We are pleased to announce the creation of the Materials Science Research Network (MatSciRN), which focuses on 12 major areas of scholarship. SSRN's newest network provides a worldwide online community for materials science scholars and for the sharing of ideas across a broad spectrum of early stage research.

MatSciRN is an open platform where materials science researchers can freely post and freely download research. It hosts early stage research including preprints, conference papers, and working papers from researchers around the world. We are pleased to announce that Acta Materialia, Inc., an international consortium of materials science societies and organizations, is the sponsor for this new open materials science research sharing space.

"As a nonprofit seeking to support the entire broad materials research community, Acta Materialia, Inc. is delighted to be partnering to launch MatSciRN, a new platform that will help the community rapidly disseminate new knowledge and proliferate discussion about materials science and engineering," says Prof. Christopher A. Schuh, Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and Coordinating Editor of the Acta Materialia family of journals. In addition to sponsoring the network, Acta Materialia, Inc. is sharing free access to preprints of their four leading materials science journals, Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, Scripta Materialia, and Materialia, as part of SSRN's First Look program.
The aim behind the Acta Materialia, Inc. First Look is to:
  • provide a venue for Acta Materialia, Inc. journals’ authors to host preprints of their work;
  • allow authors to showcase their research results prior to review and publication, thus aiming to speed up the dissemination process;
  • provide readers with an insight into groundbreaking work before it has been published as well as allow them to post comments on the work.
View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Acta-Materialia-Inc-FL.html
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Gregg Gordon, SSRN Managing Director, likens the Acta Materialia sponsorship with SSRN's MatSciRN and Acta Materialia First Look journal partnership to "first rough drafts in the making of history." He says, "this is such an incredible opportunity to invoke interdisciplinary exchanges amongst researchers at an early stage by creating an open access dialogue to share ideas that one day could ultimately change the world."

Shirley Decker-Lucke, SSRN Content Director, said "the opportunity to combine the prestigious Acta Materialia with SSRN's MatSciRN and a journal First Look rollout creates wonderful momentum for serving researchers in this important and growing discipline. Here researchers can encounter other people working in materials science and also discover research in overlapping areas such as chemistry, engineering, and biomedical research in a free sharing environment. I look forward to adding other journals to the MatSciRN First Look program and to seeing how MatSciRN can help speed and improve the dissemination of materials science research."

The following MatSciRN areas are available in this new network and subscriptions will be free during the start-up phase.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Biomaterials.html
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Description:This area includes research output on the interaction of biomaterials (natural or synthetic, alive or lifeless, and usually made of multiple components) with biological systems for medical purposes. This would be works focused on the development of materials to replace or augment human tissues. Topics included are: Biomimetics, Materials for Bio-Medical Implants, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics Applications, Stem Cell Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering and Other Biomaterials.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Computational-Materials-Science.html
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Description:This area includes computational modeling and practical research for advanced materials and their applications. It also involves the application of modern computational methods alone, or in conjunction with experimental techniques to investigate existing inorganic and organic materials, as well as to discover new materials. Topics included are: Computational Studies of Nanoscale Materials, Computational Studies of Inorganic & Organic Materials, Design of Advanced Materials for New Application, Materials for Energy Storage & Conversion, Process & Device Modeling, and Other Computational Materials Science.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Corrosion.html
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Description:This area includes the investigation of the causes of environmental degradation of materials and the prevention of failure in materials. The area also focuses on the development of better methods to protect materials from the debilitating effects of the environment. The topics included are: Fundamental Studies of Corrosion, Development of Environmentally Friendly Protective Coating Systems, Evolution of Corrosive Environments, Localized Corrosion, Predictive Modeling of Corrosion Damage Accumulation, and Other Corrosion.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Electronic-Optical-Magnetic-Materials.html
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Description:This area includes content on the synthesis, processing, and characterization of new electronic, optical, and magnetic materials. It also includes electronic products that deliver data to information storage systems that can be accessed internally or externally to facilitate decision making. The topics included are: Condensed Matter Technique Development, Nano-Structured Ceramics for Applications in Electrochemical Devices, Permanent Magnetic Materials, Phase Stability & Interfacial Phenomena in Thin Films, Semi- & Super-Conducting Materials, and Other Electronic, Optical & Magnetic Materials.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Materials-for-Energy.html
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Description:This area includes research on the development of electric energy in batteries and supercapacitors, as well as improved fuel technology. The topic also includes improved materials and schemes to convert solar energy either to electricity or to chemical fuels such as hydrogen or methanol. The topics included are: Energy Recovery, Materials for Energy Conversion, Materials for Energy Harvesting, Materials for Energy Transport & Storage, Fuel Cell Catalysis, and Other Materials for Energy.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Materials-Performance.html
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Description:This area includes research on improvement of synthesized materials used in manufacturing, energy, electronics, defense, and other industries. The topics included are: Co-Continuous Metal/Ceramic Composites, Characterization of Improved Biomedical Materials, Emerging Al-Li Alloys, Materials that Influence Large-Scale Manufacturing, Refractory Metals, and Other Materials Performance.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Materials-Processing-Manufacturing.html
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Description:This area includes research on the development of cost-effective techniques for synthesis, processing, and fabrication of advanced materials that can meet the demands of a rapidly changing commercial marketplace. The topics included are: Fabrication & Testing of Advanced Microcomposite Materials, High-Temperature Intermetallic Materials, Non-Conventional Materials & Technologies, Processing of Ceramic Composites from Metallic Superconductors, Vitrification of Industrial Waste, and Other Materials Processing & Manufacturing.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Materials-Science-Educator.html
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Description:This area includes content that supports high quality student learning in materials science and related disciplines. The topic also involves the development and adoption of effective practices in teaching and learning.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Materials-Science-Negative-Results.html
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Description:This area includes research in which negative results were found. Negative results are instances in which the expected outcome of the research was not borne out by the results. The negative results eJournal includes papers that have controversial or provocative results that challenge established theories as well as papers that replicate or support findings published elsewhere.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Mechanical-Properties-Deformation-Mat.html
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Description:This area includes research on the simulation and modeling of forming operations for metals, as well as wear behavior of composites. It also involves the use of experimental techniques on operations that significantly change the shape of metals (i.e., deformation process) by bulk-forming (e.g., rolling, extrusion and forging), and sheet-forming processes (e.g., stretching, flanging and contouring). The topics included are: Creep & Damage of Stainless Steels, Flow of Porous Ductile Materials, Hardness of Multi-Layered Metallic Composites, Sheet Metal Forming, Toughening of Ceramics & Intermetallics, and Other Mechanical Properties & Deformation of Materials.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Nanomaterials.html
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Description:This area includes research on materials with sizes no more than 1,000 nanometers, that are used as thin films, surface coatings, and computer chips. Nanomaterials are engineered with distinctive compositions, sizes, shapes, and surface chemistries, to enable novel techniques in a wide range of applications. The topics included are: Drug Delivery, Energy Storage, Nanocellulose Materials for Biomedical Applications, Impact of Nanomaterials on the Environment/Human Health, Quantitative & Qualitative Assessments for Nanomaterials, and Other Nanomaterials.


View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Structural-Materials.html
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Description:This area includes research on materials that are studied primarily for their mechanical properties, especially in the construction industry, because of their ability to resist external forces. The topics included are: Advanced Composites, Concrete, Lightweight Alloys, Materials with Controlled Properties, Structural Plastic & Reinforced Fiber Elements, Wood, and Other Structural Materials.

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