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“New Proposals on Titanium Production and Molten Salts”
“Recent Advances in Electronic Packaging Technology and Forecast New Technological Directions”
“Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals III”
“Advances in Biomedical Materials Science and Technology”
“New Aspects of Martensitic Transformations”
“Frontier Researches Related to Interconnection, Packaging and Microjoining Materials and Microprocessing for Such Materials”
“Advanced Spintronic/Nano-Magnetic Materials”
“Recent Progress in Thermoelectrics ーNew Analyses and New Materialsー(Thermoelectric Conversion Materials IX)”
“Frontier Researches Related to Nano/Microstructure, Microstructure Control and Mechanical Properties of Metallic Materials”
“Advanced Metallic Materials for Catalysis”
“Long-Period Stacking Ordered Structure and Its Related Materials II”
In Situ TEM Observation of High Energy Beam Irradiation”
“Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, VI”
“Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications II”
“Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society VI”
“Long-Period Stacking Ordered Structure and Its Related Materials (I)”
“Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals II”
“Advanced Materials Development and Integration of Novel Structured Metallic and Inorganic Materials”
“New Functions and Properties of Engineering Materials Created by Designing and Processing II”
“Nanojoining and Microjoining”
“Recent Advances in Research and Development of Titanium and Its Alloys”
“Lead-Free and Advanced Interconnection Materials for Electronics V”
“Materials-System Integration for Fusion DEMO Blanket Design”
“Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials III”
“Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society V”
“Advanced Tube Hydroforming Technology for Lightweight Components”
“Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals”
“Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, V”
“Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications”
“New Trends for Micro- and Nano Analyses by Transmission Electron Microscopy”
“Lead-free and Advanced Interconnection Materials for Electronics”
“Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society IV”
“Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials II”
“Development and Fabrication of Advanced Materials assisted by Nanotechnology and Microanalysis”
“Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties: Aiming Breakthrough in Materials Development”
“Low Cost Reduction Processes, Roles of Low Cost Elements and Interstitial Elements, and Microstructural Control for Ubiquitous Titanium Alloys”
“New Functions and Properties of Engineering Materials Created by Designing and Processing”
“Joining Technology for New Metallic Glasses and Inorganic Materials”
“Nano-Materials Science for Atomic Scale Modification”
“Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties: Understanding Mechanisms”
“Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering V”
“Effectual Utilization of Hydrogen in Materials”
“Lead-Free Soldering in Electronics IV”
“Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, IV”
“Emergent Researches for Substitution to and Effective Usage of Rare and Scarce Metals (1)”
“Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties : Investigating Role of High-Density Lattice Defects”
“Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society III”
“Structural and Functional Control of Materials through Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in a High Magnetic Field”
“Smart and Harmonic Biomaterials”
“Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses-VII”
“New Developments and Analysis for Fabrication of Functional Nanostructures”
“Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering IV”
“Researches on New Magnetic Properties and Applications to Materials Science in Itinerant-Electron Systems”
“Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys III”
“Present status of the research on ordered alloys and the application to magnetic devices”
“Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses”
“Lead-Free Soldering in Eletronics III”
“Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society II”
“Compound, Narrow-Bandgap, and Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor Materials”
“Medical, Healthcare, Sport and Leisure Materials”
“Computer Modeling of Materials and Processes”
“Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials”
“Fusion Blanket Structural Materials R&D in Japan”
“Superplasticity and its Applications II”
“Grain Boundaries, Interfaces, Defects and Localized Quantum Structures in Ceramics”
“Ultrafine Grained Structures”
“Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering III”
“Recent Research and Developments in Titanium and Its Alloys”
“Special Issue: Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering III;
“Bulk Amorphous, Nano-Crystalline and Nano-Quasicrystalline Alloys - V”
“Frontiers of Smart Biomaterials”
“Application of Nano-Structures Formed under Irradiation of Higher Energy Particles”
“Lead-Free Soldering in Electronics”
“Materials and Devices for Intelligent/Smart Systems”
“Structural and Functional Control of Materials through Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in High Magnetic Field”
“New Systems and Processes in Recycling and High Performance Waste Treatments”
“Fe-Pt based ultra-high density magnetic recording materials”
“Nano-Hetero Structures in Advanced Metallic Materials”
“Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society”
“Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials”
“Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, II”


Special Issue: “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, II”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, II” as April 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Magnesium alloys are expected to be one of the most promising basic materials for sustainable society in the 21st century, because they are consequently attracting great attention as lightweight materials that can be easily recycled. The four years project “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys” started in September 1999 as one of the priority research area (B) supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan. In the project, new platform science and technology has been proposed as a core concept of research and development of advanced magnesium alloys together with recycling technology of magnesium. Owing to this heartfelt financial support, various academic studies on magnesium have become very active in Japan since 1999. There was the first international workshop on “Magnesium platform science and technology 2000 (Magnesium Alloys 2000)”, held in Nagaoka on July 27-29, 2000, was organized by the project members. Also a special volume on “Magnesium platform science and technology for advanced magnesium alloys” was published on July 2001 from the Japan Institute of Metals. Now, a new special volume on “Magnesium platform science and technology for advanced magnesium alloys, II” will be published on April 2003. Papers are solicited on all aspects of magnesium in various topics include but not limited to (1) Structure control (grain refinement, newly developed alloys, non-equilibrium alloys and the related new processes); (2) Surface modification (new environment-friendly surface modification, corrosion resistance, reduction of coefficient of friction, wear resistance, biochemical compatibility and so on); (3) Eco-material (new casting alloys, semi-solid forming, recycling system and so on); (4) New functionality and its application (multi-component alloys, new hydrogen absorbing alloys, extra light and open-cellular, aerospace structural systems and so on).

Topics: Lightweight, High specific strength, New casting, Microstructure control, New alloy design, Coating, Recyclables, Surface modification, Eco-material, Environmental burden, Cell structure, Structural space material, New functionality, Biomaterials, Superplasticity

Manuscripts due: October 21, 2002

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Special Issue: “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials ”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials ” as May 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Solidification science and processing have been extensively studied for various advanced materials in different fields. Creation of new idea and/or deeper understanding will be expected by exchanging recent studies on solidification science and processing for different materials and processes. This special issue takes over the objective from the previous issue vol42. No.2.

Topics: a. Fundamental of solidification phenomena, b. Theory and modeling of solidification phenomena, c. Numerical simulation related to solidification, d. Development of new processing e. Soldering and welding, f. Ceramics including oxides, g. Composite materials including intermetallic compounds, h. Magnetic materials i. Organic systems ( protein etc .. ), j. others

Manuscripts due: November 20, 2002

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Special Issue: “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society ”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials” as July 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
We are facing the changes on system development for environment conscious products such as going into practical stage according to the technology development in the industrial world. Under these circumstances, environment conscious materials, i.e. Ecomaterials, have been developed and a considerable number of results have been reported in many ways like at the Fifth International Conference on ECOMATERIALS, and at the conferences and symposiums in various countries. Companies make their own standard for Ecomaterials and try selecting and using environment conscious materials. Now it's the stage for on the way to permeate to the society after the trial and development of Ecomaterials.

We just started three years national project “Ecomaterials Guideline for International Materials Circulation” which corresponds with the period of international materials circulation. The first workshop was held in this February. About 100 Ecomaterials specialists joined together and discussed about what Ecomaterials is, how we design them, how we produce them, how we select them, how it should be the environmental conscious materials and clarifying the basic strategy of Ecomaterials Study, to be proceeded to prepare the Ecomaterials Handbook with international cooperation and to start to study on standardization for Ecomaterials. Through the discussion of the first workshop, the next phase of ecomaterial was clarified that “ecomaterial is not a piece of jigsaw puzzle of environmental benign systems, but the material which can change the global material flow into the suitable flow for sustainable society”.

In this special volume, invited and contributed papers together with some overviews are compiled to describe the hot discussion on the now and future movements of ecomaterials in the global network.

Topics: Ecomaterials,Reinventory,Material Selection, Eco-compatibility, Life cycle assessment, Material flow analysis, Catalysis, Hydrogen energy, Fuel cell, Environmentally Benign Manufacturing, Barrier-free processing

Manuscripts due: January 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Nano-Hetero Structures in Advanced Metallic Materials ”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Nano-Hetero Structures in Advanced Metallic Materials” as October 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Understanding of nano-scale structures with different component phases are becoming important in developing new functional alloys, especially for magnetic and high-strength alloys. Nanostructural characterization of these “Nano-Hetero” structures using advanced TEM and AP-FIM techniques has been recognized to be important for understanding key mechanisms of these materials.

This special issure collects papers of some important analysis and observation techniques for the Nano-Hetero Structure characterization, together with papers which apply these techniques to the functional alloys with Nano-Hetero Structures.

Topics: Nanostructure analysis, nano-area elemental analysis related to advanced TEM, X-ray and AF-FIM, Metallic nano-granular magnetic films, Ordered-array of nano-magnetic particles, Nanostructured metallic glasses (soft-magnetic), Nanostructured metallic glasses (hard-magnetic), Nanostructured metallic glasses (mechanical strength), Artificial super-lattices, Other functional nano-hetero structures and properties

Manuscripts due: April 21, 2003

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Special Issue: “Fe-Pt based ultra-high density magnetic recording materials ”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Fe-Pt Based Ultra-High Density Magnetic Recording Materials” as August 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Magnetic recording systems are key devices as advanced net work systems. Study on magnetic recording materials is an important part for such advanced magnetic recording technologies. Recently, Fe-Pt based magnetic recording materials have become candidates for an ultra-high density magnetic recording medium. A special issue is proposed for Fe-Pt based magnetic recording materials. This theme is organized for solid state science, fabrication process and application to magnetic recording systems.

Topics:
· Magnetic properties of Fe-Pt magnetic films fabricated at low temperatures.

· Application to magnetic recording media with Fe-Pt magnetic film or particle.

· Mechanism of fabrication process.

Manuscripts due: March 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “New Systems and Processes in Recycling and High Performance Waste Treatments”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “New Systems and Processes in Recycling and High Performance Waste Treatments ”as December 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
A succession of new proposals have been made for systems and technologies in the recycling and waste processing fields to realize a recycling based society. A special issue on “Recycling and high performance waste processing” was published in Mater. Trans. No.12, vol.42 last winter (2001). Even since then, however, many changes have taken place in recycling systems and other new processes have been developed. “Trans.JIM” has now been renamed “Materials Transactions” and is co-edited with another academic society, the Mining and Materials Institute of Japan for example, which has shown strong interest in materials recycling and waste treatment. Another special issue entitled “New Systems and Processes in Recycling and High Performance Waste Treatment” is planned and will be published in 2003 as Vol.44, No.12. It is anticipated that many papers with state-of-the-art ideas and concepts will appear in this issue.

Topics: Recycling system, Materials Recycling, Waste treatment, Soil Remediation, Clean Gas Technology, Aqueous Effluent Treatment, Radioactive Waste

Manuscripts due: June 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Structural and Functional Control of Materials through Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in High Magnetic Field”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Structural and Functional Control of Materials through Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in High Magnetic Field ”as December 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
According to recent progress on the magnet technology such as the development of a cryogen-free superconducting magnet, studies in a new field with high magnetic fields has become active very rapidly exceeding the conventional framework of the study concerning magnetism. Followings are the typical examples; control of morphology of steel, magnetic-field-induced giant striction of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, magnetic-field-induced phase transitions and the giant magneto resistance of manganite, and control of the crystal growth of macromolecules in body such as proteins and metal and alloys. Contributions of a wide area on improvements of material properties through the control of the structure and the morphology and the creation of new functional materials by using magnetic fields are invited in this special issue.

