Posted on | January 14, 2011 | Comments Off
Human organs from nanomaterials, particles penetrating the skin, quantum dots for cancer detection, and nanorobots that destroy toxic chemicals—what is all this about? Does such research help us to realize a sustainable future? How can we educate a new generation of nanoscientists and nanoengineers?
A new book publication three and a half years in the making, titled Handbook of Nanophysics, gives answers to such important questions. The book was edited by Mānoa Physics Professor Klaus D. Sattler, who directed the collaborative effort of 683 contributing authors from 47 countries, and published by CRC Press. Even before its release, the book was widely considered to be a groundbreaking publication.
In 1980, Sattler—a pioneer in the development of nanophysics—built the first atomic cluster source that became one of the foundations for today’s nanoscience. He operates a laboratory in Mānoa’s physics department with highly sensitive scientific equipment for nanophysics research.
Authors of the handbook, including two Mānoa faculty members, Chemistry Professor John Head and Mechanical Engineering Professor Mehrdad Ghasemi-Nejhad, are from major national and international universities and are world experts in their fields.
Head contributed a chapter on “Predicting Nanocluster Structures,” and Ghasemi-Nejhad wrote “Smart Composite Systems with Nanopositioning.” Various other Mānoa faculty members have participated in the peer-review process of the handbook.
The Handbook of Nanophysics is the first comprehensive reference to cover both fundamental and applied aspects of physics at the nanoscale. A unique feature of the handbook is its science/tutorial hybrid style. Each peer-reviewed chapter presents a didactic treatment of the physics underlying the nanoscale materials and applications along with detailed experimental results. State-of-the-art scientific content is enriched with fundamental equations and illustrations.
The handbook covers a broad range of topics: Principles and Methods (Vol. 1), Clusters and Fullerenes (Vol. 2), Nanoparticles and Quantum Dots (Vol. 3), Nanotubes and Nanowires (Vol. 4), Functional Nanomaterials (Vol. 5), Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics (Vol. 6) and Nanomedicine and Nanorobotics (Vol. 7). The handbook consists of 304 chapters and 5,670 pages.
The Handbook of Nanophysics is available from the publisher’s website.