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MDPI Guest Editor Club 2021

16 Apr 2021

Guest Editors, Special Issue, Experience Share, Communication
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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

MDPI would like to invite all of the Guest Editors who are recognized experts in their field to attend the MDPI Guest Editor Club (MGEC 2021). This forum intends to highlight exciting topics in a comprehensive but efficient manner to allow GEs from all over the world to present their experience and discuss their achievements.

The GE Club will bring together a group of multi-disciplinary Guest Editors from all over the world to present and exchange breakthrough ideas on Special Issue developments. We have, therefore, put together this platform, which will be looking after your interactions with the journal, leading you through the most important aspects of the role and what you can expect from the process of editing a Special Issue. We are pleased to provide an excellent opportunity to all the brilliant Guest Editors to propose and develop new approaches, exchange perspectives and encourage new lines of research.

We will record the lectures, with prior agreement of the lecturers, and deposit them in our online database. We will continue to build this database with brief introductions and summaries of topics and open an online discussion group for each GE. We hope that this event is of interest to you, and we welcome you to join us at this forum.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the MDPI Guest Editor Club (MGEC 2021). Please find below an up-to-date outline of presenters.

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Hobby Hou

MDPI Branch Office, Beijing

Ms. Aurora Li
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing

Invited Speakers

School of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Molecular Pathology, Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genova, Italy

High-Entropy Alloys Research Center, State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China

State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architectures, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Speakers' Profiles

Guest Editors of Cancers Journal

Dr. Clare Hoskins

Dr. Clare Hoskins is a Reader in the School of Pure and Applied Chemistry. She has published >40 peer reviewed articles and filed 1 patent. Her research has been supported with over £2M by national (e.g. EPSRC, BBSRC/FAPESP, Wellcome Trust) and international (e.g. Newton-Bhabha & British Council, Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research) research funding. Clare is the Elected Secretary to the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Network, she is a committee member of the UK and Ireland Controlled Release Society and she sits on the British Council Grant Review Panel for Newton Grants. In 2019 Clare was awarded the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences ‘Emerging Scientist’ sponsored by Pfizer and also the North Staffordshire Medical Institute Researcher Award. Clare sits on the editorial board of numerous journals in her field, she leads a vibrant interdisciplinary research group within the them of Bionanotechnology and Analytical Chemistry within the Technology Innovation Centre. The focus of her research is the development of a range of multifunctional nanoparticles and their translation into medical therapies and agricultural products.

Dr. Ulrich Pfeffer

Dr. Ulrich Pfeffer is a molecular biologist and has obtained his PhD at the Free University of Berlin presenting a thesis on histone acetylation. He then moved to Italy where he continued to study chromatin structure at the National Cancer Research Institute in Genoa. Later on he studied nuclear receptors, especially the estrogen receptor in breast cancer. From the late '90ies he developed interest in high throughput genomic approaches initially in microarray technology that he applied to several cancer types among which breast cancer and melanoma with special regard to uveal melanoma, a rare form of the disease that is molecularly different from its cutaneous counterpart. Recently he has developed interest in the epigenetics of the response to immunotherapy. Dr. Pfeffer is head of the Epigenetics laboratory at the San Martino Hospital, a large academic hospital, member of the Italian excellence program in oncology and neurology. He teaches bioinformatics at the University of Genoa.

Guest Editor of Materials Journal

Prof. Dr. Yue Xiao

Yue Xiao, full time Professor from State Key Lab of Silicate Materials for Architectures in Wuhan University of Technology. He is now serving as Direct in the Sub-lab of Construction Materials Recycling in the State Key Laboratory. He has been awarded as Fok Ying Tung Outstanding Young Teacher by the Ministry of Education of China in 2018. He received the title of CHUTIAN Scholar in material science and engineering from Hubei provincial department of education in 2014. Dr. Xiao received his PhD degree in Road and Railway Engineering, at Delft University of Technology, with the supervisor of Prof. A.A.A. Molenaar. His research interests include eco-efficient pavement materials and construction materials recycling. He has published 74 peer-reviewed SCI journal papers and other 9 high quality Chinese journal papers. His Google citation is 1500, with the H-index of 21. Dr. Xiao has organized 3 special issues on the journal of Materials, with 99 papers were published in total.

