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1st Edition

Introduction to Nanoscience

ISBN 9781420048056
Published May 15, 2008 by CRC Press
856 Pages 305 Color & 300 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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

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"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