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The World of Nano-Biomechanics. Mechanical Imaging and Measurement by Atomic Force Microscopy

  • Book
  • November 2007
  • Region: Global
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 1764968

By using nanotechnological methods, we can now poke around protein molecules, genes, membranes, cells and more. Observation of such entities through optical and electron microscopes tempt us to touch and manipulate them. It is now possible to do so, and scientists around the world have started pulling, pushing and cutting small structures at the base of life processes to understand the effect of our hand work.

The book describes the physical properties of such life supporting structures from the molecular level with a special emphasis on their designs based on the mechanical strength and flexibility, membrane and other biological nanostructures.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Force in Biology
Chapter 2. Introduction to Basic Mechanics
Chapter 3. Force and Force Measurement Apparatuses
Chapter 4. Polymer Chain Mechanics
Chapter 5. Interaction Forces
Chapter 6. Single Molecule Interaction Forces
Chapter 7. Single Molecule DNA and RNA Mechanics
Chapter 8. Single Molecule Protein Mechanics
Chapter 9. Motion in Nano-biology
Chapter 10. Cell Mechanics
Chapter 11. Manipulation at the Molecular Level
Chapter 12. Finite Element Analysis of Microscopic Biological Structures
Chapter 13. Appendices


Atsushi Ikai Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan. Professor Atsushi Ikai graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BS in Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1965. He obtained his PhD in Physical Biochemistry from Duke University in 1971. He worked in protein denaturation and renaturation and then returned to the University of Tokyo to continue his work on protein science. He was appointed Professor of Biodynamics at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1989. He has published 300 articles in international scientific journals.