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Understanding Nanomaterials / Edition 1

Understanding Nanomaterials / Edition 1


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With a selective presentation of topics that makes it accessible for students who have taken introductory university science courses, Understanding Nanomaterials is a training tool for the future workforce in nanotech development. This introductory textbook offers insights into the fundamental principles that govern the fabrication, characterization, and application of nanomaterials.

Provides the Background for Fundamental Understanding

Assuming only a basic level of competency in physics, chemistry, and biology, the author focuses on the needs of the undergraduate curriculum, discussing important processes such as self-assembly, patterning, and nanolithography. His approach limits mathematical rigor in the presentation of key results and proofs, leaving it to the instructor’s discretion to add more advanced details, or emphasize particular areas of interest.

With its combination of discussion-based instruction and explanation of problem-solving skills, this textbook highlights interdisciplinary theory and enabling tools derived from chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, and engineering. It also includes real-world examples related to energy, the environment, and medicine.

Author Malkiat S. Johal earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England. He later served as a post-doctoral research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, where he worked on the nonlinear optical properties of nanoassemblies. Dr. Johal is currently a professor and researcher at Pomona College in Claremont, California. His work focuses on the use of self-assembly and ionic adsorption processes to fabricate nanomaterials for optical and biochemical applications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420073102
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Series: Textbook Series in Physical Sciences Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Malkiat S. Johal is a professor of Physical Chemistry at Pomona College. He obtained a first class honors degree in chemistry from the University of Warwick, UK. His research laboratory at Pomona College focuses on using self-assembly and ionic adsorption processes to fabricate nanomaterials for optical and biochemical applications. He also explores fundamental phenomena such as ion-pair complexation, adsorption, surface wettability, and intermolecular non-covalent interactions in materials at interfaces. He has published more than eighty research papers, mostly co-authored by his undergraduate research students. He teaches courses in physical chemistry, general chemistry and soft nanomaterials.

Lewis E. Johnson is a research scientist at the University of Washington. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington under the guidance of Professor Bruce Robinson. He has taught at Pomona College (his undergraduate alma mater) as a postdoctoral lecturer and worked as postdoctoral research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he conducted research on glass formation in calcium aluminate electride semiconductors with Dr. Peter Sushko and on allosteric modulation of electron transfer in nitrogenase with Dr. Simone Raugei. His current research involves designing and characterizing new nonlinear optical dyes and modeling the formation and structure of complex non-crystalline materials, among other projects.

Table of Contents

1. A Brief Introduction to Nanoscience

2. Thermodynamics and Nanoscience

3. Kinetics and Transport in Nanoscience

4. Quantum Effects at the Nanoscale

5. Intermolecular Interactions and Self-Assembly

6. Bulk Characterization Techniques for Nanomaterials

7. Fundamentals of Surface Nanoscience

8. Surface Characterization and Imaging Methods

9. Introduction to Functional Nanomaterials

10. Fabrication, Properties, and Applications of Thin Films


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… physical chemists will enjoy building their teaching around the well-explained material in this book … students will find it clear and informative. In particular, the end- of-chapter questions are valuable.
Chemistry World

... will serve students well in their goal to gain a greater understanding of why nanoscaled systems are of great interest, how they are fabricated, and how they are characterized using a wide variety of analytical instrumentation very commonly found in university and industrial settings.
—Marcus D. Lay, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

The writing is very fluid. The problems and figures are good. Overall, I learned a great deal about surface science techniques from this manuscript.
—Lisa Klein, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

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