Following on from a very successful Nanoparticles 2009 conference that was organized jointly by the Royal Society of Chemistry Colloid and Interface Science Group and the Society of Chemical Industry Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group, this Theme Issue comprises a selection of the papers presented at the conference. We are honoured that our Theme Issue ‘Nanoparticles’ was selected for publication in this special year—that of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary.
It is difficult to capture the dynamic and fast-growing field of nanoparticles and their applications in a small theme issue. However, we have been able to collate articles across the entire breadth of the subject area including review and primary research papers. The issue includes articles on the synthesis of cobalt sulphide nanostructures, CoCuPt hollow and Ag@Au core–shell nanoparticles as well as thin films at water–oil interfaces. Colloidal templates for copolymer micelles and porous silica are also covered. More exotic synthetic methods include high-throughput hydrothermal flow synthesis of Zn–Ce oxides. Sensing magnetic nanoparticles with a tunneling magnetoresistance sensor is another aspect of the research covered as well as applications of La1−xSrxMnO3 nanoparticles for magnetic fluid hyperthermia. Many of the articles include detailed characterization of nanoparticles in order to better understand structure–function relationships; a fine example of which includes investigations of magnetic properties of nanoparticles owing to size and surface effect. Finally, useful nanoparticle characterization techniques such as magnetic field-flow fractionation and light scattering are also covered.
We would like to thank all the authors who contributed to the Nanoparticles 2009 conference and have now contributed to this exciting Theme Issue. We would also like to express our gratitude to the reviewers who have ensured that the high quality of papers in this themed issue has been maintained throughout.
One contribution of 14 to a Theme Issue ‘Nanoparticles’.
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