APL Materials is a high-impact open access journal embracing all research across materials science. The journal aims to highlight research at the forefront of the field, with particular emphasis given to high quality and timely research. We recognize that materials science is a vast and critical research area, and we welcome research across all areas of materials science. These areas span material dimensions (nanomaterials to bulk materials), properties (optical, electronic, magnetic, etc.), and applications (energy, biological, functional, etc.).


Topic areas include:

Nanomaterials & Low-D Materials

  • 0D: quantum dots, nanoparticles
  • 1D: nanowire, nano fiber, nanotube
  • 2D: thin films, layers, coatings
  • 3D: nanochannel, nanostructures, nanoarchitectures, nanopores

Material Properties

  • Optical Materials – photonics, optics, sensors, optoelectronics, detection
  • Electronic Materials – semiconductors, thermoelectrics, piezoelectric, spintronic, ferroelectric, superconductors
  • Magnetic Materials – ferroic, multiferroics, antiferromagnetic
  • Mechanical Properties – nano mechanics, high-pressure studies

Energy Materials

  • Energy storage
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy generating
  • Energy conversion
  • Composite materials for energy applications
  • Interfaces for energy/charge transfer
  • Energy saving materials

Smart & Biomaterials:

  • Wearable materials
  • Soft materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces & interfaces
  • Flexible electronics
  • Neuromorphic engineering & materials

Functional Materials:

  • Inorganic materials – liquid crystals, ceramics, etc.
  • Metals & alloys
  • Polymeric materials
  • Composites
  • Amorphous materials
  • Crystalline materials
  • Quantum materials
  • Membranes
  • Catalysts
  • Supramolecular materials – self-assembly, porous materials, framework materials, hierarchical materials
  • Metamaterials

The journal also embraces those theory or computational works when experimental data or findings are also reported.

ISSN: 2166-532X

Open Access Statement

APL Materials is a gold open access journal. Articles published in APL Materials are always freely available to read, download, and share – no subscription needed. Authors who publish in APL Materials also retain the copyright to their work under a Creative Commons license. Under this license, users are free to share and adapt the material in any format; only a citation to the original publication is needed. Visit the AIP Publishing Open Access Policy for more information about our policies on open access.

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* Data from the 2023 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate, 2024).