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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

The European Physical Journal Special Topics

Managing Editors: S. Lehr; A. Ruimy

ISSN: 1951-6355 (print version)
ISSN: 1951-6401 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11734

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EPJ ST Special Issue: Heat Transfer in Nanofluids: Dynamics and Recent Developments 

Over the past few decades, several researchers produced a verity of nanofluids which are opted as heat transfer fluids in many engineering and technological process. Nanofluid is a kind of heat transfer fluids, containing nanoparticles (1–100 nm) which are uniformly and stably distributed in a base fluid. Nanoparticles could be metallic/intermetallic compounds such as Ag, Cu, Ni, Au, Fe, and ceramic compounds such as oxides, sulphide and carbides. The liquids such as water, ethylene glycol, mixture of water and ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, engine oil, vegetable oil, paraffin, coconut oil, gear oil, kerosene, pump oil, are used as base fluids. A wide range of applications for nanofluids in different areas such as biomedical applications, lubrication, surface coating, petroleum industry, environmental remediation, and electronics cooling systems have been reported in the literature. In the last decade, nanofluids have gained significant attention due to their enhanced thermal properties. Thermal conductivity is the most significant thermo-physical property of nanofluids, which must be studied in order to demonstrate the capability of nanofluids for heat transfer applications. Experimental studies show that thermal conductivity of nanofluids depends on many factors such as particle volume fraction, particle material, particle size, particle shape, base fluid material, mixture combinations, slip mechanisms and temperature. In order to select the efficient nanofluid with optimal characteristics for cooling applications, not only thermal conductivity but also viscosity must be assessed. In addition, the specific heat capacity and density of the nanofluid should be analysed to describe the nanofluid heat transfer characteristics.
The aim of this special issue is to comprise original theoretical/experimental research articles which address the recent developments and research efforts on nanofluids with the purpose to provide guidelines for future research directions. The dynamics of fluid flow are also within the scope of the issue.
The topics include, but are not limited to:
Dispersions of nanomaterials
Thermal, Electrical, Optical, Rheological and Tribological properties
Inorganic-organic hybrids or nanocomposites
Computational and Theoretical modelling on nanofluids
MHD flow and nonlinear radiation in heat transfer
Chaotic configurations and movement of nanoparticles
Dynamics of fluid/nanofluid flow.
Call for papers:
We would like to invite the authors to submit their original research articles and short reviews on heat transfer studies on nanofluids and motion of fluids/nanofluids.
Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST by selecting “Heat Transfer in Nanofluids: Dynamics and Recent Developments” as a special issue at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php. Manuscripts can be submitted in Word and LaTeX. The LaTeX template of EPJ ST can be downloaded here.
Guest Editors:
Santo Banerjee (Institute for Mathematical Research and Malaysia-Italy Centre of Excellence for Mathematical Science; University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia) and Rushi Kumar B (Department of Mathematics, School of Advanced Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India).
For any further queries, please contact Santo Banerjee santoban@gmail.com.
Deadline for submission: Authors are cordially invited to submit high quality and original research papers before April 19, 2019.

EPJ ST Special Issue: Modeling and simulation of heat/mass transport, nucleation and growth kinetics in phase transformations  

