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Posted: March 9, 2007
Nanotechnology primer: The nanomaterials handbook
(Nanowerk News) Exploring both commercially available and emerging materials, the Nanomaterials Handbook delves into the unique properties of materials that are realized at the nano level using language familiar to materials scientists. While it offers an in-depth investigation of carbon-based nanomaterials, which are as important to nanotechnology as silicon is to electronics, it goes beyond the usual discussion of nanotubes and nanofibers to consider graphite whiskers, cones and polyhedral crystals, and nanocrystalline diamonds. It also provides significant new information with regard to nanostructured semiconductors, ceramics, metals, biomaterials and polymers, as well as advances in drug delivery.
There is a review of this book by Professor Alf Mews in the current issue of Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
The Nanotechnology Handbook is a collection of articles by 62 different authors, structured into 27 chapters. Each chapter starts with a table of contents, which is followed by a short abstract and a short introduction to the particular field. The book contains an impressive number of more than 2500 references.
Mews writes that this "is not a handbook in the classical sense, with tables systematically listing materials properties and methods of characterization. Instead, it shows the current state of research in various areas of nanoscience by presenting a selection of recent results. As the main emphasis is on carbon materials, it is mainly suitable for scientists or engineers who want to get a broad overview or collection of recent research in this area."