Editor-in-Chief: T. Schimmel
Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2017, 8, 590–591. https://doi.org/10.3762/bjnano.8.63
Received 31 Jan 2017, Accepted 20 Feb 2017, Published 09 Mar 2017
Keywords: functional nanostructures; nanomaterials; nanotechnology; sensors
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology became the trend of the 21st century, influencing many areas such as electronics, biology, medicine, aerospace, agriculture, and the engineering of novel materials. Recently a new aspect of nanoscience and nanotechnology appeared and has been rising rapidly ever since: functional nanostructures, intelligent nanostructures for targeted applications. In the present Thematic Series a bright spectrum of such targeted functional nanostructures is presented demonstrating the unique possibilities of engineering at the nanometer scale. The self-organization of nanoparticles, nanowires or nanotubes and the introduction of those structures into various materials made it possible to solve long-standing problems. Examples presented in this Thematic Series are:
A lot of other unusual applications of functional nanostructures are presented in over 40 articles of this Thematic Series, giving the possibility to gain new knowledge about the rapidly developing area of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The idea to this Thematic Series appeared during the international conference “NANO-2016: Ethical, Ecological and Social Problems of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies”, which took place in May 2016 in Chisinau, Moldova. It presented new technological approaches for assembling of functional nanostructures and nanomaterials with special properties. As the guest editor of this Thematic Series I would like to thank all colleagues and highly experienced experts who submitted their manuscripts with novel results, new ideas, and technological approaches. I believe that this Thematic Series will attract attention of scientists, technologists, engineers and will find many readers. The professional and friendly editorial support by the Production Team of the Beilstein-Institut is greatly acknowledged.
Chisinau, January 2017