Carbon nanotubes and graphene have been the subject of intense scientific research since their relatively recent discoveries. This book introduces the reader to the science behind these rapidly developing fields, and covers both the fundamentals and latest advances. Uniquely, this book covers the topics in a pedagogical manner suitable for undergraduate students. The book also uses the simple systems of nanotubes and graphene as models to teach concepts such as molecular orbital theory, tight binding theory and the Laue treatment of diffraction.
Suitable for undergraduate students with a working knowledge of basic quantum mechanics, and for postgraduate researchers commencing their studies into the field, this book will equip the reader to critically evaluate the physical properties and potential for applications of graphene and carbon nanotubes.
Introduction. Inter-atomic Bonding in Graphene and Diamond. Electronic Bandstructure of Graphene. Electronic Bandstructure of Carbon Nanotubes. Phonons in Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. Raman Spectroscopy of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. Microscopy and Electron Diffraction Experiments on Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. Synthesis of Graphene. Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. Chemical Modification of Graphene I: Hydrogenation and Halogenation. Chemical Modification of Graphene II: Graphene Oxide. Current Topics in Graphene and Carbon Nanotube Research. Appendix: Introduction to Raman Scattering Effect (in Crystalline Solids).
'This book is a timely addition to the basic literature in this emerging field, given the recent huge surge in interest (and funding) the area. It is a text that graduate students starting out in graphene or carbon nanotubes should buy. The theoretical background and survey of important literature will provide an excellent grounding and reference for people entering the field.
The book is visually attractive with clear diagrams. The style is rigorous but approachable and the content assumes basic undergraduate physics. I found the book to be accessible to those with a chemistry background too. It is pitched at the right level for research students or final year undergraduates in the physical sciences. There are two main areas of content: (1) theoretical background; (2) preparation and applications of these materials. On the theoretical side, I found the coverage of metallicity in nanotubes particularly appealing. For a chemist, the synthesis sections are very interesting and well described. These would fit well into a course about carbon nanotubes. Similarly, the chapter on the functionalisation of graphene is appealing.
I enjoyed the rigorous but readable style. This text will complement many higher-level lecture courses and research projects.'
—Dr Timothy J Prior, Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Hull
"In this easy-to-follow textbook, the authors bring the exciting science of carbon nanostructures, from fullerenes to nanotubes and graphene, down to the level of senior undergraduate students. Having evolved from a University course on the same topic, this book builds up on basic understanding of physical phenomena, which science students typically acquire in the first two semesters, and a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics. Graphene turns out to be especially suitable for the introduction of concepts such as direct and reciprocal lattice, electronic and phonon band structure and density