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Materials science and chemistry

Materials science and chemistry encompasses experimental and computational research that aims to understand and exploit relationships between structures and properties of materials. On this page, we highlight exciting research in materials design, fabrication, physicochemical characterization, and functional properties.

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Majda Bratovič

At its core, biological matter is pure chemistry, and the way chemical reactions are linked and intertwined to enable life is an endlessly fascinating branch of science. With a background in molecular biology, Majda handles papers in the areas of medicinal, protein and prebiotic chemistry and chemical biology.

Antonio Fornieri

Antonio completed his PhD at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy, with a thesis on electronic thermal transport in superconducting circuits. He then carried out postdoctoral work on topological superconductivity in two dimensional superconductor/semiconductor heterostructures at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. As an editor, he handles manuscripts on the synthesis and opto-electronic applications of 2D materials.

Harry Geddes

Harry’s background is in inorganic and solid-state materials chemistry. His research focussed on the structural characterisation of complex and disordered materials using advanced scattering and spectroscopic techniques, and developing data analysis approaches. As an editor, he handles manuscripts on inorganic materials chemistry.

Robert Guilliatt

Robert’s background is in biomaterials, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and nanotechnology. He is interested in multidisciplinary research which increases basic scientific understanding or addresses a clinical need. As an editor he handles multidisciplinary manuscripts at the interface of the physical and life sciences related to biomaterials, bionanotechnology, drug delivery and biochemical sensors.

Sumin Jin

Sumin is a materials scientist with a research background in nanomechanics, materials characterization, and carbon nanomaterials. As an editor she handles manuscripts in materials science including high entropy alloys, metallic glasses, and materials processing.

 

Johannes Kreutzer (@j_kreutzer1)

Progression in our living standard brings along environmental concerns. Materials with tailored and specialized functions can minimize the impact of our living style on the environment and are the foundation for continuous improvement of our living standard. With a background in materials chemistry, Johannes handles manuscripts in the areas of advanced functional materials and chemical soft matter.

Christian Kuttner

Christian’s background is in colloid and interface science. As a researcher, he worked with a variety of nanomaterials for applications of enhanced spectroscopy, from anisotropic nanocrystals to self-assembled hierarchical superstructures. His interests are functional materials, nanoscale chemistry, and the tailoring of physicochemical and optical properties. As an editor, he handles physical chemistry, including the intersection with nanomaterials.

Silvia Milana(@DrSilviaMilana)

Silvia obtained a PhD from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge. She stayed on as a Research Associate and a Junior Research Fellow to do post-doctoral work on light-matter interaction in two-dimensional (2D) materials and plasmonic nanostructures. She handles manuscripts on the physics of 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures.

Prabhjot Saini (@PKSaini_PJ)

Lifestyle progression is underpinned by the development of materials. Improving properties, such as strength, elasticity, transparency, toxicity, durability and sustainability, is a constant goal. Polymers and hydrogels are just two of the several key materials used on a daily basis. With a polymer chemistry background, Prabhjot handles manuscripts discussing the fundamental science and application of such materials.

Gustavo Tontini (@GusTontini)

Gustavo obtained a Physics degree and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. With experience in multidisciplinary academy-industry collaboration projects, he worked over a broad range of nanostructured materials synthesis and processing for many applications, such as tribology, energy, and energy storage. He handles manuscripts on applied materials and materials engineering.