The World of Nano-Biomechanics

The World of Nano-Biomechanics

Mechanical Imaging and Measurement by Atomic Force Microscopy

1st Edition - November 2, 2007

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  • Author: Atsushi Ikai
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080556048
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444527776

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By using nanotechnological methods, we can now poke around protein molecules, genes, membranes, cells and more. Observation of such entities through optical and electron microscopes tempt us to touch and manipulate them. It is now possible to do so, and scientists around the world have started pulling, pushing and cutting small structures at the base of life processes to understand the effect of our hand work.The book describes the physical properties of such life supporting structures from the molecular level with a special emphasis on their designs based on the mechanical strength and flexibility, membrane and other biological nanostructures.

Key Features

- Describes the basic mechanical features of proteins, DNA, cell membrane and other biological nanostructures
- Explains the basic concepts and mathematics of elementary mechanics needed to understand and perform experimental work


This book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics and cell biology who want to expand their knowledge from chemical description of life to a more physical one

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Chapter 1. Force in Biology
    Chapter 2. Introduction to Basic Mechanics
    Chapter 3. Force and Force Measurement Apparatuses
    Chapter 4. Polymer Chain Mechanics
    Chapter 5. Interaction Forces
    Chapter 6. Single Molecule Interaction Forces
    Chapter 7. Single Molecule DNA and RNA Mechanics
    Chapter 8. Single Molecule Protein Mechanics
    Chapter 9. Motion in Nano-biology
    Chapter 10. Cell Mechanics
    Chapter 11. Manipulation at the Molecular Level
    Chapter 12. Finite Element Analysis of Microscopic Biological Structures
    Chapter 13. Appendices

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2007
  • Published: November 2, 2007
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080556048
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444527776

About the Author

Atsushi Ikai

Professor Atsushi Ikai graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BS in Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1965. He obtained his PhD in Physical Biochemistry from Duke University in 1971. He worked in protein denaturation and renaturation and then returned to the University of Tokyo to continue his work on protein science. He was appointed Professor of Biodynamics at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1989. He has published 300 articles in international scientific journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan

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