I am writing this on February 14, Valentine’s day.
love for carbon continues! This morning I received issue
45(3) dated March 2007, bringing the total number of
manuscripts published this year to more than 100. In the
ﬁrst six weeks of this year I have handled around 400
manuscripts. It seems that every time I write an Editorial
I must mention the continually increasing burden of manu-
scripts with which we are faced. In issue 45(1) I wrote to
welcome another Editor (Jason Qiu) to share the load,
and it is a pleasure to be able to do so again. At the Editor’s
meeting in Aberdeen last July, Elsevier promised the
appointment of two new Editors, one of whom it was
agreed would be from China. The second appointment
would be made purely on the basis of the need for an
Editor who could provide expertise in areas not well cov-
ered by the existing Editorship and, if possible, with exper-
tise in electrochemistry. We are thrilled to know that
Prof. Yury Gogotsi of Drexel University, PA, USA has
agreed to accept this appointment starting in April.
Yury received his formal education in the Ukraine, cul-
minating in a D.Sc. degree from the National Academy of
Sciences in 1995. The following year he moved to the Uni-
versity of Illinois at Chicago, and in 2000 he assumed the
position of Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
at Drexel University. Yury’s research interests are wide-
ranging and have truly been at the ‘‘cutting edge’’. We ex-
pect him to handle many of the submissions dealing with
surface chemistry, wetting, electron microscopy and
Raman analysis, nanotubes, carbide-derived carbons and
carbons for energy-related applications, especially hydro-
gen storage and supercapacitors.
This latest appointment brings the number of Editors to
eleven, ten Editors and the Editor-in-Chief. When I became
Editor-in-Chief in 1983 (vol. 21) there were eight of us.
That ﬁrst volume of my tenure consisted of six issues of
606 pages containing 80 papers. If we today had the same
published paper to Editor ratio that existed in 1983 there
would be around 50 of us! If one made the same compari-
son based on the number of submissions the number would
Prof. Yury Gogotsi
0008-6223/$ - see front matter Ó 2007 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Valentine’s Day in the western world is traditionally a day on which
people pledge their love to each other. This often involves the sending of
cards, red roses, chocolates, etc. I have no idea whether it is recognised in
Asia and other parts of the world.
Carbon 45 (2007) 905–906