The authors have both benefited from an effective early training in physico-chemical aspects of inorganic materials. Dmitry Bavykin would highlight the contributions of Professor Savinov (Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk) and Professor Parmon (Novosibirsk University), while Frank Walsh wishes to thank Drs Eddie Allen, Walford Davies, Nigel Johnson, Tom Nevell and Alan Vosper (University of Portsmouth).

This book has benefitted from research collaborations with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski, together with Drs Alexei Lapkin, Pawel Plucinski and Frank Marken (University of Bath), as well as Drs Barbara Cressey, Mark Light, Tom Markvart, Marina Carravetta and Alex Kulak (University of Southampton); the authors are also grateful to Professors John Owen and Phil Bartlett (University of Southampton) for their discussions. Some of the facilities for the characterisation of nanomaterials have been made available by Professor Mark Weller (University of Southampton). Colleagues in the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton, such as Professor Robert Wood with Drs Julian Wharton, Shuncai Wang, J. Bello and John Low, have collaborated in projects involving composite electroplated coatings incorporating titanium oxide particles. We also wish to thank Professor Gordon G. Wallace and Dr Peter Innis (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electro-materials Science at the University of Wollongong) who hosted symposia and workshops on nanomaterials in the period 2004-2009. Good laboratory facilities are essential to dyed-in-the-wool experimentalists such as the authors and provision of such facilities by the Head of the School of Engineering Sciences (Professors Geraint Price, then Mark Spearing) and the School of Chemistry (Professors Jeremy Kilburn, then John Evans) is gratefully acknowledged.

The authors wish to thank the following for financial support: the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton, the Royal Society, NATO, and EPSRC.

They gratefully acknowledge the journals Advanced Materials and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry for the opportunity to publish the review papers: D. V. Bavykin, J. M. Friedrich and F. C. Walsh, "Protonated Titanates and TiO2 Nanostructured Materials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications," Advanced Materials, 2006, 18, 2807-2824 and D. V. Bavykin and F. C. Walsh, ''Elongated Titanate Structures and their Applications," European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, 8, 967-1117. The authors are also grateful to several journals for their kind permission to reprint figures (as acknowledged in the figure captions).

The authors hope that this book will provide a focussed, timely and convenient treatment of titanium oxide nanostructures in order to stimulate research work in the exciting field of inorganic nanomaterials.

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