Guest Editor of Entropy Journal

Prof. Dr. Yong Zhang

Yong Zhang, a professor/doctoral supervisor of University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB); The invention of trace rare earth elements can improve the glass forming ability (GFA) of amorphous alloys, which has been widely used in academia and industries; The first body-centered cubic (BBC) alloy with high strength and high entropy (HE) was synthesized. The ratio parameter w of solution configuration entropy and mixing enthalpy is put forward to evaluate the configuration entropy of materials, which has been proved by a large number of documents to be effective in predicting the formation of solid solution and amorphous phases. High entropy alloy fiber and HE alloy photo-thermal selective films have been successfully studied. Participated in publishing the monograph “Amorphous and HE Alloys”, “Advanced HE Alloys Technology”, “High Entropy Materials, A Brief Introduction”, and “Magnetic Sensors-Development Trends and Applications”. “Stainless Steels and Alloys”, “Engineering Steels and HE Alloys”, “HE Alloys, Fundamental and Applications”, etc., participated in the compilation of two teaching materials; Participated in the National Natural Science Second Prize, the Ministry of Education Natural Science First Prize, the Second Prize, and the Shanxi Provincial Education Department Natural Science First Prize. He is also a member of the amorphous Committee of the Metal Society, a Fellow of the China Materials Research Society, and a Fellow of the Nuclear Materials Society; Participated in organizing the conference on HE alloys and serration behaviors, and served as the chairman of the branch; He is also a science and technology correspondent of Guangdong Province and a guest professor of north university of china. He has been selected as one thousand talents in Qinghai Province, and has been selected as an excellent talent program of the Ministry of Education in the new century. He has edited albums of “Serration and Noise Behaviors in Advanced Materials” and “Nanostructured HE Alloys”. The “new advanced in HE alloys”, bcc structured HE alloys, etc. Professor Zhang Yong devoted himself to studying serration behavior, high-throughput technology and collective effect in materials science.

Scientific Officer of MDPI

Dr. Liliane Auwerter

Liliane Auwerter joined MDPI in 2020. She studied Environmental Chemistry/Environmental Process Technology at the Federal University of Technology – Paraná, Brazil, from 2007 to 2011 and obtained her MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey, UK, whilst working at Thames Water as a Research Assistant. In 2015, she joined the Fluid Dynamics and Environmental and Water Resource Engineering sections as a PhD student at Imperial College London, and graduated in May 2020. Her research focused on developing self-healing low-friction materials for water transport.


Webinar: 16 April 2021 10am (CET)


Time CET

Ulrich Pfeffer

Special Issues


Yue Xiao

Special Issues


Clare Hoskins

Capturing Multidisciplinary Research within the Cancer Nanomedicine Field


Yong Zhang

High entropy alloys: the past, current, and the future


Liliane Auwerter

Special Issue Project - Quick Steps


Q&A and Conclusions

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Discussion Group

MDPI would like to invite all of the Guest Editors who are recognized experts in their field to attend the MDPI Guest Editor Club.

In order to allow GEs from all over the world to present their experience and discuss their achievements more conveniently, we have opened a discussion group for MDPI Guest Editor Club here:

Successful Special Issues

Cancers Journal
Special Issue "Cancer Nanomedicine"

edited by: Clare Hoskins

Special Issue "Uveal Melanoma"

edited by: Ulrich Pfeffer

Materials Journal
Special Issue "Environment-Friendly Construction Materials"

edited by: Shaopeng Wu, Inge Hoff, Serji Amirkhanian and Yue Xiao

Entropy Journal
Special Issue "New Advances in High-Entropy Alloys"

edited by: Yong Zhang

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