Topics: magnetic field, morphology, ferromagnetic shape memory, crystal growth, field-induced phase transition, giant magneto resistance, structural and functional materials

Manuscripts due: June 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Materials and Devices for Intelligent/Smart Systems”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Materials and Devices for Intelligent/Smart Systems” as December 2003.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Intelligent/smart material systems utilizes active materials as sensors/actuators to sense and respond to their environmental condition changes for more advanced next-generation machines and structures. Therefore, the development of smart material systems and structures needs more high performance, new functional sensors/actuators technology and their a harmonically fully integrated composite system design. This involves the necessity of requires the combination between of active and passive material systems, often including the coupling of relevant mechanical, electrical, magnetic, thermal or other physical/chemical properties. Besides, more smart material system will progress into small packaging devices with integrated sensor/actuator by NANO-MEMS technology.

This SPECIAL EDITION will focuses on topics related to characterization, processing, manufacturing, analysis, design and applications of smart materials, smart composites, smart devices and partly smart structural systems as their applications.
Papers are solicited on the following categories:

(1)Development of active/smart materials
(2)Active and Intelligent/smart composites
(3)New devices and systems utilizing intelligent/smart materials both in engineering and medical fields.
We expect about 30 papers from the researchers of above fields as shown below.

(1)Development of active/smart materials; 15 Papers
(2)Active and Intelligent/smart composites : 10 Papers
(3)New devices and systems utilizing intelligent/smart materials both in engineering and medical fields. : 5 Papers
Manuscripts due: June 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Lead-Free Soldering in Electronics”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Lead-Free Soldering in Electronics” as March 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Environmental concerns and the legislation movement in the E.U. have strongly promoted lead-free soldering as one of the key technologies all over the world. The course had been set for adopting lead-free solder for electronic assembling as well, bringing the possibility of lead-free solder mounting very close to final achievement. There are, however, still several difficult phenomena to be thought about. Scientific knowledge and techniques developed in the field of the recent materials research can provide us the possibilities for understanding these phenomena and overcome them. In fact, there already have been a lot of works carried out through the research either for the basic phenomena occurring in lead-free soldering or on the practical applications of lead-free soldering. This special issue will provide new views of the current status both of scientific and of technological progresses in lead-free soldering, and will provide readers useful discussion and insights on the future prospects for the technology.

Topics:
Improvement and development of lead-free solder alloys
Microstructure and phase stability
Interface reactions and structures
Thermodynamic approach for lead-free soldering
Mechanical properties of solders and joints
Wetting phenomena
Mechanical reliability
Electronic properties
Corrosion, oxidation and migration
Soldering processes and fine pitch assembly
Plating, board finish and components
Environmental effects and recycling technology

Manuscripts due: September 22, 2003

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Special Issue: “Application of Nano-Structures Formed under Irradiation of Higher Energy Particles”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Application of Nano-Structures Formed under Irradiation of Higher Energy Particles” as January 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Energetic particle irradiation can be used for a nano-structural modification in materials due to its peculiarity as a nonequilibrium environment, especially at a far-from-equilibrium condition. The present special issue in Materials transactions is focusing on the state-of-art material research for nano-technology under irradiation of higher energy particles. Research topics of interest and welcome to this special issue are: (1) Nano-effects of lattice defects under irradiation, (2) Radiation-induced nonequilibrium effects include atomic diffusion under irradiation, (3) Electronic excitation by irradiation and induced phenomena related to it, (4) Nano-processing in nuclear reactor materials.

Topics:
Nonequilibrium effects of lattice defects under high-energy particle irradiation
Radiation induced nano-phase fromation
Radiation-induced atom diffusion
Radiation-induced nano-patterning and disordering
Nano-preciptation and its distribution
Cascade defects and adiabatic nano-effects
Nano-particle embedding and its dynamics
Surface and grain boundary nano-modification
Nano-fluctuation effects
Other phenomena related to nano-science under irradaition

Manuscripts due: July 22, 2003

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Special Issue: “Frontiers of Smart Biomaterials”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Frontiers of Smart Biomaterials” as April 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The key to long and fruitful life is to be hale and hearty in the present aging society with a low birth rate. Thus, superior biomaterials which provide innovative medical healing are required and the importance increases day by day. Recent biomaterials require not just functioning as materials for medical equipments but also exhibiting human and social friendliness. Therefore, “smar” biomaterials equipping with superior biocompatibility and several functions have been strongly expected. This special issue aims the rapid development of the smart biomaterials and will provide the wide communication among interacademic frontier researchers related with biomaterials, not only for metals, alloys, ceramics and polymers but also for tissue engineering, tissue-derived materials such as glycoprotein. The novel ideas and studies of the frontiers related with bio- and nano-technology will be also welcome for amazing breakthroughs in human welfare.

Topics:
biomaterials, smart materials and composites, active materials and
composites, nanotechnology, biotechnology, nanomaterials, sensors,
actuators, welfare materials, titanium alloys, stainless steels,
amorphous, shape memory alloys, ceramics, hydroxyapatite, polymers,
biocompatibility, tissue engineering, environmental effect,
corrosion, wear, surface engineering, texture, processing,
artificial organs, biomedical applications, drug delivery system,
micro/nano machines.

Manuscripts due: October 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Bulk Amorphous, Nano-Crystalline and Nano-Quasicrystalline Alloys - V”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Bulk Amorphous, Nano-Crystalline and Nano-Quasicrystalline Alloys - V “ as April 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Bulk glassy, nano-crystalline and nano-quasicrystalline alloys have been much attracted attention due to their interesting properties for structural and functional uses as well as fundamental aspects. Recently, substantial advantages have been achieved in clarifying the mechanism of high glass-forming ability and synthesizing new bulk glassy, nano-crystalline and nano-quasicrystalline alloys with unique properties. These improvements also lead these materials to be more new and exciting class as a research subject. The objectives of this special issue are to report recent achievements in both fundamentals and applications of bulk glassy alloys as well as nano-(quasi)crystalline materials.

Topics:
Synthesis of bulk metallic glass, nano-crystalline and nano-quasicrystalline materials, Structure of bulk metallic glass, nano-crystalline and nano-quasicrystalline materials, Transformation of bulk metallic glass, nano-crystalline and nano-quasicrystalline materials, Magnetic and mechanical properties of bulk metallic glass, nano-crystalline and nano- quasicrystalline materials, Industrial application

Manuscripts due: October 20, 2003


Special Issue: “Recent Research and Developments in Titanium and Its Alloys”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Recent Research and Developments in Titanium and Its Alloys” as May 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
New refining process for cost reduction of titanium, new functional titanium alloys for biomedical applications like low modulus titanium alloys, Ni free shape memory titanium alloys and super elastic titanium alloys, etc. are recently appearing in addition to the traditional mechanical properties, corrosion properties, forming processes, physical properties, etc. in recent research and developments in titanium and its alloys.

Applications of titanium and its alloys are growing in the new fields of medical and health care goods, sports goods, automobiles and motorcycles, ships, marine applications, and architectures in addition to the aerospace field. The 10th World Titanium Conference is coming in July of this year. This is also a good opportunity to publish a special issue on recent research and developments in titanium and its alloys.

Papers on research and developments in titanium and its alloys for biomedical and dental applications, and all other aspects of recent research and developments in titanium and its alloys are invited to the special issue.

Topics:
Biomaterials, Dental materials, Elastic characteristics including super elasticity, shape memory, low modulus, etc., Bioactive surface modification, General surface modification, Mechanical properties, Fatigue, Fretting fatigue, Fracture toughness, Microstructure, Refining, Heat treatment, Forming processes including joining, forging, rolling, laser cutting, etc., Biomedical applications, Health care goods, Aerospace applications, Automobile applications, Consumer goods, Sport goods, Architecture, Marin applications, Chemical plants, etc. Topics are not limited to these ones. Every recent topics on titanium and its alloys is welcome to the special issue.

Manuscripts due: November 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Special Issue: Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering III”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Special Issue: Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering III” as May 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Computational materials science and engineering have emerged important disciplines in the research and development of various materials. By virtue of the advances in high-performance computers and the development of robust theories and computational methods, the understanding of various structures, properties and processes of materials through computations at microscopic scales is greatly enhanced. And now it is becoming possible even to predict or design structures and properties of several systems. Yet, there remain serious unsettled problems in the theories and computational methods in order to attain accurate understanding and reliable predictions of complex phenomena of real materials or novel phenomena of nanostructures, for example. This special issue is the third one following the two special issues of the same series, No.11 of Vol. 40 in 1999 and No. 11 of Vol. 42 in 2001. We would like to invite original contributions dealing with recent progress or frontiers in this research field. Especially, contributions related to new areas in this century such as computations of nano-materials, are very welcome.

Topics:
·Band Calculation, Cluster Calculation, Classical or First-principles Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo Simulation, Finite-Element Method, Phase-Field Method, Cluster Variation Method, etc.
·Density-Functional Theory, Time-Dependent DFT, GW, Quantum Monte Carlo, Many Body Theory, etc.
·Order-N Algorithm, Multiscale Simulation, Hybrid Method, Parallel Computation, GRID Computation, etc.
·Properties (Structural, Electronic, Mechanical, Optical, Chemical, Magnetic, Transport, Thermal, Catalytic, etc.), Structures (Nanostructures, Molecules, Crystals, Amorphous, Liquids, Surfaces, Interfaces, Boundaries, Defects, Composites, etc.), and Processes (Growth, Phase Transition, Self-Organization, Diffusion, Deposition, Fabrication, Fracture, Superplasticity, Chemical Reaction, etc.) of Various Materials
·Novel Phenomena of Nanostructures (Nanotubes, Fullerenes, Nano-Wires, Nano-Crystallines, Nano-Interfaces, Nano-Contact, Nano-Devices, Nano-Machines, etc.)
·Materials Design, Alloy Design, Phase Diagrams, etc.
·Combination with Advanced Experimental Techniques such as Electron Microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy, SR etc.

Manuscripts due: November 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Grain Boundaries, Interfaces, Defects and Localized Quantum Structures in Ceramics ”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Grain Boundaries, Interfaces , Defects and Localized Quantum Structures in Ceramics ” as July 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Properties of ceramic materials are closely related to atomic-scale imperfections such as grain boundaries, interfaces, vacancies, interstitials, dopants, segregation atoms, dislocations, dangling bonds, etc. Recent progress of electron microscopy and spectroscopic technique including nuclear methods have made it possible to study the imperfections quantitatively in an atomic or electronic scale. Theoretical calculations by first principle methods and semi-empirical methods are flourishing as well with the development of high-performance computers. Combining these efforts, we can find ourselves entering the 2nd stage of the study on the atomic-scale imperfections. The purpose of this topical issue is to exchange ideas among researchers of grain boundaries/interface, lattice defects, their related properties, theory, spectroscopy etc. The information should be very useful for further design of high performance materials.

Topics:
point defects, grain boundary, dislocations, surface, interface, dopant, vacancy, cluster, first principles calculations, semi-empirical calculations, molecular orbital methods, engineering ceramics, electronic ceramics, functional ceramics, optical ceramics, hydrogen, electron microscopy, EELS, XANES, nuclear method, positron annihilation, Mossbauer spectroscopy, PAC, diffraction method

Manuscripts due: January 20, 2004

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Special Issue: “Ultrafine Grained Structures”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Ultrafine Grained Structures” as July 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The special issue will deal with the latest developments in the production of ultrafine grained metals through thermomechanical processing. Of particular interest will be work related to the mechanical performance of these structures, the development of multiphase microstructures and characterisation of the evolution of these structures.

Topics:
Review of national programs, Control of the second phase, Properties of fine grainedmaterials, Severe plastic deformation, Phase transformation and recrystallisation, Nano structure control in metals, Novel processes to produce ultrafine grained structures, Alloy and process design

Manuscripts due: January 20, 2004

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Special Issue: “Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering III”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Special Issue: Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering III ” as May 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Computational materials science and engineering have emerged important disciplines in the research and development of various materials. By virtue of the advances in high-performance computers and the development of robust theories and computational methods, the understanding of various structures, properties and processes of materials through computations at microscopic scales is greatly enhanced. And now it is becoming possible even to predict or design structures and properties of several systems. Yet, there remain serious unsettled problems in the theories and computational methods in order to attain accurate understanding and reliable predictions of complex phenomena of real materials or novel phenomena of nanostructures, for example. This special issue is the third one following the two special issues of the same series, No.11 of Vol. 40 in 1999 and No. 11 of Vol. 42 in 2001. We would like to invite original contributions dealing with recent progress or frontiers in this research field. Especially, contributions related to new areas in this century such as computations of nano-materials, are very welcome.

