Developing sustainable consumption and production patterns means collaboration across and among disciplines. Researchers and professionals from chemistry, materials science, engineering, applied physics, and more will need to build on each other’s work to develop new materials that can be reused, remanufactured, recycled, or recovered; all while minimising hazardous waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Materials science researchers have published a wealth of SDG-related research aimed at addressing these urgent issues. And to maximise their impact, they’ve chosen to publish it with Springer Nature. Here you’ll find a hand-picked selection of that research gathered on this page, published under many of our imprints, including Springer, Nature, and BMC; and from our society partners including the MRS, TMS, ASM, and others.

New Forums for Sustainable Materials Research

New Content ItemNature Synthesis 

Chief Editor: Ali Stoddart 

Launched in January 2022. The journal aims to bring together researchers from all areas of chemical and materials synthesis and has the goal of reporting synthetic approaches that either enhance our conceptual understanding of chemical or material entities, open up new ranges of accessible products that have a positive and practical impact on humankind or enable the sustainable production of chemicals and materials. Read the first issue freely accessible throughout 2022.

Share on TwitterEditor's Choice article for this SDG 12 collection: The path to materials recovery by Elsa A. Olivetti

43939Discover Materials

Editor-in-Chief: Rodrigo Martins

An open access journal focusing on all aspects of materials science. It especially welcomes papers connected to so-called ‘green materials’, which offer unique properties including natural abundance, low toxicity, economically affordable and versatility in terms of physical and chemical properties. Find out more

Share on TwitterHere is a list of all topical collections open for submissions.

Discover Materials is a part of The Discover Series, a collection of fully open access journals covering hot topics from across the full range of applied science, physical, life, medical and social disciplines.

Topical Collections

Sustainable Hydrogen Production

from Nano Convergence


Future Lithium-based Batteries

from Nature Communications


Sustainable Polymer Composites: Functionality and Applications

from Functional Composite Materials


Process System Engineering for Sustainability in Asia Pacific

from Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability


7th 3R International Scientific Conference (7th 3RINCs 2021)

from Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management


Advanced Functional Materials for Water and Wastewater Treatment

from Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering


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