2017 Impact factor 1.536
Condensed Matter and Complex Systems

Open Calls for Papers

EPJ B Special Issue: Non-Linear and Complex Dynamics in Semiconductors and Related Materials

The investigation of nonlinear dynamics and low-dimensional chaos in semiconductors has become a mature field of research over recent decades, with research interests ranging from the multi-facetted carrier dynamics to the sophisticated optical properties in complex materials and devices.

With the motto “Complex Systems Science meets Matter and Materials,” this topical issue of EPJ B aims to take stock of both current and future developments in the field. It will collect theoretical, experimental and computational contributions with the specific goal of
i) Investigating and explaining the fundamental physics behind the dynamical processes occurring at various scales.
ii) Describing the detailed foundations of theoretical and computational modeling
iii) Suggesting future experiments in the field

Guest Editor:

  • Kathy Lüdge, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: October 31, 2018

Submission is now open. Contributions should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ B https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjb. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “Non-linear and complex dynamics in semiconductors and related materials” (use the pull down menu).

If you experience any difficulties with the submission process or for further details and information, please contact the editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

EPJ B Special Issue: Complex Systems Science meets Matter and Materials

Understanding the functional properties of materials is often a multi-scale problem where many factors cooperate. While for most practical purposes it is useful to idealize the materials response as a deterministic function of the externally applied perturbation, heterogeneities and fluctuations are unavoidable. This issue is particularly important in materials that have a disordered microstructure as in amorphous and glassy materials, granular matter, soft materials, but also in general for nano materials. While in macroscopic samples, noise and fluctuations are typically averaged out, when the sample size is reduced towards the nanoscale traditional methods are bound to fail. Small systems are typically associated with fluctuations that are large as compared to the mean, so that homogenization methods are ineffective. We thus need a theoretical formalism that can treat explicitly fluctuations. The physics of complex non-equilibrium disordered systems provides a possible framework to develop these ideas into concrete tools for understanding and designing the response of materials.

The EPJB topical issue on "Complex Systems Science meets Matter and Materials” will collect theoretical, experimental and computational contributions to materials science studied with the perspective of complex systems. Relevant topics include crackling noise, relaxation of glassy systems, mechanical properties of disordered systems, materials design using machine learning, rheology of soft matter (colloidal systems, fibre networks) and fluctuations in nano-materials. The unifying theme of this topical issue is the view of a material as a complex interacting system where the macroscopic response emerges from a non-trivial interaction between its microscopic or mesoscopic constituents.

Guest Editor:

  • Stefano Zapperi, University of Milan, Department of Physics, Milano, Italy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: 30 September 2018

Submission is now open. Contributions should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ B https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjb. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “Complex Systems Science meets Matter and Materials” (use the pull down menu).

If you experience any difficulties with the submission process or for further details and information, please contact the editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

EPJ B Special Issue on Multiscale Materials Modeling

The main theme of MMM2018 is “Toward the next twenty years, opening new era in Multiscale Materials Modeling”. In the last twenty years, Multiscale Materials Modeling (MMM) has dramatically grown and become a principal pillar of materials science and engineering through the eight landmark MMM meetings. This international conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling has inspired the fusion of the mechanics and the materials science fields from the modeling viewpoints to yield the new methodologies and the simulation-based engineering. It has challenged in order to overcome spatial and temporal scale limitations by tackling materials complexities, synergizing modeling and experiment, strengthening multidisciplinary approaches, broadening applications of MMM, and so on.

These successive conferences have been concentrating the wisdom of materials and computational mechanics scientists, mathematicians and technologists. MMM2018 brings in cutting edge studies in all aspects of materials theory, mathematics, modeling, simulation, and design, not only for developing fundamental MMM concept but also tackling more complex and practical multiscale problems directly linked to our life; fatigue, aging, corrosion, creep, wear and friction, chemical reaction, mechanics of biological and soft materials, avalanche, earth quake, energy conversion and storage, alloy and microstructure design, by tuning mechanical and functional properties, modeling complex materials, investigating materials under extreme condition and so on.

Guest Editors:

  • Yoji Shibutani, Osaka University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka 565-0871, Japan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Shigenobu Ogata, Osaka University, Department of Mechanical Science and Bioengineering, 1-3 Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-8531, Japan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tomotsugu Shimokawa, Kanazawa University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: 28 February 2019

Submission is now open. Contributions should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ B https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjb (or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “Multiscale Materials Modeling ” (use the pull down menu).

If you experience any difficulties with the submission process or for further details and information, please contact the editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Acting EiC: Eduardo Hernandez

Executive Editors:
B.K. Chakrabarti, W. Duan, E. Hernandez, H. Rieger
I am naturally indebted to you and the referees who contributed to this success with your time and constructive advice.

Hamid Assadi

ISSN (Print Edition): 1434-6028
ISSN (Electronic Edition): 1434-6036

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