Topics:
· Band Calculation, Cluster Calculation, Classical or First-principles Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo Simulation, Finite-Element Method, Phase-Field Method, Cluster Variation Method, etc.
· Density-Functional Theory, Time-Dependent DFT, GW, Quantum Monte Carlo, Many Body Theory, etc.
· Order-N Algorithm, Multiscale Simulation, Hybrid Method, Parallel Computation, GRID Computation, etc.
· Properties (Structural, Electronic, Mechanical, Optical, Chemical, Magnetic, Transport, Thermal, Catalytic, etc.), Structures (Nanostructures, Molecules, Crystals, Amorphous, Liquids, Surfaces, Interfaces, Boundaries, Defects, Composites, etc.), and Processes (Growth, Phase Transition, Self-Organization, Diffusion, Deposition, Fabrication, Fracture, Superplasticity, Chemical Reaction, etc.) of Various Materials
· Novel Phenomena of Nanostructures (Nanotubes, Fullerenes, Nano-Wires, Nano-Crystallines, Nano-Interfaces, Nano-Contact, Nano-Devices, Nano-Machines, etc.)
· Materials Design, Alloy Design, Phase Diagrams, etc.
· Combination with Advanced Experimental Techniques such as Electron Microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy, SR etc.

Manuscripts due: November 20, 2003

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Special Issue: “Superplasticity and its Applications II”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Superplasticity and its Applications II ” as August 2004.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions, in conjunction with the Editorial Committee of Journal of Japan Institute of Light Metals and the Editorial Committee of Journal of the Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity, is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Superplasticity and its Applications II” in August 2004. The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles (Regular Article and Rapid Publication) from many countries for this special issue.

Application of superplastic forming of metallic alloys has become not restricted to aerospace industry but has extended automobile industry. The main two drawbacks to the commercial application of superplasticity, low strain rate and high temperature, might be overcome by recent development of ultrafine grained materials, so-called nano-materials. The special issue of Materials Transactions published as to superplasticity was published previously on August 2002. After two years development in research, we again invite original papers on the fundamental aspects of superplasticity and the applications and potential for superplastic forming / diffusion bonding in industry. We expect articles thoroughly studied after presentations in 8th International Conference on Superplasticity in July 2003, Oxford (ICSAM2003).

Topics:
include but not limited to: Theories of superplastic deformation, Modeling of materials processing, Industrial applications, Novel materials including ceramics, metallic glass and ultrafine grain material, Fracture and cavitation.

Manuscripts due: February 20, 2004

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Special Issue: “Fusion Blanket Structural Materials R&D in Japan”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Fusion Blanket Structural Materials R&D in Japan” as March 2005.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objectives and topics of coverage are as follows:
Objectives:
Materials development is crucial to realize fusion energy. A major challenge was offered to materials researcher from design of fusion blanket system where the materials were expected to suffer a severe irradiation and/or transmutation-induced degradation. In the next stage of development of fusion reactors, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and particularly in fusion power plants, a great materials performance is required. It is essential that structural material maintains adequate performance, while suffering from high energy neutron irradiation induced damages.

The radioactivity reduction concept limits the alloy elements to low activation elements allowable for fusion structural materials. Consequently, reduced activation ferritic steels, vanadium alloys and SiC/SiC composite were assigned for the candidates of fusion blanket structural material in Japan as well as in the world. Japan has provided international surveillance test materials of these three candidates over the world, and Japanese research projects for the candidate structural materials R&D have been producing a number of important results through domestic and international collaborative researches, such as JUPITER Project. Japan is now a leading country in the field of the fusion materials in the world.

In this special issue, recent progress in Japanese R&D of fusion structural materials will be introduced. Especially, the methodology that has overcome the issues will be shown, and the elemental technologies will be extracted to precede to the next stage of materials development, namely, verification of materials performance under fusion-relevant environment utilizing International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF).

Topics:

1) Reduced activation ferritic steels: facture toughness, helium effects, ODS steels
2) Vanadium alloys: impurity control, coating, precipitates, compatibility, ODS alloys
3) SiC/SiC composite: matrix fabrication, fiber, processing, density, interfaces, fracture
4) Plasma facing materials: carbon, beryllium, refractory metals, helium & hydrogen effects, plasma interaction, tritium
5) Other alloys: austenitic steels, copper, breeding materials,
6) Radiation effects: point defects, extended defects, dimensional change, non-equilibrium phases, radiation-induced precipitations and transformations, localized plastic deformation, locking dislocation sources, transmutation effects, small specimen test techniques, grain boundary segregation
Modeling:ab-initio, interatomic potentials, molecular dynamics, kinetic Monte-Carlo, vacancy clustering, interstitial loop migration, dislocation dynamics, defects-dislocation interactions, hardening mechanisms, ductile to brittle transition, damage rate effects, helium effects
Manuscripts due: September 21, 2004

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Special Issue: “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials” as May 2005.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Science of solidification has contributed to the development of materials processing for various materials. In this issue, we expect to gather recent researches related to solidification in different fields. This special issue takes over the objective from the previous issues. Authors are kindly requested to submit their papers in accordance with the guidelines of Materials Transactions.

Manuscripts due: November 22, 2004

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Special Issue: “Computer Modeling of Materials and Processes”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Computer Modeling of Materials and Processes” as June 2005.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.
Objectives and topics of coverage are as follows:

Objectives:
With the progress of innovative computer resources such as super computers and massive parallel processors, there have been much demand and expectations for the computational methods in materials science such as the first principles calculations of electronic structures and localized quantum structures, molecular dynamics calculations, Monte-Carlo simulations, thermodynamic calculations and phase diagrams calculations etc. In fact, a variety of computer-aided investigations have been conducted for materials design and processes simulation aiming at the fundamental understanding of physical and structural properties and the efficient optimization of materials processing. Such investigations have been further extended into three major regimes. The one is to explore time-dependent phenomena such as microstructural evolution process, for which the Phase Field method has been recognized as a quite versatile technique. The second direction is to go beyond bulk systems, which covers surface, grain boundaries and nano-scaled materials. Finally, noteworthy is the challenge of predicting complex dynamic behavior such as fracture and deformation. These progresses also stimulate the high precision experimental data analysis as is seen in EELS.

A special edition on the computer modeling of materials and processes will be issued to promote further this new trend of computing “materials”. Especially, welcomed are those original papers covering the research topics over the fundamental and practical problems in metallic and ceramic materials. This issue will be published in the Materials Transactions, Vol.46, No.6 (2005).

Topics:
first principles calculations, semi-empirical calculations, molecular orbital methods, phase-field method, cluster variation method, electronic structures, localized quantum structures, crystal structures, molecular dynamics, Monte-Carlo simulation, thermodynamics, phase diagram, phase transformation, materials process simulation, materials design, point defects, dislocations, grain boundary, surface, fracture, amorphous alloys, structural alloys, functional alloys, ceramics, electron microscopy, EELS, XANES, nuclear method, positron annihilation, Mossbauer spectroscopy, PAC, diffraction method.

Manuscripts due: December 20, 2004

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Special Issue: “Medical, Healthcare, Sport and Leisure Materials”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Medical, Healthcare, Sport and Leisure Materials” as July 2005.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.
Objectives and topics of coverage are as follows:

Objectives:
Biomaterials are nowadays highly getting much attention. Simultaneously, dental materials for not only implants but also restorative materials, and medical materials other than biomaterials are also very much interested. Furthermore, healthcare materials themselves for wheel chairs, artificial legs, artificial hands, etc. are very important in the old aged society. Of course, materials for sport and leisure are important from the point of view of healthcare. Research and development of healthcare, sport and leisure materials are expected to be widely used in future as well as medical and dental materials. The papers concerning medical, healthcare, sport and leisure materials are highly invited to this special issue of Materials Transactions. The materials are not restricted to only metals. Ceramics, plastics and integrated materials of metal, ceramics and plastics concerning the fields mentioned above.

Manuscripts due: January 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Compound, Narrow-Bandgap, and Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor Materials”

The Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a Special Issue on “Compound, Narrow-Bandgap, and Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor Materials” as September 2005.

The Committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.
Objectives and topics of coverage are as follows:

Objectives:
High-performance semiconductor devices based on compound semiconductors are provided by further scale-down of functional materials and have already reached from microscale- to nanoscale-length region. Development of such the semiconductor devices is made by innovation of the crystal growth and processing technology, which produces exploitation of excellent heterostructures such as metal, insulator, and semiconductor interfaces. Development of optical and electrical materials with new functionality based on compound semiconductors is considered to be a very important research field.
The papers concerning compound, narrow-bandgap, and wide-bandgap semiconductor materials are highly invited to this special issue of Materials Transactions.

Manuscripts due: March 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society II”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society II” as December 2005. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
We are facing the changes on system development for environment conscious products such as going into practical stage according to the technology development in the industrial world. Under these circumstances, environment conscious materials, i.e. ecomaterials, have been developed and a considerable number of results have been reported in many ways. Companies make their own standard for ecomaterials and try selecting and using environment conscious materials. Now it's the stage for on the way to permeate to the society after the trial and development of ecomaterials. Recently ecomaterials specialists have discussed about the ecomaterials guideline for international materials circulation. Through the discussion, ecomaterial is the material which can change the global material flow into the suitable flow for sustainable society. The next phase of ecomaterials will be clarified by emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches that integrate advanced materials science and engineering methods with environmental awareness to yield energy and materials efficient technologies.
In this special issue as well as the volume on July 2003, invited and contributed papers together with some overviews will be compiled to describe the hot discussion on the now and future movements of Ecomaterials in the global network.

Keywords: Ecomaterials, Reinventory, Life cycle assessment, Material flow analysis, Catalysis, Benign manufacturing, Green environmental profile, Higher resource productivity, Remediation & purification, Hazardous substances, Life-cycle engineering, Recycling, Design for environment

Manuscripts due: June 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Lead-Free Soldering in Eletronics III”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Lead-Free Soldering in Eletronics III” as November 2005. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Many lead-free soldered products have been released on the market since 1998. Along with the industrial rapid progress, lead-free solder materials and various phenomena related with their applications, such as diffusion, interface reaction, phase stability, mechanical properties, and etc. are attracting many researchers. Advanced analytical instruments and simulation techniques enable us to grasp the real nature of soldering phenomena at a nanometer scale and/or under precise simulations. High resolution imaging reveals the interface reaction structures, thermodynamic database predicts new alloys and reaction schemes, and ultra small tensile pieces give the practical mechanical response. These data can be now exchanged at many excellent international meetings around the world.

In the current issue, which becomes the third lead-free soldering issue since 2001, the findings on new materials using advanced experimental techniques will be presented. Even though the history of soldering is quite long, such an intensive research activity involving world wide investigations is still providing us with useful information for the future advances in this field. Not only solders but exciting new materials are expected from such activity. This issue is aimed to focus on the material aspects of the recent lead-free soldering to serve as one of the road blocks towards the future.

Topics: Phase stability and microstructure, Wetting, interface reaction and microstructure, Mechanical properties, Reliability test methods, Whikser, High density and fine pitch interconnection, Soldering processes, Evaluation methods, Low temperature and high temperature solders, Conductive adhesives

Manuscripts due: May 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses” as December 2005. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Recently, metallic glasses with a high stability of supercooled liquid state have been attracted attention in the fundamental aspects as well as their application fields. Since 2003, the research and development of metallic glasses have also been much progressed, especially in the research project of “Materials Science on Bulk Metallic Glasses” as the Priority Area of Grant-in-Aid of Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology, Japan. In the research project, interdisciplinary approaches in metallurgy, physical and chemical properties, multi-scale modeling, mechanics and transformation are applied. The novel approaches are expected in the creation of significant results on the materials science on metallic glasses.

