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The International conference "Advanced Carbon Nanostructures 2013" (ACNS2013) continues the series of the joined conferences that started in 2011 when the 10th Biennial International Workshops "Fullerenes and Atomic Clusters" and the 4th International Symposiums "Detonation Nanodiamonds: Technology, Properties and Applications" were unified into single event "Advanced Carbon Nanostructures 2011 (ACN2011)".

The scope of the conference includes new carbon nanostructures, members of nanocarbon family - fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, graphene, carbide derived carbon, onions, nanographite and nanodiamonds.

There are general approaches to technology and the methods of characterizations of the carbon nanostructures.

The most important feature is that knowledge of physical and chemical properties of one particular nanostructure of the nanocarbon family helps during the research of other carbon nanostructures. What is more, a certain competition in applications of different nanocarbons gives a chance to choose the best structure for this or that specific application.

Indeed, unique possibility of carbon atoms to form sp, sp2 and sp3 bonds provides the basis of the diversity on carbon nanostructures and attracts attention of nanocarbon community to the conference.

ACNS'2013 is the international forum for the exchange of information on the latest progress in carbon nanostructures. The scientific program consists of both oral and poster presentations as well as lectures by invited keynote speakers who survey areas of major interest.

General topics include synthesis and technology, physical properties, chemistry of carbon nanostructures as well as their main applications for industry, biology and medicine.Progress in modern nanotechnologies requires development of new, and refinement of already available methods of diagnostics. This is why we also arrange the conference school for young scientists "Diagnostics of Carbon Nanostructures" which will be held in the course of the ACNS'2013 on July 3, 2013.

Based on experience of the previous conference, the estimated number of the participants of the ACN'2013 will exceed 300, and will include both of those from Russia as well as Europe, Japan, USA, and other countries.

In spite of the short history, the conference has its own traditions.The science on nanocarbons is radically interdisciplinary in nature. Physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine represent an incomplete list of fields dealing with the research of fullerenes, nanotubes, nanodiamonds and graphene.

The discussion of nanocarbon applications is one of the traditions of the conference. The Sponsors and the Organizing Committee have been trying to help and promote young participants. The Program committee has arranged a special award for young scientists for best presentation.

St Petersburg is both a scientific and a cultural center. It is a beautiful city designed and built by Russian and Western architects. It is often called "the Venice of the North". As usual along with the Scientific Session, a Social Program is planned. The organizers will arrange a sightseeing program to introduce St Petersburg to the guests and accompanying persons. The ACNS'2013 will be held in the period of "white" nights, when the city looks especially beautiful.

The Organizers are pleased to welcome members of the world nanocarbon community to St Petersburg.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in the July 2013 during white nights in St Petersburg.