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Call for Papers: "in situ Mechanical Characterization of Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials"

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"In Situ Mechanical Characterization of Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials"

Due to their interesting electrical, chemical, magnetic, optical, and mechanical properties, low-dimensional (1D and 2D) nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, metallic/semiconductor nanowires, and graphene/molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) atomic layers, have been extensively investigated in the past decades. However, the ability to achieve the full potential of their fascinating applications is ultimately limited by how these low-dimensional building blocks will behave at relevant length scales, in particular, their mechanical performance and reliability.

Thanks to the recent developments of various in situ techniques for testing individual nanostructures inside high-resolution electron microscopes (TEM/SEM), new phenomena and deformation mechanisms have been discovered. Meanwhile, the small sample sizes allow the atomic-scale modeling (such as MD simulation) to capture the experimental findings and validate the underlying mechanisms. Together they shall provide unprecedented details and quantitative insights into how nanomaterials respond to applied load, the “size effects” in mechanical and other physical properties.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles addressing recent advances on in situ mechanical characterization for various low-dimensional nanomaterials. Original, high quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Mechanical characterization of nanowires, nanopillars, and nanotubes

Mechanics of graphene and other 2D materials

New methodologies developed for quantitative nanomechanical testing

Advanced in situ electron microscopy and AFM techniques

In situ electro/thermomechanical probing and environmental effects

Time-dependent deformation at nanoscale: fatigue, creep, and strain rate effect

Experiments and simulations at atomic scale

Ultra-strength behavior and elastic strain engineering

Authors can submit their manuscripts via the Manuscript Tracking System at


Manuscript DueFriday, 26 February 2016

First Round of ReviewsFriday, 20 May 2016

Publication DateFriday, 15 July 2016


Lead Guest Editor

Yang Lu, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Guest Editors

Xiaodong Han, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China

Tobin Filleter, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Qian Yu, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Junjie Niu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, USA


Please let me know if you have any question. Thank you for your support!

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