This textbook is aimed primarily at the senior undergraduate and first year graduate students from the various engineering and sciences departments including physics, chemistry, materials engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and biology. Researchers in the areas of nanomaterials and nanoscience will also find the book useful for building the background necessary to understand the current literature and as a reference book. The text assumes only a basic level of competency in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Some of the background material and introductory matter are included in the first few chapters and as appendices. Although this material may be familiar to some of the students, it is the author's experience after teaching such a course for many years that this can not be taken for granted and moreover, serves as a ready reference to understand the text.
As the area of nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanomaterials is a fast developing one, an approach which equips the students to comprehend the developing field rather than providing a large volume of information is essential. With this in view, while providing a broad perspective, the book emphasizes basics of nanoscience and nanoscale materials and goes into sufficient depth for the reader to be able to handle numerical problems. The treatment is kept at a level which is easily comprehensible to an undergraduate student. Solved examples are provided in each chapter to aid understanding and a set of problems is given at the end of each chapter.
Zero Dimensional Nanostructures I Review of Some Topics in Physics
Semiconductor Quantum Dots
Zero Dimensional Nanostructures II The Metal Nanoparticles
Zero Dimensional Nanostructures III The Nanoscale Magnetic Structures
Zero Dimensional Nanostructures IV Colloids and Colloidal Crystals
Other One Dimensional Nanostructures
Two Dimensional Nanostructures
Bulk Nanostructured Materials
Molecules for Nanotechnology: Polymers, Biopolymers, Dendrimers and Surfactants
Self Assembly and Self Organization
Readership: Senior undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and engineering.
There are not many books in this area which are really designed as a text book. Most do not have any solved examples or end-of-the-chapter problems that are so crucial for understanding the subject matter
Coverage in sufficient depth of at least a few selected topics is needed to be able to formulate problems solvable by the student. Most books also tend to treat the subject at a higher level than that required for an undergraduate text book
The proposed book differs by treating some essential illustrative topics in some depth so as to bring out the principles