Based on the publication of the previous special issues on bulk amorphous, nanocrystalline and nanoquasicrystalline alloys in Materials Transaction, we aim to focus on the recent progress on metallic glasses in multidisciplinary topics in this special issue.

Topics: metallic glass, supercoold liquid, glass-forming ability, structure, nanostructured materials, transformation , mechanical property, multi-scale modeling, physical and chemical properties, synthesis

Manuscripts due: June 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Present status of the research on ordered alloys and the application to magnetic devices”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “The third special volume on “Present status of the research on ordered alloys and the application to magnetic devices” as January 2006. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The development of new materials is essential to raise the performance and functions of magnetic devices. At present FeCoNi-based alloys are still used mainly; however, they are going to be insufficient for the future progress. Many of ordered alloys are known to show nice properties and high potential as the materials for magnetic devices. Mn-based ordered alloys have already been used for spin-valve heads in hard disk drives. L10 ordered FePt alloys with high magnetic anisotropy have recently attracted much attention for the application to ultra-high density magnetic recording media. Some of Heusler alloys are called half metal with 100 % spin polarization of conduction electrons, and the application to spin electronic devices is anticipated. This special issue includes the papers on (1) fundamental properties, (2) the present status of research and development, and (3) the problems for practical application, of magnetic ordered alloys.

TOPICS

Manuscripts due: July 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys III”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys III” as April 2006. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Magnesium alloys are expected to be one of the most promising basic materials for sustainable society in the 21st century, because they are consequently attracting great attention as lightweight materials that can be easily recycled. Two special issues on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys III” ware published on July 2001 and April 2003 from the Japan Institute of Metals. Then, the desire to further utilize lightweight magnesium alloys in various industrial applications grows, and different aspects of magnesium research have been intensified in order to improve various properties of magnesium alloys and enhance their chances of being selected by the product designers. Also, some projects to complete the industrial applications by using magnesium alloys are now working. Now, the third special volume on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys III” will be published on April 2006 from the Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions, in conjunction with the Editorial Committee of Journal of Japan Institute of Light Metals and the Editorial Committee of Journal of the Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity. In the issue, the current status of various magnesium research fields and the development by the industries in Japan, including recycling will be presented.

Papers are solicited on all aspects of magnesium in various topics include but not limited to (1) Structure control (grain refinement, newly developed alloys, non-equilibrium alloys and the related new processes); (2) Surface modification (new environment-friendly surface modification, corrosion resistance, reduction of coefficient of friction, wear resistance, biochemical compatibility and so on); (3) Eco-material (new casting alloys, semi-solid forming, recycling system and so on); (4) New functionality and its application (multi-component alloys, new hydrogen absorbing alloys, extra light and open-cellular, aerospace structural systems and so on). Especially the topics on industrial applications of the various magnesium alloys including the current frontiers of these properties and the challenges ahead are much welcome.

Topics: Industrial applications, Lightweight, High specific strength, New casting, Microstructure control, New alloy design, Coating, Recyclables, Surface modification, Eco-material, Environmental burden, Structural space material, New functionality, Biomaterials, Superplasticity.

Manuscripts due: October 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Researches on New Magnetic Properties and Applications to Materials Science in Itinerant-Electron Systems”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Researches on New Magnetic Properties and Applications to Materials Science in Itinerant-Electron Systems” as March 2006. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Recently, unique phenomena related to phase transitions, magnetovolume effects and noble electronic states have been found in fundamental researches in itinerant electron magnets with a focus mainly on 3d transition-metal based alloys and compounds. In association with these phenomenon, development researches have been actively carried out in such as magnetic refrigerants, magnetostrictive materials, half-metalic materials and high-Neel temperature antiferromagnets for the spin-valve devices. The present special issue is devoted to construct a perspective of cooperative growth in these fields, by collecting papers relevant to topics at the leading edge of both the fundamental and the applied researches of the itinerant electron magnetism.

Manuscripts due: September 20, 2005

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Special Issue: “Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering IV”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering IV” as November 2006. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
By virtue of the development of basic theories, computational schemes and efficient algorithms coupled with the advances in high-performance computers, the computational materials science and engineering has become a new discipline, where we aim to understand, predict and design various structures, properties and processes of materials through computations at microscopic, mesoscopic or macroscopic scales. Nowadays, this is already a powerful tool to understand the essence and mechanism of various phenomena in materials in cooperation with experimental researches. However, there remain a lot of problems to be settled in order to promote the computational materials science and engineering as a robust scheme to design and develop real novel materials in this new century. In this special issue following previous three issues, No.11 of Vol. 40 (1999), No. 11 of Vol. 42 (2001) and No. 5 of Vol. 45 (2004), we would like to invite original contributions dealing with recent progress or frontiers in this research field. Especially, following topics are welcome: novel phenomena at nano scales, schemes overcoming conventional approximations, large complex systems or mesoscopic structures, properties at high temperatures, reactions or dynamics, and coupling with advanced experimental techniques.

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Manuscripts due: May 22, 2006

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Special Issue: “New Developments and Analysis for Fabrication of Functional Nanostructures”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Developments and Analysis for Fabrication of Functional Nanostructures” as May 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Advanced new materials such as functional semiconductors, ceramics, metals and alloys, and photosensitive materials have characteristic nano-structures so that they have been developed and produced under atomic-scale controlling. The aim of this issue is to discuss the NANO-TECHNOLOGY for fabrication of these materials and the recent development of nano-structural analysis techniques and methods to characterize or assess their properties.

Topics:
functional semiconductors, ceramics, metals and alloys, photosensitive materials, nanostructures, nanotechnology, nano-structural analysis, characterization, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, microscopy

Manuscripts due: November 1, 2006

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Special Issue: “Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses-VII”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses-VII” as June 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Recently, metallic glasses with a high stability of supercooled liquid state have attracted increasing attention in the aspects of fundamental characteristics and application fields. Since 2003, basic researches and applications of metallic glasses have also been significantly progressed, especially in the research project of “Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses” as the Priority Area of Grant-in-Aid of Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology, Japan. In the research project, interdisciplinary approaches among metallurgy, physical and chemical properties, multi-scale modeling, mechanics and transformation have strongly been desired. The novel approaches are expected to cause the creation of significant results on the materials science of various bulk metallic glasses.
Following the series of previous publication of the special issues of “Bulk Amorphous, Nano-crystalline and Nano-quasicrystalline Alloys (I-V)” and “Materials Science of Bulk Metallic Glasses (VI)” in Materials Transaction, we aim to focus on the further progress in the corresponding research field from the multidisciplinary viewpoints in this special issue.

Topics:
metallic glass, supercooled liquid, glass-forming ability, structure, nanostructured materials, transformation, mechanical property, multi-scale modeling, physical and chemical properties, synthesis

Manuscripts due: December 1, 2006

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Special Issue: “Smart and Harmonic Biomaterials”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Smart and Harmonic Biomaterials” as March 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
This special issue on smart and harmonic biomaterials covers the innovation and rapid development of high-performance, multifunctional and next-generation biomaterials and related medical and welfare technology. Latest offerings are consolidated here from research into smart materials and biomaterials based on metals, alloys, metallic glass, ceramics, polymers and their composites. This issue also provides wide communication amongst interacademic researchers related through not only smart-, bio- and welfare-related materials but also through the subjects of biosynthesis, biomechanics, bioMEMS/NEMS, tissue engineering, tissue-derived materials, bio- and nano-technology, medication and healthcare. Other research will be also welcome for amazing breakthroughs in human welfare by utilizing advanced materials science and engineering.

Topics:
smart and hamonic biomaterials (metals, alloys, metallic glass, ceramics, polyer and thier composites), medical and welfare materials, functional materials, biosynthesis, biomechanics, bioMEMS, tissue engineering, tissue-derived materials, biotechnology, nanotechnology, medication, healthcare

Manuscripts due: September 1, 2006

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Special Issue: “Structural and Functional Control of Materials through Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in a High Magnetic Field”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Structural and Functional Control of Materials through Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in a High Magnetic Field” as November 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Effects of a magnetic field on structures and function of materials in phase transformations and materials processings have been investigated in recent years. It has been clearly shown that the origin of phase transformation can be studied, materials characteristics are improved and new functional materials can be developed by applying a magnetic field during phase transformations and prosessings. For example, a monovariant structure or aligned structures are produced in Fe or Co-based alloys in a magnetic field, and the mechanism of such formation has been investigated.
Furthermore, new type of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys and giant magnetostriction materials have been produced. However, the fundamental origin of some phenonema is not clear yet, and the effects of a magnetic field on diffusion, magnetic moment and susceptibility at high temperature are not know in detail. In this special issue, the newest information about structural and functional control of materials through solid-solid phase transformation and processing in a High Magnetic Field is provided.

This special issue covers wide area of topics as follows;

solid/solid phase transformations in magnetic fields
solidification and processing in magnetic fields
physical, magnetic and mechanical properties in magnetic fields
giant magnetostriction
ferromagnetic shape memory alloy

Manuscripts due: May 1, 2007

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Special Issue: “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials” as August 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Crystallographic Orientation Distribution is often turned attention to improve properties of crystalline materials, such as metal, ceramics and polymers. Recently, the crystallographic orientation has been studied in light metals to improve formability for application to automobile industry. The aim of this issue is to discuss the Crystallographic Orientation Distribution not only for academic interest on its formation mechanism but also industrial requirement about relation to properties in several fields.

Topics:
metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, X-ray diffraction, electron back scatter diffraction pattern (EBSP or EBSD) analysis, texture, preferred orientation, recrystallization

Manuscripts due: February 1, 2007

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Special Issue: “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials” as September 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Science of solidification and crystal growth has contributed to the advance in materials processing for various materials. In this issue, the recent advances in solidification and crystal growth in different fields such as melt growth, solution growth, casting, and joining are expected to be demonstrated. This special issue takes over the objective from the previous issues for the further development of this field. Authors are kindly requested to submit their papers in accordance with the guidelines of Materials Transactions.

Topics:
melt growth, solution growth, casting, joining, crystal growth, interface, microstructure evolution, grain growth, solidification defect, numerical simulation

Manuscripts due: March 1, 2007

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Special Issue: “Advances in Electron Microscopy for Materials Characterization”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advances in Electron Microscopy for Materials Characterization” as October 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
In order to develop various advanced materials, it is necessary to characterize their structures at nanometer scale. Now transmission electron microscopy attracts much attention as a characterization tool of the atomic arrangement, composition and electronic structure in nano-area. In addition to direct observation of atomic arrangement by high-resolution electron microscopy, elemental mapping methods with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy have been extensively utilized and a lot of interesting results have been obtained. Currently, by utilizing precise specimen preparation techniques by a focused ion beam method, three-dimensional structure analysis by tomography and electric/magnetic field analysis by electron holography are also carried out. In this special issue, these recent developments in transmission electron microscopy will be discussed, and eventually the discussion will be aimed at developing advanced materials further.

Topics:
high-resolution electron microscopy, analytical electron microscopy, tomography, Lorentz microscopy, electron holography, elemental mapping, convergent electron diffraction, irradiation effect, high-voltage electron microscopy

Manuscripts due: April 2, 2007

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Special Issue: “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society III”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society III” as December 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society III” as December 2007. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue. Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Now ecomaterials are clarified by emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches that integrate advanced materials science and engineering methods with environmental awareness to yield energy and materials efficient technologies. Particular we are facing the changes on social system to secure energy and resources in the industrial world. Ecomaterials specialists have also discussed about the ecomaterials guideline for international materials circulation.
In this special issue as well as the volumes on July 2003 and December 2005, invited and contributed papers together with some overviews will be compiled to describe the hot discussion on the now and future movements of Ecomaterials for sustainable society. Topics: Ecomaterials, Reinventory, Life cycle assessment, Material flow analysis, Catalysis, Benign manufacturing, Green environmental profile, Higher resource productivity, Remediation & purification, Hazardous substances, Life-cycle engineering, Recycling, Design for environment

Manuscripts due: June 1, 2007

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Special Issue: “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties : Investigating Role of High-Density Lattice Defects”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties : Investigating Role of High-Density Lattice Defects” as January 2008. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
This special issue is edited to summarize recent research activity associated with severe plastic deformation (SPD). It is well known that significant refinement of microstructure is achieved in metallic materials using the SPD processes such as equal-channel angular pressing, accumulative roll bonding and high-pressure torsion. High-strength and high ductility are also achieved simultaneously through SPD. This issue focuses specially on the role of high-density lattice defects (vacancy, dislocation, grain boundary, twin) introduced by the SPD processes for the microstructure refinement and simultaneous achievement of high strength and high ductility. Articles are welcome not only from experimental studies but also simulation and modeling.