The special issue is devoted to the problem of modeling of transport, nucleation, and growth processes in phase transformations occurring in condensed materials. The special attention is concerned with physical and mathematical models for computer simulation in the analysis of microstructure and properties of materials processed in novel techniques and technologies. First of all, the developing models will be devoted to the phase transformations in nano-structural materials, shape-memory materials, and materials obtained under external fields (e.g. magnetic field, hydrodynamics flows). Recent trends in the development of approaches to the study of these problems in material physics and materials sciences include multi-scale modeling, continual models for describing the properties of discrete systems, gradient-stable computational algorithms, high-performance software systems, and complex simulations using high-performance computing clusters.
This issue will be of interest to a wide range of specialists in material physics: theorists in the field of physical and mathematical models, developers of computational algorithms and software programs, scientists in the field of computational experiments, experimentalists from various fields of materials science. The issue can become a convenient forum for discussing trends and achievements, to find new solutions and to strengthen the research collaborations.
The topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Phase and structural transformations
Heat and mass transfer processes
Hydrodynamic flows
Nucleation and growth kinetics
Propagation of phase interfaces
Pattern formation
Proposed issue guest editors:
Dmitri Alexandrov (ORCID 0000-0002-6628-745X), Dr.Sc., Professor, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation Dmitri.Alexandrov@urfu.ru.
Peter Galenko (ORCID 0000-0002-7069-1754), Dr.Sc., Professor, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, Peter.Galenko@uni-jena.de.
Ilya Starodumov (ORCID 0000-0001-6397-488X), Researcher, Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation Ilya.Starodumov@urfu.ru.
For any queries, please contact Dmitri Alexandrov Dmitri.Alexandrov@urfu.ru.
Call for papers:
The Guest Editors invite authors to submit their original research and short reviews on the theme of the Special Issue of the European Physical Journal Special Topics. Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST by selecting “Modeling and simulation of heat/mass transport, nucleation and growth kinetics in phase transformations” as a special issue at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php. Manuscripts can be submitted in Word and LaTeX. The LaTeX template of EPJ ST can be downloaded here.
Proposed submission deadline: 17 June 2019.

EPJ ST Special Issue: Memristor-based systems: Nonlinearity, dynamics and application 

The term Memristor refers to the special electronic component porposed by Leon Chua. After the implementation of memristor at HP Labs in 2008, there has been an increasing interest in memristor-based systems. Previous research has established that the existence of a pinched hysteresis effect plays a critical role in memristor-based system. Investigating the nonlinearity in memristor is useful not only for understanding its intrinsic features but also for developing new advanced designs. Recently, various complex dynamics have been obversed in memristive sytems such as chaos, extreme multistability, initial condition-dependent dynamics, coexistence of multiple attractors, autowave, and Turing patterns etc. However, discovering dynamics of such systems is still an interesting topic, which should be carried out further. It is noted that memristor-based systems have been the subject of many studies in different areas ranging from neural network, reconfigurable computing, memory technology to artificial intelligence. Potential applications of memrisive systems attract significant attention of the research community and industry.
This special issue is dedicated to present state-of-the-art results on memristor-based systems. The contribution to the Special Issue should be concentrate on the nonlinear aspects, dynamics, and applications of memristor-based sytems
The topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Physical properties of memristors
Nonlinearity and complexity
New modeling directions
Dynamics of memristor-based systems
Advanced architectures and implementations
Novel applications of memristor-based systems.
Call for Papers: The Guest Editors invite authors to submit their original research papers for this Special Issue. Articles may be one of four types: (i) minireviews (10-15 pages), (ii) tutorial reviews (15+ pages), (iii) original paper v1 (5-10 pages), or (iv) original paper v2 (3-5 pages). Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ: ST by selecting the “Memristor-based systems” as a special issue at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php
Authors submitting to the issue should follow submission guidelines here. Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here.
Guest Editors: Viet-Thanh Pham (Thanh Tay Institute for Advanced Study, Thanh Tay University, Yen Nghia, Ha-Dong District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam), Christos Volos (Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, GR–54124, Greece), Luigi Fortuna (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e Informatica, Universita degli Studi di Catania, Catania, Italy)
Submission Deadline: 15th April 2019.
For any queries please contact Viet-Thanh Pham, pvt3010@gmail.com

EPJ ST Special Issue: Nonextensive Statistical Mechanics, Superstatistics and Beyond: Theory and Applications in Astrophysical and Other Complex Systems 

