Welcome from the Chairs
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Materials (ECM-2). The first edition of this conference held in 2014, was a great success that encouraged the organizing committee to launch the 2nd edition of this e-conference in 2016, May 2nd to 16th. Throughout this event, we aim to cover the following topics:
- Topic A: Materials for Energy Applications
- Topic B: Porous Materials
- Topic C: Manufacturing Processes and Systems
- Topic D: Fibers
- Topic E: Membranes
- Topic F: Inorganics
This is a virtual conference held at www.sciforum.net/conference/ecm-2. Sciforum.net is the platform developed by MDPI and sponsored by the Open Access Journal Materials to organize electronic conferences, and to provide our community with the technical support for hosting our digital conferences. This platform is set in response to the high demand from our community whom might not have always required material and human resources for travelling and participating physically in high quality scientific events.
ECM-2 provides the participants with the unique opportunity to disseminate among their peers, in an open forum, their knowledge and latest research finding in materials field and receive immediately rich feedback from the virtual audience towards their future research directions.
The participation is free of charge – both for authors and attendees. Accepted papers will be gathered in the proceedings of the conference, and selected papers will be published in Materials through invitation from the Editor-in-Chief of Materials.
I am very enthusiastic about this e-conference and am relying of you to make it a successful event again. .
Prof. Maryam Tabrizian
Chair of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Materials
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Materials
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Guggenheim Fellow in Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Engineering Department
Maryam Tabrizian is professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at McGill University and FRSQ-Chercheure nationale awardee. She became Guggenheim Fellow in Biomedical Sciences (2010) and the Fellow of the Biomaterials Science & Engineering (FBSE) in 2011 for her contribution to the field of Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences. She received her PhD degree in Physical Sciences with a multidisciplinary background including physics, chemistry and biology from Université Pierre et Marie Curie-École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie de Paris in 1990. She was the director of the Centre for Biorecognition and Biosensors (CBB) for 10 years that she has founded in 2001. She has an established expertise in design of biointerfaces to promote cell-substrate or protein-substrate interactions and internationally known for her work in the functional and bioactive biointerface. Her research focus is on the development of engineered surfaces through physical, chemical and biological modifications as well as via the use of advanced micro/nanofabrication technologies to create biocompatible and biofunctional materials for application in nanomedicine and regenerative médicine and Lab-on a Chip devices. She is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed papers in her field of expertise, over 80 invited lectures, many book chapters, patents, and over 290 communications. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials, an Editorial Board Member of ACS-Bioconjugate Chemistry, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Engineering (JBI), and the International Journal of Biomaterials Research and Engineering (IJBRE).
Call for Papers
Instructions for Authors
Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with www.sciforum.net, and using the "Submit New Abstract" function once logged into system.
- Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 31 March 2016.
- The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 1st International Electronic Conference on Molecular Science. All authors will be notified by 6 April 2016 about the acceptance of their abstract.
- If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit his/her manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 15 April 2016.
- The manuscripts and presentations will be available on https://sciforum.net/conference/ecm-2 for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 2–16 May 2016.
- The Open Access Journals Materials, Fibers, Membranes, Inorganics will publish the proceedings of the conference as a Special Issue and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select manuscripts that may be included for publication in this Special Issue.
Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:
- Full author names
- Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
- Results and Discussion
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.
Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer at [email protected] to get to know more about the procedure. This is an unique way of presenting your paper and discuss it with peers from all over the world. Make a difference and join us for this project!
Authors that wish to present a poster only, i.e. without proceedings paper, can do so in section G. - Posters of this conference. Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.Accepted File Formats
- MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the Electronic Conference on Materials Science Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
- Electronic Conference on Materials Science MS Word Template File
- References: References must be numbered in order of appearance in the text (including tables and legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. We recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package, such as EndNote, ReferenceManager or Zotero to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references. Citations and References in Supplementary files are permitted provided that they also appear in the main text and in the reference list. In the text, reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example , [1–3] or [1,3]. For embedded citations in the text with pagination, use both parentheses and brackets to indicate the reference number and page numbers; for example  (p. 10). or  (pp. 101–105). The Reference list should include the full title as recommended by the ACS style guide. The style file for endnote, MDPI.ens, can be found athttp://endnote.com/downloads/style/mdpi
- Author List and Affiliations: Authors' full first and last names must be provided. The initials of any middle names can be added. The PubMed/MEDLINE standard format is used for affiliations: complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and all email addresses. At least one author should be designated as corresponding author, and his or her email address and other details should be included at the end of the affiliation section. Please read the criteria to qualify for authorship.