Topics: equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), accumulative roll bonding (ARB), high-pressure torsion (HPT), severe plastic deformation (SPD), lattice defect, vacancy, dislocation grain boundary, twin, ultrafine grained structure, high strength, high ductility

Manuscripts due: July 2, 2007

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Special Issue: “Emergent Researches for Substitution to and Effective Usage of Rare and Scarce Metals (1)”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Emergent Researches for Substitution to and Effective Usage of Rare and Scarce Metals (1)” as February 2008. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
In order to establish sustainable and prosperous society under the limited resources in the world, R & D activities for substitutions and effective usage of rare and scarce metals are of prime importance. In this regard, emergent researches are being performed all over the world to improve or originate processes and products with use of established and innovative knowledge on materials science and engineering. For example, researches on 1) emergence of materials function by abundant elements substituting for rare and scarce metals, 2) accomplishment of various functions by other processes including modification and control of structure, morphology and etc. without aid of rare and scarce metals, 3) saving rare and scarce metals. In this issue, not only fully established papers in the field but also rapid letter like papers on emergent researches are welcome.

Topics: Substitutive elements for exhausted resources, Functions fulfilled without rare element; structural control, purification, defects control and etc., Save scarce resource, Recycling.

Manuscripts due: August 1, 2007

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Special Issue: “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, IV”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, IV” as April 2008. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Recently, the production and consumption of magnesium alloys in the northeastern Asia has increased significantly due to a strong demand from industries where requires weight reduction of materials. The aim of this special issue is to provide researchers information on the most current adbances in fundamental aspects and applications of magnesium alloys. Following the series of previous publication of the special issues of “ Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, I, II and III)” in Materials Transactions, we aim to focus on the further progress in the corresponding research field from the multidisciplinary viewpoints in this special issue.

Topics:
Primary production, Refining and recycling, Alloy developments, Microstructure evolution, Mechanical behavior (strength, fatigue, etc.), Solidification, Forming, Welding and joining, Corrosion and surface treatments, Modeling and simulation, Composites, Non-equilibrium processing, New functionality and advanced processes.

Manuscripts due: October 20, 2007

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Special Issue: “Lead-Free Soldering in Electronics IV”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Lead-Free Soldering in Electronics IV” as July 2008. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Even after the release of RoHS in the E.U., which have strongly promoted lead-free soldering technologies as one of the key technologies all over the world, there are a lot of demand for the research of lead-free soldering technology and its related materials developments. The course had been set for adopting value-added lead-free solder for electronic assembling as well, bringing the possibility of lead-free solder mounting to the next stage achievement. Reliability is one of the greatest concern as well as cost.
There are, however, still several difficult phenomena to be thought about.
Scientific knowledge and techniques developed in the field of the recent materials research can provide us the possibilities for understanding these phenomena and overcome them. In fact, there already have been a lot of works carried out through the research either for the basic phenomena occurring in lead-free soldering or on the practical applications of lead-free-soldering.
This special issue will provide new views of the current status both of scientific and of technological progresses in lead-free soldering, and will provide the readers useful discussion and insights on the future prospects for the technology.

Topics:
Tin whisker, Electromigration, High temperature and low temperature solders, Microstructure and phase stability, Interface reactions and structures, Thermodynamic approach for lead-free soldering, Mechanical properties of solders and joints, Wetting phenomena, Mechanical reliability, Electronic properties, Corrosion, oxidation and migration, Soldering processes and fine pitch assembly, Materials in soldering process, Plating, board finish and components, Environmental effects and recycling technology.

Manuscripts due: January 7, 2008

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Special Issue: “Effectual Utilization of Hydrogen in Materials”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Solidification Science and Processing for Advanced Materials” as October 2008. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Hydrogen is a unique element which can easily and interstitially dissolved in materials and gives rise to changes in their microstructures, crystal structures and so on. The advanced researches utilizing such ability of hydrogen are steadily progressing in order to generate new functions/properties in materials or to make significant improvements of their properties. On the other hand, hydrogen is anticipated to be clean, secondary energy which effectively suppresses the global warming due to CO2 gas. The developments of new high performance materials which are closely related to separation, purification, storage, transportation and utilization of hydrogen are essential for the realization and the spread of fuel cells. Thus, the effectual utilization of hydrogen in materials has become one of the most active and important subjects in materials science and engineering. In this special issue, the newest information on scientific and technological progresses in the effectual utilization of hydrogen in materials is provided.

Topics:
hydrogen, metal hydride, alanate, amide, borohydride, complex hydride, amorphous materials, amorphization, electrode material, high pressure, hydrogen absorption and desorption, hydrogen diffusion, hydrogen storage materials, hydrogen permeation, HDDR-process, Ni-MH battery, lattice defect, PCT diagram, switchable mirror, superabundant vacancy, crystal structure and symmetry, thermodynamics, phase transformation, magnetic property, mechanical property, microstructure, thermal hydrogen desorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction.

Manuscripts due: April 1, 2008

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Special Issue: “Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering V”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering V” as November 2008. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
This special issue aims to clarify the frontiers of computational materials science and engineering. Papers concerning the development of theories, schemes or codes, the application to various materials or phenomena, and the effective collaborations with experiments or materials developments are welcome. Nowadays first-principles schemes based on the density-functional theory are widely used. Especially, there are increasing applications to nano-structures, clusters, surfaces and interfaces, phase stability and phase diagrams, chemical reactions and catalysts, mechanical properties, spintronics, organic or bio-molecules and materials, and so on. New theoretical schemes have been developed in order to deal with various phenomena, to obtain highly accurate results, and to deal with huge numbers of atoms from the first principle. Of course, other schemes such as classical molecular dynamics, phase-field model, multi-scale or hybrid schemes are successfully used in wide range of materials or phenomena. This issue will throw light on the above activities, following the previous four issues; No.11 of Vol. 40 (1999), No. 11 of Vol. 42 (2001), No. 5 of Vol. 45 (2004) and No. 11 of Vol. 47 (2006).

Topics:
Ab Initio Calculation, Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo Simulations, Phase-Field Model, Cluster Variation Method, Order-N Algorithm, Multi-scale Simulation, Hybrid Method, Computational Materials Design, Hydrodynamics, Next Generation Supercomputer.

Manuscripts due: May 1, 2008

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Special Issue: “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties: Understanding Mechanisms”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties: Understanding Mechanisms” as January 2009. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
This is an extended edition of the earlier special issue “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties: Investigating Role of High-Density Lattice Defects” which appeared in Vol.49, 2008. It is well known that significant refinement of the microstructure is achieved in metallic materials using the processes of severe plastic deformation (SPD) such as equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), accumulative roll bonding (ARB) and high-pressure torsion (HPT). High strength and high ductility are also achieved simultaneously through SPD. While the earlier edition was concerned with the role of high density lattice defects (vacancy, dislocation, grain boundary, twin) introduced by SPD, this edition focuses on understanding the mechanisms for the microstructural refinement and the simultaneous achievement of high strength and high ductility. The present issue includes studies correlating high-density lattice defects with the refinement of microstructure and with the unique mechanical properties associated with the fine structures. Articles are welcome not only from experimental studies but also simulation and modeling.

Topics:
equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), accumulative roll bonding (ARB), high-pressure torsion (HPT), severe plastic deformation (SPD), lattice defect, vacancy, dislocation grain boundary, twin, ultrafine grained structure, high strength, high ductility

Manuscripts due: July 1, 2008

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Special Issue: “Nano-Materials Science for Atomic Scale Modification”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advances in Computational Materials Science and Engineering V” as May 2009. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
       Properties of materials are strongly dependent on their nano and microstructures. Multi-dimensional lattice imperfections such as interfaces, surfaces, dislocations, point defects and dopants/impurities interacting with the imperfections play key roles in determining materials properties. We aim at manipulating the dopants/impurities at the imperfections in the atomic and electronic scale, which we call atomic scale modification. With state-of-the-art advanced microscopy and computational techniques, we explore the structure-property relationships quantitatively. The information can be fully utilized for rational design and processing of new materials with excellent performance. The project provides a new breakthrough in materials science, and open up the new field of “Nano-Materials Science for Atomic Scale Modification”.
This special issue is focused on the topics of a Grant-in-Aid for Science Research in a Priority Area “Nano-Materials Science for Atomic Scale Modification”

Topics:
HRTEM, STEM, AFM, DOPANT, MODIFICATION, CHEMICAL BONDING STATE, GRAIN BOUNDARY, INTERFACE, EELS, EDS

Manuscripts due: November 4, 2008

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Special Issue: “Joining Technology for New Metallic Glasses and Inorganic Materials”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Joining Technology for New Metallic Glasses and Inorganic Materials” as June 2009. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
       In new project which has been organized in cooperation among the research groups at three institutes; Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University; Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University; and Materials and Structure Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, our aims is to create new functional materials such as metallic glasses and ceramics, as well as to develop a welding technology to produce hybrid materials. The new field consist of (1) Development of Materials for Environment and Energy System Fields, (2) Development of Electronic Materials, (3) Creation of Advanced Bionics Materials, (4) Development of Joining Process Controlling Interface of Nano-scale Structure and (5) High Functional Nano-scale Interface of Dissimilar Materials. We aim at creating for actual design and processing of new materials with excellent performance in the atomic and electronic scale. The project provides a new breakthrough in materials science, and open up the new field of “Nano-Materials Science for Metallic, Inorganic and Organic Glasses”.
This special issue is focused on the topics of a Grant-in-Aid for Science Research in a Project “Joining Technology for New Metallic Glasses and Inorganic Materials”

Topics:
METALLIC GLASSES, CERAMICS, JOINING, WELDING, AMORPHOUS, TRANSITION, PERMEABILITY OF HYDROGEN, QUANTUM DOT, BIOMATEIALS, HRTEM, AFM, SHEAR BAND, GRAIN BOUNDARY, INTERFACE

Manuscripts due: December 12, 2008

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Special Issue: “New Functions and Properties of Engineering Materials Created by Designing and Processing”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Functions and Properties of Engineering Materials Created by Designing and Processing” as July 2009. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
       Materials processing technology has significantly contributed to the success of the manufacturing industry, and the advanced researches for creating novel functions and properties by materials designing and processing are steadily progressing. This special issue covers novel functions and properties of metallic, ceramic, polymer and composite materials produced by microstructural control and alignment. It also presents the current status of various techniques such as 3-D imaging, sensing, and multi-scale simulation used for materials designing and processing. We expect to receive original papers related to the presentations that will be made at ISAEM2008 (4th International Symposium on Designing, Processing and Properties of Advanced Engineering Materials), which will be held in November, but not restricted to the presented papers at ISAEM2008.

