Welcome to the Device and Materials Engineering Community

A new initiative from Nature Research

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This new community is aimed at all those who work on device engineering and materials engineering. We welcome contributions from the academic community, including graduate students, postdocs, or PIs — but we also hope to draw from engineers and scientists in industry.

The community is supported by our relevant journals, including our new launch Nature Electronics, but also Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, Nature Photonics, Nature Nano and Nature Communications, as well as our new journal, Communications Physics, which launched in February.

This initiative builds on our successful communities in microbiology, ecology and evolution, and biomedical engineering, as well as new communities in sustainability, chemistry and astronomy. 

Feel free to join the discussion by writing posts or commenting on content - and enjoy the community!

Ben Johnson

Magazine Editor, Nature Medicine, Springer Nature

I trained as a virologist, starting with an undergraduate degree in virology from the University of Warwick, UK. My PhD, in influenza virus genetics and immunoevasion, was from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK, with Maria Zambon and Wendy Barclay. My research interests then moved to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London with Geoffrey Smith, FRS. I then joined open-access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an editor and then associate publisher and was Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature from 2016, running the Nature Research Communities and other online engagement activities for researchers. I joined Nature Medicine in 2021, with responsibility for news and opinion content, and am based in the London office.