The Journal of Materials Science publishes reviews, full-length papers, and short Communications recording original research results on, or techniques for studying the relationship between structure, properties, and uses of materials. The subjects are seen from international and interdisciplinary perspectives covering areas including metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, electrical materials, composite materials, fibers, nanostructured materials, nanocomposites, and biological and biomedical materials. The Journal of Materials Science is now firmly established as the leading source of primary communication for scientists investigating the structure and properties of all engineering materials

The Journals reports principally the achievements of materials science and engineering all over the world, putting the stress on the original research papers, review articles invited by editor, letters, research notes with novelty as well as brief of scientific achievement, covering a broad spectrum of materials science and technology, encompassing:

• metallic materials 
• inorganic nonmetallic materials 
• composite materials




Leonard Deepak Francis

Group Leader

Leonard Deepak Francis is the group leader of the Nanostructured Materials Group in the Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy,Imaging and Spectroscopy at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL). His broad area of research is focused on the use of advanced electron microscopic techniques for the study of materials/nanomaterials for various applications, as well as in the study of fundamental physical phenomena and dynamics at the nanoscale. He also employs the Focused Ion Beam (FIB) technique extensively towards the investigations of nanodevices.

Leonard received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow (2006–2008) at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Leonard has published more than 85 papers including 5 review articles in major international journals. In addition he has three book chapters. Two of his articles have made it to the cover page of journals. He served as the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Nano Materials: Nanomaterial Properties: Size and Shape Dependencies. He has participated in two major European projects: NANOHVAC and NANoReg. In addition he is an acting referee for various ACS, RSC and Elsevier journals among others. More recently he has edited two books entitled “Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy – Applications to Nanomaterials” - Springer (2015) and “Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters: Advances in Synthesis, Properties and Applications” - Springer (2018). Leonard also holds 3 joint patents. His articles have been cited over 1000 times in total and has a h-index of 25.

  • Current Research
  •  Advanced electron microscopic techniques for the study of materials/nanomaterials for various applications
  •  In situ TEM studies on the nucleation, growth and dynamics of supported NPs
  •  Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters
  • 2D materials
  •  Study of fundamental physical phenomena and dynamics at the nanoscale.
  •  Focused Ion Beam (FIB) technique towards the investigations of nanodevices.
  • Interested topics
  •  Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy
  •  In situ TEM
  •  Tomography and Spectroscopic Tomography
  •  Focused Ion Beam Microscopy
  •  Transition metal Chalcogenide Nanomaterials
  •  1D and 2D Nanomaterials
  •  Spintronic Nanodevices Fabrication


  • Fellowship from Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 2006-2008. 
  • Selected as Outstanding Scientist Worldwide for 2007 from the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
  • Selected as Marquis Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, 2007 Edition and Marquis Who's Who in Asia, 2007 Edition.
  • Selected as Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2007 Edition.
  • IEEE Prize from Israel Vacuum Society conference(Poster - Fullerene-Like (IF) NbxMo1-xS2 Nanoparticles),26 th Annual Israel Vacuum Society meeting, Israel Air Force House, Herzliya
  •  Prof. Brian Korgel, Topic: Perovskite Nanocrystals, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  •  Prof. Maurizio Muniz-Miranda, Topic: Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters, “Ugo Schiff” Chemistry Dept, University of Florence, Italy
  •  Prof. Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Nanoalloys, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of San Antonio, USA
  •  Prof. Arturo Lopez-Quintella, Topic: Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Santiago de Compostella, Spain
  •  Dr. C.P. Vinod, Topic: Metal Nanoparticles for catalytic applications, NCL Pune, India
  • Prof. Reshef Tenne, Topic: Inorganic Nanotubes, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  •  Prof. Paula Vilarinhio, Topic: Ceramics and Composite Materials, Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering Associate, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  •  Prof. Paulo Freitas, Topic: Spintronic Nanodevices, INESC-MN, Lisbon, Portugal
  •  Dr. Andrey Enyashin, Topic: DFT, Ural Federal University, Russian Federation
  •  Dr. Pedro Costa, Topic: Filling of Nanotubes, KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

Conference Organization

  • Symposium Co-Organizer: Symposium 5, Electron Microscopy of Materials, XXII International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico, Aug 11 - 15, 2013.
  • Electron Microscopy School Co-Organizer: Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy Course, Mar 20-24, 2017, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal (
  • Organizer: School in Advanced Electron Microscopy Satellite Event of Materials 2017, Apr 09, 2017, University of Aveiro (
  • Co-Organizer: “Latest advances in electron microscopy instrumentation in life sciences and materials science” - INL-Thermo Fischer, June 13, 2017, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.
  •  Co-Organizer: Workshop on Latest Advances in Cryo-Electron Microscopy Instrumentation for Life Sciences, INL-JEOL Europe-Gatan, July 17, 2017, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.
  •  Session Chair: 3rd World Congress on Materials Science and Engineering, Barcelona, Aug 24-26, 2017.
  •  Session Co-Chair: Materials Science Session, Microscopy at the Frontiers of Science, Zaragoza, Sep 5-8, 2017.
  •  Scientific Committee: Advanced Nanomaterials Conference (ANM-2017 and ANM – 2018)
  • Guest Editor for a special issue of the Journal of Nano Materials (Hindawi Publishing Corporation), issue entitled, Nanomaterial Properties: Size and Shape Dependencies (2012).
  • Editorial Board and Reviewer Board: International Journal of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine.
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanomedicine.
  • Editorial Board Member: Madridge Journal of Nanotechnology & Nanoscience (MJNN)
  • Editorial Board Member: American Research Journal of Nanotechnology (ARJNT)

(1) Recent Highlights in advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques: Applications to nanomaterials, Francis Leonard Deepak and Gilberto Casillas, Nanoscience (Specialist Periodical Reports, Royal Society of Chemistry), Vol 4, 2017, 4, 29-56 (Eds: P. John Thomas and Neerish Revaprasadu).
(2)Magneto-Plasmonic Colloidal Nanoparticles Obtained by Laser Ablation of Nickel and Silver Targets in Water, Cristina Gellini, Francis Leonard Deepak, Maurizio Muniz Miranda, Stefano Caporali, Francesco Muniz-Miranda, Alfonso Pedone, Claudia Innocenti, and Claudio Sangregorio,J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121, 3597−3606.
(3) Capillary Imbibition of Gadolinium Halides into WS2 Nanotubes: Molecular Dynamics View, Francis Leonard Deepak and A. N. Enyashin, Isr. J. Chem, Special Issue: Computational Science of Inorganic Nanostructures, 2017, 57, 501-508.
(4) High power and low critical current density spin transfer torque nanooscillators using MgO barriers with intermediate thickness, J. D. Costa, S. Serrano-Guisan, B. Lacoste, A. S. Jenkins, T. Böhnert, M. Tarequzzaman, J. Borme, F. L. Deepak, E. Paz, J. Ventura, R. Ferreira & P. P. Freitas, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 7237.
(5) Structural changes of electron and ion beam-deposited contacts in annealed carbon-based electrical devices, Nitin M Batra, Shashikant P Patole, Ahmed Abdelkader, Dalaver H Anjum, Francis Leonard Deepak and Pedro M F J Costa, Nanotechnology, 2015, 26, 445301.