Understanding surfaces and interfaces is a key challenge for those working on hybrid nanomaterials and where new imaging and analysis spectroscopy/electron microscopy responses are vital. The variability and site recognition of biopolymers, such as DNA molecules, offer a wide range of opportunities for the self-organization of wire nanostructures into much more complex patterns, while the combination of 1D nanostructures consisting of biopolymers and inorganic compounds opens up a number of scientific and technological opportunities. This book discusses the novel synthesis of nanomaterials and their hybrid composites; nanobiocomposites; transition metal oxide nanocomposites; spectroscopic and electron microscopic studies; social, ethical, and regulatory implications of various aspects of nanotechnology; and significant foreseeable applications of some key hybrid nanomaterials. The book also looks at how technology might be used in the future, estimating, where possible, the likely timescales in which the most far-reaching applications of technology might become a reality. Current research trends and potential future advances, such as nanomaterials, nanometrology, electronics, optoelectronics, and nanobiotechnology, are discussed, in addition to the benefits they are currently providing in the short, medium, and long terms. Furthermore, the book explains the current and possible future industrial applications of nanotechnology, examines some of the barriers to its adoption by industry, and identifies what environmental, health and safety, ethical, or societal implications or uncertainties may arise from the use of the technology, both current and future.
Table of Contents
Graphene-Based Polymer Nanocomposites for Sensor Applications. Facile Synthesis and Applications of Polyaniline-TiO2 Hybrid Nanocomposites. Metal Oxide Nanocomposites: Cytotoxicity and Targeted Drug Delivery Applications. Polymer Matrix Nanocomposites: Recent Advancements and Applications. Ion-Exchange Nanocomposites: Avant garde Materials for Electrodialysis. Cellulose and Nanocellulose Derivatives from Lignocellulosic Biomass in Nanocomposite Applications. Gold–Iron Oxide Nanohybrids: Characterization and Biomedical Applications. Importance of Boron Nitride Layers and Boron Nitride Nanotubes. Natural Polymer–Based Bionanocomposites as Smart Adsorbents for Removal of Metal Contaminants from Water. Processing of Nanocomposite Solar Cells in Optical Applications.
Kaushik Pal is a research professor at the Nanotechnology Lab, Bharath University, Tamil Nadu, India. He received his PhD in soft condensed matter physics from the University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India. For several months, he worked with the Brain Korea Project and was a visiting scientist at the National Research Foundation, South Korea. He was also appointed as senior postdoctoral fellow as well as scientist and faculty fellow by the Chinese Academy of Science Foundation, China. Professor Pal supervises and guides many undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars in several countries. He has authored 50 research articles and 3 review articles in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as 8 book chapters. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Postdoctoral Fellowship offered by the European Commission in Greece.