Introducing the fields of nanomaterials and devices, and their applications across a wide range of academic disciplines and industry sectors, Donglu Shi bridges knowledge acquisition and practical work, providing a starting point for the research and development of applications.

The book describes characterization of nanomaterials, their preparation methods and performance testing techniques; the design and development of nano-scale devices; and the applications of nanomaterials, with examples taken from different industry sectors, such as lighting, energy, bioengineering and medicine / medical devices.

Key nanomaterial types are covered, such as carbon nanotubes, nanobiomaterials, nano-magnetic materials, semiconductor materials and nanocomposites. Shi also provides detailed coverage of key emerging technologies such as DNA nanotechnology and spintronics. The resulting text is equally relevant for advanced students (senior and graduate) and for engineers and scientists from a variety of different academic backgrounds working in the multi-disciplinary field of nanotechnology.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed guidance for the characterization of nanomaterials, their preparation, and performance testing
  • Explains the principles and challenges of the design and development of nano-scale devices
  • Explores applications through cases taken from a range of different sectors, including electronics, energy and medicine.


Engineers and scientists involved in nanotech R&D and commercialization - from a variety of academic backgrounds (e.g. physics, chemistry, life sciences, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Basic Properties of Nanomaterials
    • 1.1 The Nanometer and Its Brief History, Nanoscience, and Nanotechnology
    • 1.2 Characteristics of Nanomaterials
    • 1.3 Physical Principles of the Nano-Effect
    • References
  • 2. Characterization and Analysis of Nanomaterials
    • 2.1 Detection and Analysis of Particle Size
    • 2.2 Detection and Analysis of the Electrical Properties
    • 2.3 Detection and Analysis of Magnetic Properties
    • 2.4 Detection and Analysis of the Mechanical Properties
    • 2.5 Detection and Analysis of Thermal Properties
    • 2.6 Detection and Analysis of Optical Properties
    • 2.7 Scanning Probe Microscopy
    • 2.8 Atomic Force Microscopy
    • References
  • 3. Carbon Nanotubes
    • 3.1 Allotropes of Carbon and Structure
    • 3.2 Types and Nature of CNTs
    • 3.3 Preparation of CNTs
    • 3.4 Applications of CNTs
    • References
  • 4. Semiconductor Quantum Dots
    • 4.1 The Physical Basis of Semiconductor QDs
    • 4.2 Preparation of Semiconductor QDs
    • 4.3 Laser Devices Based on QDs
    • 4.4 Single-Photon Source
    • References
  • 5. Nanomagnetic Materials
    • 5.1 Types of Nanomagnetic Materials
    • 5.2 Basic Characteristics of Nanomagnetic Materials
    • 5.3 Some Specific Nanomagnetic Materials
    • 5.4 Preparation of Nanomagnetic Materials
    • 5.5 GMR Materials
    • References
  • 6. Nanotitanium Oxide as a Photocatalytic Material and its Application
    • 6.1 Principle of TiO2 Photocatalysis
    • 6.2 Preparation of TiO2 Materials
    • 6.3 Application of TiO2 as Photocatalytic Material
    • References
  • 7. Electro-Optical and Piezoelectric Applications of Zinc Oxide
    • 7.1 Optoelectronic Applications
    • 7.2 Piezoelectric Applications o


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About the author

Donglu Shi

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Cincinnati


"Readers who want a very accessible book that provides a working knowledge of nanomaterial properties, testing methods, fabrication, and applications will find this book invaluable." --IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine

"The primary aim of this book is to provide introductory material on nanomaterials and nanotechnology for students at the college level." --MRS Bulletin