MPM, No 1, Vol. 1, 2000
This volume is a collection of selected original papers presented at the International Workshop on Applied Aspects of Interfaces Science (St.Petersburg, Russia, September 22-24, 1999). The workshop successfully provided a critical, up-to-date tutorial review and discussion on applied science of nanostructured materials and polycrystalline high-Tc superconductors. Focuses were placed on synthesis, proccessing, characterization, properties, and applications of nanostructured materials and polycrystalline superconductors. A total of 33 scientists from 8 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, UK, USA) participated in the workshop, making it a really international event.

About equal number of papers in this volume cover theoretical and experimental research in the area of interface science. All papers have been peer-reviewed prior to publication.

Support of the workshop from the Office of the US Naval Research, International Field Office, Europe; the European Office of the US Aerospace Research and Development, UK; and the European Research Office of the US Army, UK is greatly appreciated. Administrative support of the Institute of Problems of Mechanical Engineering (Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russia) is also acknowledged.

Chairman, Organizing Committee 
March 14, 2000