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)

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Special Issue

Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Technology

Submission Deadline: December 01, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Hassan-Ali Hakemi, PhD

Affiliation: Plastic Liquid Crystal Technology, Italy

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Research Interests: industrial development of plastic Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) devices; Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP) and surfactants, Polymer Stabilized Liquid Crystal (PSLC); liquid crystal elastic constants by light scattering; mass transport in liquid crystals by optical microscopy; nematic, cholesteric and smectic liquid crystals: metal-organic liquid crystals.

Stanislaw J. Klosowicz, Professor

Affiliation: Military University of Technology, Poland

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Research Interests: liquid crystals; composites; electrooptics; optoelectronics; materials science.

About This Topic

Although Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals (PDLC) are only small part of liquid crystal science but they are interesting from both scientific and application points of view. Such a composite system makes possible to combine the elasticity of the polymer and the electric driving of optical properties of liquid crystal. Despite a reproduction of many electrooptic and thermooptic effects observed in thin layers of different liquid crystal phases also unique ones were found in PDLC composites. The electrooptic effect of electrically-induced light transmission has been successfully adopted for a construction of intimacy glasses. The methods of PDLC preparation are still improved including the effect of the composite morphology on its electrooptic behavior. New polymer matrices and new liquid-crystalline materials are introduced. Moreover the third component of the PDLC composites have been extensively studied including dyes, graphene oxide, carbon nanorods and nanocrystals.

The scope of this special edition will be a review of recent academic research developments and industrial evolution of PDLC technology. Original research reports, review articles, communications, and perspectives etc. are welcome in all areas pertinent to this topic. All accepted papers will be published totally free of charge.


PDLC; material and process parameters; electro-optical properties; UV and thermal curing; industrial evolution; applications and devices; theoretical models.

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Open Access Technical Note

Towards Femtoscan-Assisted Analysis of Liquid Crystal Self-Organization on Different Polymer and Glass Surfaces for Lab-on-a-Chip and Lab-on-a-Dish Applications, Including Optofluidic and Flexoelectric Ones

Received: 27 December 2022;  Published: 29 May 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2302022


In this paper, starting with an introductory review of the applications of liquid crystals and polymer-dispersed liquid crystal systems in (bio)sensors and microfluidics, the possibilities of visualizing self-organization products of liquid crystalline media or field-induced instabilities of liquid crystallin [...]
Open Access Short Review

Reverse Mode Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal-based Smart Windows: A Progress Report

Received: 17 August 2021;  Published: 01 November 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2104044


The reverse mode polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) is an emerging smart window technology. Unlike traditional PDLCs, a reverse mode PDLC can be transparent and opaque in the absence and presence of an external electric field. This report provides a brief introduction to several reverse modes PDLC [...]
Open Access Original Research

The Effect of Curing Temperature on the Morphology and Electro-Optical Properties of a Flexible UV-Cured Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC)

Received: 11 October 2020;  Published: 08 December 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2004023


In this work, the experimental data on flexible PDLC films at the industrial scale and the effect of cure temperature (Tc) on the morphology and electro-optical properties of a UV-cured PDLC system via polymer-induced phase separation (PIPS) method were studied. Under constant UV radiation intebsity and thickness, the morphological parameters [...]