This Special Topic focuses on the emerging research on the topic of flexoelectricity—a unique and universal electromechanical phenomenon that may have tantalizing implications in a wide range of subjects ranging from biotechnology to energy harvesting.
Topics that will be addressed include, but are not limited to, fundamental theory underpinning flexoelectricity, computational approaches, design of multifunctional materials, flexoelectricity in thin films and nanostructures, implications for biology, soft matter, experimental methods in characterizing flexoelectricity, exotic couplings such as flexomagnetism and photoflexoelectricity, among others. We invite prospective authors to submit original research articles that capture the cutting-edge trends in the research on flexoelectricity. In addition to original research articles, this Special Topic will also contain invited perspectives and tutorials that highlight advances of special interest and pedagogical resources for researchers seeking entry into this field.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Fundamental theory of flexoelectricity: from continuum field theories to quantum mechanics
- Computational methods in flexoelectricity
- Experimental methods of characterizing flexoelectricity
- Flexoelectricity-based devices and applications including but not limited to energy harvesting, sensors, actuators, biotechnology, among others
- Flexoelectricity in soft matter and biology
- Coupling of flexoelectricity with other fields e.g. flexomagnetism, photoflexoelectricity
Pradeep Sharma, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Physics, The Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of Houston, TX, USA
Gustau Catalan, ICREA and ICN2-Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia, Catalonia
Irene Arias, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Deputy Editor Simon R. Phillpot
Associate Editor Jiangyu Li
Submission and acceptance criteria:
Manuscripts considered for publication in Journal of Applied Physics are expected to meet the journal’s standard of acceptance: to report on original and timely results that significantly advance understanding in contemporary applied physics. Material that is exclusively review in nature is not considered for publication. Manuscripts submitted for consideration in this Special Topic must meet the same criteria and will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editorial Team of Journal of Applied Physics will issue final decisions on the submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts will publish immediately upon acceptance.
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