Foreword by the Chancellor of Lousiana State University, Sean O'Keefe

As widely predicted, nanotechnology is in the process of revolutionizing scientific advancement, in particular in the field of life sciences. Defined broadly as all sciences that deal with living organisms, including biology, medicine, agriculture, food sciences, and the environment, they are clearly advancing through significant recent discoveries in the nano realm. Life-changing applications in medical diagnosis and therapy, fabrication of biomimetic functional materials and organ transplantation will be among the first major success stories to emerge from nanotechnology.

For any new discipline to be truly revolutionary, there has to be a concerted effort by people from all walks of life: scientists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, product developers, and educators. Policy makers across the globe are ensuring broad-based support while scientists have been demonstrating the immense potential of nanoscale applications. They are followed by entrepreneurs ensuring that successes in the laboratories are indeed translated into commercially viable products that change our life quality.

Major scientific effort in this direction is being undertaken at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), a high-tech synchrotron research center at Louisiana State University and the only one of its kind in the southern United States. In addition to its microscale research, CAMD established a nanofabrication facility some five years ago, taking advantage of its already considerable infrastructure for microfabrication and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. I am very pleased to see that under the leadership of Challa Kumar, the nanofabrication group has been carrying out leading-edge research in nanoscience and nanotechnology, particularly in utilizing nanotechnology for cancer diagnostics.

What has been truly missing until recently is an authoritative knowledge platform which provides a single source of information on the applications of nanotechnology in life sciences. This ten-volume book series on Nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences published by Wiley-VCH fills this gap, and I am proud that Challa Kumar was invited to conceptualize, design and edit the book series. The project involving collaborations with over 150 specialists in this field from laboratories around the world is the first major efforts in this direction. The editor and the authors have carried out a remarkable job in bringing out these ten volumes containing 124 chapters with over 4600 pages. Nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences is an invaluable tool for all involved in the new nanotechnology drive, offering a broad spectrum of up-to-date information on this rapidly growing and evolving field.

It is my pleasure to wish the editor, authors and the publishers a great success in their current endeavor, and I look forward to follow-ups to this very exciting book series in the future.

Sean O'Keefe,
Chancellor of Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, March 2007