With the release of the January 2020 issue of Advanced Materials Letters (AML,), International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM,) celebrated ten years of its not-for-profit publication initiatives. Released by IAAM in the year 2010, Advanced Materials Letters is the flagship international scientific journal of IAAM that works on the model of Diamond Open Access. The journal publishes high quality peer-reviewed articles and papers on materials science, engineering, and technology. Having been making efforts to widely disseminate scientific research and knowledge since 2010, today, International Association of Advanced Materials is one of the oldest scientific organizations with not-for-profit publication initiatives. The organization takes immense pride in taking forward this noble initiative for rich legacy of not-for-profit publishing practices.
In January 2020, IAAM released the 1st issue of the 11th volume of Advanced Materials Letters. The issue was dedicated to IAAM’s motto for this new decade, i.e., ‘Advancement of Materials to Sustainable and Green World’. This issue contains a total of 13 articles including the editorial article of the issue.
Article 1: The Journey of a Decade to Advancing Materials
The first article of this issue is the editorial, contributed by Prof. (Dr.) Ashutosh Tiwari, Editor-in-Chief of Advanced Materials Letters and the Sectary General of IAAM. In this editorial, Prof. Tiwari has presented the highlights of the entire decade-long journey that IAAM has undertaken so far. The article takes the readers on a journey of how IAAM began and has grown into one of the most prominent organizations active in the world of materials science, engineering and technology. Moreover, the article also talks about the plans of IAAM has for the future as it enters this new decade.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011455, Download Full article.
Article 2: Are the Electrospun Polymers Polymeric Fibers?
The second article of the issue gives a demonstration of how the widely used practice to call the electrospun polymers from their solutions and melt ‘polymer nanofibers’ is incurred for many reasons. Authored by S. Fakirov, Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand the article explains that the polymer fibers prepared by the means of the common melt-spinning are characterized by perfect molecular orientation. The article primarily aims to challenge the electrospinning community to modify the manufacturing process in such a way that the final one-dimensional nanomaterial is characterized by perfect molecular orientation.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011456, Download Full article.
Article 3: Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Composite Material and Insulation for a Single Walled Tank for Cryogenic Liquids
The third article, contributed by Philipp W. Kutz, Frank Otremba, and Jan Werner (Bundesanstalt Für Materialforschung Und-Prüfung (BAM), Berlin, Germany) describes the testing methods used to determine the thermal properties of insulation materials and mechanical properties of materials used for the load-bearing structure for pressure tanks and cyrogenic liquids. The concerned experiment was aimed at designing a transportation tank that does not exceed 4 bars within 10 h starting at atmospheric pressure.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011457, Download Full article.
Article 4: Prediction of Long-Term Behavior for Dynamically Loaded TPU
The fourth article published in the journal illustrates a rather simple and yet efficient and consistent method for predicting the long-term material behavior of a selected Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) grade under uniaxial dynamic loading conditions. TPUs are often subject to highly dynamic loading conditions in engineering applications. Because of the properties, TPU materials form an excellent fit for dynamically loaded system components. The long-term behavior of these materials is of special interest and the article explores the same.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011458, Download Full article.
Article 5: Investigation of Doped Titanium Dioxide in Anatase Phase. Study ab initio using Density Functional Theory
The fifth article of the journal reports a study about band gap and absorption spectra by means of the density functional theory of the anatase allotropic form of titanium dioxide doped with Ruthenium. One of the ways to solve the problem is to use clean renewable energy sources. One of these is hydrogen gas produced by water photocatalysis by means of a semiconductor material. The experiment detailed in this article is related to this problem only. The results of the experiment indicated a systematic decrease of the band gap and increase of the absorbance at the visible region with the increase of the amount of dopant.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011459, Download Full article.
Article 6: Comparison between Single Al2O3 or HfO2 Single Dielectric Layers and their Nanolaminated Systems
The sixth article of the issue reported an experiment in which Plasma Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition (PEALD) technique was used for the fabrication of nanolaminated Al2O3-HfO2 thin films as well as of single Al2O3 and HfO2 layers on silicon substrates. The three different layers were deposited at a temperature as low as 250 degree Celsius. The structural properties and their evolution upon annealing treatment at 800 degree Celsius were investigated in this experiment. Also, the dielectrical properties of the nanolaminated system were compared to the opposite single Al2O3 and HfO2 layers. The collected data indicated promising properties of the fabricated nanolaminated film.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011460, Download Full article.
