Aims & Scope

npj Materials Degradation publishes high-quality papers reporting significant advances in basic and applied research on the degradation of metallic and non-metallic materials. We broadly define ‘materials degradation’ as a reduction in the ability of a material to perform its task in-service as a result of environmental exposure. Topics of interest to the journal include – though are not limited to – the following: corrosion of metals; long-term stability and durability of glasses, minerals and cements; weathering and light/heat induced damage to polymers; degradation of ceramics by extreme temperatures/stresses; irradiation-induced damage to metals and ceramics etc.    

Representative journal scope includes:

  • Degradation of metals, glasses, minerals, polymers, ceramics, cements and composites in natural and engineered environments, as a result of various stimuli: chemical, heat, light, mechanical stress, irradiation etc., and combinations of these.
  • Computational and experimental studies of degradation mechanisms and kinetics.
  • Characterization of degradation, in terms of changes to structure and material properties, by traditional and emerging techniques.
  • New approaches and technologies for enhancing resistance to degradation, ranging from materials design to coatings.
  • Inspection and monitoring techniques for materials in-service, such as sensing technologies.

As well as publishing original research papers, npj Materials Degradation also welcomes the submission of critical Reviews, thought-provoking Perspectives, and Brief Communications. We are additionally interested in discussion pieces from industry that address challenges faced in the application of materials in demanding environments.