Topics:
materials processing, 3-D imaging, materials simulation, microstructural control, multi-scale modeling, severe plastic deformation, composite materials, biomedical materials, ceramics, polymer materials

Manuscripts due: January 6, 2009

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Special Issue: “Low Cost Reduction Processes, Roles of Low Cost Elements and Interstitial Elements, and Microstructural Control for Ubiquitous Titanium Alloys”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Low Cost Reduction Processes, Roles of Low Cost Elements and Interstitial Elements, and Microstructural Control for Ubiquitous Titanium Alloys” as December 2009. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      Demand and interest in titanium (Ti) and its alloys are increasing more and more over the world. However, the cost of Ti and its alloys is still much higher than those of steels and aluminum alloys. The wide spread usage of Ti and its alloys is inhibited by their high cost. It is necessary to make Ti and its alloys to be common metallic materials for their wide spread usage by reducing their cost. The resources for Ti, that is, Ti ores are sufficient on earth because the Clark number of Ti is 10th. The Clark number of Ti is 4th next to magnesium among practical base metals. The reason for the high cost of titanium and its alloys are attributed to the high cost of reduction process and containing a large amount of high cost rare metals such as V, Mo and Zr, of which continuous supply is worried. Therefore, research and development of reduction processes of Ti, and Ti alloys development utilizing low cost common metal elements such as Si, Al, Fe and Mn and interstitial elements such as O, N, H and C are strongly desired. The papers on the research and development of new low cost reduction processes of Ti, the detail understanding of the roles of the low cost common metal elements, and in particular interstitial elements in Ti alloys, the further development of performance of Ti alloys via low cost microstructural control, wrought and machining process technologies and alloy designing are welcome to this special issue.

Manuscripts due: June 1, 2009

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Special Issue: “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties: Aiming Breakthrough in Materials Development”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties: Aiming Breakthrough in Materials Development” as January 2010. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      This is the third edition of the special issue “Severe Plastic Deformation for Production of Ultrafine Structures and Unusual Mechanical Properties”. The first edition was published in the January issue of Vol.49, 2008 under the subtitle “Investigating Role of High-Density Lattice Defects” and the second edition in the January issue of Vol.50, 2009 under the subtitle “Understanding Mechanism”. The third edition is then planned with “Aiming Breakthrough in Materials Development”. The strength and the ductility are generally in a tradeoff relation in metallic materials and simultaneous achievement of both properties is very difficult. Breakthrough for this problem is an important issue to be investigated. As has been suggested in the earlier editions, microstrctural refinement by severe plastic deformation (SPD) is a good approach for this solution. This issue is edited with any papers related to microstructural refinement and mechanical property enhancement using SPD processes. Authors are encouraged to submit papers leading to breakthrough for materials development. As in the earlier editions, papers are welcome not only from experimental studies but also simulation and modeling.

Topics:
equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), accumulative roll bonding (ARB), high-pressure torsion (HPT), severe plastic deformation (SPD), lattice defect, vacancy, dislocation grain boundary, twin, ultrafine grained structure, high strength, high ductility

Manuscripts due: July 1, 2009

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Special Issue: “Development and Fabrication of Advanced Materials assisted by Nanotechnology and Microanalysis”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Development and Fabrication of Advanced Materials assisted by Nanotechnology and Microanalysis” as February 2010. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      Advanced new materials such as functional semiconductors, ceramics, metals and alloys, catalysts, magnetic and photosensitive materials, and materials for information technology have characteristic nano-structures so that they have been developed and produced under atomic-scale controlling. The aim of this issue is to discuss the nanotechnology for fabrication of these materials and the recent development of nano-structural analysis techniques and methods to characterize or assess their properties.

Topics:
advanced materials, functional semiconductors, ceramics, metals and alloys, photosensitive materials, catalysts, nanostructures, nanotechnology, nano-structural analysis, characterization, electron microscopy

Manuscripts due: August 3, 2009

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Special Issue: “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials II”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials II” as April 2010. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      Crystallographic orientation is an important factor affecting properties for crystalline materials such as metals and ceramics. Therefore, considerable attention is directed to texture control as a means to improve the properties in a wide range of materials including composites and thin films. Like the previous issue (Vol. 48, No. 8), this special issue collects recent research reports on crystallographic orientation distribution in different scales analyzed by X-ray diffraction, electron back scatter diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, etc., not only with academic interest in the mechanism of texture formation but also for technical applications of texture-related properties to several industrial fields. Texture research papers on computing as well as on experiment are suitable for the aim of this issue.

Topics:
metals, ceramics, composites, thin films, X-ray diffraction, electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD), preferred orientation, texture formation, deformation, recrystallization, transformation

Manuscripts due: October 1, 2009

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Special Issue: “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society IV”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society IV” as May 2010. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society IV” as February 2010. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue. Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Now ecomaterials are clarified by emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches that integrate advanced materials science and engineering methods with environmental awareness to yield energy and materials efficient technologies. Particular we are facing the changes on social system to secure energy and resources in the industrial world as well as climate change issues.
In this special issue as well as the volumes on July 2003, December 2005 and December 2007, invited and contributed papers together with some overviews will be compiled to describe the hot discussion on the now and future movements of Ecomaterials for sustainable society.

Keywords: Ecomaterials, Reinventory, Life cycle assessment, Material flow analysis, Catalysis, Benign manufacturing, Green environmental profile, Higher resource productivity, Remediation & purification, Hazardous substances, Life-cycle engineering, Recycling, Design for environment

Manuscripts due: November 2, 2009

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Special Issue: “Lead-free and Advanced Interconnection Materials for Electronics”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Lead-free and Advanced Interconnection Materials for Electronics” as October 2010. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      In a decade after the launch of lead-free assembly, soldering technologies has been recognized as one of the key technologies on electronics industries. There have been a lot of demands for the extensive research on lead-free soldering technology as well as its related materials developments. The course had been set for adopting value-added lead-free solder for electronic assembling as well, bringing the possibility of lead-free solder mounting to the next stage achievement. Reliability is one of the greatest concern as well as cost and new materials such as conductive adhesives and metallic nanoparticle solders have attract many researchers.
      This special issue will provide new views of the current status both of scientific and of technological progresses in lead-free soldering/advanced interconnection materials, and will provide the readers useful discussion and insights on the future prospects for the technologies.

Topics:
Tin whisker, Electromigration, High temperature solder alternatives, Conductive adhesives, Plating technology, Microstructure and phase stability, Interface reactions and structures, Reliability, Mechanical properties of solders and joints, Wetting phenomena, Corrosion, oxidation and ion-migration, Soldering processes and fine pitch assembly, Materials in soldering process, Environmental impacts and recycling technology

Manuscripts due: April 1, 2010.

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Special Issue: “New Trends for Micro- and Nano Analyses by Transmission Electron Microscopy”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Trends for Micro- and Nano Analyses by Transmission Electron Microscopy” as March 2011. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Evaluation and analysis of nano-structure and characterization have become really important for development for new materials such as metals, ceramics, functional semiconductors, and organic materials, and it has been also required to establish the techniques to detect chemical composition, electric states and characterization for materials in atomic scale region. Electron microscopy is one of powerful tools to solve this situation. The aim of this issue is to discuss micro- and nano-structural analysis techniques and methods by microscopy.

Topics:
Micro- and Nano-Analysis, TEM, EELS, HAADF-STEM, HRTEM, Cathode luminescence

Manuscripts due: September 1, 2010.

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Special Issue: “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications” as April 2011. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      Societal demands for materials related to hydrogen energy are expected to become increasingly heavy from the viewpoint of high-level energy security as well as because we need to address the urgent issue for realizing Low-Carbon-Emission Society. It is, therefore, important and indispensable to systematically study and promote the information exchange about the advanced materials for hydrogen production, hydrogen separation/purification, and hydrogen storage/transportation. This special issue is to summarize the recent studies on “ Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications” .

Topics:
Hydrogen Production, Hydrogen Separation/Purification, Hydrogen Storage/Transportation, Hydrides

Manuscripts due: October 1, 2010.

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Special Issue: “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, V”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, V” as June 2011. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
  Magnesium alloys are expected to be one of the most promising basic materials for a sustainable society in the 21st century, because they are consequently attracting great attention as lightweight materials that can be easily recycled. Four previous special issues on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys” were published on July 2001, April 2003, April 2006 and May 2008 by the Japan Institute of Metals. Then, the desire to further utilize lightweight magnesium alloys in many industrial applications grows, and different aspects of magnesium research have been intensified in order to improve different properties of magnesium alloys and enhance their chances of being selected by the product designers. In addition, some national projects in Japan are now working for facilitating the industrial applications by using magnesium alloys.
  Now, the fifth special issue on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys” will be published on June 2011 from the Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions. Papers are solicited for all aspects of magnesium in various topics, include but not be limited to (1) Structure controlling and mechanical properties (alloying elements effects, grain refinement, newly developed alloys, non-equilibrium alloys, formability, joining and welding and the related new processes); (2) Surface modification and corrosion (new environment-friendly surface modification, corrosion resistance, reduction of coefficient of friction, wear resistance, biochemical compatibility and so on); (3) Eco-material (eco-materials processing, new casting alloys, semi-solid forming, electrochemical behavior and recycling system and so on); (4) New functionality and its application (multi-component alloys, new hydrogen absorbing alloys, extra light and open-cellular, aerospace structural systems and so on). Especially the topics on the current frontiers and the challenges ahead of magnesium alloys for industrial applications are much welcome.

Topics:
Industrial applications, High specific strength, Microstructure control, New alloy design, Recyclables, Surface modification, New functionality, Biomaterials, Formability, Creep resistance

Manuscripts due: December 1, 2010.

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Special Issue: “Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals” January 2012. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
  Structural metallic materials used in our society are generally polycrystals composed of crystallites or grains with different crystallographic orientations. It is well known that decreasing the grain size of polycrystals leads to an improvement in mechanical properties of metals such as strength and toughness. Grain refinement is therefore one of the most important strategies to control the mechanical properties of metals and alloys. Severe plastic deformation and other new processes have been recently invented and well established to dramatically improve the properties of metals, enabling to produce bulk-scale metallic metals having the average grain size smaller than 1 μm, that is so-called “bulk nanostructured metals”. Bulk nanostructured metals are characterized by a high density of grain boundaries. Since the grain boundaries interact with crystal defects such as dislocations, bulk nanostructured metals have potential to show properties significantly different from those in conventionally grained metals. In fact, it has been found in many studies within the last decade that bulk nanostructured metals exhibit various kinds of unexpected and surprising properties, beyond the traditional metallurgical knowledge.
  This special issue aims to collect recent studies on bulk nanostructured metals all over the world, including experimental, theoretical and computational simulation studies. The following topics will be focused in particular:
  (1) Materials Design in Bulk Nanostructured Metals
  (2) Fabrication of Bulk Nanostructured Metals
  (3) Structures in Bulk Nanostructured Metals
  (4) Mechanical and Functional Properties in Bulk Nanostructured Metals
The editors hope that this special issue plays a significant role to establish an advanced materials science in bulk nanostructured metals.

Topics:
Nanostructured metals; Nanocrystalline metals; Ultrafine grained metals; Severe plastic deformation; Electrodeposition; Mechanical properties; Functional properties; Dislocation theory; Grain boundary engineering; Computational mechanics

Manuscripts due: July 31, 2011

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Special Issue: “Advanced Tube Hydroforming Technology for Lightweight Components”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Tube Hydroforming Technology for Lightweight Components” as March 2012. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Toward a low-carbon society with the global CO2-reduction, a weight reduction of the vehicles is one of the most indispensable technological strategies. Tube hydroforming is a key technology for producing lightweight components to realize it.
This special issue focuses not only on the recent experimental, computational and theoretical research achievements on tube hydroforming technology, but also on the industrial application development, solutions for mass production and topics concerning quality control, etc. It also includes research achievements on all aspects of related tube/sheet hydroforming technologies.

Manuscripts due: September 1, 2011

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Special Issue: “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society V”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society V” as April 2012. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Now ecomaterials are clarified by emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches that integrate advanced materials science and engineering methods with environmental awareness to yield energy and materials efficient technologies. Particularly we are facing the changes on social system to secure energy and resources in the industrial world as well as climate change issues.
In this special issue as well as the volumes on July 2003, December 2005, December 2007 and May 2010, invited and contributed papers together with some overviews will be compiled to describe the hot discussion on the now and future movements of Ecomaterials for sustainable society in global.