Article 7: Preparation of Stable and Optimized Antibody-gold Nanoparticle Conjugates for Point of Care Test Immunoassays
The study presented in the seventh article aims to optimize the maximum number of antibodies that can be conjugated on commonly used 40 nm gold nanoparticles that are indicators for the conclusion of test results. The study helps the manufacturer and researchers to find the optimum value of antibody molecules that can be conjugated on the surface of 40 nm gold nanoparticles. The article even gives a particular amount of antibody molecules that is sufficient to saturate the surface of 40 nanometer gold nanoparticles of optical density 1.0.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011461, Download Full article.
Article 8: Resonance-Based Temperature Sensors using a Wafer Level Vacuum Packaged SOI MEMS Process
Authored by Gulsah Demirhan Aydin and Tayfun Akin from METU MEMS Centre and Electrical And Electronics Eng. Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, the eighth article of this issue of the journal reports the development of resonance-based temperature sensors using a wafer level vacuum packaged SOI MEMS process which is normally used to implement various MEMS sensors, including MEMS gyroscopes, and accelerometers. The article explains how implementing MEMS temperature sensors in such a MEMS process together with sensitive MEMS sensors allow obtaining temperature data, which is very useful for the compensation of a number of parameters of these MEMS sensors for obtaining improved performance for these sensors.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011462, Download Full article.
Article 9: Integrated System Based on the Hall Sensors Incorporating Compensation of the Distortions
The ninth article of the issue is authored by Miha Gradisek and Janez Trontelj from Laboratory Of Microelectronic, Faculty Of Electrical Engineering, University Of Ljubljana, Slovenia and it details the realization of the integrated magnetic field measurement microsystem incorporating regulation electronics for compensation of its non-idealities and environmental influence. The research in this area is mainly focused on rejecting the influence of the temperature dependent sensor characteristics with intention of the overall performance improvement. The proposed approach in this article adjusts the measured signal with some accuracy for all fabrication processes and a temperature range.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011463, Download Full article.
Article 10: The Efficacy of Cinnamomum Tamala as a Potential Antimicrobial Substance against the Multi-Drug Resistant Enterococcus Faecalis from Clinical Isolates
The tenth article published in this issue showcases the efficacy of Cinnamomum tamala as a potential antimicrobial substance against the multi-drug resistant enterococcus farcalis bacterium. The article talks about how one of the most vulnerable bacteria to this spice was E. faecalis but due to lack of authentic evidences, the treatment with this spice was diminished and used a culinary spice to only provide flavor. The experiment was an attempt to resurrect the ancient phyto-pharmaceutic techniques for combating the pathogenic bacteria as the time with the synthetic chemical antibiotic drug is draining out which gives rise to the multi-drug bacteria which becomes difficult to be treated.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011464, Download Full article.
Article 11: The Effect of Complexing Reagent on Structural, Electrical and Optical Properties of CuS Thin Film
The eleventh article of this issue of the journal details an experiment in which a semiconducting Cus thin films were successfully prepared by successive Ionic Layered Adsorption Reaction technique at room temperature with and without using complexing reagent: hydrazine hydrate, tri ethanol amine, and ammonia. The article says that the structural studies revealed that the crystallinity of the film can be tailored by using complexing agent.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011465, Download Full article.
Article 12: Laser Cladding of Fluorapatite Nanopowders on Ti6Al4V
In the twelfth article of this issue, the authors have given account of an experiment in which first fluorapatite nanopowder was initially synthesized by sol-gel method and then deposited on Titanium alloys using laser cladding technique, X-ray diffraction, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy equipped with electron dispersive spectroscopy, and then applied to study the crystallite and particle size, phase, and chemical structure and microstructure the powder and coating sample. The results of the XRD analysis have also been discussed in the article.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011466, Download Full article.
Article 13: Preparation and Evaluation of Sulfonate Polyethylene Glycol Borate Ester as a Modifier of Functional Properties of Complex Petroleum Lithium Grease
The thirteenth and the last article of this issue gives an account of a study, the goal of which was the synthesis and evaluation of new additives to increase the dropping point and improving the extreme pressure properties of prepared Lithium 12-hydroxy stearate grease samples. The target additive in this study were synthesized via the stoichiometric reaction of poly ethylene glycol 400 and boric acid to give polyethylene glycol borate ester which reacted with the linear alkyl benzene sulfonate in the presence of toluene as azeotrope to give the target sulfonate ester. The article goes on to describe the experiment in detail.
Citation of the article: Adv. Mater. Lett., 2020, 11 (1), 20011467, Download Full article.
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