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The Austin Journal of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine (AJNN).

John Bang

It is my great privilege and honor to announce the launching of our open access technical journal; The Austin Journal of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine (AJNN). The advancement of nanotechnology has been causing a paradigm shift in industrial and medical practices in the recent past. With its tangible outputs resulting from "innovative" and "out-of-the-box" approaches, it is anticipated that the scope of nanotechnology applications will continue to expand and extend to every single corner of our society. Nobelist Richard P. Feynman was brilliantly insightful when he predicted the application potentials hidden in atomic and nano scale realms. With the capacity to visualize the physical layouts of materials at an atomic scale and the ability to manufacture various materials of our interest, we will be able to test many ideas that were once only hypothetical, which now can be brought into reality. As we now have ways to design and manufacture electronic and mechanical structures and devices assembled by controlling individual atoms with bottom-up and/or top-bottom approaches. These new technologies for manufacturing nano materials, both organic and inorganic as well as hybrid materials are now poised to bring a new industrial and biomedical revolution.

This new journal serves to provide research groups from around the world with similar interest, accessibility to relevant study results by sharing the information with other groups in a timely manner. This is warranted as we are in a time period when an enormous amount of experimental data is generated from independent and collaborative agencies’. The journal then can play an essential role as shown in other areas of sciences and engineering in supporting the advancement of nanotechnology and medicine. In that regard, introducing (AJNN) to both academic and industrial communities of the world is believed to be not only an appropriate step to take but also an overdue step to maintain successful progress in the fields of nanotechnology and nanomedicine.

Major scientific breakthroughs have been made possible in the past by integrating multiple expertises from various independent disciplines. For this reason, the AJNN editorial board envisions that this journal will give a voice to the wide range of audiences with complimentary expertise in a way that provides a more comprehensive picture of the nano world. The journal can act to funnel information to all research communities with an interest in nanotechnology and nanomedicine. We are confident that our journal’s approach of representing more facets of multi-disciplinary nano fields will help us get one step closer to a new series of technological breakthroughs in the near future. For that reason, the AJNN editorial board would like to see scientists and engineers with an expertise in various fields of nanotechnology confidently present their original work to further build the momentum present in nano studies.

As the scope of complimentary fields related to nanotechnology is wide, the extent of subcategories of nanotechnology is immensely broad. Despite the tremendous level of progress that has been made in understanding the fundamental issues as well as application aspects of nanotechnology, there are still many facets of the nano world that have not been fully explored or require further fine-tuning. At AJNN, both authors and readers will be oriented to innovative or improve technology and method development, with a focus that is directly related to human health improvement. We also would like to see AJNN respond to the call from our public on major epidemic and endemic health issues including cancers, diabetes mellitus (DM), cardiovascular diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and neurodegenerative diseases (NDD) and to be the leading forum for discussions and developments.

The latest world cancer statistics show that the global cancer burden rose to 14.1 million new cases in 2012. The worldwide DM cases has also have been rising fast in both developed and developing countries. Cardiovascular diseases have remained consistently as one of the major causes of death. As the global population grows and ages, RA and NDD conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease will continue to grow exponentially. The anticipated physical, psychological, and financial tolls from these human illnesses will continue to be high, and AJNMNT believes the courses of the diseases and illnesses in a similar category can be dramatically turned by continuous applications of the current and future nanotechnology concepts. The complexity present in diagnosing and treating full-blown types of diseases challenges scientists and clinicians all the time, yet the fact that over 8 million people each year lose their battles to cancers after often unnecessary sufferings justifies a reassessment of our current strategies for better outcomes especially when we now have leverages available from the emerging nanotechnologies.

Living in good health can be maintained when our environment stays safe in a sustainable way. Most unwanted man-made environmental issues, unfortunately, boil down to fundamental issues of energy production and its use. Applications of nanotechnology for increasing energy efficiency, especially in the form of green energy, are very relevant to the wellness of human beings in the context of global climate change. AJNMNT, for this reason, would like to open our discussion forum to topics linked to energy production related nanotechnology. AJNMNT also anticipates active participation from the fields of material science and engineering mainly because real life applications of newly developed concepts of nanotechnologies are more likely to materialize when building blocks with better biophysicochemical properties are provided. Numerous products made of various nanomaterials have been in introduced into the market around the world. And the general public is destined to experience the exposure issues further down the road. Despite the large volume of toxicity related data currently available, more comprehensive sets of toxicology data generated at reasonably realistic conditions are anticipated.

In the near future, the areas of nanotechnology and nanomedicine will continue thriving and that its medical related developments will grow at an ever increasing pace thanks to the economies of scale. While we have witnessed how everyone’s life in this society has been transformed by the invention and applications of transistors, personal computers, and vaccination, we are all uncertain about where exactly this accelerated trend of nanotechnology and nano-medicine will lead us to in sustainable ways in the coming years. It will soon become clear that nanotechnology will shape our lives and the way that it shapes our lives will be directly influenced by our perceptions of nanotechnology and the long term goals we are setting into place now.

Welcome again to the Austin Journal of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine!

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
by Assistant Professor, Christopher McGinn
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