Recent Progress in Materials  (ISSN 2689-5846) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
Characterization & Evaluation of Materials
Metallic materials 
Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
Composite materials
Polymer Materials
Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.3 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 12.6 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7.5 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2024  Archive: 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019

Special Issue

New Trends on Circular Economy Building and Construction Materials

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Montserrat Zamorano, PhD

Professor, University of Granada, Granada, Spain.

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Research Interests: environmental technologies; energy efficiency of buildings; waste management, recycling and valorization waste

About This Topic

The construction sector is one of the most resource consuming sectors around the world, including extracted materials, energy and water consumption, as well as waste generation. That’s why the sustainable construction is a key target in countries policy for circular economy: a regenerative economic in which negative environmental impacts generated by construction industry are minimised.

One way to reach it is the production of eco-friendly construction materials, which are based on some premises, including: the use of local and easily available resources, the miminisation of energy and water for their production, the minimisation of transport for their application, the use of waste for their production, as well as their appropriateness for the climate in which they are applied.

This special issue is devoted to publishing papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in materials, with special relevance on eco-friendly building, which could contribute to a construction industry based on the circular economy principles.


circular economy; eco-friendly; building materials; construction materials; sustainable; climate change.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office ( for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Research Article

Life Cycle Assessment of North American Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) Production

Received: 18 June 2021;  Published: 15 December 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2104048


Raw materials for buildings and construction account for more than 35% of global primary energy use and nearly 40% of energy-related CO₂ emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasized the drastic reduction [...]
Open Access Original Research

Durability of Alkali-Activated Materials Made with a High-Calcium, Basic Slag

Received: 09 June 2021;  Published: 13 October 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2104041


Alkali activated (AA) materials have been investigated for decades as an alternative to Portland cement (PC) products. Most consist of a silicate waste activated with alkalis, which leads to lower green-house gas emissions and a substantial drop in the use of unrenewable material resources. This paper studi [...]
Open Access Original Research

Hydration and Microwave Curing Temperature Interactions of Repair Mortars

Received: 24 June 2021;  Published: 09 October 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2104040


Microwave curing of repair patches provides an energy efficient technique for rapid concrete repair. It has serious economic potential due to time and energy saving especially for repairs in cold weather which can cause work stoppages. However, the high temperatures resulting from the combination of microwave exposure and accelerated hydration [...]
Open Access Review

A Review of the Multi-Physical Characteristics of Plant Aggregates and Their Effects on the Properties of Plant-Based Concrete

Received: 26 March 2021;  Published: 20 June 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2102026


The use of plant aggregates obtained from agricultural co-products mixed with mineral binders to form eco-friendly insulating building materials has been initiated for a few years to bring environmentally friendly solutions to the construction sector. Several studies on different agro-resources have already been carried out, provid [...]
Open Access Review

Machine Learning in Hazardous Building Material Management: Research Status and Applications

Received: 22 January 2021;  Published: 11 May 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2102017


Assessment of the presence of hazardous materials in buildings is essential for improving material recyclability, increasing working safety, and lowering the risk of unforeseen cost and delay in demolition. In light of these aspects, machine learning has been viewed as a promising approach to complement environmental investigations [...]