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    The mission of the Young Scientists Forum is to promote Microsystems & Nanoengineering, the first engineering journal initiated by Nature Publishing Group in 2014. This forum provides scientists in the field of Microsystem & Nanoengineering from universities and research institutions worldwide an opportunity to present their latest research results. The Young Scientists Forum is organized by the editorial office of Microsystems & Nanoengineering, the State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and CINN. The "Young Scientists Awards" are selected by the organizing committee of the conference.

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    This special issue on carbon micro and nano fabrication is a testament to the field having reached a level of maturity that sets it apart not only from Si microfabrication but also from efforts in CNT, graphene and fullerenes. By judicious choice of polymer precursors and pyrolysis steps, predetermined shapes and controlled microstructure of the resulting carbon devices are now possible. This field represents a holistic approach to carbon micro- and nanofabrication that, depending on the application at hand, yields the desired carbon shape and microstructure and thus the desired functionality in terms of chemical, electrical, thermal or mechanical properties.

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    This Special Topic addresses the second of these challenges, by examining the state of “nanomanufacturing”, reviewing a commercial success in the field, and introducing processes that have promise for mass production.