The open-access journal Nuclear Materials and Energy is devoted to the growing field of research for material application in the production of nuclear energy.
Nuclear Materials and Energy is supported scientifically by the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany for two reasons:

  • Nuclear Materials and Energy is the first fully open-access journal in this field. The Max-Planck-Society has started the Open-Access Initiative in 2003 realizing that a stable, competitive, and quality-assured OA publication system offers immense benefits to the research community. Particularly research using public funding has the responsibility to make results freely available to all interested readers.
  • At the same time it is of paramount importance that the transition to OA must preserve or even improve the quality standards of the present subscription-based model. The Journal adopts a rigorous peer-reviewing policy to guarantee high quality standards. A broad Editorial Board of renowned experts covering the full scope of the journal helps in the evaluation of submitted manuscripts.

The scientific support by the Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik also underlines its contribution to the field of research on plasma-facing materials and specifies the scientific scope of the Journal. The emphasis will be on materials employed in reactors where they are exposed to extreme environments in terms of radiation, temperature and corrosive conditions. The main topics are:

• Fusion reactor materials, including plasma-facing components, such as divertors, limiters blankets, and the first wall.
• Material erosion and transport in the boundary of fusion plasmas and its effect on the incident plasma conditions.
• Interaction of plasmas, ion beams, electron beams and intense heat fluxes with materials with emphasis on lifetime, tritium retention and permeation, and structural stability.
• Fission reactor materials, including fuels, cladding, moderator, control rods, core structures, pressure vessels, but excluding fuel cycle from mining to nuclear waste.
• Fusion and fission reactor materials enduring radiation doses at very high temperature far beyond the capability of materials now available for components.
• Materials behaviour in the interaction with reactor coolants during normal operation and in accidental conditions.
• Materials behaviour addressing the release of fuel, activated dust and reaction products during accidental conditions, and the physical and chemical interactions of reactor core and containment materials.
• Neutron and charged particle radiation effects in materials, including defects, gas retention and permeation, transmutations, microstructural changes, phase changes and macroscopic properties.

Nuclear Materials and Energy publishes concise original research articles. Longer critical review papers and topical reviews are also welcome. The Journal can stimulate research and interest by soliciting invited reviews. The manuscripts must contain new experimental results as well as theoretical evaluations and computer simulations. The manuscripts must focus on materials science and engineering related to application in nuclear energy production. Thus, all topics within nuclear science and engineering or materials science and engineering without relevance to energy production do not necessarily fall within the scope.

Editorial board


  • Joachim Roth
    Max Planck Institut (MPI) für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany

Associate Editor

  • P.D. Edmondson
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Editorial Board Members

  • V. Alimov
    Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • V. Barabash
    ITER Organization, Russian Federation
  • M. Barrachin
    Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
  • S. Brezinsek
    Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • J. Busby
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Enka, North Carolina, USA
  • N. Clavier
    Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule, Bagnols sur Cèze Cedex, France
  • R. Doerner
    University of California at San Diego (UCSD), California, USA
  • M. Ferraris
    Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
  • H. Greuner
    Max Planck Institut (MPI) für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany
  • Y. Hatano
    Toyama University, Toyama, Japan
  • Q. Huang
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Hefei, Anhui, China
  • N.C. Hyatt
    University of Sheffield, Sheffield, , UK
  • A. Ibarra
    CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain
  • W. Jacob
    Max Planck Institut (MPI) für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany
  • C. Journeau
    CEA/DEN, Saclay, France
  • Y-S. Kim
    Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, USA
  • A. Kimura
    Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • R. Kolasinsky
    Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California, USA
  • R. J. M. Konings
    European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • B. Lee
    Imperial College London, London, UK
  • A. Leenaers
    Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Mol, Belgium
  • J. Linke
    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany
  • C. Linsmeier
    Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • T. Loarer
    CEA Cadarache, St Paul lez Durance Cedex, France
  • G-H. Lu
    Beihang University, Beijing, China
  • G-N. Luo
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Hefei, Anhui, China
  • L. Malerba
    CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain
  • I. Mazul
    The Efremov Inst, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • A. Möslang
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • T. Muroga
    National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki-Shi, Japan
  • J. Noirot
    Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), Laudun, France
  • F. Onimus
    CEA/DEN, Saclay, France
  • M. Pouchon
    Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Villigen, Switzerland
  • M. Rieth
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • C. Rosales
    CEIT, San Sebastián, Spain
  • A. Sabau
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
  • M. Shimada
    Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
  • A. Spitsyn
    Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • D. Staicu
  • R.E. Stoller
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, OAK RIDGE, Tennessee, USA
  • P. Tabares
    CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain
  • Y. Ueda
    Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • M. Vijayalakshmi
    Indira Gandhi Centre For Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, India
  • T. Wiss
    European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • J-H. You
    Max Planck Institut (MPI) für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany