856 Pages 305 Color & 300 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Tomorrow’s nanoscientist will have a truly interdisciplinary and nano-centric education, rather than, for example, a degree in chemistry with a specialization in nanoscience. For this to happen, the field needs a truly focused and dedicated textbook. This full-color masterwork is such a textbook. It introduces the nanoscale along with the societal impacts of nanoscience, then presents an overview of characterization and fabrication methods. The authors systematically discuss the chemistry, physics, and biology aspects of nanoscience, providing a complete picture of the challenges, opportunities, and inspirations posed by each facet before giving a brief glimpse at nanoscience in action: nanotechnology.

    This book is written to provide a companion volume to Fundamentals of Nanotechnology. The two companion volumes are also available bound together in 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.



    Nanoscience and Nanotechnology—The Distinction

    Historical Perspectives

    Advanced Materials

    Tools of Nano

    Nature’s Take on Nano and the Advent of Molecular Biology

    The Nano Perspective

    Societal Implications of Nano

    Introduction to Societal Issues

    Ethical Implications

    Legal Implications

    Environmental Implications

    Public Perception

    Future of Nanotechnology



    Characterization Methods

    Characterization of Nanomaterials

    Electron Probe Methods

    Scanning Probe Microscopy Methods

    Spectroscopic Methods

    Nonradiative and Nonelectron Characterization Methods

    Fabrication Methods

    Fabrication of Nanomaterials

    Top-Down Fabrication

    Bottom-Up Fabrication

    Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling


    Physics: Properties and Phenomena

    Materials, Structure, and the Nanosurface

    Importance of the Surface

    Engineering Materials

    Particle Shape and the Surface

    Surface and Volume

    Atomic Structure

    Particle Orientation

    Energy at the Nanoscale

    Surface Energy

    Basic Thermodynamics

    Liquid State

    Surface Energy (and Stress) of Solids

    Surface Energy Minimization Mechanisms

    The Material Continuum

    Material Continuum

    Basic Quantum Mechanics and the Solid State

    Zero-Dimensional Materials

    One-Dimensional Materials

    Two-Dimensional Materials

    Hierarchical Structures

    Quantum Size Effects and Scaling Laws


    Thermodynamics and Nanothermodynamics

    Classical Equilibrium Thermodynamics

    Statistical Mechanics

    Other Kinds of Thermodynamics


    Modern Nanothermodynamics


    Chemistry: Synthesis and Modification

    Carbon-Based Nanomaterials



    Carbon Nanotubes

    Diamondoid Nanomaterials

    Chemical Interactions at the Nanoscale

    Bonding Considerations at the Nanoscale

    Electrostatic Interactions

    Hydrogen Bonding

    Van der Waals Attractions

    Hydrophobic Effect

    Supramolecular Chemistry

    Chemistry of Nanomaterials

    Supramolecular Chemistry

    Design and Synthesis of Selected Supramolecular Species

    Extended Supramolecular Structures

    Chemical Synthesis and Modification of Nanomaterials

    Chemistry and Chemical Modification

    Self-Assembly Revisited

    Synthesis and Chemical Modification of Nanomaterials

    Template Synthesis

    Polymer Chemistry and Nanocomposites


    Natural and Bionanoscience

    Natural Nanomaterials

    Natural Nanomaterials

    Inorganic Natural Nanomaterials

    Nanomaterials from the Animal Kingdom

    Nanomaterials Derived from Cell Walls

    Nanomaterials in Insects

    Gecko Feet: Adhesive Nanostructures

    More Natural Fibers


    Biomolecular Nanoscience

    Introduction to Biomolecular Nanoscience

    Material Basis of Life

    Cellular Membranes and Signaling Systems

    DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis

    Concluding Remarks


    Gabor L. Hornyak, Joydeep Dutta, H.F. Tibbals, Anil Rao

    "The figures are engaging and instructive, and the chapter reference lists are outstanding, containing the most up-to-date and important literature . . . This volume exposes students to the complete scope of nanoscience, allowing them to bring their disciplinary knowledge to the table and to understand the science, language, and techniques used in allied fields so they can develop a big picture interdisciplinary view, something needed to effectively engage and make major new contributions in this revolutionary field. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

    – B. Ransom, formerly, University of California- San Diego, in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, November 2008, Vol. 46, No. 3

    ". . . extremely easy reading for students . . . In terms of the ease of usage for the teacher, it is refreshing to see a textbook that is written from a biomedical perspective in an area customarily frequented by material scientists and physicists and their customary dry writing. The authors do a very good job of contextualising the field and the reading is made ever more pleasant by the use of magnificent figures of superlative clarity . . . This book would certainly be used by me personally . . ."

    – Dipak Kumar Sarker, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton, in Reviews, Dec 2008, Vol. 9, No. 17, Issue 2