The Beilstein-Institut is a non-profit foundation located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It publishes the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal, providing a unique platform for rapid publication without publication charges. The journal publishes original articles on all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. It provides a broad coverage of both fundamental and applied research, including aspects of chemistry, physics and biology as well as materials science and engineering. The scope of the journal includes experimental and theoretical aspects as well as nanotechnology applications. All articles are available at www.bjnano.org.