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Call for papers: Materials & Design Special Issue: In situ and in operando studies

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In situ and in operando studies of structural and functional materials and systems using electron, ion, X-ray and laser beams make use of diffraction (e.g. EBSD) and spectroscopy (e.g. Raman) to derive a wealth of information about the evolution of numerous aspects of material system in the course of deformation, heating, electrochemical processing (e.g. battery charging), the application of electromagnetic fields, irradiation, etc. The information revealed by in situ and in operando studies is of paramount importance for advanced model refinement, and consequently for the optimization of design with advanced structural and functional materials. The precise spatial and temporal correlation of thermal, physical and mechanical processes under various environmental conditions require specific development of methodologies and techniques to ensure suitable sensitivity and resolution. The conditions of interest for in situ and in operando studies may include, but are not limited to mechanical loading, elevated or cryogenic temperatures, electrical and magnetic fields, gaseous and liquid chemical environment effects, light and ion irradiation, extreme pressures, and changes in humidity. The impact of this area of research on the advancement of materials science is significant, given the fact that they provide information about the details of process kinetics and stages. This Special Issue will seek to address a selection of studies drawing on a large variety of techniques available for the purpose, with critical analysis of their performance and capabilities in the context of wide range of applications. Also of interest will be the theoretical and statistical approaches that help in the interpretation and analysis of experimental data, and simulation frameworks that allow the prediction of physico-chemical and material phenomena.

About the Topics of Interest

The topics of interest may include, amongst others:

  • In situ characterization of materials for material selection, design and assessment of reliability at the micron scale
  • In situ characterization techniques that allow investigating material behavior under complex loading and boundary conditions essential for designing damage resistant materials for extreme applications
  • In operando studies that support design of complex structural and function systems making use of dissimilar materials and heterogeneous microstructures using statistical tools and Monte Carlo simulations
  • In operando characterization and design of materials for applications in micro-electronics, energy storage and transmission systems, automotive and aerospace industry

Submission Format and Guideline

All submitted papers must be written in clear scientific English and contain only original work which has not been previously submitted or published to Materials & Design or any other journal, conference, or publicly accessible source such as book chapter or web portal. Papers must not exceed 25 pages (one-column, at least 11pt size font) including figures, tables, and references. The detailed submission instructions are available on the “Guide for Authors” page at:

The authors are encouraged to refer to the recent publication entitled “Editorial note — On the aims & scope and priority areas in Materials & Design”:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES). The authors must select “VSI:In situ” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. The EES website is located at:

All papers will be independently peer-reviewed. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the Special Issue editors.

Important dates

Submission deadline:   May 29th, 2016

Acceptance deadline:   August 1st 2016

Special Issue Editors

Amit Pandey, Rolls Royce LG Fuel Cell Systems, USA

Srikanth Patala, North Carolina State University, USA

Paul Ohodnicki, National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA

Tan Sui, MBLEM, University of Oxford, UK

Alexander M. Korsunsky, University of Oxford, UK

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