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Thanks, Fabio Pulizzi | Nature Nanotechnology

We mirror on the legacy that our long-serving Chief Editor leaves behind, as he strikes on to pastures new.

A scholarly journal, like every editorial product, is formed by the persona, pursuits and character of their editors. The Chief Editor units the priorities for the journal as they see match, knowledgeable by their intuition, sensibility in addition to knowledge with the intention to serve their neighborhood.

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Up to now 9 and a half years, our Chief Editor — Fabio Pulizzi — has predicated a detailed reference to the analysis neighborhood; he formed a journal that’s receptive to the stimulations coming from the fascinating small world of nanoscience and nanotechnology. ‘Small’, as in, ten to the minus 9 metres; actually not by way of neighborhood measurement. The variety of practitioners of the science on the nanometre scale has grown significantly since Fabio took the main position within the journal, in June 2012. Since then, the variety of articles revealed worldwide with the time period ‘nano’ within the summary has roughly doubled, as per a fast Internet of Science search. However the nanoscience neighborhood has not solely acquired greater, it has additionally acquired extra self-aware in its instruments to method real-life issues. Below Fabio’s editorship, the journal has grown with the neighborhood and its scope equally expanded.

We’ve got noticed an elevated consideration to utilized analysis with substantial inroads into engineering options and industrial functions. This has been mirrored within the rising variety of submissions within the utilized sciences. Nevertheless, not each educational paper in an utilized science we publish exhibits possible sensible options, even after they report report efficiency. As a journal with ‘know-how’ within the title, we’re comfy working on this area. And beneath Fabio’s management, we’ve tried to lift the attention of the wants of the trade that lies on the endpoint of utilized educational works. For instance, battery papers examined in a laboratory setting ought to abide to sure characterization requirements that may make them extra prone to change into sensible1. Alongside the identical line, we produced a Focus concern about nanocatalysts for industrial functions2.

Fabio has all the time envisioned the journal as an open discussion board for the change of concepts and sharing ideas price sharing. For example, now we have provided our pages to foster a high-level dialogue by way of a sequence of Correspondences and Perspective articles, throughout the nanomedicine neighborhood all through the years3,4,5. This adopted a protracted interval of analysis with no main inroads to translation in clinically authorised medication from regulatory companies and the necessity for reporting tips within the revealed literature.

However Fabio’s most enduring legacy is the enlargement of the scope of the journal to the environmental features of nanotechnology. He realized that one can’t discuss nanotechnology with out elevating consciousness of the related environmental points. The evolution in direction of functions implies a extra widespread manufacturing of nanomaterials. If industrial processes usually are not correctly managed and controlled, the discharge of engineered nanomaterials within the atmosphere is ready to develop. As a consequence, there may be the need to know the potential implications of nanomaterials for the atmosphere and human well being. Analysis on environmental nanotechnology encompasses monitoring and remediation, eco-toxicology, in addition to human acceptance of merchandise containing nanomaterials and regulatory frameworks6. Micro- to nano-sized plastic particles that kind from the degradation means of artificial plastics within the atmosphere are additionally a priority of environmental nanotechnology7.

Fabio’s curiosity in environmental points has additionally reached communities learning sustainable agriculture8 and clear water9, producing two Insights. Nanotechnology is poised to make a big effect in clear water applied sciences, due to the potential to develop atomically managed separation membranes utilizing 2D supplies for water desalination and water purification. Publications about environmental nanotechnology constituted ~20% of our content material in 2021, in comparison with lower than 5% 9 years in the past.

No massive shock then that Fabio’s ardour for environmental points has led him to Nature Water, a journal attributable to launch in 2023, which can cowl the interplay between society and water assets past the position of nanotechnology.

We thank Fabio for his editorial imaginative and prescient and steerage prior to now 9 and a half years and need him effectively for this new journey in his profession.


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  9. Clear Water. Nat. Nanotechnol. (2018).

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Nat. Nanotechnol. 17, 107 (2022).

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