Solid State Phenomena

ISSN: 1662-9779

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Edited by: Maria K. Nowotny and Janusz Nowotny
Online since: June 2010
Description: Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters BCI (WoS).
The goal of this special volume was to provide a unique opportunity to exchange information, to present the latest results and to review relevant issues affecting  contemporary diffusion research. The large number (over 232) of peer-reviewed papers emphasizes the considerable academic and industrial interest in this field.


Edited by: Nandyala Sooraj Hussain and José Domingos Santos
Online since: June 2010
Description: Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters BCI (WoS).
The papers presented in this special issue, “Glass Science and its Applications”, cover the physics and chemistry of conventional glasses, sol gel glasses and glass ceramic materials as used in technological and biomedical applications; for example, the first paper describes the optimization of ormosil glasses for luminescence-based dissolved-oxygen sensor applications. Here, the main aim was to prepare and evaluate various sol gel film compositions in order to identify those most promising for oxygen sensing.


Edited by: H. Klein and R.A. Schwarzer
Online since: February 2010
Description: The great majority of solid-state materials – natural as well as man-made ones – have a polycrystalline structure. They consist of crystallites having various sizes, shapes and crystallographic orientations. Because of the anisotropy of crystal properties, the material as a whole may also be anisotropic if the orientation distribution of the crystallites is not random. Furthermore, because of the differently oriented anisotropies of neighbouring crystals, the material is also micro-inhomogeneous. Macroscopic anisotropy and micro-inhomogeneity are thus fundamental properties of all polycrystalline materials. Therefore, the study of preferred crystal orientations, or crystallographic texture, is of major interest in research and industrial applications. Analysis of the crystal texture is now a well-established tool for quality control and failure analysis in industry, as well as in academic research, because of the ready availability of commercial equipment and refined computer programs.


Edited by: Lilyana Kolakieva and Roumen Kakanakov
Online since: January 2010
Description: This special collection of peer-reviewed papers focuses on the technology, characterization and equipment required for handling nanocomposite films and hard and superhard coatings. It also covers subjects related to the development, properties and methods for the characterization of nanostructured materials for: solid-state electronics and energy technologies; nanocomposite films, hard and superhard coatings, tribological / corrosion-resistant coatings; surfaces and interfaces; nano-sensors, nanodevices and nanosystems, Equipment for deposition and characterization of nanocomposite films and industrial application of hard and superhard coatings.


Edited by: M. Kittler and H. Richter
Online since: October 2009
Description: This collection aims to address the fundamental aspects, as well as the technological problems, which are associated with defects in electronic materials and devices.


Edited by: Prafulla K. Jha and Arun Pratap
Online since: May 2009
Description: Reducing the dimensions of contiguous matter, down to the nanometer scale, confines the electronic and vibrational wavefunctions and results in unique properties which open up a wide vista of potential applications in optics, mechanics, electrical engineering, magnetic devices, catalysis and biomedicine. Nanostructures, characterized by having at least one dimension in the nanometer range, are considered to be a bridge between single molecules and their bulk counterparts. The challenge for nanotechnology is to achieve perfect control of the nanoscale-related properties; which obviously requires correlating the parameters of synthesis with the resultant nanostructures. Nanostructures are also ideal subjects for computer simulation and modeling: in computations related to nanomaterials, one deals with a spatial scaling ranging from a few nanometers to a few micrometers and a time-scaling ranging from a few femto-seconds (fs) to 1 second - with a limit of accuracy better than 1 kcal mol-1.


Edited by: Marcin Leonowicz and Dariusz Oleszak
Online since: April 2009
Description: Smart Materials are ones that can respond to environmental stimuli by exhibiting changes in properties (mechanical or physical), structure, composition or function.
Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters CPCI-S (WoS).
The growing interest in their development is driven by emerging applications and by the integration of smart materials into industrial systems for civilian, industrial, medical and military applications. Among them are composite multiferroic materials which exhibit two or more ferroic features such as ferromagnetism/magnetostriction, ferroelectricity/piezoelectricity or ferroelasticity/shape-memory effects due to their unusual responses: including very large magneto-electric susceptibility, giant magnetostriction and energy-coupling coefficients which approach unity. Other systems include shape-memory and magnetic shape-memory alloys, magnetostrictive materials, magnetorheological fluids and polymers.


Edited by: N. Perov
Online since: April 2009
Description: Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters CPCI-S (WoS).
The main emphasis of this special volume is placed on new developments in low-dimensional magnetism, magnetic semiconductors and oxides, transport phenomena and spintronics, magnetophotonics, HF magnetic properties and metamaterials, shape memory alloys and magnetocaloric effects, magnetic properties of strongly correlated systems and superconductivity, medicine and geophysics, and applications. Trends in magnetism are also discussed.


Edited by: Erich Kny
Online since: April 2009
Description: Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters CPCI-S (WoS).
Nanocomposite materials constitute a rapidly evolving field of science and technology, of which the first applications are already on the market and many more are expected to follow. The admixture of relatively low amounts of nanoparticles (these are, by definition, any morphology having at least one dimension in the nano-range, i.e. particles, fibres, plates) within a matrix of polymer, ceramic or metal has a dramatic increasing effect upon the resultant properties (volume, surface and functional properties). Unusual property combinations can be obtained; resulting in a new class of materials for almost every application.


Edited by: J. Čermák and I. Stloukal
Online since: January 2009
Description: Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters BCI (WoS).
This topical volume includes ten invited papers that cover selected areas of the field of solid phase transformations.


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