September 7, 2017

In This Issue

Metallurgical and Materials Transactions E to Merge Content 

Content previously published in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions E: Materials for Energy Systems (MMTE) will merge into Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (MMTA). Accordingly, MMTA has expanded its scope to include materials being developed for or applied to current and emerging energy technologies and energy-related environments. MMTE will cease publication starting immediately, with authors being encouraged to publish their research in MMTA on all aspects of materials science and engineering that impact energy challenges. The last issue of MMTE was published in August 2017, and the journal is no longer accepting new article submissions.

Consolidating MMTE’s scope within MMTA serves to strengthen Metallurgical and Materials Transactions’ position as a highly desirable publishing destination, according to Principal Editor Tresa Pollock. MMTA’s Impact Factor (IF) has experienced a steady upward trend over the years, with its 2016 IF standing at 1.874. “While MMTA will continue to emphasize exploration of relationships among processing, structure, and properties of materials, broadening its topics of interest to include energy materials opens new opportunities to publish important, high-quality papers,” said Pollock. “Authors with interests in energy-related research also now have the option to share their work in one of the most respected archival publications in the materials science and engineering field.”

Pollock thanked the MMTE editorial team for its dedication and efforts in launching and managing MMTE during its publication history. “The quality of papers submitted to MMTE was quite high, with one winning the TMS Light Metals Division/Extraction & Processing Division Best Paper Award in 2016,” she said. “However, sustaining a small quarterly journal in today’s marketplace is quite challenging, with authors facing multiple options for presenting their work. Merging MMTE’s content with MMTA makes it possible to better serve our professional community with one, comprehensive publishing venue.”

All issues of MMTE published since its launch in 2014 will continue to be available on SpringerLink. TMS members will have free access to these back issues by logging into the Journals section of the TMS website and navigating to the MMTE reference under the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions section of that page. 

Metallurgical and Materials Transactions is published jointly by TMS and ASM International.

Abstract Deadline Extended for TMS-FEMS Symposia 

TMS and the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) have extended the abstract submission deadline for the two special symposia that the societies are jointly planning for the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Both symposia will explore science and technologies from the perspective of developments in Europe.

Abstracts will be accepted through September 30 for the following symposia: 

Nanocellulose Fibrils: A New Constituent in Materials Research

Organized by Lars Berglund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

This symposium will examine the potential, development, and application of cellulose nanofibrils. Presentations on preparation methods and structure-property relationships, including interface studies involving molecular dynamics simulations, are highly encouraged. The potential of water-based processing is of particular interest.

Process Intensification in Pyrometallurgical Systems

Organized by Bart Blanpain, K.U. Leuven; Yousef Mohassab, Vesuvius; Huayi Yin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Els Nagles, InsPyro; and Sander Arnout, InsPyro

Topics of interest for this symposium include, but are not limited to:
Energy density increases in electric, gas, or other fueled furnaces
Higher rates of gas injection per liquid volume in bath smelting operations
Higher degrees of oxygen enrichment, higher firing rates, advanced burner designs
Advances in furnace types from low intensity, e.g. reverb, to flash or beyond, e.g. plasma
Changes required to the vessels to maintain vessel integrity at higher processing speeds
Impacts of high rates of processing on deviation from equilibrium
Strategies to enhance heat and mass transport to maintain traditional processing efficiency/thermal efficiency
On-line measurement and other improved process controls which allow for high processing intensities
The TMS and FEMS symposia will be held as part of the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona, March 11–15.
TMS Seeks Nominees for 2019–2022 Board of Directors

TMS is accepting nominations for two Board of Directors positions for the 2019–2022 term until January 16, 2018. The open positions are the Presidential Rotation and Membership and Student Development Director. 

The Presidential Rotation encompasses three successive one-year positions: Vice President, President, and Past President. All three roles are officer positions within the Society and carry unique responsibilities; the role of President includes serving as chair of the Board of Directors. 

The Membership and Student Development Director represents the entire membership in carrying out the professional activities of the Society concerned with its professional and student membership and related activities, including recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and other issues consistent with the Society’s strategic plan. 

Packages for applicants to these positions will be considered by the Society’s Nominating Committee, which will then recommend a candidate for each position to the Board of Directors. If approved by the Board of Directors, these endorsed candidates will be presented to the general membership for approval in July 2018. In addition to these two positions, the 2019–2022 Board will welcome three new directors filling the Technical Division Chair positions: Light Metals Division, Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division, and Structural Materials Division. These candidates are not advanced to the Board of Directors via the Nominating Committee but rather by the respective Technical Division Councils. 

To access complete job descriptions and qualifications for each office, as well as the Nominee Statement Form and nomination instructions, log in to the Access Member Benefits section of the TMS website. From there, you will be able to access the Submit Board Nominations page. For additional information, contact Nancy Lesko, TMS Executive and Board Administrator.