Comprehensive Nanoscience and Technology, Five-Volume set


  • David Andrews, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • Gregory Scholes, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Gary Wiederrecht, Group Leader, Nanophotonics Group, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA

From the Introduction:
Nanotechnology and its underpinning sciences are progressing with unprecedented rapidity. With technical advances in a variety of nanoscale fabrication and manipulation technologies, the whole topical area is maturing into a vibrant field that is generating new scientific research and a burgeoning range of commercial applications, with an annual market already at the trillion dollar threshold. The means of fabricating and controlling matter on the nanoscale afford striking and unprecedented opportunities to exploit a variety of exotic phenomena such as quantum, nanophotonic and nanoelectromechanical effects. Moreover, researchers are elucidating new perspectives on the electronic and optical properties of matter because of the way that nanoscale materials bridge the disparate theories describing molecules and bulk matter. Surface phenomena also gain a greatly increased significance; even the well-known link between chemical reactivity and surface-to-volume ratio becomes a major determinant of physical properties, when it operates over nanoscale dimensions.

Against this background, this comprehensive work is designed to address the need for a dynamic, authoritative and readily accessible source of information, capturing the full breadth of the subject. Its six volumes, covering a broad spectrum of disciplines including material sciences, chemistry, physics and life sciences, have been written and edited by an outstanding team of international experts. Addressing an extensive, cross-disciplinary audience, each chapter aims to cover key developments in a scholarly, readable and critical style, providing an indispensible first point of entry to the literature for scientists and technologists from interdisciplinary fields. The work focuses on the major classes of nanomaterials in terms of their synthesis, structure and applications, reviewing nanomaterials and their respective technologies in well-structured and comprehensive articles with extensive cross-references.

It has been a constant surprise and delight to have found, amongst the rapidly escalating number who work in nanoscience and technology, so many highly esteemed authors willing to contribute. Sharing our anticipation of a major addition to the literature, they have also captured the excitement of the field itself in each carefully crafted chapter. Along with our painstaking and meticulous volume editors, full credit for the success of this enterprise must go to these individuals, together with our thanks for (largely) adhering to the given deadlines. Lastly, we record our sincere thanks and appreciation for the skills and professionalism of the numerous Elsevier staff who have been involved in this project, notably Fiona Geraghty, Megan Palmer and Greg Harris, and especially Donna De Weerd-Wilson who has steered it through from its inception. We have greatly enjoyed working with them all, as we have with each other.

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Upper level Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Researchers from Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Biology or Engineering departments.

Nano research labs, institutes, professional firms and corporations (private and public) whose activities relate to Nano & Bio-materials and material science.


Book information

  • Published: November 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374390-9

Table of Contents

Volume 1 - Nanomaterials:
Organic and Inorganic Nanomaterials, Nanotubes, Organic lasers, Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, Organic spintronics, Structured organic non-linear optics, Quantum dots, Core-shell structures, Inorganic nanowires, Nanotubes Beyond Cylindrical Matter, Electrical and optical - dielectric nanomaterials, Metal nanoparticles, Magnetic nanoparticles, Quantum dots and Nanocrystal lasers, Optical properties of porous silicon, Solar cells, Rare-Earth Doped Upconversion Nanophosphors.

Volume 2 - Biological Nanoscience:
PDT with nanoparticles, Energy transfer in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes, Nanocrystals for biological labeling and Nanomedical diagnostics, DNA diagnostics, Forster Resonance Energy Transfer, Protein nanoparticle structures, Tissue engineering, Engineering biomimetic membranes with hydrogels, Protein nanomechanics, Biological imaging using near-field scanning microscopy, Signaling, Artificial photosynthesis.

Volume 3 - Nanostructured Surfaces:
Catalysis by supported gold nanoparticles, Directed assembly of nanostructures, Bio-inspired self-assembled films, Chiral molecules on surfaces, Optics of metallic nanostructures, Surface nanophotonics theory, Constructing the Superior LED, Liquid crystalline nano-structured optical metamaterials, Nanostructures and surface enhanced Raman scattering, Nanostructured superconductors with efficient vortex pinning, Second harmonic generation in nanostructures, Tribology of nanostructured surfaces, Nanotribology and nanoscale materials coatings for lubricants, Functionalization and solubilization of carbon and inorganic.

Volume 4 - Nanofabrication and Devices:
Scanning Probe-Based Lithography for Production of Biological and Organic Nanostructures on Surfaces, E-beam lithography, Soft lithography, Nanoimprint lithography, Picoliter printing, Nanofabrication and Molecular printboards, Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystal Enabled Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Light Emitting Devices, Plasmon-controlled fluorescence, Quantum dot solar cells, Light induced nanostructures, Nanofluidics, Molecular machines and motors, Superhydrophobicity at Micron and Submicron Scale, Organic Electronic Devices with Water-Dispersible Conducting Polymers, III-V and Group-IV Based Ferromagnetic Semiconductors for Spintronics, Molecular devices, Nanoscale transistors, Spin-based data storage, Optical holographic data storage.

Volume 5 - Self Assembly and Nanochemistry:
Zeolites and Related Materials, Ligands for nanoparticles, Assembly of Nanoparticles, Periodic Mesoporous Materials, Self-assembled monolayers, Nanocrystal synthesis, Self-assembly of nanoparticle building blocks, Chemical Processing of Assembled Block Copolymers, Bio-templated quantum dots, Polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites, Mesogens and mesophases, Layer-by-Layer Assembled Capsules for Biomedical Applications, Functionalized fullerenes: synthesis, Microemulsion preparative methods, Nanotechnology, society and environment.