Preface to the Special Issue “ISSPIC XIX: International Symposium on Small Particles and Inorganic Clusters 2018”
Lai-Sheng Wanga and Ming Hanb
a. Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA
b. National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, China
This Special Issue serves as the proceedings for the 19th International Symposium on Small Particles and Inorganic Clusters (ISSPIC XIX), held in Hangzhou, China from August 12−17, 2018. All the articles represent original research and are peer-reviewed. ISSPIC-XIX was attended by 296 scientists from 27 different countries. The scientific program consisted of 24 invited talks, 38 “hot topic” talks selected from the submitted abstracts, and 149 poster presentations. There were also two memorial lectures dedicated to two of the most prominent members of the ISSPIC community, Prof. Will Castleman and Prof. Koji Kaya, who unfortunately left us since ISSPIC XVIII.
The ISSPIC conference was inaugurated in 1976 in Lyon, France. Since its inception, the ISSPIC meeting has been one of the most influential conferences in cluster science, nanoparticles, and nanostructures. The ISSPIC meeting predates the rise of nanoscience and has witnessed many milestone developments in cluster science and nanoscience, from the discoveries of the electron shell model and fullerenes to carbon nanotubes. The conference has provided an interdisciplinary forum and has attracted scientists from many different fields to present and discuss fundamental and technological developments in cluster science and nanoscience. One central theme in the ISSPIC community has always been to try to understand how properties of matter vary as a function of size and shape, and how properties of clusters evolve into nanoparticles and ultimately to that of the bulk. Over the past four decades, many new fields have been developed, some have emanated from the ISSPIC community. The organizing committee strived to maintain the theme of cluster science, while reaching out to the broader fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology, some of those themes are reflected in the collected articles in this special issue.
It is our sincere hope that cluster science will continue to develop and fulfill its role as the fundamental branch of nanoscience and nanotechnology. We wish the ISSPIC community will continue to grow and flourish with many new and exciting results to be presented at the next ISSSPIC meeting to be held in San Antonio, Texas, USA in 2020 and many more future ISSPIC meetings.