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Vol 96, No 4 (2016): Materials Electrochemistry, Electrochemical Processes and Systems

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An approach to solar driven hydrogen generation will be to couple an electrolyzer to a photovoltaic device for which it is imperative to design highly active, stable and inexpensive oxygen evolution reaction electrocatalysts with porous three-dimensional electrode architecture. Metallic interlayers within such composite electrode assemblies not only provide effective electron percolation pathways but also modulate the electronic structure of the active electrocatalysts.

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Vol 96, No 3 (2016): Phase-Field Methods for Pattern-Formation

Description of the cover page: The cover page shows pattern-formation during a spinodal decomposition of binary alloy in 3D, two and three-phase cross-sections of three-dimensional directionally solidified microstructures, morphological instabilities during dendritic and two-phase colony formation and finally the break-up of a thin-film as a result of a mechanical instability. These are some of the mechanisms of microstructural evolution which have been modelled using the phase-field method, and a respective description of the different applicable models form a part of this review.
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Vol 96, No 2 (2016): Transport in Mesoscopic Systems

The cover page shows a topological non-trivial state which maintains its chirality depending on clockwise or anti-clockwise twist. Once there is an edge or transition from non-trivial to trivial state new type of phases or excitations emerge. This issue gives a preview of those emergent fields in mesoscopic physics.
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Vol 96, No 1 (2016): Advances in Flow Diagnostics

"The cover page photo is a collection of images of the flows/flows infront of test models recorded using different flow diagnostic techniques. The central image is the top view of Laboratory for Hypersonic and Shock waves Research (LHSR) at IISc, actively involved in flow diagnostics related research".


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Vol 95, No 4 (2015): Design Science: Theories, Methods and Tools

The cover page celebrates design science and some of its major milestones.
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Vol 95, No 3 (2015): Advances in Composite Materials for Structural Applications

The image shows various structural applications of composites.
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Vol 95, No 2 (2015): Aspects on Crustal Evolution and Geochronology

Top: Super-continent Gondwana assembly 550 Million years ago (cf. article by M. Satish-Kumar, in this issue). Down (left to right): Highly deformed (folded) gneiss exposure near Bhavani, Tamil Nadu; Massive granite hill near Sankagiri, Tamil Nadu; An exposure of Banded Magnetite Quartzite near Salem, Tamil Nadu (more details can be found in the article by George and Sajeev in this issue).
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Vol 95, No 1 (2015): Plant Volatiles: Chemistry, Ecology and Evolution

The cover depicts a figure from the article by Robert Junker and Amy Parachnowitsch in this issue. It illustrates how flower scent is a floral trait that must be considered together with other floral traits such as colour, morphology and flower nectar in their influenceon pollinator visits to flowers. Therefore flowers present multimodal signals that couldbe perceived by multiple sensory channels of the flower visitors.


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Vol 94, No 4 (2014): Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging

A depiction of the different acquisition and processing techniques in Magnetic ResonanceImaging and Spectroscopy.
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Vol 94, No 3 (2014): (July - Sept. 2014) Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications

Fabrication of Sensitive Bio Sensors Using Etched Fiber Bragg Gratings (EFBGs) Coated WithSingle Walled Carbon Nano-Tubes (SWNTs) and Graphene Oxide (GO)Courtesy: S. Sridevi, K.S. Vasu, N. Jayaraman, S. Asokan and A.K. Sood“Optical bio-sensing devices based on etched fiber Bragg gratings coated with carbon nanotubesand graphene oxide along with a specific dendrimer ”, Sensors and Actuators B, vol. 195,pp. 150–155, 2014.
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Vol 94, No 2 (2014): Cold Atom Quantum Emulators: From Condensed Matter to Field Theory to Optical Clocks (April - June 2014)

The coverpage photo is a collection of images that characterize the wide possibilities ofcold atom physics including generation of novel hamiltonians and realization of newphases both in equilibrium and non-equilibrium.
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Vol 94, No 1 (2014): (Jan. -Mar. 2014) A special issue on "Crystals and Crystallography: From Koh-i-Noor to IYCr2014"

The article in 1944 by Sir C.V. Raman heralded crystallographic research in India and the images on front show the structural aspects of each review appearing in this issue entitled Koh-i-noor to IYCr2014.


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Vol 93, No 4 (2013): (Oct. - Dec. 2013) High Performance Advanced Composites

The image in the front cover shows the SARAS Aircraft that is being designed andmanufactured by National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, a CSIR Lab. The front coveralso shows the manufacturing of a complex composite wing of this aircraft using Veritycomposite manufacturing technology that is being pioneered by NAL. This complex wingof wing span 5,6 m is manufactured as a co-cured and co-bonded construction.
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Vol 93, No 3 (2013): (Jul - Sep. 2013)Cyber Physical Systems

A prototypical cyber physical system consists of tiny devices embedded in the physicalworld. These devices have very energy efficient sensing, actuation, computing andcommunication mechanisms built-in. They continuously sense the physical world andrelay this information securely over the internet to a control center using machine tomachine (M2M) protocols and thus enable the Internet of Things (IoT). The control centercontinuously analyses this data and sends back commands over the internet to thesedevices to affect the physical system.
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Vol 93, No 2 (2013): (Apr. - Jun. 2013) Water Management in Changing Environment

All the figures depicted on the cover page are a part of the review articles included in this publication. They depict various phases of water such as rainfall distribution(India); remote sensing application for soil moisture prediction (USA) and also flood prone areas (India); climate change effect on water resources leading to floods (Australia) as well as on water resources addressing both quantity and quality issues (India);  monitoring of groundwater driven agriculture through satellites (India)  and also complex urban water distribution system (India). Since this is an UN mandated 2013  International year of water co-operation, this logo is also shown (with permission).


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Vol 92, No 4 (2012): (Oct.-Dec. 2012) Development and Disorders of the Nervous System

Inspired form the ‘Lord of the Rings’ the image depicts the birth of the nervous system in the middle. The neural tube flanked by a pair of somites with the notochord on one side and the future epithelium on the other is shown. The three large neurons surrounding the ring illustrate the ultimate manifestation of the units that will build the brain. The original message of Sauron has been replaced with “giving thought to life”.

Illustration by Ipsa Jain (MRDG, IISc, Bangalore)

(Jul.-Sept.) Cancer Enigma: Concepts, Challenges and Prospects

Vol 92, No 3 (2012): (Jul.-Sept.) Cancer Enigma: Concepts, Challenges and Prospects

The cover page depicts recent developments in cancer biology field reflecting the stem cell hypothesis, importance of protein structures and micro RNA expression based classification of tumors.
(Apr.-Jun.) Advances in Nanomedicine

Vol 92, No 2 (2012): (Apr.-Jun.) Advances in Nanomedicine

Diverse applications of nanobiotechnology: Targeted drug delivery using magnetic nanoparticles, label free optical biosensing, single virus detection using magnetic nanoacquarium for in-situ imaging, effect of nano-hexaconazole for applications in agriculture.

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