piezoelectric Films;
  5. Electrical and Mechanical Testing and Reliability of Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters;
  6. Study and Optimization of the Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters Efficiency.


Assoc. Prof. PhD Mariya Aleksandrova, Department of Microelectronics, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria


Dr. Mariya Petrova Aleksandrova is an Associate professor at the Department of Microelectronics, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Her PhD topic was on the area of “Technologies in Electronic Manufacturing”. Her research focused on the Design and investigation of display devices; thin film deposition for micro- and nanoelectronic applications; Material Science in Microelectronics, Display technologies, Thin film deposition methods; Technologies of Microelectromechanical Systems, Manufacturing in Electronic Industry, Semiconducting Microsystems and Technologies, etc.

Special issue on “Sustainable materials and construction practices


  1. Construction technology  
  2. Concrete Technology
  3. Geotech Engineering
  4. Environmental engineering
  5. Structural engineering
  6. Alternative material in construction
  7. Nanotechnology in civil engineering
  8. Concreting Techniques
  9. Structural engineering:  Theory and practices
  10. Artificial Intelligence in civil engineering
  11. Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic in civil engineering      
  12. Sustainable construction practices
  13. Quality control in civil engineering
  14. Light-emitting concrete
  15. Properties of concrete with smart materials
  16. Water resources and GIS/remote sensing application
  17. Soil science and miscellaneous topics


Prof. Sri Ram Krishna Mishra, Bhilai Institute of Technology Raipur, India
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Assoc. Prof. Shirish V. Deo, Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Raipur, India
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Assoc. Prof. Laxmikant Yadu, Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Raipur, India
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Asst. Prof. Vikas Dubey, Department of Physics, Bhilai Institute of Technology Raipur, India
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Dr. Dhananjay Kumar Deshmukh, Chubu University, Japan
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Special issue on “Nano-Materials for Energy, Environmental and Health

Aim and Scope: Among the critical global issues, “Clean energy”, is of immense significance to our progressive future. Despite the effort that has been made to improve the efficiency of fuel resources to deliver energy but equally we face severe challenges on other fronts. In the case of solar power, for example, nanotechnology holds the promise of cutting the cost of photovoltaics to a larger extent. Similarly, Scientists have long worked to understand the environment and humanity’s place in it.  The excitement and challenge of understanding the complex environmental systems humans depend on making the environmental sciences centrally important as humankind attempts a transition to a more sustainable relationship with the earth and its natural resources. In a similar manner, Nanobiotechnology is the study of imitating biological motifs into improving existing nanotechnologies for a luxurious and fear-free life. A technology must sense and respond to damage, restoring the performance of the materials without affecting the overall properties of the system. This would make the material safer, more reliable, longer-lasting and require less maintenance and thus reduce costs.

This special issue is intended to acquire the latest achievements of scientists working in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology with special emphasis on Energy, Environment, and Health. Contributors to this special issue are encouraged to submit manuscripts on topics that include but not limited to:

  1. Advanced Nano-Materials 
  2. Nano Fabrication
  3. Nanocomposites
  4. Functional Biomaterials
  5. Nanotechnology and applications
  6. Devices & Sensors
  7. Health care & Medicine
  8. NanoMedicine
  9. Energy & Environment
  10. Energy conversion, Storage & Solar cells


Dr. M.A. ShahNational Institute of Technology Srinagar, J&K, India
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Dr. A. H. Sofi, National Institute of Technology Srinagar, J&K, India
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Special issue on “Nanoanalysis of Semiconductors and 2D Materials”

Aim and Scope: High-resolution techniques at the nanoscale and their analysis tools are needed for advanced materials characterization and nowadays technology. In the last decades, increasing interest was dedicated to probe the materials at the nanoscale. Therefore, in parallel to the progress in growth techniques, impressive developments of the nanoanalysis techniques as well as computational and theoretical tools were achieved for the characterization of semiconductors and 2D materials.

* Semiconductors: InP, InAs, GaAs, GaN, InN, AlN, Ga2O3, etc, in bulk, layers, nanowires, quantum structures, nanoparticles, membranes, etc.

* 2D materials: graphene, 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD), hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), MXenes, etc.

Such advanced techniques enable the control and the understanding of materials at the nanoscale - from a few hundreds of nm down to atomic dimensions - by using: scanning near-field optical microscopy (nano-FTIR, nano-THz spectroscopy, photoluminescence), surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, nano-cathodoluminescence, electron beam induced current, nano-imaging in scanning and transmission electron microscope, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, synchrotron x-ray diffraction/scattering/spectroscopy/imaging, etc.

This special issue will cover the latest achievements related to the nanoanalysis of semiconductors and 2D materials for applications in Health, Energy and Environment.

The deadline for manuscript submission is October 30, 2020.


  1. Advanced optical, vibrational, electrical, magnetic, thermal, mechanical, structural, surface and chemical characterization techniques.

  2. Advanced microscopies and related spectroscopy techniques.

  3. Doping, defect and strain engineering.

  4. Quantum structures and quantum behaviour.

  5. Devices: solid-state lasers, transistors, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, batteries, nanophotonics, plasmonics, spintronics, supercapacitors, sensors, among others.

