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1st Edition

Fundamentals of Nanotechnology

ISBN 9781420048032
Published December 22, 2008 by CRC Press
812 Pages 258 Color & 300 B/W Illustrations


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WINNER 2009 CHOICE AWARD OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE! Nanotechnology is no longer a subdiscipline of chemistry, engineering, or any other field. It represents the convergence of many fields, and therefore demands a new paradigm for teaching. This textbook is for the next generation of nanotechnologists. It surveys the field’s broad landscape, exploring the physical basics such as nanorheology, nanofluidics, and nanomechanics as well as industrial concerns such as manufacturing, reliability, and safety. The authors then explore the vast range of nanomaterials and systematically outline devices and applications in various industrial sectors.

This color text is an ideal companion to Introduction to Nanoscience by the same group of esteemed authors. Both titles are also available as the single volume Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Qualifying instructors who purchase either of these volumes (or the combined set) are given online access to a wealth of instructional materials. These include detailed lecture notes, review summaries, slides, exercises, and more. The authors provide enough material for both one- and two-semester courses.

Table of Contents



Perspectives of Nanotechnology

The Business of Nanotechnology

Education and Workforce Development

Buildings for Nanotech

National and International In-frastructure

Nanotechnology Products

Nanometrology: Standards and Nanomanufacturing

The Transition, the Need

Nanometrology and Uncertainty

Quantum Metrology

Nanometrology Tools

Nanometrology and Nanomanufacturing Standards

Nanomanufacturing and Molecular Assembly


Electromagnetic Engineering


Electronics and Nanoelectronics


Nanoscale Electronics


Introduction to Optics

The Surface Plasmon

Quantum Dots

Near-Field Microscopies




Characteristics of Nanomagnetic Systems

Magnetism in Reduced Dimensional Systems

Physical Properties of Magnetic Nanostructures

Recent Progress in Nanoscale Sample Preparation

Nanomagnetism Applications

Mechanical Nanoengineering



Three-Atom Chain

Lattice Mechanics

Stress and Strain

Linear Elasticity Relations

Molecular Dynamics

Structure and Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes

Nanomechanical Measurement Techniques and Applications

Nano-Microelectromechanical Systems (NEMS/MEMS)

Nanostructure and Nanocomposite Thin Films


Classification of Nanostructured, Nanocomposite Tribological Coatings

Background of Nanostructured Super-Hard Coatings

New Directions for Nanostructured Super-Tough Coatings

Processing Techniques and Principles

General Considerations and Practical Aspects of Sputtering Deposition

Applications of Thin Films

Technological Applications of Thin Films

Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering of Ti–Al–Si–N Coatings

Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering of Ti–Si–B–C–N Coatings

Pulsed Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering of Cr–Al–N Coatings


Chemical Nanoengineering


Introduction to Catalytic and Nanocatalytic Materials

Fundamentals of Catalysis


Catalyst Characterization

Nanocomposites and Fibers

Nanocomposites and Fibers

Physical and Chemical Properties of Materials

Natural Nanocomposites

Carbon Fibers and Nanotubes

Organic Polymer Nanocomposites

Metal and Ceramic Nanocomposites

Clay Nanocomposite Materials


Biological and Environmental Nanoengineering


Introduction to Nanobiotechnology

The Biological Immune System

Using Antibodies in Biosensors: Immunoassays

Cantilevers as Nano-Biosensors

Micro- and Nanosensors and Applications

Optical Nanosensors

Nanotechnology for Manipulation of Biomolecules


The Bio Sciences and Technologies

Biomimetic Design of Molecules

Biomimetic Nanomaterials

Biomimetic Nanoengineering

Medical Nanotechnology

Introduction to Medical Nanotechnology

Nanoparticles and Nanoencapsulation for Medical Applications

Guiding and Stimulating Tissue Function and Growth

Environmental Nanotechnology

The Environment (and Technology)

Water and Soil Quality, Monitoring, and Mitigation

Air Quality, Monitoring, and Mitigation


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This is one of the best university level textbooks for introducing nanotechnology to students that I have seen so far. It not only covers a wide range of application topics (thin films, biomimetics, nanomagnetism, etc.) but goes into enough depth to explain fundamental concepts with authority. The illustrations and photos are plentiful, well executed and further the understanding of nanoscale systems while engaging the reader. The amount and level of math can be grasped by a sharp undergrad in one of the STEM disciplines, and there are numerous excellent reference tables in here that I have not seen in any other intro or even advanced level nanoscience books. Also, addressing business and nanoscience laboratory considerations is a subject you just don’t see discussed in other texts, and helps orient the reader to how research and development relates to these oft unmentioned factors. The range of nanoscale properties that are addressed in here also highlights how interdisciplinary the field of nanotechnology is and the importance of understanding or at least knowing what roles that seemingly disparate fields such as optics, quantum mechanics, organic chemistry play in determining the behavior of a nanoscale system in such a way that novel applications can be realized. . . . Even for more advanced students and professors, this book is good as a refresher / icebreaker for details on nanoscience sub-topics that they may be less familiar with, but wish to begin investigating or remembering.
— Joel-Anthony Gray,, January 2014 

 . . . an outstanding, essential resource for anyone in the field, student or otherwise. It covers the entire spectrum of nanotechnology including nanoelectronics, photonics, nanocomposites, and thin films . . . This comprehensive, highly readable book with extremely high production values can be read and appreciated by experts and non specialists alike. A revolutionary book in a revolutionary field.
— B. Ransom, formerly, University of California, San Diego, in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, August 2009, Vol. 46, No. 1

… meets the goal of providing an accessible introduction of this highly interdisciplinary subject to a very diverse group of readers. … I highly recommend this textbook for an upper division college seminar course in nanotechnology. It can also serve as a reference book for scientists and engineers, policy makers, and venture capitalists who would like to be introduced broadly to nanotechnology.
— Liang Tang writing in IEEE NANOTECHNOLOGY MAGAZINE, September 2009