Topics:
Ecomaterials, Reinventory, Life cycle assessment, Material flow analysis, Catalysis, Benign manufacturing, Green environmental profile, Higher resource productivity, Remediation & purification, Hazardous substances, Life-cycle engineering, Recycling, Design for environment

October 3, 2011

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Special Issue: “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials III”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials III” as November 2012. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Crystallographic orientation is an important factor affecting properties for crystalline materials such as metals and ceramics. Therefore, considerable attention is directed to texture control as a means to improve the properties in a wide range of materials including composites and thin films. Like the previous issues (Vol. 48 No. 8 and Vol. 51 No. 4), this special issue collects recent research reports on crystallographic orientation distribution in different scales analyzed by X-ray diffraction, electron back scatter diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, etc., not only with academic interest in the mechanism of texture formation but also for technical applications of texture-related properties to several industrial fields. Texture research papers based on computing as well as on experiments are suitable for the aim of this issue.

Topics:
metals, ceramics, composites, thin films, X-ray diffraction, electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD), preferred orientation, texture formation, deformation, recrystallization, transformation

Manuscripts due: May 1, 2012

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Special Issue: “Materials-System Integration for Fusion DEMO Blanket Design”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Materials-System Integration for Fusion DEMO Blanket Design” as December 2013. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The critical issues for fusion blanket structural materials have been considered to maintain the soundness of weld bond and joint under high energy neutron irradiation and transmutation helium generation. One of the important roles of fusion blanket is the production of tritium of which the behavior should be controlled all through the operation period. Tritium should be controlled not only for material itself but also for a whole blanket system. In this special issue, the researches on materials-system integration will be introduced with focusing on joint technology and tritium handling technology development.

Topics:
welding, joining, coating, neutron irradiation, tritium effects, isotope effects, synergism, plasma facing materials,

Manuscripts due: June 1, 2012

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Special Issue: “Lead-Free and Advanced Interconnection Materials for Electronics V”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Lead-Free and Advanced Interconnection Materials for Electronics V” as December 2012. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
10 years have passed since lead-free transition in electronics interconnection. Lead-free interconnection has become one of the indispensable technologies not only in consumer electronics industries but also in wider areas including automotive, power electronics, aeronautic, LED lighting and renewable energies, in which higher reliability becomes essential. In addition, ultra heat-resistant interconnection materials beyond 200 °C are required for the establishment of wide band gap semiconductors such as SiC and GaN. Those interconnection materials will involve high temperature lead-free solders, conductive adhesives, nano/micron particle sintering bonding, and nano solders.
In the current 5th special issue, the papers focused on new interconnection materials are widely invited. New scientific findings and technology development will be demonstrated. Thus, this special issue will provide great insight to the readers working in the field of the advanced interconnection engineering.

Topics:
tin whisker, electromigration, high temperature solder alternatives, conductive adhesives, die-attach, TSV, wafer bonding, plating, microstructure and phase stability,interface reactions, reliability, mechanical properties of solders and joints, wetting phenomena, corrosion, oxidation and ion-migration, soldering processes and fine pitch assembly, materials in soldering process, environmental impacts and recycling

Manuscripts due: June 1, 2012

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Special Issue: “Recent Advances in Research and Development of Titanium and Its Alloys”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Recent Advances in Research and Development of Titanium and Its Alloys” as February 2013. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The World Conference on Titanium, the largest international conference on titanium and its alloys, was held in Kyoto, Japan in 2007 (Ti-2007).
This year (2011), the conference next to Ti-2007 (Ti-2011) was held in Beijing, China in June (Ti-2011), after a lapse of four years, because the conference is generally held every four years. New progress on the research and development of titanium and its alloys is understood for this four years by the overview of contents in Ti-2011.
Therefore, it is timely to edit a special issue on the research and development of titanium and its alloys in “Materials Transactions” and it is significant to summarize and generalize it by the publication. Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on the research and development on titanium and its alloys including titanium-based intermetallic compounds.

Manuscripts due: July 2, 2012

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Special Issue: “Nanojoining and Microjoining”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Nanojoining and Microjoining” as June 2013. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Joining, whether at macro-, micro-, or nano-scale, is used to fabricate almost all manufactured products in industrial sectors, such as electrical, electronic, medical, aerospace, automotive and nuclear, providing mechanical coupling and support, electrical connection or insulation, environmental protection, etc. While microjoining has already become one of the most critical technical prerequisites in manufacturing of micro-devices and micro-systems, new challenges continue to emerge for technology advancements to support faster and more reliable fabrication, continuing miniaturization, and cost reduction. On the other hand, nanojoining is now developing rapidly and is expected to become a key technology in commercial success of nano-devices and nano-systems.

This special issue aims to collect of process and materials issues in the following theme areas:
  - Joining for integration of nano-/micro-scale devices
  - Microwelding for assembly of implantable medical devices
  - Mechanisms and materials science of nano-/micro-joining
  - Process issues in nano-/micro-joining

Manuscripts due: December 3, 2012

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Special Issue: “Long-Period Stacking Ordered Structure and Its Related Materials (I)”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Long-Period Stacking Ordered Structure and Its Related Materials (I)” as May 2013. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Growing concern about environmental problems inspires us to focus on the development of high strength magnesium alloys, because of their lightweight. For their wider applications in a field such as the automotive industry, improvement of their properties is highly desirable. Recently, a series of Mg- transition metal (TM) - rare earth (RE) alloy has been attracting wide attention in the world because of its novel structure called “Synchronized Long-Period Stacking Ordered (LPSO) Structure”, which features synchronization with respect to chemical and structural modulation. This category of Mg alloys has a great potential to exhibit many advantageous material properties including high strength owing to unique atomic arrangement of synchronized LPSO structure. On the other hand, much remains to be learned concerning the fundamentals of this alloy, such as detailed atomic arrangement and formation mechanisms of LPSO structure, its strengthening mechanisms and resulting mechanical properties.
This special issue will focus on current understanding on this peculiar structure. We welcome contribution of papers on various issues related to LPSO structure not only in Mg-based alloys but also in other materials.

Topics:
Synchronized LPSO structure, magnesium alloy, thermodynamics, solidification, phase transformation, precipitation, deformation, kink, disclination, mechanical properties, advanced analysis, simulation

Manuscripts due: November 15, 2012

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Special Issue: “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society VI”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Growth of Ecomaterials as a Key to Eco-Society VI” as June 2014. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Now ecomaterials are clarified by emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches that integrate advanced materials science and engineering methods with environmental awareness to yield energy and materials efficient technologies. In particular we are facing the changes on social system to secure energy and resources in the industrial world as well as climate change issues.
In this special issue, invited and contributed papers together with some overviews will be compiled to describe the hot discussion on the now and future movements of Ecomaterials for sustainable society in global scale.

Topics:
Recyclable material, Recycling technology, Resource efficiency, Remediation material, Eco-design, Life-cycle engineering, Minor metals, Biomass, Water treatment, Green industry, Environmental technology, Socio-eco-system, Waste management, Hazardous substances, Risk assessment, Life cycle assessment, Material flow analysis

Manuscripts due: Manuscripts due: December 2, 2013

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Special Issue: In Situ TEM Observation of High Energy Beam Irradiation”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “In Situ TEM Observation of High Energy Beam Irradiation” as March, 2014. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The fundamental studies on radiation damage in crystalline materials have been started from 1960th by using electron microscopes and ion-accelerators, as well as nuclear reactors, and then developed obviously in 1980s. “In-situ observation in TEM” has been the most powerful method for the studies, where Japan has been leading due to Japanese contribution on the development in microscope hardware. Nowadays, in-situ observation could be the only way to compare with atomistic behavior calculated in computer simulation. The aim of this special issue would be an overview on recent and futural development on “In Situ TEM Observation of High Energy Beam Irradiation”.
The topics of this issue are as follows: TEM in-situ observation (irradiation, heating, cooling, straining, evaporation, etc), TEM-ion accelerator combination, materials/particles interaction, radiation damages, nano-analysis, nano-particles, fusion/fission reactor materials, nano-materials, semiconductor materials, bio-materials, solar cell materials, simulation of atomistic behavior.

Manuscripts due: September 2, 2013

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Special Issue: “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, VI”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys, VI” as August 2014. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Magnesium alloys are expected to be one of the most promising basic materials for a sustainable society in the 21st century, therefore they are consequently attracting great attention as lightweight materials that can be easily recycled. Five previous special issues on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys” were published on July 2001, April 2003, April 2006, May 2008 and June 2011 by the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials. Then, the demand of magnesium alloys is holding steady in recent years. Now, new magnesium application is expected in transportation system such as high-speed trains. For the application, materials with high reliability and low cost are required, and thus, new researches are developed such as high-extrudability alloys, high reliability joining process and so on.
Now, the sixth special issue on “Platform Science and Technology for Advanced Magnesium Alloys” will be published on August 2014 from the Editorial Committee of Materials Transactions. Papers are solicited for all aspects of magnesium in various topics, including but not be limited to new alloy design, processing (formability, extrudability, joining and welding and the related new processes), microstructure control, surface modification and corrosion, and new functionality and its application and so on. Especially the topics on the current frontiers and the challenges ahead of magnesium alloys for industrial applications are much welcome.

Topics:
Industrial applications, High specific strength, Microstructure control, New alloy design, Formability, Joining and welding, Surface modification, Refining and recycling, New functionality, Biomaterials, Creep resistance

Manuscripts due: February 3, 2014

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Special Issue: “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications II”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications II” as August 2014. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
The Great East Japan Earthquake has generated awareness that higher level energy security is essential. Therefore, the social request for hydrogen-energy related materials is expected to be intensified in the near future. As a consequence, systematic researches into the storage / transportation and separation/purification of hydrogen are crucial. In April 2011, a total of 16 research articles concerning hydrogen-energy related materials were published in the first special issue of “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications” edited with Materials Transactions. In the second issue, we will assemble the latest studies regarding both fundamentals and applications with the aim to advance researches into novel functions and characterization techniques on hydrides.

Topics:
Hydride, Hydrogen energy, Hydrogen storage, Hydrogen purification, Quantum beam, Crystal structure, Electronic structure, Fuel cell, Secondary battery, Energy carrier

Manuscripts due: February 3, 2014

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Special Issue: “Long-Period Stacking Ordered Structure and Its Related Materials II”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Long-Period Stacking Ordered Structure and Its Related Materials II” as May 2015. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue. Objective and topics of coverage are as follows: Growing concern about environmental problems inspires us to focus on the development of high strength magnesium alloys, because of their lightweight. For their wider applications in a field such as the automotive industry, improvement of their properties is highly desirable. Recently, a series of Mg- transition metal (TM) - rare earth (RE) alloy has been attracting wide attention in the world because of its novel structure called “Synchronized Long-Period Stacking Ordered (LPSO) Structure”, which features synchronization of chemical and structural modulation. This category of Mg alloys has a great potential to exhibit many advantageous material properties including high strength owing to unique atomic arrangement of the synchronized LPSO structure. On the other hand, much remains to be learned concerning the fundamentals of these alloys, such as detailed atomic arrangement and formation mechanisms of LPSO structures, its strengthening mechanisms and resulting mechanical properties. Materials Transactions published the first special issue on LPSO structures in May, 2013. Since then, there have been lots of research going on and deeper understanding of this peculiar structure has been obtained. Thus, it was planned to publish the second special issue, which focuses on the current progress of research on the LPSO structures. In this issue, we welcome contributions on various issues related to LPSO structures not only in Mg-based alloys but also in other materials.

Topics:
Synchronized LPSO structure, magnesium alloy, thermodynamics, solidification, phase transformation, precipitation, deformation, kink, disclination, mechanical properties, advanced analysis, simulation

Manuscripts due: November 4, 2014

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Special Issue: “Advanced Metallic Materials for Catalysis”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Metallic Materials for Catalysis” as April 2015. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Catalysts play a central role in present industrial production and are key materials in the environment and energy related fields. It is well known that metals (and/or alloys) such as transition metals in groups 811 of the periodic table play an important role as active sites for the catalytic reactions. Recently, replacing noble metals such as Pt and Pd in heterogeneous catalysts by low-cost substitutes has become more and more important in scientific and industrial researches, and an interdisciplinary research between catalysis and metallurgy is strongly desired. However, very few researches on catalytic materials have been performed from the view point of metallurgy so far. The aim of this special issue is to publish the precious pioneer researches in the multidisciplinary field related to both catalysis and metallurgy.
We believe that the content of this special issue will attract the attention of metallurgists, chemists and/or physicists in materials science field etc. Through this special issue, we would like to emphasize the relevance of the interdisciplinary field in metallurgy and catalysis, and express its importance recognized via publication in Materials Transactions.

