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

Life-cycle Analysis of Wood Building Materials and Bioenergy Resources for the Circular Economy

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Richard Bergman, PhD

USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726, USA

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Research interests: life-cycle assessment, forest products, wood drying, green building, techno-economic analysis

Hongmei Gu, PhD

USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726, USA

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Research interests: whole building life cycle assessment, mass timber building, life cycle cost, biomass to bioenergy conversion life cycle assessment

David Nicholls, PhD

USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Juneau, AK 99801 USA

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Research interests: wood-coal cofiring, community energy management, financial optimization of bioenergy systems, hardwood furniture marketing

About This Topic

This special issue will address the role of wood building materials and woody biomass in supporting a sustainable bioeconomy, with a focus on life cycle assessments that quantify climate change mitigation benefits.   This area is significant in light of recent advances in green building materials to reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions.  This special issue will also consider recent advances in bioenergy use, including innovative production and transportation systems.  The emerging circular economy will integrate both building materials and energy from bio-based materials to help reach greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to recent research on:

• innovative life cycle assessment methods to quantify the environmental benefits for wood products
• environmental performance of forest-based products, including emerging products such as mass timber and nanocellulose materials
• life cycle assessments of traditional wood products used in green building systems
• the use of environmental product declarations and eco-labels in green building materials
• life cycle assessments of novel manufacturing technologies for biochar, torrefied wood, and related energy products

Keywords: life cycle assessment, green building systems, mass timber, environmental product declarations, bioeconomy, climate change mitigation

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 Case Report

Influence of Wetting-Drying Cycles on Wood Behaviour of Coastal Pedestrian Walkways

Received: 30 September 2022;  Published: 11 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301004


In the context of inspection and maintenance actions for beach walkways in the North of Portugal, some samples of wood used in their construction were collected – the Pinus sylvestris wood, widely applied in the country. The sustainability of the beach walkways over natural coastal areas is very [...]
Open Access Case Report

A Case Study on the Impact of Transportation of Mass Timber Products on the Cradle-to-Gate LCA Results for an Institutional Building

Received: 21 April 2022;  Published: 05 August 2022;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2203014


Mass timber products (MTPs) are being adopted in new building constructions and remodels in the last three decades, credited to their renewable and low carbon footprint characteristics. However, there are no mass timber manufacturers currently existing in Atlantic Canada. Extended distances of transporting MTPs to this region from other Canadi [...]
Open Access Research Article

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Wood Flour and Pellets for Manufacturing Wood-Plastic Composites (WPCs)

Received: 07 December 2021;  Published: 09 February 2022;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2201003


This study is expanding the previous studies that were focused on the material properties and transportation costs of the two alternative feedstocks for manufacturing wood-plastic composites (WPCs): wood flour and pellets. Besides the material properties and cost analysis, life-cycle assessment (LCA) is equally important to assess [...]