Malhotra, B. D. and Kaneto, Keiichi and Iwamoto, Mitsumasa (2010) Preface. Thin Solid Films, 519 (3). p. 957. ISSN 0040-6090

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There is increased interest in interdisciplinary sciences involving physics, chemistry and biology. In this context, organic nanotechnology and biomolecular electronics are relatively younger and rapidly growing fields that are likely to bridge the existing gap between contemporary microelectronics and synthetic biology. An interesting feature of this rapidly evolving field is the use of molecular building blocks for fabrication of both active and passive electronic components. Biomolecular electronics deal with the application of biomolecules including lipids, proteins, whole cells etc. to perform the basic functions necessary for the operation of desired electronic devices. It covers a wide range of areas such as biosensors, conducting polymers, biomaterials, Langmuir–Blodgett films, self-assembled monolayers, electronic nose, micro-actuators, molecular recognition, analytical techniques, bio-computing etc. Some of these bioelectronic materials such as self-assembled monolayers, Langmuir–Blodgett films and nano-structured metal oxides have been found to transfer molecules from one location to another, conduct electricity and exhibit interesting phenomena etc. on application of electric or magnetic field. The growing fields of biomolecular electronics and organic nanotechnology have been predicted to have applications in organic electronic devices, environment monitoring, clinical diagnostics, molecular recognition, bioprocess and food industries. Keeping in view the importance of organic nanotechnology and biomolecular electronics for environmental preservation and their anticipated impact on the economies of both the developing and the developed world, the Department of Biological Functions, Graduate School of Life Sciences and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT), Kitakyushu, Japan, and the Department of Science & Technology Centre on Biomolecular Electronics (DSTCBE), National Physical Laboratory (NPL) jointly organized the India–Japan Workshop on Biomolecular Electronics and Organic Nanotechnology for Environmental Preservation (IJWBME2009) at NPL, New Delhi, during 17 to 19 December 2009. Out of the 140 papers presented at the IJWBME2009 via Plenary Lectures, Invited Lectures, and Oral and Poster presentations, 58 have been selected for the inclusion in this Special Issue of Thin Solids. Each of these papers contains valuable information relating to results of recent experiments. We hope that this Special Issue will be useful to researchers who are actively involved in the development of the rapidly emerging fields of biomolecular electronics and organic nanotechnology. We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Nirmal Prabhakar and Ms. Zimple Matharu for their efforts towards the evolution of this Special Issue of Thin Solid Films. It is a pleasure to thank Dr. G. Sumana, Dr. Ved Varun Agrawal, Mr. M. K.Pandey, Dr. R. K. Kotanala, Prof. W. Takashima, Prof. K. Tada, Prof. T. Manaka, Dr. Pratima R. Solanki, Dr. V. S. Nisha, Mr. M. K. Pandey, Mr. Ajeet Kaushik, Ms. Chetna Dhand and other researchers of Kyushu Institute of Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology and the DSTCBE (NPL) for many helpful discussions. We owe our sincere gratitude to Prof. S. K. Brahamachari, Prof. T. Ramasmi, Prof. S. K. Joshi, Prof. R. C. Budhani, Prof. K. L. Chopra, Prof. M. Onoda, Prof. Vikram Kumar, Prof. E. S. R. Gopal, Sessions Chairs/Co-Chairs and the reviewers of the manuscripts for the many valuable suggestions during the implementation of the project.

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