On behalf of the Executive and Advisory Board members and the editorial staff, I would like to welcome you to the inaugural issue of Particle, the new sister journal of the Advanced Materials family of journals and Small. Particle excellently complements our leading materials-science journals and will provide an outlet for top-quality, high-impact work on particle systems.

Earlier investigations using particles centered round their synthesis and characterization and this has led to an excellent, widely documented understanding of this area. Today, particle research is truly multidisciplinary, proven through the use of particle systems in areas such as biomedicine, catalysis, environmental science, micro/nano-electromechanical applications, micro/nano-fluidics, molecular electronics, photonics, sensing, and other areas. Collaborative research projects have contributed greatly to this progress. Researchers have been able to broaden their horizons and, through collaboration, branch out into new disciplines, leading to the creation of new systems and devices. Global networking has never been so easy and so this trend of collaboration is certain to continue and become even stronger in the coming years.

Many people have contributed to the creation of this first issue and I would particularly like to thank the Editorial Board members for the enthusiasm they have shown in the months leading up to the launch of Particle. The Executive and Advisory Editorial Board members provide global representation and have expertise in a wide range of disciplines. This support, combined with that of our authors and peer reviewers, is essential to the creation of content that is of high interest to our multidisciplinary readership.

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In keeping with the spirit of global networking, I am pleased to say that Particle will benefit from a strong editorial team in Weinheim, Germany and in Beijing, China, where José Oliveira and Duoduo Liang, among others, are based. We will work together to ensure that your manuscripts are professionally handled and subject to the highest level of scientific peer review. All articles accepted for publication in Particle will be covered by major indexing and abstracting services, including Web of Science.

Particle will publish a variety of article formats, analogous to our sister journals. The 1st issue contains ten excellent contributions (accessible for free on Wiley Online Library), with examples of Review, Progress Report, Communication and Full Paper formats. The front cover illustrates microcarriers that are used for the encapsulation of bioactive agents for therapeutic applications. This comprehensive Review by Yang and co-workers at KAIST highlights the advances made in microfluidics and other techniques to design microcarriers that open up new possibilities for application in the fields of medicine and biology. Kudera and co-workers present a method to create regular nanoparticle arrays on a substrate with tunable interparticle distances, and this is displayed on the inside front cover. The back cover illustrates work reported by Liz-Marzán and Rodríguez-Fernández at the Universidade de Vigo and CIC biomaGUNE detailing recent advances made in the field of Janus particles, which have interesting properties and potential applications in the fields of catalysis, optical imaging, and drug delivery.

Backov, Schmitt and co-workers employ an integrative chemistry synthetic path to generate Water@Wax@SiO2 multi-compartment capsules for encapsulation and release of drugs. Terrones and co-workers explore the effects of iron nanoparticles on few-layer graphene, which leads to a holey graphene surface with novel catalytic activity. Bals and co-workers take a detailed look at electron tomography, an important characterization method for the 3D study of nanoparticle assemblies. Aubert, Cordier, Grasset and co-workers investigate the synthesis and characterization of luminescent nanomaterials with broad scale signal in the visible range. Finally, Yu and co-workers report a complex Au-CdSe ultrathin nanowire network, which exhibits enhanced photoconductivity.

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The hydrothermal synthesis of nanoparticles for photocatalytic applications is presented by Sun and co-workers. These particles hold great promise for practical applications like the degradation of organic pollutants. Avnir and Elimelech show how hybrid particles can be used for the preparation of porous polyethylene, which has many varied applications from use in implants and tissue engineering to filtration, in lithium ion batteries, optics and more.

There will be 12 issues of Particle published on Wiley Online Library in 2013 The Author Guidelines can also be found on this page. Any specific enquiries can be sent to for the attention of an editor. The submission site can be accessed at

In closing, I would like to invite you to submit your novel discoveries concerning the synthesis, characterization and application of particles and we will endeavor to provide you with a first-class editorial service.

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Dr. Mary Farrell, Managing Editor