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Nanocharacterization Techniques - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323497787, 9780323497794

Nanocharacterization Techniques

1st Edition

Editors: Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira, Jr Ferreira Marystela Fábio Lima Lima Leite Alessandra Luzia Da Róz
eBook ISBN: 9780323497794
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323497787
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 18th March 2017
Page Count: 222
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Table of Contents

1: Scanning Electron Microscopy

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Scanning Electron Microscope
  • 3. Using the SEM
  • 4. Developments in Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • 5. Low-Voltage Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • 6. Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • 7. Electron Backscatter Diffraction
  • 8. Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy in Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • 9. Electron Beam Lithography
  • 10. Nanomanipulation
  • List of Symbols

2: Atomic Force Microscopy: A Powerful Tool for Electrical Characterization

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Operating Principles
  • 3. Operating Modes
  • 4. Image Processing and Analysis
  • 5. Electrical Nanocharacterization
  • List of Symbols

3: Spectroscopic Techniques for Characterization of Nanomaterials

  • Abstract
  • 1. Ultraviolet–Visible Absorption
  • 2. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • 3. Raman Scattering
  • 4. Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering
  • List of Symbols

4: Dynamic Light Scattering Applied to Nanoparticle Characterization

  • Abstract
  • 1. Theory
  • 2. Applications
  • List of Abbreviations and Symbols

5: X-Ray Diffraction and Scattering by Nanomaterials

  • Abstract
  • 1. X-Ray Diffraction Applied to the Study of Nanocrystalline Powders
  • 2. Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering
  • 3. GISAXS and ASAXS

6: Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) for Sensors and Biosensors

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Surface Plasmons
  • 3. Surface Plasmon Resonance–Based Sensors
  • 4. SPR Applications
  • 5. Final Remarks
  • List of Symbols and Abbreviations


Nanocharacterization Techniques covers the main characterization techniques used in nanomaterials and nanostructures. The chapters focus on the fundamental aspects of characterization techniques and their distinctive approaches. Significant advances that have taken place over recent years in refining techniques are covered, and the mathematical foundations needed to use the techniques are also explained in detail. This book is an important reference for materials scientists and engineers looking for a through analysis of nanocharacterization techniques in order to establish which is best for their needs.

Key Features

  • Includes a detailed analysis of different nanocharacterization techniques, allowing readers to explore which one is best for their particular needs
  • Provides examples of how each characterization technique has been used, giving readers a greater understanding of how each technique can be profitably used
  • Covers the mathematical background needed to utilize each of these techniques to their best effect, meaning that readers can gain a full understanding of the theoretical principles behind each technique covered
  • Serves as an important, go-to reference for materials scientists and engineers


Materials scientists and engineers, as well as those working in the natural and life sciences seeking a reference work outlining the essential principles of nanostructures and nanomaterials. Scientists working in related disciplines who may be relatively new to nanotechnology, and graduate students


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About the Editors

Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira, Jr

Prof. Osvaldo N Oliveira Jr completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK. He is a professor at the São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo. He has published about 470 articles in refereed journals, 15 book chapters and has submitted seven patent applications. These works received about 9000 citations (as of August, 2016). He has supervised 40 masters and PhD candidates. His main areas of expertise are in nanostructured organic films, and natural language processing. He is a member of the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the editorial board of three journals, and is also associated editor of the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He received the Scopus Award 2006 awarded by Elsevier in Brazil and Capes, as one of 16 outstanding Brazilian researchers, based on the number of publications and citations.


Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ferreira Marystela

Prof. Dr . Marystela Ferreira received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is currently a professor at the Federal University of São Carlos, and specializes in the following areas: eletrooxidation , thin films , sensors and biosenssores , phenolic compounds , HPLC and MEQC.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil

Fábio Lima Lima Leite

Fabio Leite de Lima obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of São Paulo, Brazil, Between 2006 and 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Physics of São Carlos (IFSC-USP) in collaboration with Embrapa Agricultural Instrumentation. He was Fellow Young Researcher FAPESP (2009-2012). He has collaborated with Prof. Dr. Alan Graham MacDiarmid, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000, with whom he published the first article in the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, in 2009. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) - Campus Sorocaba, Coordinator of the Research Group in Nanoneurobiofísica and Future Scientist Program. He has conducted research the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, with emphasis on nanoscopy, nanoneurociência and medical nanobiofísica.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil

Alessandra Luzia Da Róz

Alessandra Luzia Da Róz completed a degree in sciences, with a major in chemistry, and obtained her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of São Paulo, in São Carlos, Brazil. After post-doc and researcher positions at the São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, and at the Federal University of São Carlos, she is now a lecturer at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFSC) in Itapetininga, Brazil, where she works in the coordination for research and development. Her main areas of research include polymers and their applications, such as in the processing of natural polymers, lignocellulosic biomass and solid fuels.

Affiliations and Expertise

Postdoctoral fellow, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil