Luminescent Metal Nanoclusters

Luminescent Metal Nanoclusters

Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications

1st Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Sabu Thomas, Kuruvilla Joseph, Saritha Appukuttan, Meegle Mathew
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323886574

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Luminescent Metal Nanoclusters: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications provides a comprehensive accounting of various protocols used for the synthesis of metal nanoclusters, their characterization techniques, toxicity evaluation and various applications and future prospects. The book provides detailed experimental routes, along with mechanisms on the formation of benign metallic clusters using biomaterials and a comprehensive review regarding the preparation, properties and prospective applications of these nano clusters in various fields, including therapeutic applications. Various methods to protect nanocluster materials to increase their stability are emphasized, including the incorporation of ligands (protein, small molecule, DNA, thiols). This book addresses a gap in the current literature by bringing together the preparation, characterization and applications of all the possible types of reported metal nanoclusters and their hybrids. It is suitable for materials scientists and engineers in academia and those working in research and development in industry. It may also be of interest to those working in the interdisciplinary nanotechnology community, such as physical chemists.

Key Features

  • Covers the most relevant material categories of luminescent nanoclusters such as metal nanoclusters, nano composites and alloy nanoclusters
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the various available methods used for the protection of nanoclusters
  • Discusses the latest advances and future opportunities in addressing challenges in producing benign nanomaterials such as toxicity and stability


Materials Scientists and Engineers, Physical Chemists

Table of Contents

  • 1. General Introduction
    2. Physical Properties of metal nanoclusters
    3. Methods of synthesis of metal nanoclusters
    4. Characterization of metal nanoclusters
    5. Structure of metal nanoclusters
    6. Origin of luminescence of metal nanoclusters
    7. Reactivity of Metal nanoclusters
    8. Mass spectrometry and metal nanoclusters 
    9. General purification methods of metal nanoclusters
    10. Phosphine and Thiol protected Metal Nanoclusters
    11. Polymer and Dendrimer Protected Metal Nanoclusters
    12. DNA Protected Metal Nanoclusters
    13. Peptide Protected Metal Nanoclusters
    14. Protein Protected Metal Nanoclusters
    15. Nanoclusters with enzyme as stabilising agent
    16. Alloy Nanoclusters
    17. Metal nanocluster composites
    18. Applications of metallic nanoclusters in bio imaging
    19. Nanoclusters for biosensing
    20. Environmental Applications of Nanoclusters
    21. Therapeutic applications of metal nanoclusters
    22. Drug delivery and gene delivery using metal nanoclusters
    23. Antimicrobial properties of metal nanoclusters
    24. Metal nanoclusters as photosensitizers
    25. Applications of metallic nanoclusters in catalysis
    26. Metal nanoclusters for energy storage applications
    27. Theoretical modelling of metal nanoclusters
    28. Metal nanoclusters based advanced logic gates
    29. Bioavailability bio distribution and toxicity of metallic nanoclusters
    30. Metallic nanoclusters for water purification applications
    31. Summary and Future outlook

Product details

  • No. of pages: 678
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323886574

About the Editors

Sabu Thomas

Prof. Sabu Thomas, an outstanding Alumnus of IIT, Kharagpur, is one of India’s most renowned scientists in the area of Polymers. After completing his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur (1984-1987), he joined MG University as a Lecturer in 1997 and later became its Vice Chancellor. He has taken up a large number of visiting assignments abroad. Under his leadership, the University has been ranked 713th by TIMES, 30th in NIRF and the best University inKerala. He has supervised 120 Ph.D. students, authored 1,300 publications and edited 150 books earning him a H-index of 112 and 60,000 citations. He has received Honoris Causa degrees from Russia and France and obtained grants amounting to Rs. 30 crores for research funding from India and abroad. He has been ranked 114th in the list of the world’s best scientists and 2nd in India by the Stanford University Ranking in Polymers. He was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. Considering his excellent contributions in teaching, research and administration, Prof. Thomas is the best candidate for the outstanding Alumnus award of IIT KGP.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Director of the School of Energy Materials, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Kuruvilla Joseph

Prof. Kuruvilla Joseph did his PhD at CSIR-NIIST (Formerly RRL), Trivandrum in 1993 and did Post Doctoral work in Brazil and Sweden. He is the editor of a book titled “Advances in Polymer Composites” (three volumes) published by John Wiley and Sons and “Elastomeric Materials for Potential EMI Shielding Applications, Processing, Properties and Current Trends” (Elsevier) and is currently editing a book titled “Fibre reinforced composites: Constituents, compatibility, perspectives and applications” (Elsevier). He has authored several book chapters published by international publishers. He has so far produced 18 PhDs. Prof Kuruvilla has around 180 international publications in reputed journals (Elsevier, RSC, ACS, Wiley etc.).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Professor and Dean, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Saritha Appukuttan

Dr. Saritha Appukuttan earned her PhD from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2012 in the area of polymer nanocomposites under the supervision of Prof. Kuruvilla Joseph. She has 11 book chapters published by international publishers (Springer, Wiley, Elsevier) and several publications in international journals (Composites Part A , Composites Part B, Materials Chemistry and Physics etc) and is currently editing a book “Fibre reinforced composites: Constituents, compatibility, perspectives and applications” (Elsevier).

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam, India

Meegle Mathew

Dr. Meegle S Mathew received her PhD from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram under the guidance of Professor Kuruvilla Joseph in 2019. Her PhD thesis mainly discusses the synthesis of protein stabilised metal nanoclusters and their biomedical applications. Following her graduate studies, she began working as a postdoctoral associate in the area of photocatalytic activity of metal nanoclusters at the School of Energy Materials, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. She has several publications in high-impact journals, two book chapters and filed a patent for the development of biosensors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-Doctoral Fellow (UGC), School of Energy Materials, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam Kerala, India

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