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Welcome to Functional Composite Materials

Being both strong and lightweight, composite materials have already found wide-ranging uses in structural and engineering contexts. Through advancements in materials science and engineering the potential for further applications of composite materials can be achieved by introducing functionality. Functional Composite Materials focuses on this exciting new generation of materials. Sitting at the intersection of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, we welcome contributions on all types of composite materials — the only caveat is that composite functionality must be clearly demonstrated.

Read the full Aims & Scope for examples of functionality.

Featured collection - Emerging, Hybrid & Smart Composites

Edited by Christophe Binetruy and Véronique Michaud

Functional composite materials in principle advance the field of composites beyond their specific structural properties. The intrinsically heterogeneous nature of composite materials allows additional material phases to be introduced, with specific added properties such as electrical conductivity, magnetic properties, or integrated surface functions. This collection aims at displaying to experts and interested readers the diversity in contributions, class of materials, emerging areas, cross-disciplinary applications, specific challenges, opportunities. 

Featured collection - Sustainable Polymer Composites: Functionality and Applications

Edited by Fengwei (David) Xie

Due to the alarming environmental issues and our heavy reliance on finite resources, sustainability has been widely recognised as one of the most important goals of our research and technology development. Given this, sustainable materials, which are based on renewable resources and/or degradable under certain conditions into harmless substances, have attracted extensive interest. In particular, the smart design of sustainable polymer composites could endow such materials with appealing functionality, making them have enormous potential for many applications such as in packaging, construction, health, environmental and agricultural areas.

Featured collection - Functional polymer composite materials for additive layer manufacturing

Edited by Francesca Nanni, Jean-Francois Gerard and Brigitte Voit

In the frame of the current industrial revolution, the role of functional materials processed by additive layer manufacturing (ALM) is essential, aiming to the realization of smart products. Polymers and their composites are the best candidates to realize functional materials due to their intrinsic versatility and processability via ALM to obtain components with innovative designs. This focuses on recent progress in functional polymeric materials ALM-related research. 

COVID-19 and peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Speed (average)
43 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
41 days to first decision for all manuscripts
86 days submission to acceptance
69 days acceptance to publication

Usage (2020)
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