New Nature Partner Journal: npj 2D Materials and Applications

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 23 September 2016

npj 2D Materials and Applications is an online-only, open access journal that aims to become a top-tier interdisciplinary platform for scientists to share research on 2D materials and their applications. Part of the Nature Partner Journals series, npj 2D Materials and Applications is published in partnership with FCT NOVA, Lisbon, with the support of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS).

In terms of policy making and impact, the journal responds to the pressing requirements of translating robust research based on this new class of materials into systems and devices that deliver sustainable solutions for a wide range of applications.

Editor-in-Chief, Professor Andras Kis, introduces npj 2D Materials and Applications - a new home for graphene and beyond!
The field of 2D materials, based on ultrathin sheets that otherwise form layered materials was started and dominated for a long time by graphene. While graphene can be described by a lot of superlatives, just like everything else in life, it can also have limitations when it comes to certain applications. One example is the absence of a band gap which is an important drawback for applications that require semiconductors, for example in electronics where a band gap is needed to make a transistor switch that can be turned off or for solar cells that efficiently converts light into electricity. Graphite is not the only layered material though, so the realisation that experimental approaches originally developed for graphene can be extended to other layered materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) with semiconducting molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) as one of the best known examples, has fuelled the rapid growth of interest in 2D materials beyond graphene. We now know of over 500 such materials to choose from, all with interesting properties. Examples include NbSe ;which is a superconductor, VS2 predicted to be a ferromagnet or CrSiTe3 predicted to be a semiconducting ferromagnet. People very often ask me “which 2D material is best?” Our civilisations are based on using a multitude of materials and the choice of the best material is determined by its application. It is time to adopt a similar approach in nanoscience and stop expecting that one single wonder material can solve all our problems. Given the history of the 2D materials field, some materials such as TMDCs are better explored with some key applications emerging such as in valleytronics, while others such as PdSe2 have yet to be explored. Yet they all have something new to offer; we only have to try hard enough to find what it is. As the Editor-in-chief ofnpj 2D materials and applications I will strive to keep a balance and select the best papers on “more established” and “new” 2D materials, being reported on for the first time. This new journal is part of the nature research portfolio and of the nature partner journal series. Open access and online only, I hope that it will serve the 2D materials’ community by widely disseminating the most exciting and impactful new findings and stimulating discussion and further research.

In the press release about the launching of npj 2D Materials and Applications, Martin Delahunty, Global Director of Nature Partner Journals, Springer Nature, said: “Materials science is not yet well served by high quality, high impact open access publications. npj 2D Materials and Applications will meet that need, with broad coverage of research in 2D materials — materials consisting of a single layer of atoms — and nanostructures formed of these materials.”

npj 2D Materials and Applications will publish original papers, review articles and short communications to reflect the latest breakthrough and developments taking place in all aspects 2D materials, including allotropes (different structures of the same element) and compounds, ultralight composite materials, their properties (including mechanical properties), and their isolation, synthesis and manufacturing. The journal will also publish research relating to the use of 2D materials in applications such as photovoltaics, optoelectronics and photonics, semiconductors, sensors, electrodes, water purification/filtration/distillation, and energy storage.

npj 2D Materials and Applications is led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Andras Kis, Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures in the School of Electrical Engineering of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The journal is now open for submissions. Publish with npj 2D Materials and Applications.