There has been a significant transformation in the area of particle science and technology, particularly with the emergence of nanoparticulate materials and tailored particles with specific surface functionality These materials have attracted attention due to their unique and superior properties when compared to conventional particulate systems. Although several techniques have been developed for the synthesis of nanoparticulate systems, the control of surface characteristics assumes paramount importance because of their high surface-to-volume ratio. Handling of the nanoparticulate systems is also critical for achieving peak performance. Another area is the surface control of larger submicron-/micron-sized particles which have extensive applications in the industry. The ability to control surface characteristics of larger particles holds the key to enhanced performance in mechanical, electronic, optical, magnetic, pharmaceutical and biological systems. This 2002 book focuses on a range of topics that include: methods for production of controlled shape of nanoparticles; the ability to process nanoparticles to form uniform dispersions; directed assembly of nanoparticles ansd their large-scale production and surface control of materials for tailoring of specific properties.
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