Diffusion Fundamentals

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  • Aims and scope

    As diffusion occurs in all types of matter, there is practically no limitations to the scope. Contributed papers are expected to deal with new aspects of diffusion theory, experiment and application, which are of general interest for the diffusion community. Main research area will include:

    - Theory: models, computational studies, novel paradigms and tools of theoretical treatment
    - Experiments: experimental results dealing with fundamental research of diffusion and transport in any kind of matter (solids, fluids, gases, soft matter, interfaces, etc.)
    - Applications: applied research related to unrestricted spectrum of systems including complex materials, polymers, nanocomposites, self-assembled structures, bio-systems, engineered devices, sensors, etc.
    - Methods: potentials, versatility and limitations of experimental techniques for measuring diffusion and transport, recent developments and progress
    - Diffusion-like phenomena: studies in other areas like economic and social systems 

  • Profile

    Diffusion Fundamentals is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary open-access online journal published as a part of the Web-site Diffusion-Fundamentals.org. It publishes original research articles in the field of diffusion and transport. Main research areas include Theory, Experiments, Applications, Methods, Diffusion-like phenomena. 

    The readers of Diffusion Fundamentals are academic or industrial scientists in all research disciplines. The Journal aims at providing a broad forum for their communication. 

  • Editors


    Jörg Kärger   
    University of Leipzig,

    Paul Heitjans   
    University of Hannover,

    Farida Grinberg   
    Forschungszentrum Jülich,

    Gunter Schütz   
    Forschungszentrum Jülich,

    Editorial Board:

    Dezsö L. Beke, Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary
    Stefano Brandani, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Armin Bunde, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany
    Paul Callaghan, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, New Zealand
    Alan Chadwick, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
    Christian Chmelik, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Marc-Olivier Coppens, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
    Gerhard Ertl, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany
    Dieter Freude, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Yossi Klafter, Tel Aviv University, Israel
    Klaus Kroy, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Alfred Leipertz, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
    Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, Canada
    Graeme Murch, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
    Harry Pfeifer†, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Jean Philibert, Université de Paris-Sud, France
    William S. Price, University of Western Sydney, Australia
    Douglas M. Ruthven, Orono, University of Maine, USA 
    Michael J. Saxton, Davis, University of California, USA
    Doros Theodorou, Athens, University of Patras, Greece
    Rustem Valiullin, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Ilpo Vattulainen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
    Gero Vogl, University of Vienna, Austria
    George H. Weiss, Bethesda, Center for Information Technology Maryland, USA

  • Guide to authors

    Diffusion Fundamentals is a peer-reviewed online journal publishing original research articles of an outrageous importance for a broad scientific community interested in diffusion and transport. Manuscripts in English language including short communications or full-length articles will be considered.  No limitations of the length are required. As the main criteria for acceptance the contributions are required to demonstrate novel original research results important for any field of diffusion theory, experiment and application.

    Editors would like to deliberately leave a decision on the presentation forms to authors. However basic requirements of scientific writing and arranging the manuscript are implied. The writing style should be concise and clear. The manuscript should start with the Title followed by Authors, Affiliations and Keywords.


    Abstract should be a single paragraph that summarizes the background, methods and the main findings of the paper. The printed area including text, illustrations, legends etc. should be 25 cm in length and 16 cm in width. Provide an empty headline above the Title to be filled in by Diffusion-Fundamentals. The character font should be "Times" in the whole document. Character size in the text must be 12 pts. Character size in Footnotes and Legends should be 10 pts. Copyrights remain with the Authors.


    provide five keywords


    Provide a clear title specific to the study but comprehensible to a broad community. All words except for prepositions, articles, and conjunctions should be in capital letters.  Any abbreviations should be avoided in the title.

    Authors and Affiliations:

    Provide the first names or initials, the middle names or initials, and the last names. Provide affiliations (department, university or organization, city, state/province, country). Designate the corresponding author and provide the contact information.


    Recommended structure of the Sections is as follows: Summary, Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, Discussions, Conclusions, References, Acknowledgments. Illustrations and tables should be numbered according to their sequence in the text and inserted into the corresponding sections of the contribution. Each illustration or table should be accompanied by a caption. Please note: only high resolution Figures can be accepted. 

    Equations should appear with the number in parentheses at the right margin. Throughout the text and in the equations physical quantities have to be noted in Italic script. The Experimental section should provide enough detail for reproduction of the findings. Discussion should provide a critical interpretation of the data described in Results and support the main conclusions. Results and Discussions may be combined in one Section and organized into subheadings. References should be cited in the text by square brackets, e.g. [1].


    Conclusions should summarize the main ideas and findings.


    [1] H. Meier, S. Müller, R. F. Snider, Chem. Phys. Lett. 401 (2005) 28-35.
    [2] F.M. Ashcroft, Ion Channels and Disease, Academic Press, San Diego, 1998.
    [3] P. Colarusso, L.H. Kidder, I.W. Levin, E.N. Lewis, in: J.C. Lindon, G.E. Tranter, J.L. Holmes (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Academic Press, San Diego, 1999, pp. 1945-1954.

  • Contact


    Please submit your manuscript electronically as an e-mail attachment to one of the four Editors or to any member of the Editorial Board and send a copy to the Administrator


    Jörg Kärger, University of Leipzig, Germany

    Paul Heitjans, University of Hannover, Germany

    Farida Grinberg, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

    Gunter Schütz, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

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