For the past three decades, nanoscale science and engineering have provided many systems with unique and unprecedented properties, illustrating that these will definitely determine the trajectory of science and technology for years to come. This book is the first textbook to introduce nanoscale systems in a pedagogical, and not research, style. Through ample examples and problems, it emphasizes the difference between bulk and nanoscale systems from a thermodynamic viewpoint and illustrates the process when a bulk system enters the nanoscale domain. It also brings together results of state-of-the-art research and provides the reader with the scientific foundations of such results. It introduces the fundamental thermodynamic treatment of nanoscale systems as well as the structure, properties, and performance of the three different types of fullerenes, namely, spherical, cylindrical, and planar or graphene. In addition, it discusses 2-D materials systems based on such building blocks. Finally, it shows the thermodynamic criteria allowing nanoscale performance in physically huge systems.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and Overview 2. Nanophenomena 3. Bulk Systems and Nanoscale Systems 4. Scales of Thermodynamic Inhomogeneity 5. Depletion Forces and Surface Tension Effects 6. Symmetry and Symmetry Operations 7. Fullerenes: The Building Blocks 8. Spherical, Zero-Dimensional Buckminsterfullerenes 9. One-Dimensional Fullerenes, Carbon Nanotubes 10. Two-Dimensional Fullerenes, Planar Fullerene, or Graphene 11. Overview, Potentials, Challenges, and Ethical Consideration
Maher S. Amer is a professor of materials science and engineering; a senior von Humboldt Fellow of Max Planck Society, Germany; and a former visiting fellow of the Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, England. He is a member of a number of national and international committees focused on nanomanufacturing and higher education
accreditation. He received his PhD (1995) from Drexel University, USA, and served as a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. Prof. Amer has authored 4 book chapters, 2 books, and over 55 publications on Raman spectroscopy, fullerenes, and assembly of nanofilms for optical, electrical, and environmental applications.