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    Lecture on Publishing Nanoscience in XXI Century and Introduction to Materials Today Nano

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    In the morning of April 18th, Dr. Marina Soares e Silva, publisher of Materials Science Elsevier, and Prof. Ze Zhang, editor-in-chief of Materials Today Nano/ professor of MSE were invited to deliver lectures for over thirty faculty members and students from MSE at Yuquan Campus. Dr. Marina¡¯s presentation was mainly concerned with leading peer review and academic publishing in the 21st century. She reviewed the journey of peer review along the history from old times to the age of big data sharing. ¡°With the onset of the digital revolution, new technologies have enabled Elsevier to create tools to better server authors, editors and reviewers¡±. Thanks to the revolution progress of information technology, it¡¯s possible for publishers to take out innovative solutions to lead academic publishing in areas such as data sharing and peer review transparency. Dr. Marina introduced Elsevier¡¯s sophisticated reviewer recognition and recommendation platform which ensures the transparency and efficiency of peer review. ¡° It has been playing a vital role leading to a broad portfolio of journal brands with the privilege to serve and collaborate with networks of excellent scientists who take part in and choose the peer-reviewed journals to publish trusted and impactful content.¡± 


    In the meanwhile, she highlighted Elsevier's strategy to continue to strengthen partnerships across the material science in China. They invited  Prof. Ze Zhang at Zhejiang University to join the big growing family of Materials Today journals,  and become the editor-in-chief of a new journal Materials Today Nono  . As a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Zhang was known for international reputation and advanced insight in research of materials science. The foundation of this journal represents an exciting collaboration between the Materials Today brand and one of China¡¯s leading Center for Electron Microscopy. Prof. Zhang briefly introduced the orientation and development of this new journal. ¡°This title aims to be the journal from the community globally to share their insights on materials properties at the nanoscale, including the novel findings that emerge with the latest techniques in imaging and characterization.¡± After introduction to the construction of Materials Today Nano briefly, he was excited to share the good news with the audience that the first volume of Materials Today Nano was under progress and would be issued to public soon. He discussed with the faculty members the latest research breakthrough of materials, especially those exploring the relationship between structure and property in the field of nanomaterials. He suggested young researchers to think deeper and try their best to find out the invisible nature, which is harder to answer yet definitely more significant in pushing forward the development of nature science. Approaching the end, Prof. Gaorong Han extended sincere thanks to their inspiring lectures and wished Materials Today Nano a prospective future.


    Introduction of Materials Today Nano

    Materials Today Nano is a multidisciplinary journal welcoming submissions spanning nanoscience and nanotechnology. From the design and assembly of nanostructured materials, functionalization and properties to the imaging of nanomaterials, the journal aims to capture the latest advances and breakthroughs in nanoscience. The journal seeks to serve as platform for discussions around newest concepts in nanoscience and the development of existing techniques to be applied beyond their traditional applications.

    Part of the Materials Today family, Materials Today Nano offers authors rigorous peer review, rapid decisions, and high visibility. The editors welcome comprehensive articles, short communications and reviews on topics including but not limited to: Nanoscale synthesis and assembly, Nanoscale characterization, Nanoscale fabrication, Nanoelectronics and molecular electronics, Nanomedicine, Nanomechanics, Nanosensors, Nanophotonics, Nanocomposites.

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    Introduction of Editor-in-chief Ze Zhang (Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences)

    Prof. Dr. Ze. Zhang has been working in the field of materials microstructure using electron microscopy correlated with the corresponding properties for more than 30 years. He graduated from the Department of Physics, Jilin University with degree of B.Sc. on 1980.  He got M. Sc., and Ph. D degrees from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, on 1983 and 1987, respectively.

    During his Ph.D work, he focused on electron microscopy study of metastable phase and found, together with his colleagues, a quasicrystal of icosahedral phase with 5-fold symmetry from a Titanium alloy Ti2(Ni1-x-Vx) in early 1985, which is a different system from the aluminum alloy system found by Shechtman in later 1984 (Z. Zhang, H. Q. Ye and K. H. Kuo, "A new icosahedral phase with m35 symmetry", Phil. Mag. A52, L49(1985)).  He was also one of the earlier researchers who discovered dislocations in quasicrystals and did a systematical analysis of Burgers vector determination for such linear defects in a quasiperiodic crystal.

    In recent years, Prof. Zhang together with his research team has developed an advanced microscopy technique, with which in-situ external field can be introduced into the microscope retaining the atomic resolution. They also successfully apply this advanced technique on in-situ electron microstructure study of the size effects of structural materials, especially on abnormal elasticity and strength of Ni-, Fe-, Cu-, Au-, Zr-, and some alloys. Some new phenomena and laws are dug out with regard to the relation between special properties and structure evolution. Moreover, the mechanism of the unusual transformation in nano-scale for the classic metal materials is revealed.

    Prof. Dr. Zhang was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences on 2001. He has been a professor and the director of Academic Committee of Zhejiang University since 2012.  He is the author of more than 260 papers published on international peer reviewed journals. He is a chief scientist of national basic research program of China, the president of China Association for instrumental Analysis, Chinese Electron Microscopy Society, and the president of Asia Pacific Electron Microscopy Association.

    His research interests cover transmission electron microscopy study of microstructure and property of advanced materials, ranging from alloys, nano-wires, to thin films. Special interests on in-situ atomic resolution study of strain induced structural evolution and their impact on material¡¯s physical properties. In recent years, Prof.Zhang and team have published more than 10 papers in high impact factor journals such as Nat. Commun., Nano lett., Adv. Mater., Phy. Rev. Lett., JACS, and so on, and have obtained more than 30 authorized invention patents.