Nanoscale Science and Technology

  • ID: 2171261
  • Book
  • 472 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Nanoscale Science and Technology covers the whole spectrum of nanotechnology, from electronic and magnetic nanostructures to molecular self–assembly and bio–nanotechnology. Written by a team of experts, this book offers specialist analyses of each particular topic, all seamlessly integrated into a fully cross–referenced volume.

Maintaining an interdisciplinary approach that addresses aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and electronic engineering, this book:

  • presents a coherent approach to nanoscale sciences, consistent in technical level, extent of coverage, and educational style;
  • illustrates important features of each individual area of investigation, using representative examples of research results; and
  • discusses the key breakthroughs and future development of nanoscale science and technology.

Nanoscale Science and Technology provides an invaluable resource for all who are entering the field of nanotechnology. It is an essential tool for graduates studying nanotechnology–related subjects at postgraduate level, postdoctoral research assistants and final year undergraduates taking nanotechnology options or projects. Industrial research scientists and research directors will also find this book to be an important reference.

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List of contributors.


Chapter authors.

1 Generic methodologies for nanotechnology: classification and fabrication.

1.1 Introduction and classification.

1.2 Summary of the electronic properties of atoms and solids.

1.3 Effects of the nanometre length scale.

1.4 Fabrication methods.

1.5 Preparation, safety and storage issues.


2 Generic methodologies for nanotechnology: characterization.

2.1 General classification of characterization methods.

2.2 Microscopy techniques.

2.3 Electron microscopy.

2.4 Field ion microscopy.

2.5 Scanning probe techniques.

2.6 Diffraction techniques.

2.7 Spectroscopy techniques.

2.8 Surface analysis and depth profiling.

2.9 Summary of techniques for property measurement.


3 Inorganic semiconductor nanostructures.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Overview of relevant semiconductor physics.

3.3 Quantum confinement in semiconductor nanostructures.

3.4 The electronic density of states.

3.5 Fabrication techniques.

3.6 Physical processes in semiconductor nanostructures.

3.7 The characterisation of semiconductor nanostructures.

3.8 Applications of semiconductor nanostructures.

3.9 Summary and outlook.


4 Nanomagnetic materials and devices.

4.1 Magnetism.

4.2 Nanomagnetic materials.

4.3 Magnetoresistance.

4.4 Probing nanomagnetic materials.

4.5 Nanomagnetism in technology.

4.6 The challenges facing nanomagnetism.


5 Processing and properties of inorganic nanomaterials.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 The thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations.

5.3 Synthesis methods.

5.4 Structure.

5.5 Microstructural stability.

5.6 Powder consolidation.

5.7 Mechanical properties.

5.8 Ferromagnetic properties.

5.9 Catalytic properties.

5.10 Present and potential applications for nanomaterials.


6 Electronic and electro–optic molecular materials and devices.

6.1 Concepts and materials.

6.2 Applications and devices.

6.3 Carbon nanotubes.

Appendix: Reference table of organic semiconductors.


7 Self–assembling nanostructured molecular materials and devices.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Building blocks.

7.3 Principles of self–assembly.

7.4 Self–assembly methods to prepare and pattern nanoparticles.

7.5 Templated nanostructures.

7.6 Liquid crystal mesophases.

7.7 Summary and outlook.


8 Macromolecules at interfaces and structured organic films.

8.1 Macromolecules at interfaces.

8.2 The principles of interface science.

8.3 The analysis of wet interfaces.

8.4 Modifying interfaces.

8.5 Making thin organic films.

8.6 Surface effects on phase separation.

8.7 Nanopatterning surfaces by self–assembly.

8.8 Practical nanoscale devices exploiting macromolecules at interfaces.


9 Bionanotechnology.

9.1 New tools for investigating biological systems.

9.2 Biomimetic nanotechnology.

9.3 Conclusions.



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" a refreshing work, a very readable introduction to nanotechnology " (CHOICE, February 2006 )

the book reads well (and) abounds with instructive diagrams (Chemistry World, July 2005)

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