  6. Theory and Simulation.


Dr. Sudheesh K. Shukla, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, China


Special issue on COVID-19

The world of science & technology has come to high alert with the rise’s incident of the novel Corona virus (COVID-19). On March 11 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Scientists around the world are working hard to develop technologies to prevent the emergence of the disease. The world faced an unprecedented acute public health emergency within weeks and months. International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) strongly encourages researchers to share research, experiences, and knowledge related to this outbreak as promptly and extensively as possible. This may help to combat this disease with science and technology.

This special issue on COVID-19 is a global effort to support the motif of the WHO to make available all relevant research, reviews and data immediately with “Diamond Open Access” (DOA), not-for-profit publication practices. This special issue will combine the original research, review and perspective articles on the coronavirus science and technology.


  1. Pandemic and global scenario
  2. Science & technologies
  3. Treatment and vaccines
  4. Source and effects in human and other animals
  5. Structure and modeling
  6. Hospital alertness to tackle infection
  7. Transmission routes and controls in the medical practices
  8. Clinical manifestation and diagnosis, prevention and control
  9. Emerging technologies
  10. Digital healthcare
  11. Diagnostics and detection
  12. Evolutionary dynamics monitoring
  13. Policies and planning

Special Issue on “Fabrication and Manufacturing of Structural and Functional Materials”

Aims and Scope: Structural and functional materials are two important categories of advanced engineering materials being utilized in a broad spectrum of industries. A significant distinction between structural and functional materials has progressively emerged in the fields of materials science and engineering. Structural materials are selected for their load-bearing capacity, functional materials for the nature of their response to electrical, magnetic, optical, or chemical stimuli; sometimes, a functional material is even chosen for aesthetic reasons. Structural materials are materials used or studied primarily for their mechanical properties, as opposed to their electronic, magnetic, chemical, or optical characteristics. In contrast, functional materials represent a fast-growing set of advanced materials and composites, some properties of which are responsive to external stimuli (thermal, electrical, mechanical, light, etc.). Despite their widespread industrial applications, fabrication and manufacturing of these materials are of critical importance as the processing is required to obtain precise dimensions, superior properties as well as high quality. The manufacture of advanced engineering materials involves issues such as the design of the processing operations, the optimization of the machining parameters, the minimization of the manufacturing damage, the quantification of accuracy and quality, the monitoring of manufacturing outputs as well as the control of tool wear and failure.

This special issue aims to provide a platform for the discussion of the significant research challenges and achievements on the fabrication and manufacturing of structural and functional materials, including both the experimental and numerical investigations. Its significance lies in reporting the newest studies in the fields of various fabrication and manufacturing processes for the advanced engineering materials covering a variety of processing methods including but not limited to nano/micro-manufacturing, conventional machining, additive manufacturing, and non-traditional manufacturing. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Non-traditional material removal processes
  2. Fundamental properties, designability, and functionality of materials
  3. Industrial utilization of advanced engineering materials
  4. Machinability characterization and evaluation of materials
  5. Molding processes for structural and functional materials
  6. Nano/micro-manufacturing of structural and functional materials
  7. Conventional machining of structural and functional materials
  8. Additive manufacturing of structural and functional materials
  9. Non-traditional manufacturing of structural and functional materials
  10. Damage detection, evaluation, and suppression of materials
  11. Surface quality and dimensional accuracy of materials
  12. Experimental and numerical studies of manufacturing materials
  13. Monitoring and prediction of manufacturing structural and functional materials

Keywords (that reflect the key themes of the issue):

  1. Structural materials
  2. Functional materials
  3. Fabrication processes
  4. Manufacturing techniques
  5. Experimental and numerical analysis
  6. Quality control and assessment

All manuscripts should be submitted before December 31, 2020.


Assoc. Prof. Jinyang Xu, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Dr. Jinyang Xu is an Associate Professor and a Doctoral Supervisor of Mechanical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His research interests focus on composites machining, numerical modeling, micro/nano cutting and surface texturing. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles and edited four special issues in refereed international journals and conference proceedings. He is currently serving as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Coating Science and Technology (JCST), the Associate Editor of SIMULATION - Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (indexed by SCI/EI), and the Academic Editors/Board Members of International Journal of Aerospace Engineering (indexed by SCI/EI), Advances in Materials Science and Engineering (indexed by SCI/EI), Journal of Engineering (indexed by ESCI/SCOPUS), and Current Materials Science (indexed by SCOPUS/EI). He is the principal investigator of some national and provincial projects including the NSFC fund projects, Shanghai Pujiang Talents Program, Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology projects, State Key Laboratory of Mechanical System and Vibration fund projects, as well as a number of industrial projects. For his notable and outstanding research in the field of Materials Processing & Manufacturing, he was honored with the 2020 IAAM Scientist Medal and received the Best Paper Awards at the CJUMP2017 (November 19-21, 2017, Shanghai, China) and the ISGMA2015 (June 23-27, 2015, Qingdao, China) conferences.