In recent decades nanotechnology has developed into a highly multidisciplinary topic, drawing from a number of fields such as physics, materials science, biomedicine, and different engineering disciplines. The success of nanoscience- and nanotechnology-related research and products is connected with the technological exploitation of size effects in structures and materials and is, therefore, related to its impact on the society of the future.
This most recent trend has been taken up here and represents the main focus of this book applied to carbon-based materials, including nanocrystalline diamond, aerogels, and carbon nanotubes. The book compiles and details cutting-edge research, and several applications are described within the field of energy, microelectronics, and biomedicine. Beyond that, a perspective is given including a diversity of industrial applications and market opportunities for C-based nanoscale materials and devices in the future.
Table of Contents
Nanocrystalline Materials – A General Overview. Synthesis of Nanodiamond. Advanced Carbon Aerogels for Energy Applications. Carbon Electronics. Nanoscopic Interfacial Water Layers on Nanocrystalline Diamond: From Biosensors to Nanomedicine. Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes and their Relevant Properties. Industrial Application and Commercial Perspectives of Nanocrystalline Diamonds. Economic Analysis of Market Opportunities for CNTs and Nanodiamond.
Hans-Jörg Fecht is director of the Institute of Micro and Nanomaterials, which he founded in 1997 at the University of Ulm, Germany. Prof. Fecht has held professorships at the University of Augsburg, Technical University Berlin, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and is chaired professor at the University of Ulm since 1997. He is guest professor at several universities in China, India, and Japan. As an expert in the field of materials science, materials engineering, and nanotechnology, he received the prestigious G. F. Leibniz award in 1998 and has coauthored more than 400 technical papers and coorganized several international conferences and workshops. He is a longstanding member of several international advisory boards and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria.
Kai Brühne is a senior researcher at the Institute of Micro and Nanomaterials, University of Ulm, Germany. Dr.-Ing. Brühne’s present research interests include the deposition and analysis of nanocrystalline diamond films grown by hot-filament chemical vapor depositions (CVDs). He won the "VDI Preis für Innovative Werkstoffanwendungen 2004" together with Prof. Hans-Jörg Fecht and Dr.-Ing. Peter Gluche.
Peter Gluche is managing director of GFD (Gesellschaft für Diamantprodukte mbH), Ulm, Germany, and CEO of the Swiss subsidiary Diamaze Microtechnology SA (DMT), La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He studied microelectronics and received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Ulm. Dr.-Ing. Gluche is a founding member of GFD, which is a spin-off from the University of Ulm and the DaimlerChrysler Research Centre, Ulm. He is author and coauthor of various scientific publications and book chapters in the fields of electrical engineering and materials science.