This special issue of the journal contains some of the papers presented at 3rd International Workshop on Advanced, Nano- and Biomaterials and their Device Applications (NABM’3), organized jointly with the 3rd French Romanian Topical Meeting on Nano and Biomaterials, and held on September 19–23, 2012 in Timisoara, Romania. The workshop was a sequel of the very successful meetings organized in Brasov and in Sibiu, Romania, respectively, in 2008 and 2010. Similarly as the Brasov and Sibiu workshops that in Timisoara was also attended by leading international scientists coming from around the world who presented and discussed different aspects of their research on biopolymers and nanomaterials and their practical applications. A poster session was also organized. The intimate location: all participants lodged in the same hotel in the beautiful medieval city, gave a lot of opportunities for contacts, discussions and exchange of ideas between participants. In common opinion it was a very successful meeting and the next one will be held in another attractive location in Romania in 2014.
The success of this meeting was due not only to the high quality of the scientific presentations but also to the sponsorship it benefited from. I would like to express my sincere thanks for the financial support coming from the following organizations: l’Institut Français de Roumanie, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number WE-PN-II-ID-WE-2012-4-073 / 2012, ENS Lyon.
Special thanks I would like to address to Prof. Aurelia Meghea, Dr. Chantal Andraud, Prof. Francois Kajzar and Dr. Gerard Bidan who supported and encouraged me to initiate and to realize this scientific meeting.
I would like to thank also Research Centre for Environmental Protection and Eco-Friendly Technologies, particularly to my colleague, Alina Popa, for help in the organization of this workshop. I would also thank warmly the speakers who contributed to these proceedings. Special thanks are due to my family for supporting me in this task and for help with logistics.
Dr. Sc. Ileana Rau
University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania Bucharest, December, 2013