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From Fundamentals to Emergent Applications

Nanoalloys: From Fundamentals to Emergent Applications presents and discusses the major topics related to nanoalloys at a time when the literature on the subject remains scarce. Particular attention is paid to experimental and theoretical aspects under the form of broad reviews covering the most recent developments. The book is organized into 11 chapters covering the most fundamental aspects of nanoalloys related to their synthesis and characterization, as well as their theoretical study. Aspects related to their thermodynamics and kinetics are covered as well. The coverage then moves to more specific topics, including optics, magnetism and catalysis, and finally to biomedical applications and the technologically relevant issue of self-assembly.

With no current single reference source on the subject, the work is invaluable for researchers as the nanoscience field moves swiftly to full monetization.


Graduate nanomaterial and nanoparticle scientists at the interface of electronic and geometric structure, thermodynamics, optics, magnetism, catalysis or organometallic chemistry.

Hardbound, 432 Pages

Published: March 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-394401-6


  • "These eleven articles start at the foundations of nanoalloys and go on to emergent technologies, taking into consideration the tiniest of differences in this near-zero-tolerance environment, starting with chemical synthesis of metal nanoparticles and nanoalloys. Entries then address the physical preparation of nanoalloys, modeling the electronic and geometric structure of nanoalloys, experimental techniques for structural characteristics, thermodynamical properties, kinetic aspects…optical probes of the chemical structure in metallic nanoalloys,…"--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013


  • Chapter I Chemical Syntheses

    Redox reactions; Polyol-based synthesis; radiolysis; electrochemical synthesis; thermal decomposition and sonochemical synthesis

    Chapter II Physical syntheses

    Molecular beam epitaxy; pulsed laser deposition; low-energy cluster beam deposition techniques

    Chapter III Modeling the Electronic and Geometric structure of nanoalloys

    Quantum chemical and condensed matter methods for electronic structure; Approximate descriptions and explicit models; global optimization; structural and segregation patterns

    Chapter IV Experimental techniques for structural characterization

    X-ray scattering and absorption; Electron microscopy; scanning probe microscopies: scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopies

    Chapter V Thermodynamical properties of nanoalloys

    Bulk vs nanoscale alloys; order/disorder transition; finite size effects; nanoscale phase diagrams; melting of nanoalloys

    Chapter VI Kinetic aspects: nucleation, mixing, coalescence

    Nucleation theories and models; Growth of nanoalloys; Mixing kinetics; coalescence

    Chapter VII Optical properties of nanoalloys / Nanoalloys as optical probes

    Linear optical spectroscopy; Mie theory and quantum confinement effects; Experimental techniques; Ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy and electron-phonon couplings

    Chapter VIII Magnetic properties of nanoalloys / Nanoalloys for magnetic storage

    Magnetic moments and anisotropy; Experimental techniques; Magnetization configurations and role of chemical order; Kondo effect; Spin Dynamical effects

    Chapter IX Catalysis by Nanoalloys

    Preparation and characterization; Computational approaches; Various illustrations emphasizing the role of cluster size and composition

    Chapter X Nanoalloys in life sciences

    Biosynthesis of nanoalloys; Biofunctionalization; Applications as biosensors; imaging applications of nanoalloys; gene and vaccine delivery; Nanoalloys in pharmacology and toxicology

    Chapter XI Applications for energy production and storage

    Electrocatalysis; Nanoscale alloys for the reversible storage of hydrogen; Biofuel cells

    Chapter XII Nanoalloys as building blocks

    Assemblies of nanoalloys on substrates: preparation and characterization; Colloidal assemblies


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