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International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials

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Liquid Metal Smart Materials and Devices

Manuscript deadline
01 August 2024

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Jianbo Tang, University of New South Wales
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Xuyang Sun, Beihang University
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Hongzhang Wang, Shenzhen International School, Tsinghua University
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Liquid Metal Smart Materials and Devices

Liquid metals, such as gallium and gallium-based alloys, have a sufficiently low melting point to remain liquid at temperatures near or slightly above room temperature. The low-melting-trait and unique properties of liquid metals make them ideally suitable for enabling a wide range of material systems and technologies. Liquid metal smart materials and devices refer to novel materials and systems that leverage these metallic liquids to achieve advanced material functionalities and applications that are highly sought after in next-generation flexible electronics, soft robotics, biomedical and wearable devices, stimuli-responsive materials, energy systems and nanotechnology. This special issue is dedicated to showcasing the most recent advancements in the fast-expanding filed of liquid metal smart materials and devices. We encourage submissions of original contributions covering, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Design of novel liquid metal-based materials and systems
  • Unconventional phenomena and properties of liquid metals
  • Liquid metal-based flexible electronics and soft robotics
  • Liquid metal-based stimuli-responsive materials and devices

We welcome high-quality review and research articles. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the publication guidelines of the International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials. Manuscripts submitted for publication in this special issue must not have been previously published or under consideration elsewhere

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo a full peer-review; the Guest Advisor for this collection will not be handling the manuscripts (unless they are an Editorial Board member). Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 1 Auguest 2024.

Please contact IJSNM Editorial Office at [email protected] or Zhan Yu at [email protected] with any queries regarding this Article Collection.

Please be sure to select "Liquid Metal Smart Materials and Devices" from the drop-down menu in the submission system.

Dr. Jianbo Tang is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney, Australia). He received a Bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Xi’an Jiaotong University (Xi'an, China) and a PhD degree in 2016 from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China). He was a postdoctoral research associate at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) from 2016 to 2018 and at UNSW from 2018 to 2021. Dr Tang is also an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow and an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence FLEET. Working at the crossroad of materials science, thermal/applied physics, chemical engineering, metallurgy, and nanotechnology, Dr Tang’s research encompasses both fundamental and applied sciences of low-melting-temperature metals and alloys known as liquid metals. He has (co)authored >80 peer-reviewed publications, with first author and/or corresponding author articles in high-profile journals including Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Synthesis, and Nature Communications. His publications have accumulated >3500 citations and an h-index of 34.

Dr. Xuyang Sun is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering Medicine of Beihang University. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University in 2018. Then she joined the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a postdoctoral fellow where she works in the interdisciplinary fields of material science, tumor ablation, and soft electronics. Dr. Sun has published more than 40 SCI papers, including Advanced materials, Accounts of Materials Research, Advanced Science, Biomaterials, etc. Her research interests include liquid metal, nanomaterials, tumor therapies, and cybernetic electronics.

Dr. Hongzhang Wang is an Assistant Professor at Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University in 2021 and then continued his postdoctoral research as a Shui Mu Tsinghua Scholar at Tsinghua University from 2021 to 2023. He is committed to developing responsive liquid machines and their interdisciplinary applications. He has (co)authored >40 peer-reviewed publications, with first author and/or corresponding author articles in high-profile journals including Matter, Advanced Materials, and Accounts of Materials Research. His publications have accumulated >2100 citations. He received many awards including Tsinghua Top Grade Scholarship (the highest student honor in Tsinghua), Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of Beijing City, and Outstanding Young Academic Presentation at the China Materials Conference.

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.