Silicon, a highly abundant, scalable, processable, cost effective, biocompatible and non-toxic material, is presently the basic material used in almost all microelectronic devices.

Recent research has pointed to the potentially revolutionary utilization of nanostructured silicon in a much broader field. Silicon has now been considered for use in chemical and biological sensors, fluidic field-effect transistors and flow monitors, computer memories, high-capacity lithium ion battery anodes, photocatalysts, solar cells, biocompatible implantable medical devices and medical theranostics.

This work explores the current science and future technology of silicon in its various nanoscale forms. The book provides chemists, materials researchers and device professionals with detailed analysis of the interdisciplinary field, with particular emphasis on the emergent ‘hot topic’ areas of energy and biological applications

Key Features

  • Detailed and expansive coverage of recent developments in the nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes and porous silicon
  • Expansive energy focus covers potential silicon-based thermoelectric applications, anode materials in Li ion, batteries, and silicon materials for solar energy generation, meeting the surge of interest in using nanoscale structures for energy
  • Discussion of current nanosilicon technological applications points to game-changing future applications for research professionals


Graduate-level and above materials scientists, solid state physicists and chemists, energy and biomaterials scientists, and device professionals researching or deploying nanostructured silicon.

Table of Contents

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  1. Silicon Nanoparticles: New photonic and electronic material at the transition between solid and molecule (M.H. Nayfeh and L. Mitas)
  2. Cluster Assembled Silicon Networks (P. Melinon, X. Blase, A. San Miguel and A. Perez)
  3. Metal Encapsulated Clusters of Silicon - Silicon fullerenes and other caged polyhedral forms (V. Kumar)
  4. Porous Silicon - Sensors and future applications (S. Lewis and J. Gole)
  5. Silicon Nanowires and Nanowire Heterostructures (Z. Zhong, C. Yang and C.M. Lieber)
  6. Theoretical Advances in the Electronic and Atomic Structures of Silicon Nanotubes and Nanowires (A.K. Singh, V. Kumar and Y. Kawazoe)
  7. Phonons in Silicon Nanowires (H. Gutierrez, K. Adu and P.C. Eklund)
  8. Quasi-One-Dimensional Silicon Nanostructures (Y. Lin, N. Gonzalez Szwacki and B.I. Yakobson)
  9. Low Dimensional Silicon as a Photonic Material (N. Daldosso and L. Pavesi)
  10. Nanosilicon Single-Electron Transistors and Memory (Z.A.K. Durrani and H. Ahmed)
  11. Thermoelectric applications of nanosilicon such as silicon nanowires (possibly Prof. Peidong Yang (Berkeley) or K. Giapis (Caltech) or D. Poulikakos (ETH), and/or G. Galli (UC Davis))
  12. Recent developments related to Si devices (possibly Prof. Siegfried Mantl (Julich), or someone from HP/Intel)
  13. Nanosilicon as anode material in Li ion batteries (possibly Yi Cui (Stanford) or Brian Korgel (Univ. of Texas, Austin))
  14. Nanosilicon for solar energy (possibly Michael D. Kelzenberg and coworkers CalTech, Dr. Marcie Black, or someone from NREL)
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