Topics:
metallic catalyst, nanocomposite catalyst, new concept for catalytic materials, green & sustainable materials, catalysis in energy conversion, fundamentals and characterization, theoretical modeling or calculation for catalytic materials, reactor engineering

Manuscripts due: October 1, 2014

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Special Issue: “New Aspects of Martensitic Transformations”
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Aspects of Martensitic Transformations” as March 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Martensitic transformations have been widely investigated as they influence the mechanical properties of steels and shape memory alloys. Recently, interpretation on the mechanism of martensitic transformations and the microstructure formed by the transformations have advanced largely partly because of the usage of new instruments such as electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), high resolution electron microscopy, high angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADEF-STEM), electron holography and X-ray holography. Employment of new computational methods such as first-principle electronic structure calculation and phase-field method also have contributed the advances in the interpretation of martensitic transformations. Furthermore, new materials which exploit martensitic transformations have been developed in the last decade. This special issue collects papers of recent study and overview on interpretation and applications of martensitic transformations.

Topics:
Crystallography of martensitic transformations, Microstructure of martensites Thermodynamics and kinetics of martensitic transformations, Modeling of martensitic transformations, Precursor phenomena of martensitic transformations, Physical properties of martensites, Materials design using martensitic transformations

Manuscripts due: September 1, 2015

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Special Issue: “Frontier Researches Related to Interconnection, Packaging and Microjoining Materials and Microprocessing for Such Materials”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Aspects of Martensitic Transformations” as May 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 As interconnection, packaging and microjoining materials used in various electronic devices and components, various materials until conductive adhesive from metals have been used. For the solder materials which mainly have been used as a bonding material for electronic components, lead-free solder have been spread in the general electronic equipment. Also, fine plating techniques have been applied for interconnection and electrode materials. In those materials, more corresponding to the high-temperature environment such as for automotive devices and power semiconductors are required. Therefore, the research and development of candidate materials such as the high temperature lead-free solder, silver nano paste and conductive adhesives are underway. Furthermore, with the diversification of packaging materials, studies on characteristics investigation of mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of hetero-phase interfaces, loss evaluation of their characteristics, physical and chemical phenomena at the interfaces and the reliability evaluation of the interfaces are also becoming important so that hetero-phase interface science is expected to be developed. Also, materials and microfabrication technique used for 2.5D/3D integration and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have become indispensable technology in electronic packaging.
 This special issue collects papers of recent study and overview on electronic packaging materials and their bonding and microfabrication. The contents are assumed to be the following theme:
• Microstructures and various characteristics of electronic packaging materials
• Structures of bonding and hetero-phase interfaces, and characteristics and reliability of their interfaces
• Physical and chemical phenomena at the interfaces
• Materials for 2.5D/3D integration and MEMS, and their fine processing technology
• Theoretical and computational simulation on electronic packaging

Topics:
 Interconnection, Packaging, Microjoining, Nanojoining, Power module, 2.5D/3D integration, Lead-free solder, Conductive resin, MEMS, Microprocessing, Plating, Interfacial reaction

Manuscripts due: December 1, 2015

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Special Issue: “Advanced Spintronic/Nano-Magnetic Materials”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Aspects of Martensitic Transformations” as June 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 Spintronics has been attracted attention because of the social demands for the reduction of the energy consumption in the electronics devices such as CPU and memory. To realize spintronic devices, the development of the materials ensuring the device functionality is essential and it is progressing worldwide. Development of measurement technique as well as to clarify and control the nanomagnetism is also important as long as the nano-sized magnet is practically used in the devices. In this special issue, the recent studies and the progress on the Advanced Spintronic/Nanomagnetic material” are summarized.

Topics:
 Spintronics, Nanomagnetism, Magnetic/spintronic device, Metal, Oxide, Semiconductor, Multiferroics, Magnetic characterization

Manuscripts due: December 25, 2015

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Special Issue: “Recent Progress in Thermoelectrics ーNew Analyses and New Materialsー(Thermoelectric Conversion Materials IX)”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Recent Progress in Thermoelectrics ーNew Analyses and New Materialsー” as July 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 SRecently high-performance thermoelectric materials and thermoelectric generators attract considerable interest as one of the key technologies contributing to reduce the serious problems about the running out of fossil fuels, increasing global worming gases, and unstable condition of electric supply in association with the suspended operation of nuclear reactors. Large number of studies have been performed to develop high-performance thermoelectric materials and high-performance thermoelectric generators. These intensive studies naturally led to new analytical techniques and new materials, which are cable of further accelerating the study of thermoelectric materials and devices. Thus I hereby propose a special issue of Materials Transaction, in which recently performed investigations about thermoelectric materials and devices are summarized. Here, in Japan, many excellent scientists are working in the field of thermoelectric, and therefore a number of highly sophisticated researches will be published in this special issue. It will be attract interest both of domestic and international researchers. In the same subject, a special issue will be published in J. Japan Inst. Met. Mater. in November 2015. Many of the authors who wrote an excellent Japanese article in the special issue of J. Japan Inst. Met. Mater. will also contribute the special issue of Materials Transaction. Besides, the special issue which I propose here will be jointed with the annual issue of Thermoelectric Society of Japan (TSJ), which is annually published as a special issue in Materials Transaction. The number of papers is supposed to be increased in the jointed issue of TSJ and JIM.

Topics:
 1. New theoretical techniques to analyze thermal conductivity
 2. New theoretical techniques to analyze electron transport properties
 3. Thermoelectric materials possessing large dimensionless figure of merit
 3-1 Chalcogenides 3-2 Silicides 3-3 Oxides 3-4 Soft materials
 3-5 Skutterudite 3-6 Clathrate 3-7 Zintel compounds
 4. New thermoelectric devices
 5. New thermoelectric applications

Manuscripts due: December 25, 2015

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Special Issue: “Frontier Researches Related to Nano/Microstructure, Microstructure Control and Mechanical Properties of Metallic Materials”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Frontier Researches Related to Nano/ Microstructure, Microstructure Control and Mechanical Properties of Metallic Materials” as August 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 It is well known in metallic materials that physical properties including mechanical properties strongly depend on nano/microstructures and their characteristics such as grain size, texture, distribution of second phase/precipitates, grain boundary, dislocation density and vacancy concentration and so on. Then, in order to further develop structural and functional metallic-based materials, the precise microstructural control and the design of nano/microstructures through novel processes such as severely plastic deformation are important. Moreover, analytical methods such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) are dramatically improved as well as nano/micromaterial testing using focused ion beam method (FIB). Besides, calculation and simulation methods such as first principle calculation, finite element method and phase field calculation have been also largely progressed and applied practically and commonly. Based on these backgrounds, now we can more deeply understand the effect of nano/microstructures on physical properties. In this special issue, the relationship between nano/microstructure and mechanical properties of metal-based, ceramicsbased and composite materials is focused and latest researches related to the above keywords will be widely corrected. Some of them expected are the translated republications from the similar special issue in Journal of Japan Institute Metals (in Japanese).

Topics:
nano/microstructure, microstructure control, mechanical properties, morphology, texture, grain boundary, defect structure, structural/ functional materials, micro/nanomaterials, testing, in-situ measurement, calculation, simulation, thermo-mechanical treatment, processing, phase transformation

Manuscripts due: February 1, 2016

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Special Issue: “Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals III”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals III” as September 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 Bulk nanostructured metals, which can be defined as bulk metallic materials with an average grain size of less than 1 μm, are found to reveal different kinds of unusual mechanical and functional properties, which are beyond the knowledge of conventional coarse-grained metals. In order to understand mechanisms of unusual properties in bulk nanostructured metals, interaction between high density of grain boundaries and other crystal defects such as dislocations, solute atoms, precipitates, etc. present in the structure should be understood in detail. Recently, different types of advanced experimental techniques have been developed using electron microscopy, high-energy X-ray or neutron beam. At the same time, computational materials science has also been developed significantly, such as first-principles calculation and molecular dynamics simulation. Such advanced techniques enable to directly measure or predict nano-scale behavior of crystal defects present in bulk nanostructured metals, and a lot of new research results have been obtained by combination of experimental and computational techniques. This special issue collects papers of recent studies on mechanical and functional properties of bulk nanostructured metals. We do hope that this activity may play an important role in further progress in this field of research.

Topics:
nanostructured metals, nanocrystalline metals, ultrafine grained metals, severe plastic deformation, electrodeposition, mechanical properties, functional properties, dislocation theory, computational mechanics

Manuscripts due: March 1, 2016

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Special Issue: “Advances in Biomedical Materials Science and Technology”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advances in Biomedical Materials Science and Technology” as October 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 The research and development of biomaterials composed of metallic materials and other materials are receiving much attention. Globally, there has been an increase in the aging population; however, this problem is particularly noticeable in Japan, which has come to be known as a super aging society. In such societies, there are a number of people with failed or lostbio-functionalities, necessitating the development of highly functional implants or health care goods. Therefore, new research and development on bio-functionalization or mechanical functionalization, fabrication technologies, evaluation of the in vivo or vitro bio-compatibility of structural biomaterials used for constructing implants, and furthermore an understanding of tissue structures to which biomaterials are applied are highly important. In light of this, this special issue invites overviews and original technical papers on the design and development of structural biomaterials including biocompatible shape memory alloys or biodegradable biomaterials, and bio-functionalization by surface modifications, powder metallurgy including accumulated manufacturing, wrought processing, corrosion behaviors, mechanical and biological bio-compatibility of biomaterials, and furthermore characteristics of tissues to which biomaterials are applied.

Topics:
designing and development of structural biomaterials including shape memory alloys for biomedical applications, mechanical biocompatibility, creating bioactive functionality including surface modifications, powder metallurgy for biomaterials including accumulate manufacturing of implants, wrought processing of implants, biodegradable materials, dental materials, corrosion of biomaterials, in vivo and vitro evaluation of biomaterials, porous biomaterials, properties of bones including other tissues, materials for health care goods

Manuscripts due: April 1, 2016 (extend the deadline until June 1, 2016)

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Special Issue: “New Proposals on Titanium Production and Molten Salts”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Proposals on Titanium Production and Molten Salts” as March 2017. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 TOn 1014th July 2016, 5th International Round Table on Titanium Production in Molten Salts (Ti-RT2016) will be held at Hokkaido University and Toya-Bunka center. This conference will promote the publication of the excellent papers as the special issue of Mater. Trans. in the materials chemistry oriented journal. Not only the good papers in the conference, but all the related papers are welcome on titanium and related materials preparation from the ores and on the related technology such as molten salts.

Topics:
Titanium production, molten salt, oxide reduction, Kroll process, FFC Cambridge process, OS process, calcium chloride, refractory metal preparation, formation of rare earth metals

Manuscripts due: September 1, 2016

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Special Issue: “Recent Advances in Electronic Packaging Technology and Forecast New Technological Directions”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Recent Advances in Electronic Packaging Technology and Forecast New Technological Directions” as December 2016. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 This special issue covers recent advances in Materials, Processing, Simulation, Printed Electronics, Nano/Micro Joining Technology and Reliability of Electronic Packaging. This special issue aims to collect of process and materials issues in the following theme areas:

- Electronic Materials and Processing   - Advanced Packaging Technologies
- 3D Integration and Packaging   - LED Packaging and Applications
- Modeling and Simulation   - Quality and Reliability of Electronic Components
- Nanomaterials and its Application Technology   - Micro/Nano Joining Technology
- Interconnection Materials and its Reliability   - Soldering and Surface Mount Technology
- Printed Electronics and Material

Manuscripts due: July 1, 2016

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