January 14, 2010

The Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics will be initiated in January of 2011 as a new publication in the Engineering Mechanics Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). LSU's Dr. George Z. Voyiadjis, Boyd Professor and Chair of the CEE Department is the founding editor of this new journal.

It is commonly accepted that Nanotechnology is the new revolution in the science. Although a precise control of material nanostructure for all materials of interest has not been achieved, every day new techniques and sophisticated devices are being developed to be able to manufacture materials with more precise nanostructure and to calculate more accurate measurements. Thus, the models of material mechanical behavior at nanoscale can be validated using the experimental data obtained using sophisticated instruments and techniques developed recently. This small world is now attracting more interest from the engineering mechanics community as well as other related fields such as physics, material science, chemistry, and biological sciences because of the opportunities it offers in the development of materials of unprecedented properties. However, today there is too much dilution of work done on this field of mechanics in a variety of journals which prevents the field from developing a cohesion and integrity. This newly born journal aims to primarily fulfill the emergent need of the engineering mechanics community and secondly of the pertinent scientific community to have a coherent, mainstream journal to publish their experimental, theoretical, or numerical contributions. This will advance the understanding of nano/micromechanical behavior of engineering materials.

The ASCE Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics will report original developments of fundamental concepts of nano/micromechanics and novel application of various branches of engineering science and in particular the development of new nano-tailored and micro tailored materials that are of interest to the civil engineering community as well as to other broader scientific communities. The journal will cover the experimental and theoretical developments that constitute the state of the art of the field.

Launching a new journal to competitive scientific communities like the mechanics community in general and in particular mechanics community of civil engineering is always a challenging task. However, with the sustained dedication of the editorial team and valuable contributions from proactive mechanics communities, it is not a remote possibility but a realistic expectation that this journal will host most important future research work in nano/micromechanics and will become the mainstream journal of nanomechanics and micromechanics.


Article by Crystal Jackson for the LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5707, mlavall@lsu.edu



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