After more than 140 years of impressive success there is no reasonable doubt that the Boltzmann-Gibbs (BG) entropy is the correct one to be used for a wide and important class of physical systems, basically those whose (nonlinear) dynamics is strongly chaotic i.e., for classical systems with positive maximal Lyapunov exponent, which are mixing and ergodic. However, a plethora of physical complex systems exists for which such simplifying dynamical hypotheses are violated; typical examples are those for which the maximal Lyapunov exponent vanishes, leading to sub-exponential sensitivity to the initial conditions, which can of course occur in a variety of mathematical ways.
Corresponding anomalies are found in a variety of quantum systems as well. In order to statistically describe the dynamics of such systems, various generalised forms of statistical mechanics have been proposed such as those using the nonadditive entropies Sq (where q is a real number which, for q=1, recovers the BG entropy), kappa distributions (also known as q-Gaussians, where kappa is simply related to q), superstatistical approaches, among various others. In the last decades, these new generalised statistical mechanical formalisms have found a large variety of very successful applications, even beyond the realm of physics. This special issue aims to cover the most recent analytical, experimental, observational and computational aspects and examples where these new extended formalisms have found fruitful applications.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
Generalised Central Limit theorems
Generalised Large deviation theory
Low-dimensional nonlinear conservative and dissipative dynamical systems near the edge of chaos
Long-range-interacting many-body classical Hamiltonian systems
Complex networks
Area-law-like quantum systems
Applications in astrophysics, space and other plasma physics, geophysics, high energy physics, cosmology, granular matter, cold atoms, econophysics, theoretical and structural chemistry, biophysics, social systems, power grids, image and time series processing, among others.
Guest Editors:
Andrea Rapisarda, Constantino Tsallis, Christian Beck, George Livadiotis, Ugur Tirnakli, and Giorgio Benedek.
For any queries please contact andrea.rapisarda@ct.infn.it and tsallis@cbpf.br.
Call for papers:
The Guest Editors invite authors to submit their original research and short reviews on the theme of the Special Issue of the European Physical Journal -Special Topics. Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ: ST by selecting the "Nonextensive Statistical Mechanics, Superstatistics and Beyond" as a special issue at: https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php
Authors submitting to the issue should follow submission guidelines here. Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here.

EPJ ST Special Issue: Diffusion dynamics and information spreading in multilayer networks  

The real-world scenario of an emergent collective behavior, either in a biological, neuronal, ecological or a social network, raises the challenge of quantifying the impact of diffusion on the rich set of mutual interactions. As well, it is also vital to quantify the dynamics of information spreading that manifests either as an abrupt, explosive phenomenon or as a cascading phenomenon across different degrees of freedom. In this context, multiplex networks arise as the most apt theoretical paradigm, highlighting an additional dimension of complexity in essential relations and thus providing a more inherent description for such systems.
Layered neuronal spiking and bursting, different stages of a dynamical response to an infection, epidemic spreading, competitive dynamics across different layers of a social networks, to name just some examples, are all affected by interplay of multiple tiles of composition, which embodies structural and functional correlations between different spatiotemporal regimes on a multilayer network.
Recent research has shown that layer-driven dynamics is the key in a wide variety of different dynamical processes, in turn giving rise to a novel set of critical phenomena, ranging from super-diffusive patterns to a first order percolation transition and multipartite synchronization manifolds involving multi-chimera states. Along these lines, the coevolution of the dynamics across different layers, bridging the gap between epidemic and awareness spreading, has also been shown to give rise to novel types of reaction-diffusion processes.
Taken together, there is thus a clear need to advance on these fascinating subjects with a dedicated special issue, not least also in connection to applications in real-world networks and systems interactions.
This special thus issue intends to collect original research articles on theory and experiment, as well as reviews on the recent trends concerning the diffusion dynamics associated with multilayer networks.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
*Diffusion patterns in multilayer networks
*Synchronization in multilayer networks
*Multistability in multilayer networks
*Selfsimilarity in multilayer networks
*Chimera states in multilayer networks
*Spontaneous symmetry breaking in multilayer networks
*Epidemics transmission dynamics in multilayer networks
*Awareness spreading in multilayer networks
*Cooperation in multilayer networks
*Reaction-diffusion in multilayer networks
*Quantum multilayer networks
Call for papers:
The Guest Editors invite authors to submit their original research on diffusion dynamics and information spreading in multilayer networks, including the detailed review articles on this Topical Issue. Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ: ST by selecting the "Diffusion dynamics and information spreading in multilayer networks" as a special issue at: https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php
Authors submitting to the issue should follow submission guidelines here. Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here.
Submission deadline: 30 April 2019.
Guest Editors:
Vesna Berec (University of Belgrade) and Matjaz Perc (University of Maribor).
For any queries, please contact Vesna Berec bervesn@gmail.com.

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