- Figures, Schemes and Tables: All figure files should be separately uploaded during submission. Figures and schemes must be provided at a sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1000 pixels width/height, or a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). All Figure file formats are accepted. However, TIFF, JPEG, EPS and PDF files are preferred. Materials can publish multimedia files in articles or as supplementary materials. Please get in touch with the Editorial office for further information. All Figures, Schemes and Tables should also be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearance (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, Table 1, etc.). All Figures, Schemes and Tables should have a short explanatory title and a caption. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. To facilitate the copy-editing of larger tables, smaller fonts may be used, but in no less than 8 pt. in size. Authors should use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables. For multi-panel figures, the file must contain all data in one file. For tips on creating multi-panel figures, please read the helpful advice provided by L2 Molecule. Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color (RGB at 8-bit per channel). Full color graphics will be published free of charge.
Authors wishing to publish their papers are asked to abide to the following rules:
- Any facts that might be perceived as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) must be disclosed in the paper prior to submission.
- Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their findings.
- Data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the paper, so that other researchers can replicate the work.
- Raw data should preferably be publicly deposited by the authors before submission of their manuscript. Authors need to at least have the raw data readily available for presentation to the referees and the editors of the journal, if requested. Authors need to ensure appropriate measures are taken so that raw data is retained in full for a reasonable time after publication.
- Simultaneous submission of manuscripts to more than one journal is not tolerated.
- Republishing content that is not novel is not tolerated (for example, an English translation of a paper that is already published in another language will not be accepted).
- If errors and inaccuracies are found by the authors after publication of their paper, they need to be promptly communicated to the editors of this journal so that appropriate actions can be taken. Please refer to our policy regarding publication of publishing addenda and corrections.
- Your manuscript should not contain any information that has already been published. If you include already published figures or images, please obtain the necessary permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC-BY license.
- Plagiarism, data fabrication and image manipulation are not tolerated.
MDPI AG, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI AG the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).
List of accepted submissions (12)
A comparative study of hyperelastic constitutive models to characterize the behavior of a polymer used in automotive engines
Submitted: 01 Mar 2016
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The global automotive industry faces the challenge of increasing engine efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and the size of them gradually. Not only the engine block must reduce its size, but also other components, requiring more compact and flexible designs using materials such as thermoplastic elastomers. These kinds of materials are used due to their characteristics, such as ability of deformation, durability, recyclability, and its cost/weight ratio. They are able to hold large deformations and they have very good damping characteristics, making them suitable for use in energy dissipation. Characterization of the dynamic mechanical properties of these materials is essential to make a correct analysis and modeling of the behavior of components. Although the constitutive models of these materials are complex due to high deformability, quasi-incompressibility, softening, and time dependent effects, typically, these materials have a mechanical behavior which can be represented by a phenomenological hyperelastic model. While it is easy to fit a model of elastic behavior, set a model for a hyperelastic material is a very complex task, so in practice simplified models are used. This paper proposes a comprehensive comparison of six hyperelastic models to simulate the behavior of Santoprene 101-73 material manufactured by ExxonMobil. The ability of these models to reproduce different types of loading conditions is analyzed through uniaxial tensile data obtained experimentally. The parameters of each of the hyperelastic models are determined by a least-squares fit and then a classification of these six models is established, highlighting those that are most suitable for characterizing the material.
Ab initio generation of binary alloy foams: the case of amorphous Cu64Zr36
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Submitted: 29 Mar 2016
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We report ab initio-based approaches to generate amorphous nanoporous Cu64Zr36 bulk metallic glass. Starting with two different initial configurations: an unstable crystalline sample (cCu64Zr36) and an amorphous sample (aCu64Zr36), the transferable expanding lattice method–previously used with semiconducting and pure metal systems– was applied in order to increase the volume of the cells (and atomic distances proportionally) so that the density was halved, thus obtaining 50% porosity. The initial samples were subjected to either constant room temperature ab initio molecular dynamics or geometry optimization only, which resulted in well-defined pores growing along specific spatial directions. Herewith we report partial and total pair distribution functions, as well as nearest neighbor distances and coordination numbers which let us discern discrepancies in backbone and pore topology. Also we report the bond-angle distribution which let us track the presence of icosahedral-like short-range order which is often related to the glass forming ability in amorphous alloys. The so-called depletion of the pair distribution function at mid range order reported in the literature, along with an estimation of pore sizes are also reported.
Aluminium electrodeposition fron ionic liquid: effect of deposition temperature and sonication
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Submitted: 11 Feb 2016
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Since their discovery, ionic liquids (IL) have attracted a wide interest for their potential use as medium for many chemical processes, which vary from extraction, to catalysis, to organic synthesis. Their use as electrochemical media allowed the electrodeposition of metal that are impossible to reduce in aqueous media.
Effects of polyol composition on physico-morphological and mechanical properties of polyurethane foams
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Submitted: 31 Mar 2016
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In the last years, increasing interest has been paid to polyurethane (PU) foams with open porosity to be used as scaffold in numerous tissue engineering applications. In fact, they possess good cyto- and biocompatibility, and they can be synthesized with tunable chemico-physical and mechanical properties by varying the base reagents used for their synthesis (polyol, isocyanate, and expanding agent) and the stoichiometric ratio between them. The aim of this work was to design and develop novel PU foams with high open porosity and tunable physical and mechanical properties by varying the polyol composition and the stoichiometric ratio between the base reagents.
