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Science at the Nanoscale

An Introductory Textbook, 1st Edition

By Andrew T. S. Wee, Chorng Haur Sow, Chin Wee Shong

Jenny Stanford Publishing

228 pages | 115 Color Illus. | 28 B/W Illus.

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Nanotechnology is one of the most important growth areas of this century. Nanoscience, the science underpinning nanotechnology, is a multidisciplinary subject covering atomic, molecular and solid state physics, and much of chemistry. Nanostructures are known to exhibit novel and improved material properties, fundamentally because the physical and chemical properties are very different when dimensions are reduced to the nanometer range.

Suitable for undergraduate students or advanced high school students, this book introduces the basic principles and knowledge needed for students to understand science at the nanoscale. Many ideas proposed in nanotechnology are frontier and futuristic, although some have immediate technological applications. The core scientific principles of all nanotechnology applications, however, are grounded in physics and chemistry. This practical, student-friendly introduction helps students recognize the connections among these various disciplines and how they play a part in nanoscience and technology.


"This book provides a very detailed and interesting overview of the fundamental principles of nanoscience, discusses the background of several nanoscience experimental techniques, and sheds light on some of the visionary and important applications in the truly interdisciplinary area of nanotechnology. The book will be a useful reference for graduate students and is expected to attract the attention of not only new graduate students but also senior scientists interested in the fascinating area of nanoscience and nanotechnology and those who are involved in a wide spectrum of disciplines ranging from physics, chemistry, surface science, spectroscopy, materials science and engineering to medicine."

—Prof. Wael Mamdouh and Prof. Flemming Besenbacher, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Introduction and Historical Perspective

The Development of Nanoscale Science

The Nanoscale

Examples of Interesting Nanoscience Applications

Classical Physics at the Nanoscale

Mechanical Frequency


Brownian Motion of Nanoscale Objects

Motion at the Nanoscale

Brief Review of QuantumMechanics

Basic Quantum Physics and Quantum Confinement

Basic Postulates of Quantum Mechanics

Hydrogen-Like Atoms: Orbitals and Atomic Structures


From Atoms andMolecules to NanoscaleMaterials

Atoms and the Periodic Table of Elements

Molecules and Molecular Interactions

From Atoms to Solid Materials

From Molecules to Supramolecules

Surfaces at the Nanoscale

Surface Energy

Surface Reactivity and Catalysis

Surface Stabilisation

Low-Dimensional Nanostructures

From 3D to 0D Nanostructures

Electron Transport Properties in Low Dimensional Systems

Quantum Dots, QuantumWires

Formation and Self-Assembly at the Nanoscale

Some Basic Thermodynamic Definitions

The Bottom-Up Approach

The Self-Assembly Processes

Nanotools and Nanofabrication

Optical Microscopy

Electron Microscopy

Scanning Probe Microscopy

Optical Tweezers

Future Trends

Nanotechnology and the Developing World

Beyond Moore’s Law

Spintronics and Surface Chemistry

Carbon Electronics


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / General
SCIENCE / Nanostructures