Introduction to Nanoscience

Paperback | October 3, 2009

byStuart Lindsay

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Nanoscience is not physics, chemistry, engineering or biology. It is all of them, and it is time for a text that integrates the disciplines. This is such a text, aimed at advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the sciences. The consequences of smallness and quantumbehaviour are well known and described Richard Feynman's visionary essay 'There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom' (which is reproduced in this book). Another, critical, but thus far neglected, aspect of nanoscience is the complexity of nanostructures. Hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands ofatoms make up systems that are complex enough to show what is fashionably called 'emergent behaviour'. Quite new phenomena arise from rare configurations of the system. Examples are the Kramer's theory of reactions (Chapter 3), the Marcus theory of electron transfer (Chapter 8), and enzymecatalysis, molecular motors, and fluctuations in gene expression and splicing, all covered in the final Chapter on Nanobiology. The book is divided into three parts. Part I (The Basics) is a self-contained introduction to quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and chemical kinetics, calling on no more than basic college calculus. A conceptual approach and an array of examples and conceptual problems will allow even thosewithout the mathematical tools to grasp much of what is important. Part II (The Tools) covers microscopy, single molecule manipulation and measurement, nanofabrication and self-assembly. Part III (Applications) covers electrons in nanostructures, molecular electronics, nano-materials andnanobiology. Each chapter starts with a survey of the required basics, but ends by making contact with current research literature.

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Nanoscience is not physics, chemistry, engineering or biology. It is all of them, and it is time for a text that integrates the disciplines. This is such a text, aimed at advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the sciences. The consequences of smallness and quantumbehaviour are well known and described Richard Fey...

Stuart Lindsay is Nadine and Edward Carson Professor of Physics and Chemistry at Arizona State University. He wasAssistant Professor of Physics at Arizona State University, 1979, Co-Founder of the Molecular Imaging Corporation, 1993 (now part of Agilent Technologies), Edward and Nadine Carson Presidential Chair in Physics, 2002 - pres...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:October 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199544212

ISBN - 13:9780199544219

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Table of Contents

1. What is nanoscience?Part I: The Basics2. Quantum mechanics3. Statistical mechanics and chemical kineticsPart II: Tools4. Microscopy and manipulation tools5. Making nanostructures: top down6. Making nanostructures: bottom upPart III: Applications7. Electrons in nanostructures8. Molecular electronics9. Nanostructured materials

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"The book covers a lot of ground and combines a thoroughness of treatment with a lightness of touch. It is attractive for both undergraduate students seeking clear explanations and graduate students wanting depth." --Stephen Blundell, Oxford University