PU foams were synthesized by a one step gas foaming method (stoichiometric and not stoichiometric foams), by reacting a polyol mixture ad hoc set up with MDI prepolymer, using Fe-AA as catalyst, and water as expanding agent. Different polyol mixtures were prepared by varying the ratio between the main polyol components, e.g. a polyether-polyol (component A), a polyether-polyol containing styrene (component B), and an amine-based tetrafunctional polyether-polyol (component C). The PU foams were characterized by SEM, micro-CT, ATR-FTIR analysis, and evaluation of density, water uptake, and mechanical properties by uniaxial compressive tests in dry and wet conditions.
Polyol composition do not affect PU foam open porosity, while the pore size and water uptake increase with the increase of components B and C. All the foams show higher compressive properties in dry than in wet state, due to the plasticizing effect of water. PU foams synthesized with an excess of diisocyanate are significantly stiffer than the stoichiometric ones. In addition the compressive properties of the PU foams are mostly affected by the amine-based tetrafunctional component, that causes a higher level of cross-linking, stiffness and strenght. Preliminary tests show no cytotoxic effects for all the tested PU foams.
Experimental Study on T-shaped Joints Composed of Plaster-Concrete Compound Panels
Submitted: 31 Mar 2016
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A hidden concrete column was built at the core of the T-shaped joints composed of plaster-concrete compound panels in order to study their earthquake resistant behavior. In this paper, earthquake resistance tests were performed on two types of composite T-shaped joints, six samples in total, in which the horizontal steel bars were embedded and not embedded in their core, to analyze the mechanical deformation, cracking, hysteretic behavior, ductility, and stiffness degeneration of the composite T-shaped joints as well as their energy dissipation properties such as damping coefficient, energy dissipation coefficient, and power ratio coefficient. The two types of composite joints composed of interior and exterior compound walls were found to have good mechanical properties. A comparison of the various indicators for the two types of T-shaped joints revealed that embedding the horizontal steel bars embedded in the web and flange of the T-shaped joints in their core can help improve the earthquake resistance and energy dissipation properties of the composite T-shaped joints.
- Abstract Submission: 31 Mar. 2016
- Acceptance Notification: 6 Apr. 2016
- Full Paper Submission: 15 Apr. 2016
- Conference Open: 2–16 May 2016
Chair of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Materials Science
Prof. Dr. Maryam Tabrizian
Editor-in-Chief of Materials
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine/Faculty of Dentistry,
Duff Medical Science Building, Room 313, 3775 University Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4,
Dr. Christof Schneider, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Sofoklis Makridis, University of Bolton, UK
Prof. Dr. Rafael Luque, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain
Prof. Dr. Sanjay Mathur, University of Cologne, Spain
Prof. Dr. Stephen C. Bondy, University of California, USA
Prof. Dr. Spas D. Kolev, University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Dr. Duncan H. Gregory, University of Glasgow, UK
Dr. Franck Vazquez
Hongmei ZuoMin Su
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel. +41 61 683 77 35
A. Materials for Energy Applications
- The following topics are relevant and within the scope of this journal:
- Textile fibers
- Natural fibers and biological microfibrils
- Metallic fibers
- Carbon fibers
- Silicon carbide fibers
- Mineral fibers
- Cellulose fibers
- Polymer fibers
- Microfibers, nanofibers and nanotubes
- New processing methods for fibers
- Chemistry of fiber materials
- Physical properties of fibers
- Exposure to and toxicology of fibers
- Biokinetics of fibers
- The diversity of fiber origins
Fibers website: mdpi.com/journal/fibers
Professor Stephen Bondy, Univ. of California, Irvine
This journal covers all topics related to synthetic, inorganic and biological membranes.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- membrane permeation and membrane transport
- membrane structure and function
- membrane processes and phenomena
- biological membranes
- non-biological membranes
- membrane material or polymer
- separation technology
Journal website: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/membranes
Topics include but are not limited to:
- synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds, complexes and materials
- structure and bonding in inorganic molecular and solid state compounds
- spectroscopic and magnetic properties of inorganic compounds
- chemical reactivity, physical properties and applications of inorganic compounds and materials
- mechanisms of inorganic reactions
- organometallic compounds
- inorganic cluster chemistry
- heterogeneous and homogeneous catalytic reactions promoted by inorganic compounds
- thermodynamics and kinetics of significant new and known inorganic compounds
- supramolecular systems and coordination polymers
- bio-inorganic chemistry and applications of inorganic compounds in biological systems and medicine
- environmental and sustainable energy applications of inorganic compounds and materials
Journal website: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/inorganics