Recently, carbon and silicon research has seen an outburst of new structures, experimentally observed or theoretically predicted (e.g., small fullerenes, heterofullerenes, schwarzite, and clathrates) with attractive properties. This book reviews these exotic futuristic species and their potential applications and critically examines the predicting models and the possible routes for their synthesis. The book starts with a review of 2D and 3D crystals based on carbon and/or silicon. The second part of the book is devoted to the description at the nanoscale of the new structures and complex architectures that ensue from them. The originality of the book lies in the fact that it deals with these scarcely evoked structures. The book is, therefore, complementary to the wide existing literature dedicated to popular nanostructures such as graphene, nanotube, and fullerenes.
"This book looks very interesting and the subject is timely. It is well structured and is valuable for both the specialist and the nonspecialist in this field. It could well be used as the basis for setting up a lecture or a seminar. The work is outstanding and is a major contribution to today's science. Researchers at industry labs and university students working in this area will greatly benefit from it. I am impressed by the wide range of topics presented and their profound coverage. The authors also provide an easy introduction to each subject covered in the book. My sincere congratulations to the authors for getting such an excellent work together."
—Prof. Klaus Sattler, University of Hawaii, USA
Carbon Crystals (sp, sp2, sp3 and Mixed Hybridized Structures)
Silicon Crystals (Cubic, Hexagonal, Clathrate)
Small Carbon Clusters (n < 30)
Small Silicon Clusters (n < 60)
SinCm Small Heterofullerenes