Inorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties, and Characterization by M. MeyyappanInorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties, and Characterization by M. Meyyappan

Inorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties, and Characterization

byM. Meyyappan, Mahendra K. SunkaraEditorM. Meyyappan

Hardcover | October 12, 2009

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Advances in nanofabrication, characterization tools, and the drive to commercialize nanotechnology products have contributed to the significant increase in research on inorganic nanowires (INWs). Yet few if any books provide the necessary comprehensive and coherent account of this important evolution.

Presenting essential information on both popular and emerging varieties,Inorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties, and Characterizationaddresses the growth, characterization, and properties of nanowires. Author Meyyappan is the director and senior scientist at Ames Center for Nanotechnology and a renowned leader in nanoscience and technology, and Sunkara is also a major contributor to nanowire literature. Their cutting-edge work is the basis for much of the current understanding in the area of nanowires, and this book offers an in-depth overview of various types of nanowires, including semiconducting, metallic, and oxide varieties. It also includes extensive coverage of applications that use INWs and those with great potential in electronics, optoelectronics, field emission, thermoelectric devices, and sensors.

This invaluable reference:

  • Traces the evolution of nanotechnology and classifies nanomaterials
  • Describes nanowires and their potential applications to illustrate connectivity and continuity
  • Discusses growth techniques, at both laboratory and commercial scales
  • Evaluates the most important aspects of classical thermodynamics associated with the nucleation and growth of nanowires
  • Details the development of silicon, germanium, gallium arsenide, and other materials in the form of nanowires used in electronics applications
  • Explores the physical, electronic and other properties of nanowires

The explosion of nanotechnology research activities for various applications is due in large part to the advances in the growth of nanowires. Continued development of novel nanostructured materials is essential to the success of so many economic sectors, ranging from computing and communications to transportation and medicine. This volume discusses how and why nanowires are ideal candidates to replace bulk and thin film materials. It covers the principles behind device operation and then adds a detailed assessment of nanowire fabrication, performance results, and future prospects and challenges, making this book a valuable resource for scientists and engineers in just about any field.

Co-author Meyya Meyyappan will receive the Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology from the IEEE Nanotechnology Council at the IEEE Nano Conference in Portland, Oregon in August, 2011
Meyya Meyyappanis the chief scientist for exploration technology at the Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Until June 2006, he served as the director of the Center for Nanotechnology as well as a senior scientist. He is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnology ...
Title:Inorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties, and CharacterizationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:454 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:October 12, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1420067826

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Table of Contents


Historical Perspective


Growth Techniques

Liquid-Phase Techniques

Vapor-Phase Techniques

Bulk Production Methods

Future Developments


Thermodynamic and Kinetic Aspects of Nanowire Growth

Thermodynamic Considerations for Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth

Kinetic Considerations of Nanowire Growth Under VLS Growth


Modeling of Nanowire Growth

Energetics of Stable Surface Faceting: Silicon Nanowire Example

Simulation of Individual Nanowire Growth

Modeling of Multiple Nucleation and Growth of One-Dimensional Structures

Modeling Nanowire Array Growth


Semiconducting Nanowires

Silicon Nanowires

Germanium Nanowires

Catalyst Choice

III-V Nanowires


Phase Change Materials

Phase Change Nanowire Growth

Properties Relevant to PRAM


Metallic Nanowires

Bismuth Nanowires

Silver Nanowires

Copper Nanowires

Nickel Nanowires

Zinc Nanowires


Oxide Nanowires

Synthesis Methodologies

Directed Growth and Morphological Control

Oxygen Vacancies, Doping and Phase Transformation


Nitride Nanowires

Synthesis of Group III-Nitride Nanowires

Branching of Nanowires

Diameter Reduction of III-Nitride Nanowires

Direction Dependent Properties


Other Nanowires







Applications in Electronics

Silicon Nanowire Transistors

Vertical Transistors

Germanium Nanowire Transistors

Zinc Oxide and Other Nanowires in Electronics

III-V Transistors

Memory Devices


Applications in Optoelectronics


Light Emitting Diodes

Nanoscale Lasers


Applications in Sensors

Chemical Sensors



Applications in the Renewable Energy Sector

Solar Cells

Electrochromic Devices

Li Ion Batteries


Other Applications

Field Emission Devices

Thermoelectric Devices