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Gigantic Challenges, Nano-solutions
The Science and Engineering of Nanoscale Systems

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ISBN 9789814877749
May 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
400 Pages

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Book Description

For the past three decades, nanoscale science and engineering have provided many systems with unique and unprecedented properties illustrating that nanoscale science and engineering will definitely determine the trajectory of science and technology for decades to come. This book is the first textbook to introduce nanoscale systems in a pedagogical, and not research, style with many examples and problems. With ample examples and problems, it emphasizes the difference between bulk and nanoscale systems from a thermodynamic viewpoint and illustrates when a bulk system enters the nanoscale domain. The book also combines results of state-of-the-art research and provides the reader with the scientific foundations of such results.

The book introduces the basic fundamental thermodynamic treatment of nanoscale systems and the structure, properties, and performance of the three different types of fullerenes, namely, spherical, cylindrical, and planar or graphene. In addition, it discusses 2D material 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 Nano-Phenomena

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 Buckminster Fullerenes

9 One-Dimensional Fullerenes; Carbon Nanotubes

10 Two-Dimensional Fullerenes, Planar Fullerenes, or Graphene

11 Overview, Potentials, Challenges, and Ethical Considerations

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Maher S. Amer is 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 from Drexel University in 1995 and served as US Fulbright Core Scholar at KAUST, KSA. Prof. Amer has authored over 55 publications, 4 book chapters, and 2 books on Raman spectroscopy, fullerenes, and assembly of nano-films for optical, electrical, and environmental applications.