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Nanotechnologies: The Physics of Nanomaterials (2-volume set)

ISBN 9781771889476
Published November 5, 2020 by Apple Academic Press
728 Pages

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Book Description

Nanotechnology: The Physics of Nanomaterials (2-volume set) is a comprehensive guide to the various aspects of nanophysics. The author’s microscopic approach illustrates how physical principles can be used to understand the basic properties and functioning of low-dimensional systems. It provides an in-depth introduction to the techniques of production and analysis of materials at the nanoscopic level. Much of physics is based on our understanding of solid-state physics. These volumes show how limitations of size can give rise to new physical properties and quantum effects, which can be exploited in new applications and devices.

Published in two volumes—Volume 1: The Physics of Surfaces and Nanofabrication Techniques and Volume 2: Physical Properties of Nanostructured Materials and Their Applications, this important text gives a broad introduction to nanophysics and nanotechnologies and goes on to discuss the basics of surface science, thin films, and surface analysis.

Chapters in Volume 1 cover the basics of surface science, thin films, and surface analysis as well as the nanofabrication techniques. There is a large range of physical preparation techniques available for the production of nanomaterials and nanostructuring. The aim of Part II provides a good overview of the main techniques of their working principles and the type of structures that can be produced in each case.

Specifically, Volume 2 discusses the mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of nanostructures as well as nanomagnetism, spintronics, spin dynamics, as well as a broad range of applications to illustrate how the physical properties of materials can be manipulated to perform very specific functions.

Key features:

  • Provides a comprehensive treatment of nanoscience, covering all major areas of the physics involved in nanostructures, including sample preparation techniques, characterization methods, physical principles, and applications
  • Presents an introduction and summary to each chapter, highlighting the principal ideas of each chapter in a concise manner
  • Includes revision problems that will allow students to assess their progress at the end of each chapter
  • Incorporates the author’s 25 years research experience

Based on a lecture course the author has given over a period of several years, Nanotechnology: The Physics of Nanomaterials includes the benefit of feedback from students, helping to make the subject matter approachable and appealing to newcomers and students. The volumes will be valuable for courses in nanotechnologies, nanomedicine, nanobiotechnologies etc.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: The Physics of Surfaces and Nanofabrication Techniques


1. Introduction to Nanotechnologies


2. Vacuum Science and Technology

3. The Physical Surface

4. Thin Films

5. Techniques for Surface and Nanostructure Analysis


6. Lithographic Technologies

7. Replication Techniques

8. Nanoparticle and Nanowire Fabrication

9. Other Fabrication Techniques and Technologies


Volume 2: Physical Properties of Nanostructured Materials and Their Applications


1. Mechanical Properties of Micro- and Nanostructures

2. Electronic Properties at Nanoscale

3. Optical Properties of Nanostructures

4. Nanomagnetism

5. Spintronics and Device Applications

6. Spin Dynamics in Magnetic Nanostructures

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David Schmool, PhD, has over 20 years of technical and teaching experience in areas related to Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies. He is currently Director of the Groupe d’Etude de la Matière Condensée GEMaC at CNRS (UMR 8635) at the Université de Versailles/Saint-Quentin, Université Paris-Saclay in Versailles, France. Prior to that, he was at the University of Perpignan and Laboratoire PROMES – CNRS, Perpignan, France, as well as at several universities in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. He has also been invited for sabbatical leave as a visiting fellow to several institutions, including Simon Fraser University (Canada), the University of Versailles (France), the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), and the University of Glasgow (UK). In addition to his research experience, he has lectured on physics since 2000 on a variety of subjects. He has also developed Masters and PhD level courses in nanotechnologies and related subjects, which he has also taught. He has published widely, including over 65 journal papers, 10 book chapters, and a book and has given many conference presentations, including 15 invited talks and over 20 invited seminars.