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1st Edition

Basic Principles of Nanotechnology

ISBN 9781138488281
Published June 22, 2018 by CRC Press
178 Pages

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Book Description

The book allows the reader to have a basic understanding of the structure and properties of nanoscale materials routinely used in nanotechnology-based research and industries. To add, the book describes the operation of nanoscale transistors and the processes used to fabricate the devices. Additionally, it presents research involving the use of carbon nanotubes, graphene, and molecules to create non-silicon based electronic devices. It aims to provide an understanding of the operation of the most frequently used fabrication and characterization procedures, such as scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, etch, e-beam lithography, and photolithography.

  • Provides explanations of the common techniques used in nanofabrication.
  • Focuses on nanomaterials that are almost exclusively used in academic research and incorporated in consumer materials, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, metal nanoparticles, quantum dots, and conductive polymers.
  • Each chapter begins with a list of key objectives describing major content covered.
  • Includes end-of-chapter questions to reinforce chapter content.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Nanotechnology

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Consumer Nanotechnology

1.3 Ancient Nanotechnology

1.4 Early Nanotechnologists

1.5 Nanotechnology in Nature

1.6 End-of-Chapter Questions

1.7 References

Chapter 2. Chemistry Foundations in Nanotechnology

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Atoms

2.3 Ions

2.4 Subatomic Particles

2.5 Chemical Bonding

2.6 Chemical Reactions

2.7 Quantum Mechanics

2.8 Atomic Orbitals

2.9 Molecular Orbitals

2.10 Intermolecular Forces

2.11 Polymers

2.12 Semiconductor Materials

2.13 End-of-Chapter Questions

2.14 References

Chapter 3. Physics Foundations in Nanotechnology

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Electromagnetic Radiation

3.3 The Wave Nature of Light

3.4 Photoelectric Effect

3.5 Band Structure

3.6 End-of-Chapter Questions

3.7 References

Chapter 4. Allotropic Carbon-Based Nanomaterials

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Carbon Allotropes

4.3 C60

4.4 Carbon Nanotubes

4.5 Carbon Nanotube Electronics

4.6 Carbon Nanotube Synthesis

4.7 Carbon Nanotubes in Medicine

4.8 Graphene

4.9 End-of-Chapter Questions

4.10 References

Chapter 5. Molecule-Based Nanomaterials

5.1 Introduction

5.2 DNA Nanotechnology

5.3 Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs)

5.4 Dendrimers

5.5 Lipids

5.6 Micelles

5.7 Molecular Electronics

5.8 Drug Delivery Systems

5.9 End-of-Chapter Questions

5.10 References

Chapter 6. Inorganic Nanomaterials

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Physical and Chemical Properties of Metal Nanoparticles

6.3 Quantum Dots

6.4 Metal Nanowires

6.5 Semiconductor Nanowires

6.6 End-of-Chapter Questions

6.7 References

Chapter 7. Nanoscale Characterization

7.1 Introductions

7.2 Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

7.3 Atomic Force Microscopy

7.4 Scanning Electron Microscopy

7.5 Transmission Electron Microscopy

7.6 End-of-Chapter Questions

7.7 References

Chapter 8. Nanofabrication Techniques

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Soft Lithography

8.3 Physical Vapor Deposition

8.4 Chemical Vapor Deposition

8.5 Etch (Wet/Dry)

8.6 E-beam Lithography

8.7 Focused Ion Beam

8.8 Photolithography

8.9 End-of-Chapter Questions

8.10 References

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Wesley C. Sanders is currently an assistant professor at Salt Lake Community College. He teaches courses in nanotechnology, materials science, chemistry, and microscopy. While serving as an assistant professor, he has published articles in the Journal of Chemical Education describing undergraduate labs for use in introductory, nanotechnology courses. He earned a BSEd. in science education from Western Carolina University (1999). Later, he earned a M.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2005) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Virginia Tech (2008). His initial experiences with nanotechnology occurred while studying self-assembled monolayers on gold with a scanning electrochemical microscope as a doctoral student at Virginia Tech. After receiving his Ph.D., he examined bacterial nanofilaments with an atomic force microscope while working as a postdoctoral researcher at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington D.C.


"This book is a great choice for an introductory course in Nanotechnology. It introduces the scientific principles that make nanotechnology possible and describes the exciting advances in the field. It is especially appropriate for students with a limited scientific background, since it lays the ground work for understanding the concepts covered in the book."
Holly Moore, Salt Lake Community College, USA