1st Edition

Characterization Techniques for Nanomaterials

    108 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Manipulation of matter at the nanoscale level is the key factor in nanotechnology, and it is considered as a great driving force behind the current industrial revolution since it offers facile and feasible remedies for many problems. Because of the unique characteristic properties of nanomaterials, they can be employed in a wide variety of fields such as agriculture and food technology, catalysis, biomedical applications, tissue culture engineering, and fertilizers. In this regard, characterization of nanomaterials plays a significant role in determining their optical, thermal, and physicochemical properties. Many techniques have been used in nanomaterial characterization, and the most important techniques are discussed in detail in this book with their principles, basic operation procedures, and applications with suitable examples. In summary, this book offers broad content on the most important chemical and structural characterization techniques of nanomaterials.

    The book offers comprehensive coverage of the most essential topics, including the following:

    • Provides a comprehensive understanding of physical and chemical characterization techniques of nanomaterials
    • Includes details about basic principles of each characterization technique with appropriate examples
    • Covers most of the important characterization techniques that should be known to undergraduate/early career scientists/beginners in materials chemistry
    • Provides all the basic knowledge to understand and carry out the respective analysis of nanomaterials
    • Fulfills the timely need of a book that covers the most important and useful characterization techniques in nanomaterial characterization

    Up to date, there are no other books/book chapters which discuss most of these nanocharacterization techniques in one segment with all the basic instrumentation details and narrated examples of nanomaterial characterization. In a nutshell, this book will be a great asset to undergraduates/early career scientists/beginners of material science as it provides a comprehensive and complete understanding of most of the techniques used in nanocharacterization tools in a short time. Intended audience is based on science education while specifically focusing on undergraduates/graduate students/early scientists and beginners of chemistry, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology and nanoscience.

    1. Introduction to Nanomaterial Characterization

    2. Chemical and Structural Characterization of Nanomaterials

    3. Parameters of Nanomaterials which should be Characterized

    4. Chemical Characterization Techniques in Detail

    5. Structural characterization techniques in detail


    Dr. Imalka Munaweera is a winner of the 2021 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for her research in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics especially for her research contribution to the nanotechnology related projects. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry at University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka. She has over 10+ years of teaching experience in Nanotechnology, Application of Nanotechnology, Inorganic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis. She has over 15+ years of research experience in the field of Nanotechnology, Inorganic Chemistry, and Material Sciences, as well as in instrumentation (AFM, SEM-EDX, and TEM-EDX, FTIR, Raman, DLS, SQUID, etc.). She obtained her PhD in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Dallas, USA in 2015. She has served as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry, A&M University, Prairie view, Texas, USA. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA. She was also a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA during her graduate studies. Further, she was a Scientist at Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, Sri Lanka in her early career. Her research interests are nanotechnology for drug delivery/ pharmaceutical applications, agricultural applications and water purification applications. Furthermore, she also pursues research towards development of nanomaterials from natural resources for various industrial applications. She has authored over 20 publications in indexed journals and is also an inventor of 4 US granted patents, two Sri Lankan granted patents (licensed and commercialized) and an international patent related to nanoscience and nanotechnology-based research. Further, she is a recipient of many awards related to nanoscience and nanotechnology research. In addition, she is a principal investigator (PI) for a research grant which was awarded by World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and a core PI for two more grants (NRC PPP and TWAS). From being awarded many accolades in both the U.S and Sri Lanka, including scholarships, she has also taken part in paper review and many conference presentations and contributed to abstract awards as well. Some of her awards include the National Science & Technology Award in Sri Lanka in 2010 under the category of innovative advanced technologies with commercial potential that was awarded by the President of Sri Lanka and several graduate competition awards awarded by the American Chemical Society.  

    Ms. Chamalki Madhusha is a graduate research assistant and she has obtained her BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Currently, she is working towards a sustainable future through green chemistry and nanotechnology-based findings. Her research interests include materials chemistry, food chemistry, green chemistry, and nanotechnology with high-impact journal publications. She is engaged in generating new research ideas and devising feasible solutions to broadly relevant problems. She is an author of eight indexed publications, two local and international patents and four international conference abstracts.